One thing we have seen a lot more of in recent weeks has been Desean in motion in the backfield. He's lined up in the backfield, he'll motion on a jet sweep look, he'll motion on a reverse look. For the most part, there is nothing "tricky" about this although we did run the double reverse as few weeks back. There's a few reasons Chip likes to move Desean around. The first, and most important reason, its the defense off for Foles as to whether the defense is playing zone or man coverage pre-snap. Another reason, is to use Desean as a form of deception. Drawing interest in one way, and moving the ball to the opposite side. Finally, it also can be used when the defense is in zone coverage a numbers mismatch on one side of the field. We'll take a look at all.
Let's take a closer look at how the Eagles do this starting with the very first play on Sunday. This is a packaged play we talked about earler in the week. Desean is initially lined up at the top of the screen. He will motion across the formation to the bottom of the screen.
Note the original defender does not follow him across the formation indicating the Cowboys are in zone. Scandrick is going to jump the flat to Desean cutting off the first option for Foles. However he has two options on the top of the formation. McCoy is going to leak out on a screen but Chip has enabled a 3rd option which is Celek sneaking behind the LBs who are monitoring the screen:
Bruce Carter is in Foles' throwing lane to Celek, and since the Cowboys are defending the screen well he needs to throw it away:
But here's the All-22 look. Celek has an awful lot of room in front of him. Despite having Carter in his throwing lane, he probably had room to go over the top but Carr is also there in coverage. Probably wise for Foles to throw away there:
Classic Chip Kelly. Attacking the edges with McCoy and Jackson and a big play opportunity down the seam.
Here it is again. Eagles once again in 11 personnel. Desean motions from the top of the field. Carr will stay put indicating zone coverage. This gives the Eagles a 3 on 1 matchup at the bottom of the screen in the short area with Claiborne.
Scandrick was originally showing blitz from the edge at the bottom. He's going to have to drop out because of the 3 on 1 matchup that is forming on the bottom of the screen. But he has to defend 2 guys in the short area with Desean attacking the bottom of the screen.
Avant is going to run Scandrick off and by the time he Scandrick passes him off, Riley Cooper runs a shallow cross to a wide open middle of the field:
Here's one more. Desean will motion to the bottom of the field. Carr will let him go indicating zone coverage. This time Desean stops in the slot next to Jason Avant:
This will again create a 2 on 1 matchup over Scandrick. The Cowboys have an edge linebacker blitzing, so again Scandrick has to take his pick. Desean is going to drive him off the LB blitzes:
and Avant will peel to a wide open middle of the field:
While Desean Jackson definitely seems to draw the most attention when he is in motion, we also have used other receivers in motion like Riley Cooper and Jason Avant. Let's have a look at some man coverage. Here Jason Avant is originally lined up in the slot. He's going to show reverse motion to the top of the field:
Vikings safety Robert Blanton is going to follow Avant to the top of the screen indicating man coverage:
Note the motioning Avant also draws the attention of LB Chad Greenway post-snap. Ertz and Jackson run clear outs and Lesean is going to sneak out on a screen at the bottom:
And a nice screen set up with Mathis as the ambush player and Herremans and Kelce out front:
Similar look but this time with Avant motioning out of the backfield. Vikings are in man coverage and again Avant draws the attention of 2 Vikings defenders:
And again, Lesean leaks out on the screen with a perfect set-up with Mathis once again as the ambush player and Kelce and Herremans forming the sidewalk:
Finally, we've successfully used these motion concepts in the 13 personnel grouping with 3 TEs. This is an important one to note since we might see this against the Saints who love to play nickel and dime packages. I think Chip will see that as an invitation to play bigger people and run. Like he does against the Bears here. Desean in motion and Jennings follows him indicating man coverage. This is important as it leaves the Eagles with lots of room on the top of the formation.
The OL leaves 2 edge defenders as they run the sweep read to the top
With Kelce leading the way in the hole for McCoy:
But this sweep read is in fact another packaged play as we are about to see. Desean once against motions on a reverse to the bottom of the screen. This time the Bears are in zone coverage as Jennings stays put instead of following Desean. Check out the run action. The Eagles OL are still executing the read sweep...but Foles keeps because the Eagles now have a 3 on 2 match-up based on the motioning Desean and 2 tight ends as lead blockers:
And Desean has lots of room: