Inside The Tape: Multiple TEs, Pre-Snap Movement Await Birds
The Chiefs’ usage of tight ends and their habit of changing defensive looks are two areas to watch closely Monday night for the Eagles when they head to Arrowhead Stadium for a prime-time rematch of the Super Bowl.
Former Eagles tight end Clay Harbor and Greg Cosell watched the All-22 to find key matchups for this battle between the NFC’s best team and AFC’s best team.
The 8-1 Eagles face the 7-2 Chiefs for an 8:25 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.
“They play a lot out of 12 personnel – two tight ends – and 13 personnel with three tight ends,” Cosell observed of the Chiefs’ offense. “[Eagles defensive coordinator] Sean Desai has been doing some different things, so we don’t know what he’s going to do specifically, but if he chooses to be in base defense – meaning four defensive backs – when they play multiple tight ends, that to me is one of the really intriguing matchups on that side of the ball.”
It’s interesting, as Harbor points out, given the Eagles’ struggles at interior defense.
“It’s funny when you talk about all the two-tight end sets, is that the Eagles haven’t been good against the tight end,” Harbor added. “They have a 130 rating allowed – second-worst in the entire NFL – to opposing tight ends.”
On the other side, the Chiefs are knowing for late movement and disguise on defense, rotating safeties from two-high looks to one-high looks right before the snap.
“They’re not a high percentage blitz defense, they’re a selective blitz defense,” Cosell said. “But they’re really good at it. Tey’re really good at disguise and late rotation. That’s one of the things you really have to look for in this game.”
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.