ITB Postgame Live: Strong Defense Overcomes Offensive Struggles
Despite a sluggish offensive performance, the Philadelphia Eagles narrowly survived their Week 1 matchup over the New England Patriots, 25-20.
On “Inside The Birds Postgame Live,” Adam Caplan, Geoff Mosher, and former Eagles tight end Clay Harbor reacted and reviewed the opening game.
Clay Harbor: “He is your big-time tight end, get him the ball. If you see at halftime that he has catches and no targets, throw him a TE screen or a Y stick, do something to get him involved in this gameplan. If you go through a game and you get one target for Dallas Goedert who is a Pro Bowl caliber tight end, that is tough.”
Geoff Mosher: “Here is what struck me: their first 15 plays looked a lot like the Eagles of last year: they blended 11 and 12 personnel, were running the ball, had some RPOs…long drives. And then it seemed like they got away from that.”
Caplan: “From the 20 to 20 [yard lines], why is Swift not getting the football? This was a tactical error by the coaches. I am sure he will get a bigger role, but they didn’t dress Rashaad Penny, they didn’t use Boston Scott, so why not use Swift? They lacked explosion…this is where you get Swift the football.”
Mosher: “They only went into the game with three off-the-ball linebackers: Nakobe Dean, Zach Cunningham, and Christian Elliss. Dean left the game with an injury. It seemed like a risky roll-of-the-dice and it almost came back to hurt them. This is another thing they have to re-evaluate going forward.”
Caplan: “Only dressing three inside linebackers when you run a 3-4 and Dean left in the third quarter with a right foot injury. We are told he is getting tested tomorrow…Elliss had to come in there. If Dean is out for a while, Elliss would be a starter, I don’t think it would be Nic Morrow.”
Caplan: “Fletcher Cox had a big play before he got hurt, Jalen Carter had a quality rush, had a sack. Jordan Davis did some good things… his conditioning was great and he was not getting stood up. That was a major problem last year, he was overweight, stamina was not great, not this game.”
Harbor: “Jalen Carter looked good, Jordan Davis looked good, Fletch found the fountain of youth. He is still making plays out there and shedding blockers. There are some good things that came out of this game.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
Catch Inside The Birds Postgame Live featuring Adam Caplan, Geoff Mosher and former Eagles TE Clay Harbor: