‘The Kelce Factor’
ITB: Cosell Analyzes Eagles '23 Opponents, Part II
The Philadelphia Eagles are set for one of the most challenging schedules in 2023, particularly after their bye week where seven of their final eight games are against playoff teams from the previous season.
On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Greg Cosell joined Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher to break down the Eagles’ opponents in the second half of the 2023 season.
Kansas City Chiefs
Greg Cosell: “One thing people may not be aware of about the Chiefs is that last year they had the highest percentage of playing with multiple tight ends than any team in the league and that’s because of the Travis Kelce factor. He can line up anywhere in the formation.”
Cosell: “It is interesting they play the Bills right after the Chiefs, because Dalton Kincaid can be used stylistically and tactically in the same way as Travis Kelce. Now you have a team that played the lowest percentage by far of 12 personnel a year ago, they did not sign Dawson Knox and trade up to draft Kincaid to have Kincaid or Knox play five snaps a game. This team is going to play a ton more out of 12 personnel because they are both athletic enough to be detached from the formation and play formation variation.”
San Francisco 49ers
Cosell: “It’s the slot corner where Jimmie Ward was that I think they are going to have to work through training camp to figure out. Isaiah Oliver played some of that in Atlanta, I am not sure if that is his best position because of his size…defensively they have some questions, but by the time of this game a lot will be figured out.”
New York Giants
Cosell: “Parris Campbell, if he can stay healthy, has vertical ability. Jalin Hyatt, Darius Slayton, and Darren Waller all have vertical ability. I am not suggesting they are just going to toss it all over the yard, but if you look at Brian Daboll’s offense when he was with Buffalo, he had some really good and intermediate and vertical route concepts that attacked defenses. I think you are going to see those…I thought the Deonte Banks draft pick was a great one, given Wink Martindale because he wants to rush the quarterback and play man, and Banks was a great man-to-man corner prospect. He had some great snaps against Marvin Harrison Jr. when they played Ohio State.”
Cosell: “Defensively, that is Jonathan Gannon’s area, it will be his defense. If you look right now, do they have a pass rusher? (BJ) Ojulari, their second round pick, I liked his tape a lot, we will see how much he plays, but besides him if you look at that roster, I don’t see a pass rusher.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.