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ITB Tape Review: Shoulder Injury Limits Howard's Production
The Eagles are locked into a playoff spot thanks to an impressive performance Sunday from the arm of Jalen Hurts.
On the latest Inside The Birds podcast, Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan gave their sourced tape review and offensive and defensive takeaways from the 20-16 win over the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field.
Adam Caplan: “He was really efficient and accurate… I remember seeing the throw to [DeVonta] Smith, it looked good, the catch and run for 30 yards. But I was told by two people this is one of his best throws of the year because he was under duress, he had a guy barreling down on him, right in his face and he stood there in the face of pressure. Eli Manning, who might go the Hall of Fame didn’t always do this.”
Mosher: “Jordan Howard, to me, and we said it last week, we reported that he had the stinger but also an AC joint in the shoulder that was bothering him, they’re likely connected … We’ve got it verified that he didn’t run the way he normally did. You have to attribute that to what he was dealing with.”
Caplan: “So I was told by one person that he looked like he was tentative going towards the hole. It’s not the speed to the hole, it’s the speed through the hole. He just didn’t look like his normal self. It wasn’t just the TV copy that we all watched, he just didn’t look right off the coaching tape.”
Caplan: “I’m going to give [Jonathan] Gannon credit. I’ve been very critical of him. But there are rave reviews from people I really respect from this game, he did so [many different things].”
Mosher: “A lot of disguise and post-snap movement.”
Caplan: “You got it. From the people I spoke with, yes that’s what they said. They did so much, he did a 3-4 front, 4-3, 3-4, 3-3-5, 5-2-4. He did a lot of different stuff. That’s why [Taylor] Heinicke, in the second half, it started getting to him. The only thing that they crapped the bed in the first half on was they gave so much space up. When they didn’t get to the passer, that’s when Heinicke was shredding them in the first half.”
Caplan: “We had heard pretty strongly that when this staff came in, they really wanted [Genard] Avery. They really liked him and I’m thinking, ‘Is this the right scheme for him?’ Well, apparently they were right. He’s had a very quiet, nice season and he’s done some good things.”
Mosher: “I guess. I feel like he’s more of a player that flashes once every three or four weeks – although he has had two good weeks in a row. He does play the run better than I thought but he’s not really a run defender, he’s just an extra man on the line that redirects the run. It’s not like he’s got a billion tackles in run defense. He just kind of makes the running back reroute because he sets an edge. So he’s a good player, good athlete [but] I still think as a blitzer, somewhere in a 3-4 is probably where he’s gonna best find his work.”
– Justin Morganstein (@jmotweets_) is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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