Eagles Did Their Homework On Jets' Coverages

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18: Brent Celek trucks Darrelle Revis for a TD. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Jets are a defense that often confuses opponents by disguising their coverages. However, according to S Eric Smith, the Eagles receivers simply weren't fooled and seemed to recognize the coverages before every snap.

"They'd line up, look at us, look at Vick, and (say), 'Oh, they're in Cover Zero' or 'They're in Cover One,'" Smith said after the 45-19 loss. "They did a good job of studying, a good job of preparing for the game."

Of course, knowing the opponents coverage isn't going to do you much good if you don't execute, so while the Eagles deserve a lot of credit for their preparation in this game, you have to appreciate the execution as well. Because we've certainly seen Eagles WRs get open this year, only to drop, tip, or fumble the ball when it gets to them.

And let's Michael Vick his due for taking what the Jets gave him. Obviously the Jets have two good cover corners on the outside, but they're lacking at safety. So, for the most part, Vick attacked the middle of the field with great success. The passes to WRs were mostly over the middle, but the most damage was done by the TEs. Clay Harbor had 2 catches for 20 yards and Brent Celek had a monster game hauling in 5 passes for 156 yards and a TD.

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