If you guys missed it, Uda and I are going to be taking turns week after week breaking down some of the most memorable plays in recent Eagles history. Uda will be doing the offense, while I'll be doing the defense (mostly I think because we each understand our respected sides better than the other).
For my first play I really wanted to start off with a bang. I didn't want to get an INT, in fact I just wanted to get what is one of my favorite plays (I have a top 3 BTW) I have ever seen happen on the football field, that's out of any team, any level, both offense and defense. So without further hesitation I give you..... (cue drum roll)...
Ok to begin with we line up with a 5 man front. We have 5 players with their hands on the ground looking as if they're going to be blitzing. We only send four and actually get some decent pressure on the QB, I think if this play were anything but a screen pass we make a sack here. Keep in mind one of the 4 (the far man on the DL in this video) is Stewart Bradley, who rushes off the edge.
As far as the LB's go it appears we designate Trotter to the RB. Let's just say we're extremely lucky Sheldon made this play, I think this is huge for the Saints if he didn't.. The other LB pretty much goes and plays a deep third.
The DB's do a pretty good job in this one (not that there was any time to mess up) and it looks as if we were preparing for this play anyway. Sheldon literally takes 0 steps backwards on this one which leads me to believe he was playing zone with the safety picking up the loose man or that Sheldon just 100% free lanced there, to be honest there wasn't much time to allow the play to develop and see either way..
See this isn't just my favorite play because it shows that if you execute a play, watch enough film and learn another teams tendency's you can devise a way for players like Sheldon to get in there and make a big hit like that.. The DL did such a good job getting pressure that they OLman couldn't get away to block for Bush, the LB's although Trotter was a step slow had pretty good coverage and Sheldon read that screen, watched it happen and attacked when he diagnosed where it was going.. And to that I say Kudo's Mr. Brown, I miss seeing you in Eagles green.