Sep 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) celebrates after making a defensive play against the Cleveland Browns during the 2nd quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-US PRESSWIRE
Coming into yesterday's game against the Browns, Andy Reid said that the snaps would be split between the linebackers, and that the group would rotate in and out.
But like much of what Reid says, what he did on Sunday did not exactly match up.
Of the 62 defensive snaps yesterday, DeMeco Ryans and rookie Mychal Kendricks dominated the playing time, with the other linebackers playing sparingly. Here is a breakdown of the snap count for the linebackers:
1) DeMeco Ryans- 62
2) Mychael Kendricks- 55
3) Akeem Jordan- 20
4) Brian Rolle- 2
5) Jamar Chaney- 1
6) Casey Matthews- 0
Of course, with the way Ryans was playing yesterday, taking him off the field would have been a mistake. Kendricks had a solid game as well, and the production of both players means the Eagles could finally have some stability at the linebacking position.
Rolle's fall from grace pretty much hit rock bottom yesterday, as he was on the field for only 2 snaps. The Eagles and Reid can say they like the depth they have at the position, but at least for this week, it's clear they do not feel comfortable with Rolle, Jamar Chaney or Casey Matthews on the field.
Here are some other observations on how the Eagles divided playing time:
* The Eagles starting offensive line- Todd Herremans, Danny Watkins, Jason Kelce, Evan Mathis and King Dunlap- all played each of the offense's 95 snaps. That is pretty standard for an offensive line to play the entire game, but 95 snaps is a ton of snaps. It does not excuse the play by any means, but it should at least be mentioned that each of those players played close to 2 games worth of snaps in their first real action in months.
* While the Eagles had nearly 100 plays on offense, the Browns had only 62. That means the Eagles had 33 more snaps than the Browns did, but came up with only 1 more point to show for it. Yes, 7 of the Browns point came on defense, but it still shows how turnovers and penalties can kill a team- and momentum on offense.
* Two top Eagles draft picks from the last 2 seasons continues to look worse and worse. Brandon Graham (2010) and Jaiquawn Jarrett (2011)- played a combined 4 snaps against the Browns. All 4 were from Graham, meaning Jarrett did not see the field on defense at all. Juan Castillo and the Eagles defensive coaches not having trust in Jarrett meant that Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman had to play the entire game. As for Graham, only getting on the field for 4 plays has to be disappointing given all the work he put in this offseason to try to turn his career around. Graham got the least amount of snaps any of the defensive lineman, and was the only one to not hit double-digits.
* Fans were frustrated after the game yesterday about the amount of times Reid gave the ball to McCoy, but the truth is that McCoy saw plenty of action yesterday. McCoy was on the field for 81 plays, and touched the ball 26 times. Over a 16 game season, that would mean McCoy would have 416 touches this season- close to 100 more then last year (326).
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