Now that the coaches film is out, it’s time to take one last look at the Super Bowl Philadelphia Eagles’ 23-26 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. While shoving your hand in an industrial grade blender probably isn’t high on your list of priorities, to understand where things went wrong for the Eagles is necessary. That’s where The Kist & Solak Show comes in.
After reviewing and charting the game, one thing’s for sure. The Eagles secondary is struggling to finding it’s identity after the loss of safety Rodney McLeod and there might not be a quick fix in sight. This has led to some niche coverage schemes being used at a frequency that is rare. Others in football media have taken notice and have shown their confusion over the tactic.
Eagles experimentation with inverted cover-2 cost them the game vs the Titans. So many of Titan’s big plays came as a result of that coverage.— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) October 2, 2018
It’s a good switch up coverage but it’ll breakdown if you run it too often.
Breaking down is exactly what the Eagles secondary did on Sunday, but they weren’t the only ones. On the offensive side of the ball, pass protection uncharacteristically broke down in the face of aggressive Titans’ defensive coordinator Dean Pees.
Against the #FlyEaglesFly, #TitanUp DC Dean Pees brought a blitz on 19 of 56 dropbacks (34%) by my charting.— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) October 2, 2018
vs BLITZ: 4.57 yards per play, 42% success rate, 3 sacks (16%).
vs NON-BLITZ: 6.54 yards per play, 46% success rate, 1 sack (3%).
Despite poor play from several key contributors, there were still some bright spots on the film. Most importantly, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz looked every bit the part in his second week back to action. His connection with the returning Alshon Jeffery will go a long way in helping this offense scratch and crawl back to where it was last year. So there are positive signs on a team in desperate need of them.
Let me and Benjamin Solak tell you what else we saw with our third eye in the coaches film breakdown. You can stream it on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. As always, FLY EAGLES FLY!
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