As we transition to previewing the upcoming playoff game with the Chicago Bears, it’s important to take stock of the current state of the team. Who are the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles right now? Are they they same team as in Week 1? Week 8? No, and that’s a good thing.
With that in mind The Kist & Solak Show #62 supplants it’s usual coaches film review of the Eagles’ 24-0 win over the Washington Redskins with a more broad overview. There’s still the usual film nuggets, like who performed well and what types of looks the Eagles are getting. Those views are extrapolated out over the recent weeks, for instance how defenses are treating Alshon Jeffery and the impact it’s having on Nelson Agholor.
One of the topics covered on new Kist & Solak on @BGN_Radio.. look at the attention Alshon Jeffery is getting & how it's activating Nelson Agholor as a deep threat - pic.twitter.com/dBuJ4J55dk— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) January 2, 2019
We also dive into the top 5 graded Eagles post-bye on both offense and defense respectively with the help of Pro Football Focus. There are some surprises on the list for sure but otherwise the lists mostly make sense with how the Eagles’ players have performed in recent history.
One player that didn’t make the list for top 5 on defense but is still playing at a high level and has graded very well is cornerback Rasul Douglas. We break down what his contributions have meant since becoming the starter.
#Eagles second-year CB Rasul Douglas:— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) January 1, 2019
A) located this ball earlier than Josh Doctson
B) tracked its flight path better
C) actually attacked it at the catch point
If you are a Sul --> Safety truther, *this* is a clip you can use to support your case pic.twitter.com/3YD8TzW5bB
Taking a look at what the Eagles have been from Weeks 14-17, we’ve seen a significant shift in the offensive philosophy. Even before Carson Wentz was removed as the starter due to injury, the emphasis on the quick passing game has been clear and has paid dividends. It’s also a shift we saw last year in the playoffs.
W14-17 #FlyEaglesFly QB Time-to-Throw (per PFF):— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) January 1, 2019
W14: 2.20 (3rd fastest)
W15: 2.19 (2nd)
W16: 2.32 (t-5th)
W17: 2.18 (2nd)
In that span, Foles' 2.24 average is the quickest in the league w/highest # of dropbacks under 2.50 seconds, lowest number over 2.50.
Tons of content in this show, including a look at the coaching carousel and some of the head coaching interviews starting to happen. Now the real fun begins and playoff previews are right around the corner. They start today with The QB Scho Show where me and Mark Schofield will take an in-depth look at Bears’ quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
For now, stream The Kist & Solak Show #62 on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. FLY EAGLES FLY!
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