Just as important as the tiring effect of the Eagles up-tempo offense on the stamina of opposing defenses is the taxing effect it takes on their mentally. As play after play is thrown at the defense, the thought is that the Eagles can create mental mistakes for the opposition. That is especially the case when the Eagles employ certain exotic formations amid the chaos of speed.
"I think the more stuff you can show opposing defenses to kind of get some confusion out there, the better it will be," right tackle
With all the talk of how fast and devastating the Eagles' offense was against the Redskins, another facet that contributed to its effectiveness has flown under the radar. Numerous times throughout the game, the offensive line went to an unbalanced look with linemen lining up at different positions, creating problems for the defense.
"It's an unbalanced look," said left guard
"It was just a zone running play," Kelce said. "We had numbers in the box, we had a hat on a hat, spread the field out, and there was a huge hole right there for (McCoy). It wasn't an outside zone play, it was a play designed to hit up inside, but there were also other things that could have happened off of that. That's what they were giving us, so that's what we took."
"That was just really well blocked," Mathis said. "(McCoy) hit the hole perfectly, everybody down field was blocking well, the receivers were blocking well. It was a hat for a hat and everyone was covered up and (McCoy) made the read and scored."
"That was good communication there on that touchdown run (by LeSean McCoy)," Johnson said. "I went up to the defensive tackle and (Jason Peters) stayed on the defensive end and I sealed the hole for (McCoy)."
Earlier in the game, during the second quarter drive that resulted in quarterback
The play ended up being a handoff to McCoy for a 10-yard gain that advanced the ball from the Redskins' 24-yard line to the 14, but it could very well be different next time around. Vick ostensibly had the option of faking the handoff, pulling the ball back and throwing it to either wide receiver to take advantage of the three-on-two matchup. With Peters and Johnson outside and the prospect of utilizing their athleticism in space, you can be sure the dual triple stack will result in a wide receiver screen later on at some point during the season.
"Yeah, I hope so, maybe," Johnson said about the dual triple stack culminating in a wide receiver screen that would allow him (or Peters) to get out in front and block outside the hash marks. "We'll see in the future."
"We've got some stuff," Kelce said with a smile.
For fans and defensive coordinators alike, watch out.
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