Eagle Eye: How The Defense Overcame Injuries And The Giants Quick Passing Game
On Monday https://www.eaglesfootballgear.com/Eagles_Matt_Tobin_Jersey, I looked back at three factors that helped provide the spark for the Eagles' run game against the Giants. Here I want to look at what went into the defensive success in the win. New York came into this game with a very defined game plan. The Giants knew they had to protect their offensive line against the Eagles' defense. That meant they were going to run the ball more than usual, and it meant the ball was going to come out of quarterback Eli Manning hands quickly. Just how quickly did the ball come out? Manning dropped back 53 times on Sunday. On 29 of those pass attempts, he held the ball for fewer than two seconds. On 50 of those attempts, he held the ball for fewer than three seconds. The average release time for Manning was 1.93 seconds in the game. When the ball comes out THAT quickly, it tough for a defensive line to generate a rush, much less for a blitzer to get home free coming from farther away. Sending extra rushers woulde been a moot point, and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz knew it. For that reason, Schwartz backed his secondary off, along with the fact that the Eagles were severely shorthanded with two of the top three safeties and two of the top four corners out of the game https://www.eaglesfootballgear.com/Eagles_Bryce_Treggs_Jersey. The Eagles played a ton of off-zone coverage on Sunday to force Manning to chip away and matriculate the ball down the field. They weren going to get beaten over the top. See the throw, rally to the football, and tackle the ball carrier immediately after the catch. That was the Eagles’ game plan in the secondary against the Giants, and for most of the time, it was extremely effective. The only pass play over 20 yards in this game for either team was the 77-yard catch-and-run by slot receiver Sterling Shepard. It came off a pinpoint throw by Manning over the middle of the field to help set Shepard up for yards after the catch. On the two previous touchdown drives, New York only had to go a combined 88 yards and it took two outstanding grabs in the end zone by superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Schwartz went in with a plan, and his players went out and executed it. So let see what it looked like on film. Shot 1 - Giants came in defined game plan.