Old school Eagles game script, plans to attack Commanders

Old school Eagles game script, plans to attack Commanders

What follows is a model game script that the Philadelphia Eagles could use during their Monday Night Football contest versus the Washington Commanders, one based on matchups and tendencies. Gameplay is often misunderstood as just a series of plays, the first 15 plays being called on offense or defense, for example. These play calls are designed for normal down and distance, say first and ten as opposed to the first 15 plays regardless of down and distance.

While the script of any player calling usually takes shape as a result of scouting reports and concepts specifically designed to exploit specific matchups on offense and defense. Here’s an idea to get the Eagles going with their first play call.

This is taken from FootballXOs.com, more specifically from an extensive study they compiled while recreating Andy Reid’s 2002 playbook which is available for free download online.

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Montez Sweat is fantastic at defending the run, and the Philadelphia Eagles would be wise to throw bodies at him early to help them more easily read how to attack him for the rest of the game. Daron Payne is an exceptional pass rusher, but he is far less steady as a run defender. Duo blocks should wash him out of his gap responsibly and relatively easily.

Click here for a thorough explanation of duo blocking and how it works.

In this formation, the Eagles use duo blocking, i.e. double teaming both defensive tackles (Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne in this scenario). Dallas Goedert would line up on Montez Sweat’s side in this series and often blocks him, e.g25 Power.

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Here are some more ideas for attacking the commanders’ defenses.

Here’s the theory. The sweat remains unblocked. He becomes Jalen Hurts’ read, and that determines whether he gives the ball to Miles Sanders (who would run from Sweat) or whether he keeps the ball and runs to the area vacated by Sweat.

As a triple play, Hurts also has the option to throw the ball to AJ Brown (9), DeVonta Smith (9), or throw one to Dallas Goedert (8). Brown and Smith have the ability to convert these routes into fade routes if it is determined that the Chiefs are in man coverage.

Brown and Smith run go routes and stretch the field deep. Goedert runs a post route from an inline position and he is read against split safety shells.

Reading this play, if Jalen Hurts decides to pass the ball, Kamren Curl will more than likely play the box safety role, but that will be determined by whether the Commanders play coverage that leaves the middle of the field open (MOFO) or in another scheme where the middle of the field is closed (MOFC).

Darrick Forrest is a top-rated free safety for his coverage skills. If the commanders’ defense is to be in the middle of the field open (MOFO), neither Forrest nor Curl should have inside influence on Goedert’s post route. This route is read against MOFO coverage.

Jamin Davis, a Commanders linebacker, is a terrific athlete, but he struggles in coverage against wide receivers who are more physical. While Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders will line up as the No. 1 receiver to give Jalen Hurts easy coverage tells, Goedert will often be aligned in-line to maximize the mismatch the Eagles would have by forcing Davis to play in coverage.

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Kamren Curl, the Commanders’ strong safety, is essentially a linebacker. Washington often aligns him with the middle of the field closed; but if he’s in the shallow middle of the defense as a robber while Forrest, the Commanders’ free safety, is in the deep middle third of the defense, AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith have single coverage and can run go routes.

Kendall Fuller, the Commanders’ field cornerback has lost a step. He will more than likely make the move to safety next season. He struggles in man coverage, so DeVonta Smith’s route running should prove an advantage for the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense.

Benjamin St. Juste aka BSJ is the Commanders’ boundary corner (and their best player at the position). AJ Brown can beat him one-on-one, so if BSJ lines up on Brown’s side of the formation, it should be easy to read and throw for Jalen Hurts, especially if Kam Curl is in the box pre-snap or he rotates into the box after the snap .

In short, there are many ways the Eagles’ offense can attack the Chiefs’ defense. Using any of these strategies (or all of them) may be just what the doctor ordered.

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