The Eagles got the running game going again yesterday. I wish there was some new wrinkle or new scheme change they made that allowed them to jump start the running game. However, their success yesterday came down to one thing: Execution. Quite simply the Eagles did a much better job up front and as a result, McCoy looked a lot more like the 2013 version. In addition to great OL play in the run game, the Eagles receiving corps put forth an excellent day blocking downfield which lead to some of McCoy and Sproles' bigger runs. But by and large, this was the same scheme and same play calls. Inside zone, outside zone, sweep read and power play. Let's have a look at a few.
One of the Eagles go-to plays in the middle of the field last year was combining a wheel route out of the backfield with mesh concepts underneath. The Eagles have continued to run it in 2014 but without as much success as last season. They broke it out again yesterday and on 3 particular plays you can see the challenges it brings to the defense.
The best Special Teams unit in the NFL just keeps scoring TDs. The resurgence of this unit coached by Dave Fipp has just been remarkable. They may as well hand him the Special Teams Coach of the Year honors right now. While the returners will always get most of the credit, as we showed a few weeks ago, this entire unit is playing terrific "teams" football. This week's hero was Josh Huff who took a beating last week for his special teams gaffe (although my colleague David may suggest otherwise). Anyway, you succeed as a team and you fail as a team. Let's have a look at Huff's TD from yesterday.
Josh Huff has taken a lot of heat this week for the punt return by Green Bay. Other than saying that he did what the coaches told him to do, he made little comment, named no names, and blamed no one else.