The Run Game Has No Easy Answers

The Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys is a tough one to digest. And as much as some people want to crow “I told you so!” about Chip Kelly’s decision to release Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, the problems with the running game are not nearly that simple. It wasn’t just the guards. Some of the most reliable blockers on the team — Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Brent Celek — had rough games, too.

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Look at the first three running plays, the first three first downs.

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The initial play was a zone run right, with Jeremy Mincey left unblocked on the backside. Jordan Matthews started in motion, then doubled back to block Mincey. Andrew Gardner didn’t get much push on the playside, so Murray cut back behind Matthews, who was unable to hold off Mincey (not surprisingly).

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The second run, Murray had a good hole for a cutback to the left, opened up by Allen Barbre and Jason Peters (see photo above). Instead, he ran into a clot of linemen (red arrow) with predictable results.

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On the third play, a sweep left, Dallas ran a stunt that the Eagles couldn’t handle. Celek whiffed on his man, who couldn’t quite reach Sproles at the point of handoff but still disrupted and delayed the run. Then Kelce — despite a desperate lunge — couldn’t get in front of LB Sean Lee, who took advantage of the delay to swoop in and tackle Sproles for the loss. Ryan Mathews was also pretty much useless on the play.

The point is, even if the Eagles were awarded two Pro Bowl guards out of sympathy, the problems with this running game wouldn’t be solved. They go far deeper. Is Murray having trouble grasping the Eagles running scheme? Are Peters and Celek on the steep downside of their long, successful careers? Is the offensive line simply discouraged or unable to communicate? That’s what OL coach Stoutland, Shurmur and Chip need to figure out ASAP.

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60 Responses

      1. Jeffy “all around Boston boy” lurie still owns you
        No rings
        No class
        Whiners

        We are still them boyz!

  1. What gives fat slob Josh Innes the right? Ooooo hot take on the Eagles. Oooo. I wonder what Jim Smith from Springfield, MO thinks about the Eagles. Why doesn’t coke head Andy Bloom hire him and give him a daily radio show?

    Josh Innes is a fat slob and he sucks.

  2. Well well well …. HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!

    Wooooooooo!!!!! I told you idiots that this was going to happen!!!!

    Fuck the Eagles !!!! Chip Kelly blows!!!! Eagles fans are pussys!!!!

    Now if you’ll excuse me, there are 3 very well endowed black men waiting to ravage my ass and mouth …. No rubbers baby !!!

  3. Murray is at zero fault here….on the second play Barbre and Kelce combo block the down linemen, however Barbre never gets off that initial man to get to the linebacker….also WTF Jordan Matthews, don’t just get in his way, knock the shit out of that linemen who doesn’t even see you cracking back. On the third run Kelce just doesn’t get to his guy (Sean Lee, who was awesome yesterday). Ryan Mathews who is playing a fullback role (are you happy now Heath Evans?) and Barbe once again just collectively whiff on a defensive back. In all 3 gif’s the guy that has me most worried is Jason Peters….dude is playing like a 330 pound wounded animal, just flailing and and moving around desperately without a purpose. Even when he gets to a guy, he is a non-factor….The whole line including Celek (total nightmare) are just playing scared and apprehensive like it’s their first game ever

  4. Offense that runs 99% of its plays out of the shotgun will not work in the NFL. Although a small sample the only play referenced above that worked a little bit was a 2 yard gain on the 2nd play shown above. You cant give Demarco the ball 5-6 yards behind the line of scrimmage and expect him to “fall forward”. This offense needs to be able to get in Iform and run the ball UP THE FN MIDDLE with force. This will open up all the other options we have on offense. I dont think Chip agrees at all with this, and thus the reason CHIP MUST GO

  5. congrats on being a hot take dumbass. Best two runners out of the shotgun for the past 3 years are Ryan Mathews and Demarco Murray. You got to have running lanes no matter what kind of style back you are. Last year the Patriots ran mostly out of the shotgun formation with Legarrette Blount who is the poster boy for downhill running. Bradford went under center a few times yesterday, nothing changed and it won’t until the line communicates and performs better. The eagles could have Walter Payton and Jim Brown back there and it wouldn’t mean shit

    1. I’d like to see those numbers you reference….I know with my eyes when Murray starts with the ball 5-6 yards deep and having to dodge defenders without gaining any steam its a loss. Now if we hand the ball off out of iform then he is gaining momentum towards the line and if the Dline has penetration Murray can still gain 2-3 yrds rather then losing 5. Thats an eight yard swing, and the difference between 2nd and 15 and 2nd and 7.

      1. Oh and take it easy with the KOOL AID…..this team has shown NOTHING….the offense is dysfunctional and the defense will not be able to stop any top receivers in this league….lucky the division is terrible

        1. How am i drinking any “kool-aid”? I just trashed the offensive line…..the backs don’t have a shot regardless of the formation because the line is just missing their assignments.

          Also congrats on mastering the basic concepts of addition and subtraction, i know you couldn’t wait to show it off

        2. Agree with both of you. Ultimately shotgun or under center if there is no blocking we are F’d. That being said, we were minus yds for most of the gsme bc of handing the ball off while in shotgun. Those losses add up thus the terrible rushing total. Correct, with no o-line it doesnt matter, but without taking those losses at least you are put in a manageable 3rd down as opposed to those 3rd and 21’s we kept falling into.

    1. That’s me!!

      But atleast enjoying swallowing massive loads as I get gang railed by well endowed men!

      We Dem Boys!!!

    1. Speaking of boys – have I mentionedI I love getting banged in my @ss by young c0ck too?

      It feeks so good!

      We Dem Boys!!!!

  6. Wonder if fat fuck Chip Kelly will pull a Petrino-type exit between Halloween & Thanksgiving.

    NAH! I’m sure that he’s got a LOT more class! ? ?

    We Dem Boys

  7. Overrated team with the worst offensive line in football , and a couple of used up backs, to go along with one-dimensional butter fingers WRs and a fragile QB. There isn’t much shock here with the Eagles 0-2.

    The real gang green going shut them out next week !!

    J-e-t-s
    Jets
    Jets
    Jets

  8. Blah blah blah….. ima” affirmative action shit bag that is dumb as fuck and cant speak english…… bud im blacc doggg!!!

  9. How about that decision to keep that stiff Sam Bradford while cutting master of the 2 minute drill Tim Tebow. How abouyt that stupid idiotic decision. Tebow would have beat Dallas..

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