Eagles Film Study: The Screen Game

23 yards, 13 yards, and 11 yards.

The Eagles gashed the Redskins for 47 yards on three Corey Clement screen plays Monday night.

It ended up being 10.7% of the Birds’ yardage in the 28-13 win, and it was one of their best-executed batch of designs on the evening.

I touched on the screens a little earlier this week, but I wanted to go back and clip the third screen and cut a couple of still pictures out of the coaches film to show you just much space the Eagles created on these plays.

Doug Pederson called three Clement screens, and the first one took place at the 40-yard line during the second quarter:

Nice job by Carson Wentz to hold on to the ball there and toss it right through the blitzing linebacker. Jason Kelce gets downfield to do what he does, and the Eagles hit the Skins for a big gain.

One of the things I liked about all three screens was that the Birds did a really solid job of clearing out space via their receivers, after the jump:

Three receivers right?

Drag two against the grain and have Nelson Agholor clear the field vertically, and you’ve opened a huge chunk of green grass for Clement to hit.

The second screen took place in the third quarter, and this was the first of two where the Eagles benefited from their running game by placing Wentz under center and using play action help freeze the Washington linebackers:

Play-action, clear space, and dump it off.

On this play, they motioned Agholor across the formation before bringing him back above the line to move one cornerback. Alshon Jeffery and Golden Tate ran the same little drag routes to pull their guys away from the strong side, and that resulted in the Eagles creating a 3v2 blocking mismatch after the clear out:

No Redskin blitz on that play, just a typical four-man rush.

The third and final screen took place in the fourth quarter, and it was similar in design to the second screen as an under-center play-action jawn. This time they just put the receivers in trips and ran it to the right side of the field instead of Carson’s left:

Again a lot of space with Jason Kelce rumbling downfield.

The one wrinkle on this design is that they didn’t clear the receivers on the drag, they sent two vertically and had Golden Tate just run a little bullshit out route from the slot:

No, it’s not much, but that little out takes the corner towards the sideline and well away from the play.

In all three instances, you see how successful they were at putting multiple receivers on the line, sending them away from the screen, then going right back into that vacated space with Clement.

These screens were well-executed, well-blocked, well-designed, and really one of the most effective things the Eagles offense has done over the past three weeks.

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6 Responses

  1. Kevin, what position did you play in football??

    Hahaha fuck outa here you beta bitch !

  2. Water boy.

    Why don’t you go back to your cubicle at McDonald’s and get your GED? Oh and yeah, something something your mom.

  3. I live in Fishtown and like the Union. Soccer is awesome. I drive a little bitty pickup truck that was designed for women! My musical tastes are spectacularly bad and I once kissed another man and kind of liked it.

  4. The key to success in the NFL is changing constantly. Every team schemes for their opponent. Gotta keep coming up with new wrinkles every week. #1 reason I miss Reich and Flip. They always made sure they were a step ahead. This week will show if Dougie absorbed that lesson…

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