You learn something new every day.
Today Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh divulged a small detail for us. A minor nugget, if you will.
The Wendell Smallwood wildcat play from Sunday’s win has a special name:
Q. Who came up with the “fake” Philly Special? (Bo Wulf)
MIKE GROH: It came out of the run division, yeah. I wasn’t in the run division meeting, but it came out of the run division meeting, yeah.
Q. What is it called? (Jimmy Kempski)
MIKE GROH: (laughs) Oh, it’s called London Special, yeah. We put it in in London.
Pretty cool. That means Duce Staley and his guys came up with it. I guess they were going to use it against the Jaguars but never did.
I Imagine the conversation on Sunday went something like this:
Wendell Smallwood: “You want London London?”
Doug Pederson: “Yeah, let’s do it.”
They ran it on the two-point conversion that came up just short on Sunday night, after the jump:
Some people are convinced that Smallwood got the ball over the line, but the NFL doesn’t use goal line technology:
For what it’s worth,
The “London Special,” as Doug Pederson called it, was successful.
If the Eagles had lost this game, this photo would be the source of complete outrage.
Will never understand why the NFL won’t adapt simple technology like this to ensure accurate calls. pic.twitter.com/TTmIbwLK8Y
— Eagles Nation (1-0) (@PHLEaglesNation) January 7, 2019