Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh doesn’t typically say anything interesting during his press conferences. It’s usually 12 minutes of coach speak and looking out for his players, which is whatever; he keeps things close to the vest and doesn’t let anything slip. He doesn’t say anything that results in unwanted headlines or negative publicity.
Sometimes there will be a moment where he specifically says he doesn’t want to give too much away, and we got one of those quotes today when he was asked about Carson Wentz’s fourth quarter comeback and how the coaching staff can help get him going:
Q. Are there ways for the coaching staff to kind of get Carson in rhythm a little earlier, whether it be play call or design or that sort of thing? (Dave Zangaro)
MIKE GROH: Yeah, I think if you sense maybe if a player might be struggling that you try to find some comfort food, if you will.
Q. What’s that for Carson? (Dave Zangaro
MIKE GROH: I wouldn’t want to give away any game-plan secrets there. But I’m sure you can speculate a little bit as to what those things might be. But try to find easy completions where you can get the ball out of your hand in rhythm and once you get one or two of those, a lot of times you just kind of settle in the game. And then the game comes to you.
Alright, so there’s a morsel. A small scrap for us to chew on.
Carson Wentz seemed to be presented with the comfort food on the first touchdown drive, when the Eagles went 10 plays for 58 yards in about five and a half minutes, running the ball six times and throwing it only four times. This was the drive where Miles Sanders started with a pair of runs, then came out injured and Boston Scott finished the job.
But those four throws were short tosses, 32 yards worth of easy completions on simple reads.
Here they are, clumped together:
Easy stuff. Quick throws.
We saw a swing pass, a five-yard hook, a seven-yard out, and a seven-yard slant. Wentz didn’t hold the ball at all, he just found his primary and threw those passes. 60/40 run to pass ratio, some no-huddle running with Scott, uptempo type of play calling against a defense that was beginning to tire.
And on the next drive, these were the passes he threw:
- swing pass left
- swing pass right
- play action, check down (Ajayi drop)
- receiver screen
- play action, running back screen
- extended the play, deep shot
- deep left (touchdown dropped)
The short stuff opened up the deep look, which probably should have been a score.
But that’s the comfort food for Carson Wentz with this personnel group. It’s not complicated caviar. It’s Wawa mac and cheese. Just throw the thing in the microwave for 30 seconds and let’s get cooking.
Here’s the recipe for beating Warshington on Sunday:
- run the football
- throw screen and swing passes
- lateral misdirection, get defenses moving horizontally
- mix in some play action and bootleg, then try the occasional downfield shot
Simple enough. Sign me up; I’ll call the plays from my basement, and if I fail, I’m an idiot sandwich: