Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is a man of few words. He doesn’t give away much when he speaks to the media each week, and instead responds with short sentences and coach speak.
He did, however, offer a little bit more this week in confirming some of the things Nick Sirianni said about the failed final play at the end of the Giants game, which was the pass that hit Jalen Reagor in the hands at the one yard line.
Here’s the series of questions to open the weekly presser:
Q. Can you kind of take us through the final offensive play? Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni kind of said WR DeVonta Smith, I guess, was 1A, TE Dallas Goedert was 1B. What was the original goal of the play?(John McMullen)
SHANE STEICHEN: We were trying to get the ball to Dallas and DeVonta, and they covered it up pretty good. Jalen scrambled around and threw it to Jalen Reagor at the end of the game.
Q. So DeVonta wasn’t open?(Jeff McLane)
SHANE STEICHEN: Yeah, he got undercut a little bit and so he was looking for him, and then he scrambled around.
Q. So he shouldn’t make that throw?(Jeff McLane)
SHANE STEICHEN: He got a little pressure, so he had to move around a little bit.
Q. Wasn’t the pressure after he was initially open on the call?(Jeff McLane)
SHANE STEICHEN: Yeah, he moved around. The guy was kind of underneath it. It would have been a heck of a football throw if he made it.
Sirianni said earlier this week that Smith was the first read on the play and Goedert was second, but the look the Giants were in negated Goedert’s route.
One thing we now have available is the all-22 of the play, and I clipped it here to give you a better idea of what was going on when Jalen Hurts was buying himself time in the pocket:
Here's the all-22 film from the final play of Sunday's Eagles game. Gives you a better idea of what was happening downfield: pic.twitter.com/f6C3qOBWPc
— Kevin Kinkead (@Kevin_Kinkead) December 1, 2021
(sorry that’s my two month old in the background)
Smith is absolutely open, but at the point where Jalen Reagor is moving the safety and corner, Hurts was stepping up and shuffling to his left. If he could have reset his feet quicker, maybe he gets that throw out. Or he absorbs the hit and tries to hit Smith in stride by releasing it earlier (edit – remember it was 4th and 10, with no timeouts, so DeVonta would have had to try to get out of bounds there if the end zone wasn’t reachable)
Let me freeze it for you at that point in the route:
It’s a good play call. Good route concepts. They clear out on the weak side with a shallow mesh, and then Reagor pulls the safety away from Smith. Hurts just couldn’t get the ball to him, be it an inability to see the field, or the pressure and evasion messing up his timing. The safety DOES come back over to Smith, so perhaps Hurts saw that and went over to Reagor instead.