EAGLE EYE IN THE SKY
HERE’S A LOOK AT HOW THE EAGLES’ GAME PLAN HELD WIDE RECIEVER
ODELL BECKHAM JR. TO ONE OF THE WORST GAMES OF HIS NFL CAREER
BY FRAN DUFFY
In Week 6 against the New York Giants, the Eagles held Odell Beckham Jr. to six catches for 44 yards, the worst game of this young
season for the talented receiver. The performance goes deeper than that, however, as Beckham’s 7.3 yards per catch was actually the
worst number in any of his 53 career regular-season games. How did they do it?
The Giants dropped back 47 times against the Eagles. Beckham lined up outside on 38 of them. The Eagles played some form of
Cover 2 to his side − meaning he had a corner pressed in his face with a safety over the top − on 23 of those 38 snaps. The objective
in all of those coverages is to A) get the receiver disrupted early in the down, B) provide safety help over the top if needed, and C)
cloud the picture for Eli Manning and force him to hold onto the football longer than he’d prefer. The Eagles mixed things up against
Beckham, but that was the foundation of what defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, defensive backs coach Cory Undlin, and the
defensive staff felt was important going into this game, and it worked.
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On this first-quarter snap, Manning drops back and
the Eagles are playing Cover 2 to Beckham’s side of the
field. This is called Quarter-Quarter-Half coverage,
with Cover 2 to one side and Quarters (or Cover 4)
to the other.
Manning tries to squeeze this throw in between the
cornerback and the safety, but the window is too tight
and Ronald Darby breaks up the pass.
This was the case for much of the game, as both
Manning and Beckham became frustrated with how to
beat the coverage scheme. The Giants tried to attack the
Quarters side of the field as the game went on, and they
did so with mixed results.
The Eagles again played Quarter-Quarter-Half with
Cover 2 on Beckham’s side in the fourth quarter.
Manning took the snap and looked immediately to
the other side, wanting to attack the Eagles down the
field. The ball never came out of his hands, however, as
linebacker Nigel Bradham got home for a sack.