EAGLE EYE IN THE SKY
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN
CAN THE EAGLES STYMIE THE GIANTS’ AGGRESSIVE DEFENSIVE APPROACH?
BY FRAN DUFFY
Looking back at the Eagles’ win over the Giants a few weeks ago, one of the big things that
stood out was the offense’s ability to pick up the blitz. If you recall, the Eagles had issues with
picking up stunts and blitzes at that point in the year. Carson Wentz was getting hit and sacked
too often, but in this game, the offensive line, running backs, and tight ends stood tall against
pressure and kept Wentz clean in key situations.
Here’s one example on third-and-6, late in the game. The Giants line up in an overload look from the left side, with a defensive
tackle to the left of Jason Kelce along with two edge rushers and a linebacker. It’s up to Wentz and Kelce to set the protection.
The Eagles respond to this look with a “four-man slide,” which is a form of zone blocking in pass protection. Everyone from
left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai all the way to right guard Brandon Brooks will slide in that direction. Each of those four linemen
is responsible for blocking the rusher who enters that gap. This is the “zone side” of the protection, with each offensive lineman
responsible for the defender in his zone. Now, let’s look at the “man side” of the protection.
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