Earlier this week, the Eagles announced they were moving Jamar Chaney from SLB to MLB, Moise Fokou from WLB to SLB, and Casey Matthews from MLB to WLB. I’m guessing that Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride perked up on hearing that news, and couldn’t wait to unleash, as Cris Collinsworth called it last year, Gilbride’s “A+ play.”
Last season, in the first matchup between the Giants and Eagles, Gilbride used Ernie Sims’ over-aggressiveness against him, by running play action to Brandon Jacobs to the left, having Eli Manning roll right, then come all the way back across the field again to a wide open Jacobs running 5 yards ahead of Sims for an easy pitch and catch to an unlikely receiver for a big gain. Excellent play call, great execution, got themselves 1st and G from the 5, and scored on the next play. Here’s that play from a year ago:
This week, Gilbride came back to it again. And why not? The Eagles were in a state of flux with their young and struggling linebackers. If you’ll notice, Matthews pretty much has the identical reaction that Sims had, and the Giants burned the Eagles for an easy 40 yard TD. Here’s the play from today:
Awesome play call, and again, great execution by the Giants.
After the game, I had a chance to ask Matthews if he remembered seeing that play in film study this week. He hadn’t. Bad job by the Eagles’ defensive staff. When a play works so well the previous year, I find it hard to believe they didn’t have their defense ready for it. Obviously, the Eagles weren’t, and it cost them an early 7-0 deficit.