Film Breakdown: The Eagles’ exotic look with Jason Babin and Trent Cole in the “Joker” position

I was looking at the film of Jason Babin’s sacks yesterday against the Jets, and the Eagles showed a very creative look in rushing 4 defensive lineman against the Jets.

The Eagles lined up their DTs, Mike Patterson (98) and Cullen Jenkins (97), WAY out wide (outside the tackles), and both Trent Cole and Jason Babin were lined up 3 yards off the ball in sort of a linebacker position (the “Joker” position).  Babin is circled, Cole is next to him.

At the snap, Patterson and Jenkins will engage with the tackles, then rush hard inside to try to collapse the pocket.  Meanwhile Babin and Cole try to speed around the edge.

This puts a lot of pressure on the offensive tackles.  The right tackle, Wayne Hunter (78), is slow passing off Jenkins to right guard Brandon Moore (65).

Hunter is way too late recognizing the speedy Babin racing around the corner, who now has a free lane to QB Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez tries to step up, but has nowhere to go, and he’s meat.


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  7. […] The Trent Cole and Jason Babin delayed blitz routine is fun to watch. Jimmy at Blogging the Beast has a nice breakdown of it. Though they’ve run this for a few weeks, it was especially effective a… […]

  8. Joe D says:

    disappointed in you jimmy. you said we wouldn’t have seen the lions in the playoffs since 1937..

    do u forget the schlacking we gave them in 1995…????????????????????????????? i know you remember that scott mitchell rodney pete matchup

  9. Number5 says:

    It’s creative but its a one time thing at most

    1. I agree that it’s the kind of look that teams will notice on film, and will be ready for. But it’s also the kind of look you can show, and then add a new wrinkle.

      1. Steve says:

        Next weeks wrinkle: Michael Vick lined up to the outside of the DT, tears ACL rushing the passer, Andy Reid drawn and quartered in novacare facility later that week.

  10. smutsboy says:

    Ehhh, that just looks like straight up bad offense.

    Terrible play by the RT.

    Who is, indeed, terrible.

    1. Yeah, I live in the NYC area, and the radio guys up here have been killing Wayne Hunter all season. However, Babin also had another sack from the same exact look, but running around the left side, against D’Brickashaw Ferguson. I can see where it’s confusing to the OL. How often do you see defensive tackles lined up that wide?

      1. smutsboy says:

        It’s similar to a mush rush. There’s only 2 down linemen, everyone else is wandering around.

        Clearly it’s effective, but not mind blowing.

  11. RogerPodacter says:

    i’ve been of the crowd saying juan was in over his head since the later part of this season. after seeing this on the field and some of the other tweaks he has brought in, i have to give the man credit. this is an excellent way to work with cole & babin. pretty creative i think. give the man some props where its due.

  12. bdawk4ever says:

    That’s a pretty damn ingenious play design. That’s JJ like.

  13. Steve says:

    I think the DT’s aren’t trying to get a rush at the QB so much as they’re trying to cave the OT into the G’s. It’s a smart design and I’ve always wondered why teams didn’t try to do that, have their outside rusher intentionally push the OT into the G and have the inside guy loop around. It’s basically a pick play but using linemen instead.

  14. Mr.Electric10 says:

    Jimmy Is this the same play that drew the Jets false start on a big 3rd down. Also, is this a pure pass rushing set but could this help to stop run

  15. Andrew says:

    81 shoulda chipped Babin like 21 did to Cole

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