During Andy Reid’s press conference today, I believe it was philly.com’s Zach Berman who asked Andy Reid about a play in the 2nd quarter in which the Eagles lined up without DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin. It was something I hadn’t noticed during the game.
“We had kids out there where we thought we had good matchups with,” said Reid, “and what we wanted to do with the play.”
Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly asked a follow-up if Reid and his staff were maybe overthinking things:
“When they don’t work, yeah, that can be questioned. We felt that that was the right thing to do. I don’t think we were overthinking it. It just didn’t work out.”
I went back to find the play, because I was curious what kind of formation they were in, in addition to the situation (down and distance). Turns out, it was a 3rd and 5, and the Eagles were in a 5-wide set. The eligible receivers are Riley Cooper (circled in white), Clay Harbor (black), Brent Celek (blue), Damaris Johnson (red), and Bryce Brown (yellow).
The Eagles loaded up the right side of the formation with size. Two tight ends, and 6’3 Riley Cooper. Celek ran a 5 yard out, and should have had a first down if he hadn’t dropped the pass. So in theory, the call worked, but the execution was bad. Perhaps on the left side, they knew they weren’t going that way anyway, so you my as well give Maclin/Jackson/McCoy a rest?
That’s the best I can come up with. Otherwise, I just can’t make any sense of sitting your 3 best offensive threats on 3rd and 5. Then again, I can’t make sense out of a lot of things with the Eagles this year.