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Steelers Film Room: LeSean McCoy Touchdown Part Of Eagles Packaged Plays


When Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has his offense firing on all cylinders, it really is fun to watch. Kelly is a master of doing a lot out of one formation with very interchangeable personnel. Packaged plays.

Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles first touchdown to running back LeSean McCoy was not only executed very well, it was set up well by previous plays.

As you can see in the first gif below, the Eagles have sidecars next to quarterback Nick Foles. Just prior to the snap, the weakside back motions behind Foles. A play fake to the other back and then Foles can go through his progressions. On this play, Foles misses rookie Jordan Mattews on the out route. This should have been an easy pitch and catch, in my opinion.

The Eagles first possession stalled but during their next possession, they showed us the same formation again only this time they used 11 personnel with a wide receiver lined up as the weakside sidecar. Same pre-snap motion, same play-fake with the only difference being the side of the slot receiver, which in this case it was tight end Brent Celek.

Foles again misses the throw here as Celek had a full step and a half on safety Troy Polamalu. It should be noted, however, that the Steelers inside linebackers make sure to spy both sidecars as they flare out to each side.

So what do the Eagles do on the very next play? Same exact personnel, same exact formation, only this time Foles gets the Steelers defense moving to the strongside with a pump fake to the motioning sidecar. He then spins and dumps the ball off on a screen to McCoy and he’s off to races with an escort of linemen out front.

So what happened defensively? The Steelers had nickel personnel in the game and look like they are playing cover-2 with man across. You will notice that rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier has Celek in the slot while linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Jarvis Jones have changed positions. Timmons is the pass rusher on the right and Jones is left to presumably spy McCoy.

Uh oh, Jarvis, you’re going the wrong way and you forgot about McCoy. Once Jones starts going the right way, Eagles center Jason Kelce is as well. Look at this fantastic block that Kelce puts on Jones. He should have charged Jones for that ride. Don’t tell him this game doesn’t count.

Also on the play, safety Mike Mitchell stands no chance against Eagles right guard Todd Herremans. At least Mitchell forced the play to stay inside him as that is the only positive.

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin ties up cornerback Cortez Allen in the end zone and Polamalu just can’t get over there in time to prevent McCoy from scoring.

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  • Steelers12328882

    I just don’t understand why they would have Timmons and Jones switch positions?

  • srdan

    The way our d was going last night, I wouldn’t fault the coaches for trying offensive players on d.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I’ve been thinking Jones might be a better idea inside as a big lb when you have 2 DL so I get moving him around.

  • Matt Manzo

    “Uh oh, Jones…you forgot about McCoy!” Is the funniest sentence I’ve read in a long time! That was a real lol!
    After this game, I needed that!

  • Deebosgonnaeaturkids

    Jones really showed his ~4.9 forty on the TD

  • steelster

    Have to give the eagles credit that play was beautiful. Chip kelly has already become one of the better coaches.

  • NinjaMountie

    Jones has me totally worried. I’m really thinking bust on that 1st rounder

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m usually an upbeat person, but I don’t think there is hiding Jones anywhere on the field. That’s what you meant…right ;)

  • steeltown

    I just realized this was our first head to head with ‘Chip Kelly’s Eagles’ ….deer in headlights

  • steelster

    can you imagine how good the Eagles offensive would be if they have good receivers. The Cardinals are trying to copy this offense and they do have good receivers

  • Vic

    Mike Tomlin has no team philosophy, meaning he has no set identify of how he wants to build his team. That explains why he continues to fail to Draft players because he is not drafting players to fit a specific scheme. Look at what Pete Carroll, Jim harbaugh, and chip kelly have built. They all have a team template.

  • Aric Brown

    I put it right behind “Browns give Manziel the finger”

  • Aric Brown

    Hes got a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball top tier QB the most versatile WR AND TE in the game an all pro center and a budding 3 down running back… the defensive side of the ball is a completely different story…

  • Asmitty56

    Wow, can the Steelers please run these plays with Bell and Archer?

  • AndyR34

    Now listen to me! I really think it is too early for that conclusion. LOL! I’m still half empty…not completely empty. :)

  • Steelers12328882

    I remember 2 plays with Jones at this position, and I think both of them were really bad. I’d have to research the 2nd play though.

  • Vic

    What exactly is the team template? And why is it not working? What is the teams strength?

  • walter mason

    im too disappointed with Jones to laugh. Let him sit and watch Harrison for one year.

  • mokhkw

    Anyone think the McCoy TD play was very similar to Slash’s TD run in the 97 AFC Champ vs Denver?

  • ApexSteel

    You lost me at versatile TE.

  • Vic

    I agree they all own some blame for not assembling a competitive team; however, Mike Tomlin is the “head coach” therfore he is responsible for selecting the right OC. And if he is familiar with a Tampa 2 defense then he should either have the DC transition or get a new DC. Mike Tomlin in simply inept. And I don’t wanna hear all the excuses I.e., he won a super bowl..blah blah blah. That was bill cowers team not tomlins. This 2014 team is tomlins

  • ApexSteel

    He gets a say in who’s hired, but I think the fact that Todd Haley has connections to the Steelers got him the job. You’re crazy if you think ANY coach has enough pull to get Dick LeBeau fired. Especially when you consider the fact that his defense was working EXTREMELY well. And you can call that “Cowher’s team” all you want, but he brought them to new heights as their coach.

  • Vic

    Your a funny man! I’m glad your expectations are so low. Two straight seasons at 8-8 would not be considered “new heights” in my book. It appears your a Tomlin supporter for some strange vested reason. I call a spade a spade.

  • ApexSteel

    No but championship No.6 is. It’s not even about being a Tomlin supporter, it’s knowing that while he has a say in every decision, the final decision of the offensive and defensive play calls goes to the coordinators and the final decision on picks goes to the GM. You’re blaming him for things he doesn’t control. But you don’t know any better I guess.

  • Aric Brown

    You don’t believe Heath Miller can do it all at the TE position?

  • ApexSteel

    Being able to do it all at tight end doesn’t make him versatile..

  • Aric Brown

    you may or may not be confused on the definition of versatile… adjective
    1.
    able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.

    because that is exactly what it means

  • ApexSteel

    The word versatile has a different meaning when it comes to football just like how momentum does, but I’d rather not argue semantics with you. However you want define it I wouldn’t call him the most versatile anything. Just off top I’d put Jimmy Graham and Gronk over him when it comes to versatility.

  • Aric Brown

    Jimmy Graham is far from versatile as he cannot block or beat press coverage and I’d say Gronk is more of a redzone threat than a route runner… Heath Miller is all of these things

  • Aric Brown

    Thats not to say that Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski aren’t better tight ends… just saying they arent as versatile

  • Aric Brown

    How would you define versatility in football? Being able to do one thing really good… running really fast… or being good at all aspects of your position? I choose option C

  • ApexSteel

    Being able to do multiple aspects of different positions. Being able to do Antonio Brown is versatile because he’s an elite receiver and return man. Patrick Peterson is versatile because he can play offense, defense, and special teams. Troy Brown was versatile because he could play Corner and wideout. Kelvin Beachum is versatile because he can play every linemen position. Calling Heath versatile is an insult to those players.

  • ApexSteel

    Lol. So since Heath isn’t a deep-threat that means he can’t be the most versatile then. He can’t do everything at the position.

  • Aric Brown

    you have no idea what you are talking about…. if you press heath at the line he’s going up the seam for 20 + yards… a simple I was wrong I thought versatility meant best would have sufficed

  • Aric Brown

    not calling Heath a versatile TE

  • ApexSteel

    “Hes got a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball top tier QB
    the most versatile WR AND TE in the game”

    Were you misquoted?

  • Aric Brown

    nope thats exactly what i said… your misreading… calling Heath the most versatile TE in the game has nothign to do with troy brown or any of the other you mentioned… it has to do with the TIGHT ENDS!!!

    none of which in my opinion are as well rounded as Heath Miller… which is why by definition I believe he is the most versatile TE in the game of football… others might call him the most well rounded which might be an easier term for you to understand

  • ApexSteel

    This is why I said I wasn’t interested in arguing semantics. I just don’t believe that he’s the most versatile (in your perception of the definition. Let alone mine) tight end. Vernon Davis is another player that can do every thing a tight end is asked to do so could Jason Witten.

  • Aric Brown

    I’ll give ya Jason Witten but I don’t agree about Vernon Davis… but I think we’ve probably wasted enough of each others time

  • Hopper

    So what you’re saying is, Chip Kelly game-planned for an exhibition game. That makes sense and fits with his personality. A lot less bothered by the loss now.

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