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Redskins Recon - Monday Night Opener-The Eagles

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How can I say this?

He's BACK! Griff's return, against the Eagles, Monday Night Football no less.

A lot of emotions will be running high-on both sides.

So, what are Eagles fans saying about the season opener?

Depends on which fan you ask; it seems there's a lot of uncertainty floating around on Eagles fan boards.





CaliEagle
I think the Eagles are going to struggle early in the season, especially on defense. The Redskins are not a good matchup for the Eagles because they can get to the edge on our converted OLBs and our OLBs are going to have a hard time in coverage. Plus, I think we will struggle against the run. Griffin will be rusty though, so that will help compensate a little bit. . I think QBs need time in preseason to work with the starters in game situations.




downsoufeagleluva
I would give the Eagles a definite line of scrimmage advantage this year on both sides of the ball. So the toss up is over the playmakers. It's hard to say the Eagles have better playmakers especially without JMac. I have to give the Skins an edge until Chip really learns who is go to guys are. I pray he doesn't get anymore starters hurt in the process.



green&mean
I don't think they play 3-4 the whole way. I am also biased, I think it's easier to defend the option from a 4 man front crash the ends, make QB pitch and punish him for even coming your way....JMHO

Since the OP pointed out the spread is currently -4.5, do not see that changing much...Skins are at home (+3) and were a playoff squad. I truly see this as a game the Eagles can steal....emotions will be sky high...it's Monday Night and a fresh start

Since it is the opener, most people will focus on Chip's offense, but I think the key to this game is the Eagles Defense. In 2012 the secondary played touch...and not even rogh touch. This defense is fairly young and as such should come agressively, they do not have to be great, just hard hitting and smart. Eliminate mistakes. Last year the Skins averaged over 30 pts per game...if the D can hold them to 21 or 24....the offense should be in position to win this thing late in the game....run, run, run.....no more throwing on 3rd and 1/2 yard....only to turn the ball over with 2:48 remaining inside your own 50 and trailing by 3 or less



Some showed more than the usual amount of Eagle fan respect for the Skins.



QBhunter58
we better take advantage of RG3 getting back in the swing of things because when he does and we meet for a second time... watch out. (their Defense is greatly improved especially their young influx of talent in the secondary).



Masood
The first game gives us an opportunity to surprise them a bit. They won't have much tape on us to study, so that's good.

But you have to be a huge homer to think our brand new defense is magically going to shut down the Redskins offense. In the second half of last year, they had a lot going on in that offense, much more than just the RO. Also keep in mind Alfred Morris did perfectly well in their last few games (dropping 200+ in one game), even when it was obvious to the whole world (except Shanahan) that RG3's knee was done. So it's not as simple as just scraping a LB down to stop the read option.

But again, if we come out with stuff they haven't seen and shock them, we could still win in a shoot out.




NWMontana
34-17 Them, Morris rushes for 140+


A few still hold on to traditional views.


DCeaglesfan212
Our offense against the Deadskins' defense doesn't worry me; just as long as Chip feeds Shady and Brown the ball to take the pressure off of whoever's behind center, then our offense will be fine. It's our damn defense that worries me. I know it's too soon to hit the panic button, but the Patriots' 1st and 2nd team offense made our defense look like a Pop Warner team going against them. Like I said, if the defense comes together and Chip doesn't suddenly morph into the second coming of the fat man and passes on every down, we should beat the Deadskins.


Some Eagles fans seem to have been smoking some serious s**t.


Damanick10
Eagles 72
Skins 56
Vick goes out mid 4th quarter with a concussion
Lesean has 450 rushing yards



There was the usual advice on how to attack the Redskins.


pauliking
The skins defense is good at one thing and that's rushing the passer. The first 3 drives I wouldn't even give them a chance to sack the qb. This defense the skins are running is designed to rush the passer to cover up a bad secondary. The best way to soften their speed at rushing the qb is to run it. I would run it right at their best pass rushers as fast as possible trying to tire them out. They will be forced to adjust and it will slowly tire them out as the game goes on. I'm sure the think we are going to pass a lot.


One Eagles board had a notable conversation about how Chip Kelly would approach the game strategically based on news of Jim Haslett's "Swift Defense" six LB rush that was used to great effect against the Bills.


McWest

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From what I've read about Kelly, he likes to do opposite of what a defense is thinking he'll do.

Will Kelly start with a traditional offense, thinking the Skins D will start questioning themselves and wondering where is this uptempo offense that they prepared for? Wait for the Skins D to settle down, and then go uptempo?

This article says the Skins first team offense was running uptempo to help prepare their defense.

Will Shanahan give Kelly a taste of his own medicine and run an uptempo offense themselves?


anguis
Will Kelly take the logical approach, or will Kelly take a different approach since Shanahan is expecting the logical approach? Or will Kelly take the logical approach because Shanahan is expecting Kelly to take a different approach? We'll find out Monday!

mondoribo
I can see how this might work for obvious passing situations. More speed on the field to get to the passer and contain Vick. But for first and ten or shorter yardage situation, don't you just run the ball right at them? If Chip Kelly's offense is all about identifying mismatches, then putting a bunch of speed guys on the field makes you susceptible to the inside running game, yes?

McWest
>>>If Chip Kelly's offense is all about identifying mismatches, then putting a bunch of speed guys on the field makes you susceptible to the inside running game, yes?

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LOL, 72-56? That might be the combined score of both games (Redskins with 72, of course). :)
 
It really sounds to me like the Iggles dont know what to think of their own team and what they can/will do during a real game.

I agree with them on that.

Kind of the same thing we dealt with last year on the eve of the Saints game. We didn't see any read option during the preseason last year so it will be interesting to see what Kelly has been holding back during this preseason. I'm just hoping we aren't in for the same surprise the Saint were.
 
Jimbo said:
Kind of the same thing we dealt with last year on the eve of the Saints game. We didn't see any read option during the preseason last year so it will be interesting to see what Kelly has been holding back during this preseason. I'm just hoping we aren't in for the same surprise the Saint were

Surprises could be but our coaching staff is intact and should handle things a little better.

Saints were rightly PO'd and it made sense to figure that they'd take it out on our rookies but stripping the coaching staff to essentially nil had to affect the adaptability of the team on game day.

'course hindsight does indicate that the Saints weren't the only team to struggle with our surprises last year and Philly very well may have a similar gift to give.
 
Good point about the coaching staff. I hope you're right and I especially hope the Iggs struggle with the 3-4 like we originally did because I think their offense will be able to move the ball. I'm thinking total points will be around 57.
 
We're getting close to the start and it is time to take some of these delusional Eagles fans back to reality.

Hail!!!
 

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