Monday, December 22, 2014

Eagles kickoff units struggle; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie doesn't kneel; Andy Reid freezes

The Eagles’ kickoff coverage was a big problem on Sunday, allowed Giants kick returner David Wilson to average 36.2 yards on six returns, including a 53-yarder. The Giants’ average starting field position throughout the game was their own 30-yard line, and it was their own 33-yard line after kickoff returns.

Eagles kickoff units struggle; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie doesn't kneel; Andy Reid freezes

(David Mailetti/Staff Photographer)
(David Mailetti/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles’ kickoff coverage was a big problem on Sunday, allowed Giants kick returner David Wilson to average 36.2 yards on six returns, including a 53-yarder. The Giants’ average starting field position throughout the game was their own 30-yard line, and it was their own 33-yard line after kickoff returns.

This was significantly better than the Eagles’ kickoff returns, in which Brandon Boykin averaged 16.7 yards per return. The Eagles’ average starting field position was their 20-yard line, and their 19-yard line on kickoffs.

“There’s no reason we should be playing like we are in those spots,” Reid said.

Reid met with special teams coordinator Bobby April about the issue on Monday morning and said the Eagles must correct some issues. It also hurt that the team was missing Anderson and Jordan, two of their better special teams players. And Reid said Alex Henery’s kickoffs weren’t the issue because the Eagles had players in position around the 25-yard line at the catch.

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“NOT A KNEELER”

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted an Eli Manning fourth-quarter pass five yards into the end zone, yet still returned the ball. He ran 14 yards to the Eagles’ nine-yard line, meaning it was an 11-yard net loss from what the result would have been if he took a knee.

Rodgers-Cromartie has four career touchdowns, and whenever he can force a turnover, he is thinking about the return.

“I’m not a kneeler,” Rodgers-Cromartie said after the game.

“There’s a time and a place for everything,” Reid said Monday, “so he’ll have a chance to look at on tape and see the situation.” 

FREEZING REGRETS

Andy Reid can make jokes about the spotlight on him on Sunday for trying to freeze Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes because the ploy did not backfire after Tynes missed his first and second field goal. Vick said after the game that he is not a fan of the tactic.

“For about one minute there, I wasn’t a fan of it myself,” Reid said.

Reid danced around the question when if he would like the NFL to disallow the practice, which is used by coaches around the league.

I did for a minute,” Reid said “I don’t make the rules, but there was a period of time there where it would have been a real good thing.”

Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer
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