Another Friday, another attempt to gauge the state of the Eagles.
This week, I wanted to take a look at the numbers through three games. How is the defensive line rotation shaping up? Who is Michael Vick targeting the most on third down? And others.
Let's start with the defense. Here's a chart that counts the percentage of plays for each defensive lineman through three games:
|Player||Percentage of snaps|
What stands out here? Cole and Graham are the only two linemen to play at least 50 percent of the snaps. In other words, Sean McDermott's defensive line rotation is as alive as ever, with guys shuffling in and out quite a bit. This was even more the case against the Jaguars, presumably because of the high temperatures.
Graham played both inside and outside the first two games of the season, but I caught up with him this week, and he confirmed that last week, he was used exclusively at defensive end.
Juqua Parker has been extremely productive while playing less than 40 percent of the snaps. As I've mentioned before, he not only has four sacks of his own, but Parker's pressure has led to sacks by his teammates.
I'd be stunned if Barnes dressed on Sunday. Tapp played too well in his first action last week. Keep in mind that the two don't play the same role. If Barnes is on the field, it likely means Graham moves inside. If Tapp is on the field, he usually plays inside, and Graham or Parker line up at DE.
Here's a chart of how many times each Eagles defender has blitzed through three games:
|Player||Number of blitzes|
How about those numbers? Sims has blitzed 30 times, while no other player has blitzed more than eight. Hanson blitzes a couple times from the slot every game, and good things seem to happen when Allen blitzes.
The Eagles have commonly dropped linemen into coverage. Here's a look at who's dropping back the most:
|Player||No. of times dropping back|
The defensive ends are most likely to drop back, although I'm not sure I'm ever in favor of taking an opportunity to rush the passer away from Cole. You'll notice, though, that McDermott will drop the defensive tackles back in coverage also from time to time.
Graham got his hands on a pass last week. He's said since training camp that he wants an interception this season.
Overall, the defense has gone with its base package of three linebackers and four defensive backs 43 percent of the time. They've been in nickel (two LBs, five DBs) 51 percent of the time. Kurt Coleman has been in at times as a third safety and sixth defensive back. And the team has gone to short-yardage/goal-line too, making up for the remaining six percent.
MOVING ON TO THE OFFENSE
Here's a look at offensive personnel packages:
|Personnel Package||Percentage used|
|1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE||41.6%|
|2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE||25.2%|
|1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE||10.1%|
|1 RB, 4 WR||8.4%|
|2 RB, 3 WR||8.4%|
|4 WR, 1 TE||4.5%|
|2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE||1.7%|