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Eagles film review: How the Birds picked up all 10 sacks vs. Jets

Eagles film review: How the Birds picked up all 10 sacks vs. Jets

The Eagles’ 10 sacks against the Jets were the second-most in franchise history and Sunday’s outburst came after they had an NFL-low three sacks through the first four weeks. 

Those 10 sacks came in a variety of ways against the Jets. 

Here’s a closer look at all of them: 

Sack No. 1 

The first sack of the game came on the first series of the game. It’s 3rd-and-9 and the Eagles are going to get to Luke Falk with a four-man rush, from left to right: Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett. The Jets have four wide. 

As is normally the case, Cox gets double-teamed inside, so the defensive tackle next to him gets a 1-on-1. During the planning for this season, that was supposed to be Malik Jackson, but he’s out for the year. In recent years, Graham has gotten a bunch of snaps (and done some of his best work) from an inside pass rush position on third downs. That’s exactly what happens here. He uses his hands to get around guard Brian Winters, keeps his balance and delivers a textbook hit on Falk. 

Sack No. 2

Still in the first quarter, this play happens on 2nd-and-9. This time, Jim Schwartz uses a corner blitz with Orlando Scandrick, who has actually been pretty good at these in his career. Even though Scandrick shows blitz pre-snap, rookie RT Chuma Edoga couldn’t get a block on him. If Edoga was a half-step faster, Falk has a nice pocket, but he wasn’t. 

This was the first of two strip sacks for Scandrick on the night. And it took Scandrick just 2.27 seconds to get to Falk here. That’s the third-fastest sack in the NFL this season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. 

Sack No. 3 

Here’s another third down rush with Graham inside. This time he’s at RDT with the line loaded to that side. Pre-snap, the Eagles show blitz but back off and go with a four-man rush on 3rd-and-6. But this time, they’re going to use a stunt that gets Graham free. Winters (67) is ready for Graham but pressure from the other side from Sweat forces Falk to move up in the pocket and right into Graham’s path. He can’t escape. 

At the point when Falk decides to abandon the pocket, there wasn’t anything open down field and nothing to the side of field where he was forced to escape to. 

Sack No. 4

Now we’re in the third quarter and the Jets are facing 3rd-and-8. Surprise, surprise, Graham is lined up as a DT again. This time he beat the guard and the center as the Jets slide the protection. Graham sticks with the play and gets the sack. Give some credit to the secondary on this one too; there wasn’t anything open. 

Sack No. 5 

This is a 1st-and-10 from late in the third quarter. It’s going to be another four-man rush. Watch Vinny Curry at RDE. He actually loses his balance and ends up flat on his belly under the left tackle, but sticks with the play. Thanks to coverage downfield  from Rasul Douglas and Kamu Grugier-Hill on the receiver and Rodney McLeod on the back, Falk tries to step up and take off. The young QB had seen enough pressure all day to make him jumpy by late in the third quarter. 

Eventually, Curry is off the grass and sticks with the play to get a 1-yard sack. 

Sack No. 6 

The Eagles’ last five sacks of the game came in a window just over 6 1/2 minutes long. They had been battering the Jets’ offensive line all day and with a big lead, could really pin their ears back against an awful unit. 

This is a 1st-and-10 at the 8:38 mark in the fourth quarter. The Eagles don’t have any starters out there on their DL: Sweat, Akeem Spence, Hassan Ridgeway, Curry. The Jets slid protection to Spence for some reason, so Ridgeway and Curry both have 1-on-1s.

This is going to be another tackle-end stunt. Ridgeway penetrates and Curry loops inside. The guard and center don’t pass off this stunt well and Ridgeway is basically able to get sideways and split them to pick up a sack. 

Sack No. 7 

The very next play after the Ridgeway sack. This is another blitz coming from Scandrick. 

Jim Schwartz pointed out the coverage made this play happen. Rasul Douglas covered his man deep and Vinny Curry, who dropped back in a zone blitz, covered the underneath man to give Scandrick time. 

Initially, tight end Ryan Griffin does a nice job blocking, but there’s just nothing downfield for Falk. Scandrick, who thought he did a good job of disguising the blitz, admitted he could have had a better pass rush move. Eventually, though, Scandrick gets around the tight end and gets his second strip sack of the day. A few of these sacks showed that if coverage is there, pass rushers can’t ever give up. 

And after Scandrick gets to the QB, he stole the football like candy from a baby and took it to the house. Impressive play and Eagles debut for Scandrick. 

Sack No. 8 

On a 2nd-and-6, the Jets are using max protect, so the Eagles send a heavy blitz. Daeshon Hall ends up in a 1-on-1 situation against TE Trevon Wesco and beats him to get the Falk for the sack. 

On the outside, Rasul Douglas had press man coverage on Robby Anderson, who actually ends up beating him. If Falk has a pocket, he’d have a chance at a deep throw down the left sideline before the single-high safety can get there. But as Anderson gets open, Hall is already taking him to the ground. 

Sack No. 9 

The next sack comes on the very next play. It’s 3rd-and-13. 

The Eagles use another four-man rush and it gets home again. You’ll notice this time that Graham is doubled inside, leaving Cox with a 1-on-1. Cox great great pressure but Sweat gets the sack. Sweat sets up the right tackle by making his first step to the outside. He gets the RT leaning, uses a club to get past him and then bursts through the QB. This is textbook. 

Sack No. 10 

The last sack of the game comes from Barnett, again on a four-man rush. The left tackle Kelvin Beachum tries to block Barnett to the outside but Ty Montgomery’s chip block actually sends Barnett into a makeshift spin move. Barnett is able to keep his balance and takes down the QB. 

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Of the Eagles’ 10 sacks on Sunday, seven of them came on four-man rushes, with a couple stunts mixed in. The other three were well-timed blitzes. 

Sure, you can take this performance with a grain of salt; the Jets are pretty bad. And maybe none of this carries over. But it was still a dominant performance from the Eagles’ defense. 



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Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

After DeSean Jackson made anti-Semitic Instagram posts quoting Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan, the Eagles released a statement calling the wide receiver's posts 'absolutely appalling' and promising 'approporiate action'.

Whether the posts will ultimately cost Jackson his job with the Eagles is unclear, but according to former NBA player Stephen Jackson, it may have been presented as a possibility.

In one of many statements Wednesday defending the 33-year-old wide receiver, Stephen Jackson claimed that DeSean Jackson called him and said the Eagles threatened to cut him:

I didn't support the post, as far as Hitler and him supporting Hitler. I don't know support Hitler, I don't know nothing about Hitler, and I could give a f**k about Hitler. All I know is he was a cruel guy. I don't stand for that, and I don't support it. My whole reason for supporting D-Jack was, before I got on Instagram, he called me on the phone and told me that they was threatening to fire him, but they didn't do that to [Riley] Cooper. And I was like, 'You're right, you shouldn't have to apologize if they didn't make him apologize.

The Eagles did in fact punish wide receiver Riley Cooper in 2013 after he was filmed shouting the n-word at a country music concert, fining him an undisclosed amount of money. The team also condemned Cooper's comments in a public statement, as they did with DeSean Jackson's comments.

Cooper was not released for his comments, however, and was signed to a five-year extension in 2014. Cooper was released in 2016.

You can watch the full Stephen Jackson video below:

Stephen Jackson also said in a different post, which has since been deleted, that DeSean Jackson was "speaking the truth" in the posts.

In one of the original Instagram posts, DeSean Jackson highlighted a quote, which was incorrectly attributed to Hitler:

The white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America. They will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.

DeSean Jackson also posted a clip from a speech Farrakhan made in Chicago on July 4 where he alleged that White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were plotting to use a virus vaccine to "depopulate the Earth." 

Farrakhan is a noted anti-Semite and homophobe who was among several prominent people whose posts were banned 

DeSean Jackson apologized publicly multiple times on Tuesday for his posts and comments, and also reportedly spoke with and apologized to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, both of whom are Jewish.

The Eagles signed DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $27 million deal in March 2019.

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The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

Over the next few weeks, we'll be unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting. 

We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A 1st-place vote was worth five points, a 2nd-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up next: Wide Receiver

Complete voting

1. Harold Carmichael = 23
2. Mike Quick = 16
3. Tommy McDonald = 15
4. DeSean Jackson = 13
5. Terrell Owens = 8 

The breakdown
New Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael got three 1st-place votes and Mike Quick and Tommy McDonald each got one. Harold was 2nd on the two ballots where he wasn’t first, and Quick got a 2nd-place vote, a 3rd-place vote and two 4th-place votes in addition to the one 1st-place vote. McDonald got the other 1st-place vote along with two 3rd-place votes and two 4th-place. DeSean Jackson got a 2nd, two 3rds and two 4ths. T.O. was as high as 2nd on one ballot and 4th on all four others. Interesting that the same five WRs were listed on all five ballots.

Did we get it right?
It’s tough comparing eras, but McDonald was the best in the business in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Carmichael was the best in the league from the early 1970s through the early 1980s and Quick was as good as anybody in the NFL from 1983 through 1987. So it really comes down to who did it the longest and most consistently, and that's Carmichael. From 1973 through 1983 — a span of 11 years — nobody had as many receiving yards or touchdowns. There’s a good reason he’s going into the Hall of Fame next summer. On our team, we’re coming out in a three-receiver set, and Carmichael, Quick and McDonald are clearly the top three in franchise history.
 
Complete team so far:
QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy
WR: Harold Carmichael
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald

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