Ok, we all know the Eagles are going to run the ball before they throw it. That’s a given. The team stayed pretty balanced on Sunday in terms of running and throwing, but when they tried to run the ball, they didn’t have a whole lot of success.
Donovan McNabb lead the team with 30 yards which came on two scrambles where he had a lot of open field to work with. If you take those two plays away, the Eagles rushed for 46 yards on 19 attempts. That’s 2.4 yards per carry, and that’s absolutely horrible. Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy saw only six carries each which means your running backs only combined for a total of 12 rushes.
When you’re not having a lot of success running the ball, you’re not going to run the ball. The thing I don’t get is why the success isn’t coming. They haven’t been playing very good teams to start. I understand that they had injuries across the line, but I think the backups they have are quality players. They also have two quality running backs. In the offseason, they acquired a true fullback which is something they haven’t had for a while and is a solid player.
Could it be that the wildcat is playing into this? Are they trying too hard to work that into the offense as part of the run game and its hindering the traditional running style? They haven’t had a whole bunch of success in that formation either.
You need to be able to run the ball and pick up first downs to kill the clock in close games. I don’t feel that this team has that capability right now. This is something that could be real handy in the upcoming weeks if they can figure out what the problem is. Until then, I guess we rely on Donovan’s arm.