The Eagles protection was notably higher in opposition to the Vikings in Week 2, and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon spoke to reporters on Thursday about their success with the blitz and his ideas on their four-man rush. He additionally talked about getting ready for Carson Wentz and the Commanders numerous ability gamers.
This is what the DC needed to say:
On the Monday night time win
“I feel coaches and gamers did an excellent job of executing. We performed 4 quarters. The issues we emphasised all through the week, I believed they did an excellent job of taking the teaching, and getting ready the best way we have to put together, and execute. And a few of the issues we wanted to get cleaned up in a rush, we cleaned up.
Wanting ahead to the problem this week, on the highway, divisional sport. They have plenty of good gamers over there, and our guys can be able to roll.”
Gannon acknowledged that plenty of their sport planning was targeted on Justin Jefferson final week, saying that once you’re doing analysis, you have a look at how they’re scoring factors, and the WR is a giant issue for the Vikings.
The DC talked about how actually good nook performs begins with the defensive position, and that was the case in opposition to Minnesota.
“When the fronts rush in and profitable at a excessive degree like they have been, it simply makes the quarterback uncomfortable and typically he is gotta throw it earlier than he needs to throw it, or the timing is likely to be knocked off a little bit bit.”
He mentioned that it takes all 11 gamers working collectively to achieve success, and the blokes perceive that. However, he did say that he felt the entire backend had a fairly good sport.
On their efficient blitzing
“I do not know if it was more practical, I feel we’re in a position to deploy a few of them within the sport as a result of the conditions got here up and we determined once we put the sport plan collectively, that is once we need to use a few of these calls — and plenty of instances, these calls are up in a sport, however they do not come to fruition so to talk. So, I believed the blokes did an excellent job when these have been referred to as. A few of these pressures have been referred to as, they executed them, and the frenzy bought there and we held up in protection.”
On getting ready for Carson Wentz
He did not need to give away the sport plan, however mentioned generally they give the impression of being to have an effect on the quarterback pre- and post-snap and might want to win their one-on-one matchups.
“[Carson Wentz]’s lighting it up proper now. That is a giant time problem. He is bought a giant arm, he could make off-scheduled performs, he is bought actually good ability guys, and their o-line does an excellent job of, when they should defend him, they defend him. So, we bought a giant time problem.”
Gannon later pointed to Curtis Samuel, Josh Doctson, and Terry McLaurin as a few of the ability gamers they will have to arrange for, and likewise famous they’ve an excellent tight finish and two good operating backs. He says they will need to do various things in numerous coverages, and make the Commanders discover the weak spot in every protection. They’re going to additionally need to see how Washington’s offense is taking part in after which make some in-game changes as wanted.
On the Eagles’ 4-man rush
“I feel we’re profitable at a excessive price. I feel if we hold profitable at a excessive price, the manufacturing will come. You noticed a pair sacks, the strip sack by [Fletcher Cox], [Josh Sweat] ended the sport. A few these picks have been four-men rushes. Some guys received in the event that they hit the quarterback. So, I like the place we’re at proper now and that is one other a part of our sport, similar to each half, that we’re all the time going to try to frequently enhance on and make higher.”
- Gannon later talked a little bit bit about their schematic philosophy and sport planning and the way they’ve a sure variety of calls prepared each week, however what number of are used is considerably fluctuated with what their sport day opponent is displaying.
Head coach Nick Sirianni mentioned on Wednesday that Gannon was good at blocking outdoors noise, and the DC agreed and mentioned that dwelling on that — good and unhealthy — is a recipe for catastrophe. So, he would not really feel any extra strain this week than he did final week.
- Gannon mentioned that CJ Gardner-Johnson was making progress, and was doing an excellent job within the field and within the cross sport. He famous that it is essential for security to be reliably in the suitable spot, each time, and the DC mentioned CGJ took a giant leap in that regard from Week 1 to Week 2.