What Can the Eagles Offense Expect on Sunday?

The Eagles sure do have a lot of injuries on offense, don’t they? Look at the potential list of players they could be missing on Sunday (some are obviously definite): Jamaal Jackson, Leonard Weaver, Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, and Riley Cooper. Injuries are never good, but the amount of injuries the Eagles have had on offense at this point of the season is just downright crazy.

Missing players like that take a lot of elements out of the Eagles offense. Without Vick, you don’t have that dual threat quarterback who can run all over you or throw lasers down the field. Without McCoy, you don’t have that super versatile running back who can blow throw a small whole for a big gain or make plays out of the backfield by catching passes.

So what do the Eagles have right now? They have an offense that is much easier to game plan for then if we didn’t have so many injuries. We saw an offense that struggled to move the ball down field last week as Kevin Kolb took over as quarterback. The only real success Kolb had was checking down to McCoy who basically put the offense on his back, and now that threat is gone.

Our two big threat receivers, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, were essentially taken out of the game last week. The Redskins jammed the two at the line then had linebackers drop into the middle and had deep help from the safeties. Rather then try to exploit the offensive line which has been an issue, the Redskins decided to send just three to four rushers and eliminate the Eagles mid-to-long range passing game. As soon as the Eagles checked the ball down, the Redskins’ linebackers were able to come crashing down with safety help behind them.

So if I’m the 49ers, what am I going to try to do? I’m going to try to duplicate that as much as I can. Although we thought Kolb was going to be an elite passer, he hasn’t proven that true so far in 2010. I expect the 49ers to closely mimic what the Redskins did and force Andy Reid to adjust his game plan to be able to overcome that.

If the 49ers come crashing with a blitz, Kolb will have the opportunity to hit his receivers quickly and shouldn’t be too phased. However, if the 49ers clone the Redskins defense from last week, I can see him having a much harder time despite seeing less pressure up front.

Kevin Kolb

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