Summary of “The Eagles’ Offense Needed To Be Virtually Flawless. And It Was.”

In Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, the New England Patriots racked up 613 yards, the most ever for a team in the Super Bowl.
Forget Super Bowl records or even playoff records, that’s most total yards in any game in NFL history.
Between Foles’ downfield passing and the inside/outside power-running combo of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, the Eagles piled up 538 total yards themselves and were able to counter the league’s most prolific offense each time it landed a punch.
After averaging just 5.3 yards per pass attempt across six regular-season appearances and three starts in relief of starter Carson Wentz, Foles burned the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship for 352 yards at a 10.7 yards-per-attempt clip.
Whatever changed in Foles – or whatever magic spell head coach Doug Pederson cast – was still in force Sunday when Foles threw for 373 yards against the Patriots defense, averaging 8.7 yards per attempt.
Four Eagles combined to gain 164 yards on 27 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt, while Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and a 88.6 Raw QBR. Pederson’s creativity shows up in the box score; five Eagles had at least seven touches – and two others had at least 70 yards, a receiving touchdown or both.
As expected, the Patriots still made halftime adjustments; the Eagles averaged over 2 yards more per play in the first half than in the second half.
According to ESPN Stats & Information Group, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose any game while posting 500+ passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

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Summary of “How the Eagles Followed the Numbers to the Super Bowl”

In fairness, Frigo said, he has never seen a franchise behave quite like the Eagles, one of several teams that subscribes to EdjSports’s predictive tools.
The Eagles’ shrewd application of analytics to everything from roster management to in-game strategy helped propel them to a 13-3 record and a berth in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
EdjSports would not divulge how long it has worked with the Eagles or how many other teams are clients, though the logos adorning the walls of its office – of the Lions, Saints and Steelers, among others – offer a hint.
Contractual obligations prevented EdjSports from sharing data that could compromise its relationship with the Eagles, but Frigo said many of Philadelphia’s decisions have aligned with EdjSports’s recommendations.
EdjSports’s data indicates that the rest of the league treats fourth-down calls as a novelty, going for it mainly toward the latter stages of a game out of desperation, but the Eagles have shown unrivaled aggressiveness.
“The Eagles still might run it up the middle, but they might not,” Frigo said.
Teams are prohibited from using computers to process information during games, but with no ban on charts or graphs, the Eagles can plot strategy based on hypothetical situations run in the off-season or customized reports based on that week’s opponent.
“The Eagles are the right group at the right time to embrace risk-management on a level that we haven’t ever seen,” Frigo said.

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Summary of “How Philadelphia Eagles beat New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII”

To pull off their Super Bowl upset Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles out-Patriots-ed the New England Patriots.
The Eagles upset the Patriots to secure their first Super Bowl victory.
Doug Pederson’s team didn’t win the Super Bowl as a result of the Patriots’ mistakes; the Eagles won because they executed in many of the exact ways in which the Patriots specifically struggled.
As I mentioned in the Super Bowl preview, the Patriots’ fifth-ranked scoring defense belies a unit that ranked 31st in DVOA. In addition to Bademosi, the Patriots gave significant snaps during the postseason to 39-year-old James Harrison, who had been cut by the Steelers, and waiver-wire acquisition Eric Lee, who went from the Bills’ practice squad without having played an NFL game to starting for the Patriots within two weeks.
Two of the three other losses were Patriots wins: David Garrard’s performance against the Patriots during the 2007 playoffs, and Russell Wilson’s Super Bowl XLIX performance against New England three years ago.
The biggest surprise of the Super Bowl for me – and the reason the Eagles won this game – was that we saw something much closer to the Nick Foles who dominated the Vikings than the one who was inconsistent and mediocre heading into the Minnesota game.
Eagles fans can sleep comfortably all spring and summer knowing the floor for their quarterback spot is Super Bowl MVP. At the same time trading Foles doesn’t preclude the Eagles from investing in another backup to replace Wentz.
While Foles does deserve the credit I mentioned, the same infrastructure that helped raise both Foles and Wentz up during the 2017 season is set to return for 2018, with the Eagles likely to run this back with all three of their key offensive coaches, every one of their major receiving weapons, and all of their offensive linemen pending what Philadelphia does with left tackle Jason Peters, who is coming off a torn ACL and MCL. Philadelphia would save $5.2 million on its cap by trading Foles, which would be plenty of money to target a replacement.

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Summary of “Nick Foles and the Eagles Turned Super Bowl LII Into the Perfect Game”

In the middle of the biggest play in the biggest game, everyone in the stadium fell silent.
If you were to build the perfect game from scratch to create the most cinematic three hours possible, it wouldn’t just end with Tom Brady getting the ball with two minutes; that’d be trite.
You’d have a New England Patriots team better than anyone in the history of the game at understanding situational football playing in crunch time.
Then you’d have the Eagles and Nick Foles overcome all of it.
As I’ve written before: Five years ago, Andy Reid told me that since the college game is about five years ahead of the pro game, the offensive explosion already commonplace in college would come to the NFL in a half decade.
The first thing anyone will remember about this game is that it was the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win.
As Doug Pederson explained after the game, the play is - honest to God - called “Philly special,” and he mentioned borrowing it from the collegiate ranks.
Walking around the tunnels after the game, the Eagles were themselves: confident and calm.

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Summary of “The Winners and Losers From Super Bowl LII”

Welcome to the Super Bowl edition of Winners and Losers.
An Eagles field goal and a botched Patriots Hail Mary later, the Eagles were Super Bowl champions.
Brady’s wife Gisele yelled after Super Bowl XLVI that Brady could not throw and catch the ball at the same time, a knock on Patriots pass catchers who made critical drops in that Super Bowl loss.
In his time with the team, Adam Vinatieri hit two game-winning field goals in the last 10 seconds of the Super Bowl; there has been only one other such kick in the history of the game.
Winner: Every Eagles Fan, Everywhere Sunday was my first time covering the Super Bowl in person, so at first I didn’t think much of the fact every Eagles cheer in the stadium was significantly louder than every Patriots cheer.
Loser: Justin Timberlake Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show was OK. That’s the rudest thing you can say about a Super Bowl halftime show: They’re supposed to be over-the-top tours de force.
Loser: Head Safety The Patriots lost their best wide receiver during the Super Bowl.
Pats fans hate him for his two Super Bowl wins against New England; Eagles fans hate him because of the NFC East rivalry with the Giants.

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Summary of “Super Bowl LII: The Eagles’ Culture Shift That Changed Everything”

Timmy Jernigan had been a member of the Eagles for about two hours when an unknown number lit up his phone.
Even after starting quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a torn left ACL in December, the Eagles rode their loaded roster all the way to Super Bowl LII. And with the talent lining the depth chart and the ethos that’s permeated the locker room, this run may only be the beginning.
In addition to ensuring that the Eagles’ core of young stars would remain intact for the foreseeable future, Roseman’s flurry of signings was designed to deliver a message to the locker room.
Kelly had committed the same cardinal sins that the Eagles had made four years prior, giving his team a mercenary feel in the process.
Pederson came to Philly with a decade and a half of pro football memories, and that wealth of experience was the first trait that many of his new players noticed when the Eagles hired him in January 2016.
When the Eagles signed Jeffery to a one-year deal, added Smith, and eventually traded for Jernigan and Darby, the players in house saw the moves as one final, massive swing to create a Super Bowl-caliber roster.
Eagles players say they found someone with a totally different vibe.
As the Eagles basked in the glow of the victory that sent them to the Super Bowl, Jenkins couldn’t help but think of the conversation he’d had with Robinson last spring.

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Summary of “Resist The Darkness. Support Philadelphia.”

Chris Long has donated his entire salary to schools in Charlottesville and other cities.
The most Philly moment I have ever personally experienced: I was in college and working at Dalessandro’s, one of the city’s famous cheesesteak shops, and the Philadelphia 76ers were in the NBA Finals.
They were led by Allen Iverson, a fearless point guard who played with the kind of rage that made him a hero to the city.
Over the next two days, the city lost its collective mind and many of us had convinced ourselves the Sixers were locks to win the series.
Sports writers often portray the city as a hellscape populated by Neanderthals communicating exclusively through Eagles chants and hurled batteries.
If all you know about this city is that one time, many years ago, some fans threw snowballs at a very shabby Santa, then you don’t know anything about the city.
The entire city came to life and, at least for the night, loved one another with the kind of exuberance you cannot manufacture.
A friend texted to say he’s thinking of selling his car so he can go to Minneapolis; not to buy tickets for the game, just to go to the city while the game is happening.

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Summary of “Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots”

Perhaps it’s fitting that the NFL’s Year of Attrition is guaranteed to end with a suitable winner in Super Bowl LII. If the New England Patriots prevail, the story will be that the one MVP candidate left standing amid a season overrun by injuries to superstars, Tom Brady, will have been enough for New England to come out on top.
If the Eagles establish that they can run the ball and force the Patriots to match up accordingly, Philadelphia has the weapons to throw the ball out of those same personnel groupings.
It’s the same idea behind what the Patriots have done with their two-tight-end sets and Dion Lewis, a former Eagles player.
Philadelphia was better against the likes of Hunter Henry and Jared Cook, and Engram and Reed were quiet in their other contests against the Eagles, but top-level tight ends have enjoyed success against Philadelphia.
Like the Patriots, the Eagles have a converted cornerback capable of holding up in coverage against slot receivers and tight ends.
It would make sense for the Patriots to follow in kind, given that the Eagles sport the league’s third-best run defense by DVOA. It will be interesting to see how the Patriots line up if they do go no-huddle and how the Eagles respond.
The Patriots can disguise their intentions and throw from those two-back or two-tight-end sets, but they may have to prove they can run the ball against six-man sets to force the Eagles into an exploitable base D. Regardless of which formation the Patriots line up in and how fast they go, the easy solution is going to be to get pressure up the middle.
New England will move Flowers around, especially if Wise and James Harrison are both in the lineup, but he’ll line up most frequently at right end, which matches up against the weakest spot on the Eagles’ offensive line.

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Summary of “The mystery of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles”

On Sunday, with the Vikings finally possessing what most expected to be an advantage at quarterback, they were played off the field by a remarkable performance from Nick Foles.
Filling in for injured MVP candidate Carson Wentz, Foles delivered the best single-game performance by any Eagles quarterback this season by both passer rating and QBR. Foles finished the game with 352 yards and three touchdowns.
Across five games in six weeks, we’ve seen the full gamut of Nick Foles appearances.
So how did the Eagles turn their quarterback around? And is there an early guess on which Foles we’re likely to see against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII? I ran the numbers and watched every Foles snap from those five starts to try to identify the differences between Good Nick and Bad Nick:.Good Nick vs. Bad Nick.
By the time Foles threw his second touchdown pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on third-and-goal to give Philadelphia a 38-7 lead, he and the Eagles had converted nine of their 11 third-down tries.
Foles needed an average of 7.4 yards to convert those third downs, and in his three tries the following week, Foles required an average of 11.7 yards to move the chains.
The Eagles still run a few of Kelly’s concepts, and while current coach Doug Pederson assigned Foles a few RPOs in the Giants game, he didn’t really get back to them as a meaningful part of the offense until the second half of the Falcons game in the divisional round.
His footwork is more concise, and his throws come out when Foles can take advantage of his arm strength, as opposed to in those moments in between steps, when Foles seems to find that brief window.

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Summary of “The Philadelphia Eagles’ secret weapon? An analytics-fueled attack”

PHILADELPHIA – The decision made in this moment can be the difference between a win and a loss, but coach Doug Pederson knows that when the light is green, you go.
“Nobody goes for it like Doug Pederson does,” Cris Collinsworth said during Saturday’s broadcast of the divisional-round game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer rattled those numbers off the top of his head when speaking to reporters via conference call Wednesday, a sign that the Eagles’ fourth-down prowess is on Minnesota’s mind.
There is plenty of credit to hand out for those numbers, including to the defense for routinely answering the bell, but a big slice goes to the analytics department – overseen by vice president of football operations and strategy Alec Halaby – for understanding situational odds and playing them to their favor.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has long had an analytics team in place; the desire for an optimal fourth-down strategy is not new.
Philadelphia has gone for it on fourth down more than any other team in the NFL since Pederson became head coach last season.
Under Schwartz, players are required to know the maximum amount of plays left in the half or game based on time remaining, and the point where the opposition needs to advance the ball to be in field goal range – a variable that changes week-to-week based on the leg strength of the kicker.
Schwartz downplayed the role of analytics a bit this week, noting that it means less than things like guys “Playing with personality,” tackling well and playing fast.

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