Brooks: Eagles Offense Trying To Open Up Middle Of The Field
The Eagles debuted their new look offense on Sunday and in their win over the Redskins, three players finished with a team high eight targets: Zach Ertz, Darren Sproles, and Nelson Agholor. Ertz finished the game with Eight Catches for 93 yards while Sproles had Five Catches for 43 Yards and Agholor compiled Six Catches for 86 Yards with that deep Touchdown catch. Even though the Eagles still attempted 39 Passes versus only 20 Carries by the Running Backs, the Receivers were more productive on Sunday than any point last season.
CSN Philly Eagles Analyst Barrett Brooks joined The Sports Bash on Monday and explained how the Eagles offense looked better on Sunday:
“They want to go down the field, they want to use (Torrey) Smith’s speed, they want to take the top off the defense. They’re trying to open up the middle of the field so guys like Zach Ertz and (Darren) Sproles could work in the interior. I tell you what, if you look at what they did yesterday, it just goes to show they have a lot of confidence in Nelson Agholor and he worked the middle of that field, but that’s only because they got that eighth defender out of the box and over the top with those two passes. Not necessarily you going to hit the long pass to Smith but it’s more so (make defense think) they might throw it. Take that defender out which gives a lot more room for those guys on the inside to work in between the hashes – Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, (Darren) Sproles, those are the pass plays they are trying to hit. They’re not necessarily trying to go over the top but just that illusion they give that defense opens up the whole play book for those guys, even the running game.”
Checkout what Brooks had to say about the Eagles Offensive Line, Doug Pederson play calling, the Defensive Line, and more Eagles talk