Eagles Could Use More No Huddle On Offense
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Eagles are searching for offensive rhythm going into Sunday's game against the Lions. The Eagles find themselves 11th in the NFL with 383 yards of offense per game and 31st with 16 points per game. Last year the Eagles averaged 399 yards of offense, fourth most in the league, and scored 24.8 points per game, eighth best.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has thrown six touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for one touchdown and losing five fumbles, but he's led go-ahead drives in the fourth quarter in four of the Eagles' five games.
Vick's also said Sunday that he's more comfortable in a no huddle, working at a faster pace.
“I think it helped get us into a rhythm just doing the things that we know, dumping the ball off and just kind of dictating what we wanted the defense to play and it was part of the reason we moved the ball downfield," Vick said in Pittsburgh.
"We’ve been doing quite a little bit of it," said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg this week. "We’ve been doing two-minute tempo, as well as some very quick muddle huddle. Typically when you do that, you get more plays and that plays to us and our skill guys in these types of things."
The Eagles have run 350 offensive plays, which is fourth in the NFL. When you start to account for games played and time of possession, though, the Eagles aren't as faced paced as it appears on the surface.
Philadelphia has run an average of 70 plays per game, which leaves it sixth in the NFL. When you account for time of possession, the Eagles drop to 12th with 2.25 plays per minute of possession.
Mornhinweg has admitted that Vick is more comfortable in a no huddle offense than working at a traditional pace, and it also allows the Eagles to do something that opposing defenses have been doing to them all season.
“Well, there’s several things, but the main thing is pressure," Mornhinweg said. "Constant pressure on your opponent.”
As for how often Vick would like to be in the no huddle?
“All the time," Vick said in Pittsburgh. "I mean, it all depends. It all depends on how we scheme, what the defense dictates going into that week.”
Ryan Messick covers the Eagles for 97.3 ESPN FM. Follow him on Twitter.