Paolantonio: Eagles Telegraphing Offense With Vaitai At RT
This Sunday the Eagles return home to play the undefeated Vikings who have one of the best defenses in the NFL this season. With Rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai starting at Right Tackle in place of the suspended Lane Johnson the offense has to adjust its gameplan with inexperience on the right side.
ESPN NFL Reporter Sal Paolantonio joined Mike Gill on Friday to detail how Vaitai playing at Right Tackle limits the Eagles offense and makes them predictable:
"With Big V at Right Tackle they did not run to the right side against Washington. The previous 4 games, they ran to the right side 17 times averaging 5.7 yards per carry. The NFL average to the right side is 4.8. Without Lane Johnson it limited their versatility in the run game. Couldn’t run (well) if the defense knows you are not running right you are telegraphing everything....The impact of Big V was on the 27 drop backs, the Eagles used a TE or a RB on the right side of the formation 18 out of the 27, that’s 66% of the time. This limits what you can do, it telegraphs to the defense what you’re doing. It is unmistakable the impact that it had."
Checkout Paolantonio analysis of Vikings defense, issues with Jim Schwartz defense, and why he thinks the Eagles can win on Sunday