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#SalPalEaglesCamp: The Dust Has Settled After Foxboro – Now It’s Time to Evaluate

Now that the dust has settled a bit on the preseason beatdown in Foxboro, the Eagles have to make some hard evaluations of the state of their offense.

Let’s start with eight sacks. I warned you a few days ago that the New England Patriots were going to bring more blitzes and more creative blitzes this year now that former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is gone to Detroit and Brian Flores is running the defense for Bill Belichick in New England.

And that’s exactly what the Patriots did against the Eagles on Thursday night in Foxboro. Look at the play where Nick Foles got his right shoulder twisted up, forcing him to leave the game. It was a second-and-eight play in the second quarter, an obvious passing down. Foles was in a deep drop. And Belichick sent an overload blitz, six rushers to Foles right, leaving the Eagles left tackle, Halapoulivaati Vaitai isolated on a single outside rusher on Foles’ left, his blind side.

Big V was beaten badly and Foles never saw the rush coming. He didn’t step into the pocket, because the Patriots had flooded the rush into his face. He was stripped, the ball came loose and was recovered for a long touchdown run.

Right now, the Eagles offense is just not in any kind of synch. Injuries to the wide receivers. Carson Wentz not ready. Running back Corey Clement unavailable Thursday night due to a lower body injury.

In all, the Eagles surrendered eight sacks, losing 47 yards. They committed two turnovers. But, most importantly, the Super Bowl champs committed a whopping nine penalties for 97 yards, leaving head coach Doug Pederson shaking his head on the sideline.

“It’s something we got to clean up, the execution,” Pederson said. “It’s not crisp right now, but again we got to continue to work. Guys are working extremely hard, you know, in training camp. And obviously in these games, the effort is there. We now have to, these next couple of weeks, focus on just the execution and being crisp in these next couple games.”

 

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