While most of Eagles Nation ponders the possibilities of having a revamped defense predicated on attacking speed up front, I’m going to turn my attention to the other side of the ball. Last May I posited this theory about how the 2009 offense might look.
To summarize, I suggested Reid might install a 2007 Patriots-like spread scheme to take advantage of his newly acquired weapons. Namely, Maclin, Ingram and the able-handed Leonard Weaver. Ya know, ’cause guys like JMac and Corny came from college spreads, and DeSean and Celek could easily adjust to that style of play.
Well, I fell short in my prediction, but they did score a franchise best 429 points. Many of which came courtesy of aerial bombs from McNabb to DeSean. It had elements of the spread, but the quick slants, hitch routes and precisely timed crossing patterns were in short supply, which is something I feared could be a hindrance in my post last May:
Of course, for all this to come to fruition the offensive line will have to dominate in pass protection and McNabb will have to get the ball out quickly and accurately, which are not his strong suits.
The pass protection was shit and Don failed to deliver the ball quickly and accurately, which is one reason why he’s gone. So, the notion of a spread was for the most part shelved. In addition, injuries to the receiving corps limited the opportunities to feature four and five receiver sets.
I ended my theoretical diatribe with the following:
One final thought. If this Patriots-like spread attack does appear at some point in 2009, I would say it’s safe to assume this could be a glimpse into the the future. Need I remind you there is a young signal caller waiting in the wings who excelled in a similar style offense while attending the University of Houston. Fans might not be happy or ready to admit it, but the Kevin Kolb era is coming sooner than later. The pieces are already being assembled. But that’s another topic for another day.
That day would be today. Kolb was a spread quarterback. Maclin, Ingram and newly drafted Riley Cooper all played in a spread. DeSean, Celek and Jason Avant have the skills to thrive in a spread. Shady and Weaver could operate in a single back formation from the spread. The pieces have been assembled.
All except for the offensive line, which is in a state of flux right now. I’m not sure the starting five marched out in September will be athletic and quick enough to play in a fast-paced offense. Then again, they probably won’t be asked to protect as long with a quarterback capable of getting the ball out in a hurry without firing it into the dirt.
Remember the “K-Gun” offense run by the Buffalo Bills and Jim Kelly in the early ’90s? It was a no-huddle, foot on the gas scoring machine. I say we let our own K fire up the 2.0 version of the K-Gun. If nothing else, it would fun to watch.