By Kevin Ross II
Just a season ago, it was shock and awe in New Orleans as the Washington Redskins unveiled their new weapon, that civilians simply call RG3. Griffin relentlessly dropped bombs that day, and the Saints had no answer for Kyle Shanahan’s new offense.
Fast-forwarding a year later, the Philadelphia Eagles hope to be bring a similar performance to the nation’s capital. Mike Vick will be at the helm for Philly, and is once again hoping to victimize the Redskins on Monday Night Football.
A Defensive Threat?
Vick is apparently tailor-made to drive Chip Kelly’s NASCAR-fast offense that calls for the read option, the triple option, screen passes, play action, and plenty of trickery. Kelly is known for his up-tempo attack that tries to prevent the defense from catching its breath. But what may surprise Kelly this season is the fact that it will be his defense that is gasping for air.
Going back to opening day last season, it’s easy to remember how Griffin exploded on the Saints. But what is largely overlooked is the fact that the Redskins still barely escaped with a victory, as their defense allowed the Saints to score 32 points. Right now much attention is being given to the Eagles offense, but that may change once people realize just how bad Philly is on defense.
If I were able to offer readers outside of the Philadelphia market, $10 million to name the Eagles defensive coordinators, I would surely keep my money.
Bill Davis is his name, and he’s been trying his darnedest to switch the Eagles to a 3-4 scheme. He has spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns as their linebackers coach. And has had two previous stints as the D-Coordinator for both the 49ers and Cardinals, having both of those situations end in disaster. The Eagles are optimistic that the third time’s the charm for Billy Davis. However, he’s off to a rocky start. We all know that the preseason doesn’t count, but it is worth noting that the Eagles finished dead last in rushing defense. Meaning the first, second, and third string are all finding it very difficult to grasp the new scheme. Players such as Trent Cole who have made their living by putting their fist in the dirt, now have to adjust to playing in space.
The transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 is a tough one, and it typically takes a team three seasons before they can become a serviceable unit. The Eagles defense will be the reason why on Monday, the franchise will record its very first “L” of the 2013 season.
Look for the Redskins to methodically feed Alfred Morris and Roy Helu all night long. Please believe that Kyle Shanahan will discover if the Eagles inability to stop the run during the preseason, is a mirage or reality. The Redskins will look to dominate the time of possession battle, and postpone Kelly’s “shock and awe” attack until week 2 of the regular season.
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.