Mike Groh talks plans for the Eagles’ running back position

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Mike Groh talks plans for the Eagles’ running back position

Postby zhangzk » 11th Jan 19, 06:28

The Eagles’ offense has battled through a host of injuries through the first five games of the season Color Rush Jalen Mills Jersey , they’ve seen two different starting quarterbacks and three of their offensive weapons have already landed on IR. From slow starts to mental mistakes, offensive coordinator Mike Groh and quarterback Carson Wentz spoke to the media on Tuesday about some of the concerns heading into their first division game of the year, and their plans to improve.Here’s what the OC and QB had to say:Mike GrohOn the running back situationGroh opened by talking about losing Jay Ajayi. He admitted that Ajayi was a big part of what they’ve done and it’s an injury that will impact the team. Specifically he pointed to Ajayi’s physicality missing from the field, but touted the guys they have.He did point out though that Wendell Smallwood has “done a really nice job in the playing time he’s gotten” and the coaches are pleased with his production thus far this season. Smallwood, along with Corey Clement and Darren Sproles once they get back, is enough for the team to be happy with the guys they have on roster.Clement is one of the guys Groh thinks could be a featured back for the team, and said he’s close to being 100% again. Groh pointed out Clement having some of Ajayi’s physicality when he runs, plus “he’s an outstanding receiver out of the backfield”.Later on he was asked about Ajayi coming in mid-season last year, and whether they’ll have the time to bring in someone after Thursday’s game and get them acclimated. Groh admitted there’s a learning curve for any player you bring in during the season, but Duce Staley is an outstanding teacher and could get someone ready again, just like he did with Ajayi.On the offensive game planGroh said that they aren’t giving the guys a pass for not lining up where they should be or looking unprepared. Those things can’t happen, the guys need to get out of the huddle and know where they are lining up and know what their assignment is.“We’ve gotta do a better job collectively of, I guess, teaching that,” Groh noted.He was such to emphasize that those things have to be eliminated moving forward.The OC also spoke on the use of RPOs and how the team tries to balance their run and passing looks. Groh talked about having a strong group at running back, but ultimately circumstances affect the calls each week and they haven’t been able to get the run as involved as they had planned/liked.Groh likened some of those issues to not getting off to a quick start like they want. It was then pointed out that they have only scored three touchdowns in the first half of games so far this season. The offensive coordinator again pointed to some of the self-inflicted wounds with turnovers and penalties that have killed some of that momentum.On personnel moves on the OLGroh was also asked about Isaac Seumalo and the role he’s taking on, and the offensive coordinator said they had been talking about Seumalo throughout training camp and are happy with his versatility along the line. He noted that Isaac has been playing with a lot of confidence Youth Jay Ajayi Jersey , and not only hears the calls but is starting to be able to make those calls out there on the run.“He’s done a nice job and earned some playing time,” Groh stated.Later on he was asked if they were concerned about the chemistry of the offensive line by moving some players around and whether the coaches talked to guys like Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce before making the move. Groh said they are always evaluating players — something we know — and that they talked about the move as a group, but no, they didn’t ask for input from players about it.On pass protectionGroh said the linemen didn’t have egg timers in their heads when it comes to how long they need to hold the pocket. They know that Carson Wentz has the ability and tendency to extend plays, and they need to protect him for as long as needed.Carson WentzOn losing Jay AjayiWentz admitted it was tough to lose the running back, but noted “more than anything, I feel for him”. The quarterback was in a similar situation last year with a torn ACL, and knows what that comes with both mentally and physically.He said that he’s reached out and told Ajayi that he’s here for him, and praying for him. On the field, Wentz knows that those are pretty big shoes to fill, but he feels the Eagles have the guys they need to step up and who are ready for that kind of role.Later he was asked how specifically they plan on filling Ajayi’s role, and Wentz emphasized that it’ll be challenging. Ajayi is “a violent down-hill runner that sought contact and loved to just feed off that,” but that they have confidence that the other backs will step up.Wentz continued to talk about Wendell Smallwood stepping up over the last two games, and Corey Clement coming back will be big for them. He also touched on Josh Adams having to have an increased role as well. The quarterback said he still feels like they have a stable of workhorses there, but it’s tough losing Jay. Wentz would agree that it’ll be more of a running back by committee approach, but he also pointed out that’s kind of been their strategy all along, even with Ajayi.On the offense and their potentialIt wasn’t just turnovers the QB was talking about — which he admitted need to be eliminated — http://www.authenticsphiladelphiaeagles.com/cheap-stefen-wisniewski-jersey , he was also asked if things are more challenging for the offensive line due to his tendency to hold onto the ball a bit longer. Wentz admitted that it happens, but he thinks that’s just the nature of his game and what he brings to the offense.Later, Wentz was asked if he thinks that this team could be one of the high-scoring, super efficient offenses that some teams have showed so far this season. Wentz acknowledged that the players feel like they have that potential, and to get the kind of production they had last year.He said it’s unfortunate that they’ve had so many of those small mistakes, but the expect to be better moving forward.Wentz also said that the team looks and feels great in practice, but that for some reason that isn’t translating to the field on game day. He pointed out, “it’s never perfect”, but he doesn’t see anything in practice that he’s concerned about.He also wouldn’t get into the Isaac Seumalo vs. Stephen Wisniewski debate, and rather lauded both of them and said he — and the rest of the o-line — is comfortable and confident with whomever is in the game.On opponents making adjustmentsOne of the more common storylines over the past couple weeks, has been that opposing defenses have been making adjustments to better cover the Eagles offense. Wentz was asked what he saw from teams they’ve faced, but he admitted that no one has really done anything outlandish or off the wall to prepare for Philadelphia.He continued to say that it’s usually something small, like teams playing a little softer zone or “taking away some of that stuff” but that overall it’s nothing crazy.Image
On Giants prepWentz admitted that they are seeing some different things schematically with the Giants defense, especially with the new coaches, but a lot of similar faces with the players.Personnel-wise, Wentz said it seems like both teams know each other pretty well at this point, and scheme-wise Youth Nelson Agholor Jersey , it’ll be interesting to see what they deal against the Eagles on Thursday.He said he’s sure they’ll bring something new, just like it seems every team has done so far this season. Before the tenth Sunday of the 2018 NFL regular season kicks off, let’s have some fun by taking a look at the spreads for today’s games. (Click here for NFL Week 10 picks without regard to the spread.)Here are suggestions when trying to beat the odds. You can find all of today’s NFL betting lines and over/unders via SB Nation. My season record so far is 57-74-3 after going 6-7 last week. Really going to need a strong stretch run to shake this losing record.NFL Week 10 GamesDetroit Lions at Chicago Bears (-7): The Lions have lost their last two games each by multiple possessions. They’re just not very good. Detroit ranks 29th in DVOA. Chicago, meanwhile, is fourth overall. PICK: Bears -7Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs (-17): The Chiefs are putting up a league-leading 36.3 points per game. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are putting up 13.8 points per game. The Chiefs can easily score enough to cover this three-possession spread. PICK: Chiefs -17New England Patriots (-6.5) at Tennessee Titans: Hard to know what exactly to make of this Titans team. Save for a 21-0 home loss to Baltimore and their Monday Night Football win over Dallas, all of their games have been pretty close. I’d stay away from this one. But since I’m making the pick, I’ll take the Pats against a Titans team coming off a short week. PICK: Patriots -6.5New Orleans Saints (-6) at Cincinnati Bengals: This has trap game potential for the Saints. New Orleans might be smelling themselves a little too much after a big win over LA. Cincy, meanwhile, is coming off a bye. I don’t know if the Bengals win but maybe they find a way to cover at home. PICK: Bengals +6Atlanta Falcons (-5.5) at Cleveland Browns: The Falcons seem to be beyond their early season struggles. The Browns do not seem to be beyond being the Browns. PICK: Falcons -5.5Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (-3): Give me Andrew Luck and Frank Reich over Blake Bortles and Doug Marrone. PICK: Colts -3Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3): Hm. Tough one. I took the Bucs in our straight up picks because I think Ryan Fitzpatrick might be able to get hot here. But then there’s the fact the Tampa Bay defense is just so bad. I’ll try to jinx Washington here by picking them. PICK: Washington +3Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (-7.5): The year is 2018 and somehow Matt Barkley is a starting quarterback. May God have mercy on our souls. PICK: Jets -7.5Los Angeles Chargers (-10.5) at Oakland Raiders: No need to overthink this one. The Raiders are trying to lose on purpose and the Chargers are legitimately good. PICK: Chargers -10.5Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers (-10): After losing two in a row, Aaron Rodgers will help the Packers get back on track with a win over the Brock Osweiler-led Dolphins. PICK: Packers -10Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams (-9.5): A little surprised to see Seattle not getting much respect here. I know the Rams score a lot but the Seahawks’ defense is still good. Seattle ranks eighth in opponent points per game and fifth overall in defensive DVOA. Maybe they don’t win but they should be able to keep this one relatively close. PICK: Seahawks +9.5Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5): Good stat from @ChrisRaybon: The Cowboys are 2-14-1 against the spread on short weeks during the Jason Garrett era. The Eagles have a significant rest advantage over Dallas given that the Cowboys played on Monday Night and Philadelphia is coming off their bye. Also the Eagles just seem to match up really well against this Dallas team. As Benjamin Solak pointed out on BGN Radio, Carson Wentz is 7-0 in his last seven NFC East games. The Eagles are primed to come up big here, methinks. PICK: Eagles -7.5New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers (-3): If Arizona can beat the 49ers twice, I can’t help but feel like the Giants might be able to beat San Francisco once. I’m not just going to assume undrafted rookie free agent Nick Mullens is suddenly this great quarterback because he played well against a terrible and tanking Raiders squad. Give me the points! PICK: Giants +3
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