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GIF: Nick Foles’ block woulda been pretty sweet if it wasn’t illegal

Dec 15, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT


Going for it on 4th and 1 is a ballsy move. Calling a double reverse on 4th and 1 is the ballsiest. Chip Kelly did both.

Maybe you didn’t like Chip getting extra cute when he only needed a yard to move the chains — Hi, Shady McCoy — but the play worked beautifully. Right up until Nick Foles decided to try his hand at blocking.

It actually looked like a pretty good block from Foles on a giant linebacker. The problem though, it was illegal. And it looked like DeSean would have had the same path to the endzone had Foles not made the block.

You really think that linebacker would have caught DJacc? Sheesh.

The Eagles trail 17-9 at the half.

GIF via Fansided

  1. Earl - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    He is Andy Reid 2.0. He spends 60 minutes each Sunday afternoon trying to prove he is smarter than everybody else. Garbage play calling today.

  2. Franchise - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    4th and 1from own 25 and he goes for it. Wow

    • sfsu - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      The problem was not challenging the spot on third down. If he punts on 4th and 1, the Vikings would have had the ball back at the 25 in about 4 plays

      • ferg508 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        So much this. Shady’s elbow touched the 25 yard line, down before his knee. The 3rd down play was the one to challenge, the 4th down challenge was very reminiscent of Andy Reid challenging just because he wanted to.

  3. BenE. - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Just pound the ball up the middle on 4th and 1 or when you go for a two-point conversion! In the former, all you need is a yard to keep the drive alive. The latter, you rely on your offensive line to get enough of a push to let your tailback get the goal line. I don’t understand the reverses and drop passes in these situations at all. They look nice but just stick to the basics and you’ll be amazed what works.

    Seriously, if the score holds, this loss could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs. It’s pretty much division or bust at this point.

    • mike - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Vikings had two players on defense making plays- the defensive ends. Chip dials up a bunch of slow developing plays to the outside. Run/throw the ball straight up the middle. The 2-point conversion killed all the momentum the Eagles had.

    • Ron - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      What part of, it was a TD without the unneeded illegal block, don’t you guys understand? It was a TD!!!!! That’s GOOD play calling! Everyone expects the up the middle run, he changes it up and they succeeded! Damnit there are some simpletons.

      • BenE. - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        I know, but it is still a risky playcall knowing reverses easily break down and blockers get a little more desperate in those situations.

        It was a dumb penalty that ruined it, but I’d still like to see the ball go to McCoy, the best RB in the NFL right now. Just get a fresh set of downs to work with.

      • - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        If I call Hail Mary every single play and one of them finally makes it in the endzone, was that one play a good call? How about the other 50 I called that were incomplete, intercepted, or got my QB sacked?

        You can’t judge a play by its result. You judge a play based on situation and risk. That play in that situation is not smart. One of the reasons why it’s not a good call is that so much is going on, and you expose yourself more to possibilities for turnovers, penalties, and injuries.

      • 2sentz - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        I really liked that call. Showed full confidence in the O and served notice to Vikes they need to stay honest all day. Liked the call, liked the timing, and liked how it would have put us right back in the game had Foles’ block been a foot higher.

      • willh888 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Ben I like the surprise reverse there because the only way that play is effective is if the defenders over commit, and what better play than 4th down when they’re trying to stuff the line or tackle Shady in the backfield

      • erzug - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        I was waiting for some razzle-dazzle from CK’s offense and we finally got it. Had to wait 14 games into the season, but it was worth it. That block by Foles was most likely not even necessary since DJ was beyond that defender’s reach anyway at that point.

      • BenE. - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        I just read all these responses. Looking back, I suppose the play call wasn’t as bad as I originally thought. The Vikings’ defense certainly didn’t expect it.

        It seems like one of those plays that fans will always judge based on the result. If Cooper botches the toss to Jackson, all the fans hate it and wonder why Chip Kelly didn’t give the ball to Shady up the middle. Obviously, the play worked, so the fans think it’s a genius play call.

        Overall though, I don’t take too much issue with Chip Kelly’s playcalling. Most of it has worked this season, and it’s only his first year in the NFL. I’m glad we have a coach who is willing to reach into his back of tricks once in a while. I hope he continues to do it at the right times.

    • ferg508 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Thank you for calling it a reverse and not a double reverse

  4. Franchise - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    34 points to this offense. Makes no sense. I’m sure it will hit 41 by the time you read this

    • lahoe819 - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      It has. Foles has been off and on today. The play calling hasn’t been the problem today. It’s been the defense. We can’t stop the freaking Vikings without Adrian Peterson. So much bad tackling by our secondary and stupid penalties. I had a bad feeling we were getting ahead of ourselves with this team. Let’s just hope the packers can do us a favor and keep tony romo consistent in December.

      • Franchise - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Who would have believed they would give up 41 to Minnesota? Even if AP was healthy

  5. Franchise - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Now we hope for Green Bay

    • Franchise - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Well so much for Green Bay

      • Matt Flynn - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Bitch please.

        /gestures “oh hell no”

      • ferg508 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM


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