22 Oct 2009
This week's play animation in the Washington Post details a Philly zone blitz, and how the Redskins might deal with it. No matter who's calling the plays for the Redskins this week, it would behoove them to keep Jason Campbell in there against the Eagles on Monday night (or at least avoid the quick hook).
Campbell may not be the answer long-term, but he has been pretty exceptional against the zone blitz -- he put up an 89.1% DVOA against zone blitzes in 2008, and Washington faced more zone blitzes than any other team. The Eagles, on the other hand, sent more zone blitzes than any other team and posted the best Defensive DVOA when using them (-70.0%). Campbell found Philly's more problematic than those of other teams, but he's still got some good outlets if the "braintrust" decides to use them.
2 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2009, 12:30pm by Doug Farrar
Just in case Sunday night did not make it clear, defense rules the NFL in 2016. The best teams in overall DVOA all combine top-five defenses with below-average offenses. The Eagles now lead the league in both defense and special teams and are back to No. 1 overall.