He's still got to pass his physical... but it looks like Trent Edwards is an Eagles backup QB (#2 or #3 ?)... Public reaction has been mixed, to say the least...
Trent Edwards is 28 years old, 6-4 and 231 lbs., and was drafted in the 3rd round out of Stanford by the Buffalo Bills in 2007.
Edwards has made 33 starts in the NFL, all but one of them with the Buffalo Bills. He also spent time with Jacksonville and Oakland, who cut him prior to last season. His record as a starter is 14-19, with 6,019 passing yards, 26 TD's, 30 INT's, and a 75.4 passer rating.
He's big, he's relatively agile and he has a "plus" arm...and he went to Stanford, so he's got to be smart, right? So what was the beef with Edwards when the Bills replaced him with Ryan Fitzpatrick?
I'll rely on the smart phan posters here to fill in the blanks on that question. I promise not to criticize Edwards' past performance. I vow not to bring up his occasional lapses in reading defenses or his Kyle Boller-like propensity to make a great play one moment and a very bad decision under pressure on the next.
First, he must pass his physical. And then he gets a grace period, a 3-week jump on other free agents since regular NFL Free Agency doesn't begin until March 13th. But players who had their contracts terminated last year are fair game now. That gives Trent Edwards a chance to spend some extra time with Eagles coaches and staff and get a preview of the playbook. He'll need every edge he can get to make a new first impression in Philly.
I'm still waiting for terms of the reported one-year deal. But one thing's for sure, we have seen the end of the Vince Young experiment in an Eagles uniform.
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Coming up after a short break, I'll add some "Trick Plays" that hopefully the Eagles or Trent Edwards will never need to deploy in desperation. Some you'll recognize, but others may surprise you...
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OK, we're back... Here are some "Trick Plays" they won't be drilling or teaching at the Combine. The point of this presentation is to emphasize that, despite all the "measurables" and standards of qualifying an NFL player, there are elements of gamesmanship that transcend the science---
Statue of Liberty Play
The Statue of Liberty Play remains a favorite trick play to this day. It was used with dramatic effect by Boise State against the Oklahoma Sooners in a 2006 bowl game.
The Statue of Liberty requires the quarterback to make a short drop-back and feign he is going to throw the ball by bringing the ball over his head in a cocked, throwing position. Instead of throwing the ball, he fakes a throw, then hands the ball to his running back with the other hand.
Meanwhile, the running back moves directly behind the quarterback, acting as if he’s going to stay in to block. He takes the ball and runs with it, hopefully with most defenders fooled by what looks like a passing play.
The fumblerooski requires the quarterback to "fumble" the ball to the ground immediately after receiving the snap from the center. The quarterback and his running backs run in one direction, away from the ball. Meanwhile, one of the offensive guards (traditionally the right guard) scoops up the ball and runs the other direction.
Because many of the defenders cannot see the ball in the split second after it has been snapped, the play is designed to look like a running play right, when it is a running play left. This play works entirely on deception, since an offensive guard is unlikely to be a fast or agile runner.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers used this play to score against the Miami Hurricanes in the 1984 NCAA National Championship Game.
Hook & Ladder
The Hook and Ladder is also known as the Hook & Lateral, which leads me to believe this latter name was the original name of the play. The Hook and Ladder involves two receivers: one running a curl pattern and the other running a delayed fly pattern.
The receiver running the curl pattern pulls up 7-10 yards downfield (usually) and catches the ball. His job is to lure any nearby defenders to him, since they believe he is going to run with the ball after the catch. The other receiver runs his delayed fly pattern (that is, a deep pattern), hoping to pass his fellow receiver a split second after that receiver has caught the ball.
Then the ball-carrying receiver pitches the ball to his teammate as that teammate runs past him. Having drawn the defensive backs to the one receiver, this should create a long play or touchdown.
The most famous Hook & Ladder play might be the Epic in Miami. This was a AFC Divisional Championship Game between the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers in 1982. The Chargers got down 24-0 early in the game, but roared back to a 24-24 tie by halftime. One of the plays which got them back into the game was a Hook & Lateral for a touchdown.
The End Around requires a split end to run behind the line of scrimmage. The quarterback hands this supposed receiver the ball as a handoff. Though this play takes some time to develop, the element of surprise and an over-pursuing defense creates the chance for one of the team’s speediest players to get into open field and make a big play.
The receiver will sometimes throw the ball on an End-Around Pass, which is what the above picture depicts.
Due to the increasing speed and athleticism of NFL linebackers, the End Around play is used less today than before. NFL Defense are so fast and can cover so much ground that the speedy receiver is often caught behind the line of scrimmage, and then exposed to punishing tackles by linebackers who are used to tackling running backs.
This play worked for big plays twenty years ago, though longtime video games players will remember that it never worked on TecmoBowl.
The Reverse Play begins as an End Around, but it requires a second handoff, which quickly reverses the play in the other direction. Once again, this play requires the defense to over-pursue and get out of position. Specifically, the opposite side defensive end is supposed to keep "containment". If the end breaks off containment and chases a ball carrier laterally down the line, then the reverse can get around him and the second ball-carrier can bust a long run.
Once again, the Reverse takes a long time to develop. This flaw means the reverse doesn’t work as often in the NFL these days, though it works beautifully in lower levels of football, where the differences in speed between offense and defense and the chances of an assignment breakdown are greater.
The Flea Flicker remains one of the favorite trick plays in football. The Flea Flicker is made to look like a run, when actually it is a deep pass. The quarterback hands the ball off to his halfback, who runs towards the line. Meanwhile, the quarterback drops back into his pocket. When the running back gets near the line, he turns around and tosses the ball to the quarterback again. Hopefully, linebackers and safeties have come to the line to play the run and the receiver is in deep single coverage, or may be behind his defender altogether.
Like a more traditional play-action play, team’s which use this often are running teams, as the defense must respect the run. The New England Patriots used the flea flicker to great effect in several big games last season. This might seem odd, since the Pats were known as a passing team instead of a running team, but they were also the #8 rushing offense in the NFL last year.
Reverse Flea Flicker
The Reverse Flea Flicker combines the standard reverse with aspects of the flea flicker. Instead of the quarterback handing off to the running back as he runs towards the line, the running back takes the ball on a sweep. The back hands the ball to a wide receiver on an end around, who then pitches to the quarterback. The quarterback then executes the passing part of the flea flicker.
The pick play works on the same concept as the pick play in basketball. As one player is trailed by his defender through one portion of the playing field, another player positions himself to block or impede the movement of that defender. If the play works correctly, the one receiver will be wide open for the quarterback.
The pick play is illegal in football and a penalty is called if the offense is not subtle about their intentions. Offensive coordinators will often call double-crossing patterns, which deliberately place two receivers on the same path, to instigate a pick play.
This takes advantage of the Forward Pass Rule. If an overhand pass is not a "forward pass", it is considered a pass, but a lateral. This means that the offense retains its right to pass the ball. The double pass usually has the quarterback throw the ball outside to a wide receiver, who has stepped back several steps from the line of scrimmage to set up the lateral situation. Then the receiver throws the ball downfield to a second receiver, who should be open due to the trickery.
A variation of this play has the quarterback skipping the ball to the wide receiver. Because the backwards pass is considered a lateral, even if the ball touches the ground, it is considered a live ball. This increases the deception, because defenders are likely to see the skipping ball as an incomplete pass.
The halfback takes a pitch from the quarterback and sweeps either left or right (usually right, if he’s right-handed). When the back gets out on the corner of the defense, though, he pulls the ball back to throw it downfield. With safeties and corners rushing up to tackle the runner, hopefully the receiver is wide open.
The halfback pass worked in at least one Super Bowl, as Robert Newhouse of the Dallas Cowboys threw a touchdown pass to Golden Richards on this play against the Orange Crush Denver Broncos defense in Super Bowl XII. This is a common trick play, with many examples to cite.
This is a snap directly to a halfback in the backfield. This play requires the offense to line up in a shotgun formation, with the QB pretending he is in a passing situation. Instead, the center snaps the ball to the running back, who can then run against a defense which is spread out in anticipation of a pass.
This past season, Darren McFadden took several direct snaps at the University of Arkansas, though in some cases he tried to throw the ball.
Fake Field Goal
The Fake Field Goal requires the field goal unit to line up like it is going for the 3 points, but instead either run with the ball or (more likely) throw to an open receiver.
Sometimes the field goal kicker is involved, while sometimes the holder of the snap is involved. This second option has the advantage that, often, the holder is also a backup quarterback.
Similar to the Fake Field Goal, the punter pretends he is going to punt the ball, but instead either takes off running with the all or throws the ball to an eligable receiver downfield. The fake punt relies on surprise, since most NFL punters are slow and poor throwers by NFL standards. In the 1980′s, when Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Danny White, was also the team punter, the Cowboys used this play on numerous occasions.
Another option is the direct snap to the up-back, whose main job is to block any defender who makes it through the line. The up-back is often a full-back or tight-end, so this person can presumably run with the ball better than a punter.
The onside kick is used by a kicking team to retain possession of the ball. A kickoff must go at least ten yards, or a player on the receiving team must touch the ball before it has traveled those ten yards. otherwise, the kick is not legal.
The kicking team typically lines up most of its players to one side of the kicker during an onside kick. This allows several to go after the ball, while other tries to block or screen the opponents from the ball.
The kicker tries to kick the ball at the top instead of bottom, getting it to turn over as it rolls along the ground. This not only gives players time to run ten yards to get the ball, but in some cases the ball will flip up on the third or fourth bounce, giving the kicker’s teammates a chance to catch the ball.
The onside kick is often used by desperate teams at the end of games. It can also be used by a kicking team anytime during a game. In these cases, the kicking team is using deception, because it is natural instinct for the receiving players to run downfield to set up a blocking scheme for the kick returner. In this case, all (but one) kicking team players may not line up to one side of the kicker, aiding in the deception.
The Fake Spike is where the quarterback pretends he’s going to spike the ball and stop the clock, which is allowed in the NFL. Instead of spiking the ball, the quarterback throws the ball to a wide receiver, hopefully catching the cornerback off his guard.
The most famous incident of this happening was a game in the 1990′s where Dan Marino scored a late touchdown against the New York Jets. The Jets defense believed the Dolphins were going to spike the ball and stop the clock, regrouping for a last play or two. Marino was signaling to his teammates he was going to spike the ball. What the Jets didn’t know was that Marino had a signal to a wideout to really run his route. The play worked like a charm, and ended up being one of the final glory moments for Marino.
Fake Kneel Down
The Fake Kneel Down is similar to the Fake Spike, except it’s far more insidious. This only works when one team appears to be kneeling at the end of a half or a game, conceding the last few minutes of play. Instead, the quarterback feints at kneeling, then throws the ball to his receiver. To my knowledge, this play was an invention of the past twenty years.
The first time I remember the Fake Kneel Down was a showdown late in the 1987 NFL season between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. This was the strike-shortened season of ’87, and Buddy Ryan believed Tom Landry had run up the score against the Eagles in a "scab" game.
In a rematch after the real teams returned to play, the Eagles were leading the Cowboys late in the game. The Eagles had the ball near the Dallas goal line, a point where most teams kneel on the ball and take the win. Instead, Coach Ryan had Randall Cunningham pretend to kneel and then throw a touchdown for one last parting shot against the Cowboys. Once again, the play worked to perfection.
Hitch & Go
The hitch and go pattern is not necessarily a trick play, so much as it is a well-coordinated route and pump fake between the quarterback and his wide receiver. The wide receiver will run a slant rant and appear to be stopping to receive the ball. Meanwhile, the quarterback responds to this slant route by pump faking the ball, deceiving the cornerback about his intentions. Hopefully, the CB will "bite" on the fake, hoping to jump the route and get an interception.
Instead, the wide receiver takes off down the field. If the cornerback is running upfield for the interception and the receiver is running downfield, the receiver becomes wide open, allowing the quarterback to throw a deeper ball for longer yardage. As stated before, this is not necessarily a trick play, but an elaborate play, which typically takes an extra second or two to develop, exposing the quarterback to an increased risk of a sack.Okay, you knew most of these trick plays... but I'll bet you never heard of the "Fumblerooski"... or the "Skip Pass" variation of the "Double Pass"...It would take major cajones to attempt the "Skip Pass" trick... ironically, who better to attempt it than former Eagles great Donovan McNabb? He would have gained points off it on credibility factor alone...
a rare weekend appearance by the dude from the north. just thought id pop in quick and say 'hello' to everyone . been so busy lately that i havent had a chance to come on here and rap.
not sure what to make of the trent edwards signing. we did need a 3rd qb so it makes sense from that perspective. still though, is it possible that he beats out kafka for the #2 spot? highly unlikely.....but if he does, it really doesnt say much for mk's abilities. heres hoping mike steps up in camp and becomes a solid #2.
@HoserChris While we're hoping for things... Let's hope sir Winston becomes a stud RT, our S learn how to cover or tackle, or heaven forbid boff... Same for the LB's... And while we're at it, AR learns how to adjust in game, and MM learns how to call plays in RZ that don't include half back option passes from the LOS... TYIA Santa
Who are you?... @Dem Debils Apples!
@Blasphemizer Man I been around, just SUPER DUPER busy. Been driving my ass all over the State of Utah. Back and forth to different job sites, etc, etc.
RGIII did seem very sincere on the podium there...Not saying anything at all...But I'm sure no matter where him or Luck go in this league, they'll do well...
@tboned208 All is well, u amble out to work and get back and Shefter reports Eagles now listening to trade offers for Djack......what the heck is going on??? Yesterday Howie told any and everyone with an ear that he was optimistic about a deal with Djack, Reid had a meeting with Drew last night as well. Don't like this direction at all
I think they're gonna play both roads 50/50...They're only announcing that they're listening to offers to stir up interest...If they get blown away, they'll pull the trigger...But, meanwhile, they're shuffling in the back room to put together a contract that would work...We gotta tightrope act going on here... @Kenemeka @tboned208
@Blasphemizer @Kenemeka @tboned208 Would not be a bit suprised it is a bargaining chip also by Evergreen............gauge the market. "Well, Djax, the best offer we had on you was X, so this is the contract we are willing to give to keep you an Eagle, otherwise, you might end up playing here" That sort of thing. Would it surprise you the F.O. would play this card?
Alrighty my little mr. misters... time to take these broken wings and learnt to fly away... to dinner and good times with the family... enjoy your weekend and the combine results... I expect full reports on my desk by Monday!!!
Whoa,....Spuds taking 3D to da cleaners!!!..Bizness is so bad dere dat Spuds has been relegated to bantering wiff da boobs,....but da wrong kinds.......damnbri.
@briview perk up... 3D had a point or two in there before he chased Spudz away... iffin Hall had been a success then Spudz would be flaunting around town the AR is a guru of sorts with QB's because of it... that he suked and it got no mention is a one way street... 3D called him on it, and Spudz retort was pretty lame, then he vanished like a fart in the wind. good thing no one should come to expect anymore from Spudz... it suits him
@Brozer8 Hey, no need to reflect on Bri's age like that.. We all know he's old and his breaff smells like moonbeams scrotum... No need to rub it in... He's "sensitive" after all... Not that there's anything wrong wiff that
@atvcar That's impossible ! Those words have never been uttered before, in that order, in the last 5 billion years.
hmmmmm,...Bellevue: Read my above post to ATV to yournselve, but subtract 1/4 headed pygmy amazon head,...and insert "two peas in a shrunken pod of a scrotum".
Answer quextions 1 and 2.
I can't wait !
ATV: Say what you will, but of all the billions and billions of peoples that have lived in da history of da Earffs, I guarantee that YOU are the FIRST, and LAST, human ever to be called a "shruken, 1/4 headed, amazonian pygmy"
1) Congratulations !
2) How does that make you feel as a human being ?
@briview Beats being foreign to thinkin outside yur own delussional little world in which you're smart and important... But I'm sure you're clueless to what THAT would even look like... Jus like your boy moonbeam... Two peas in a shrunken pod of a scrotum. How's that suit you?
@briview good thing nobody compared them huh... or did they???? It's a conspiracy I tells youse... there's some more noodling that needs to be done, and not the kind Blas is cooking up
@Brozer8 @briview That doesn't even make sense... And what do you mean if... Your moms is told that and worse hourly by her pimp (aka moonbeam)
@briview Methinks youse was lookin at your sak again for too long... You see shrunken saks everywheres youse looks... MERCY
Bizarre fri nite at Brizer's nook,.....beverages including selected magic hat varietals,..olives,.assorted cheeses, nuts,.. bruschetta,.and crusty breads.....haha,..must be Lent!
@briview add some red wine, and you have a perfect meal! love those kind of dinners where it's a little bit of everything
somewhat akin to tapas......
JerkedPigmyVole: when you get finished with the 50 count of Norcos (this weekend prob), are you going to start setting trip wires for your gramps, in order to keep yourselve well stocked ? You can put matresses around the wires, so nobody gets hurt or nuttin',...but just shaken up a little bit....but nothing that another prescripxion won't cure !
Ohhh,...whoops,...there goes grandpa again !!!
can just see jerkedsauce now after gramps catches himself just once... WTF, he didn't fall... here let me help you gramps...push... ok, NOW off to the ER!!! yippee
@atvcar JerkedArdvark is gonna start waxing his floors every single day,....loosening hand rails,....boobytrapping toilet seats,... and leaving marbles on the kitchen floor.
Gramps will prob be fine,... but JerkedDingo will prob end up slipping on his own traps, and break his foot, and his neck,...and die.
OK, bye everybody !!
@atvcar How bout you take me to Mendy's !
.....I think I'll just have the soup. I'll get the dinner later.