It’s hard enough to stop Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles when they don’t know what coverage you are playing.
According to New York Jets Safety Eric Smith, the Eagles knew exactly what defensive coverages the team was playing before the snap.
Smith said the Eagles’ receivers were able to identify the type of coverage before the snap, yelling it out to each other and to Vick.
“They’d line up, look at us, look at Vick, and (say), ‘Oh, they’re in Cover Zero’ or ‘They’re in Cover One,'” Smith said after the 45-19 loss. “They did a good job of studying, a good job of preparing for the game.”
On Thursday, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said he was cutting back on the number of plays the Jets would use, due to the loss of Safety Jim Leonhard.
Smith apparently did not agree with that decision.
“That’s not something they needed to do because Brodney and I have a good grasp of the defense,” Smith said. “We’ve been here two years, so that’s something that shouldn’t have been needed to be done.”
End result: The Eagles racked up 420 total yards with Tight End Brent Celek (covered by Smith) catching five balls for 156 yards — the most yardage by an Eagles TE since 1965, including a 73-yard catch.
Allowing 10 plays of 16 yards or more, the Jets were embarrassed on Sunday.