Monday, December 19, 2011

Eagles were calling out Jets' coverages


Rich Cimini of reports the Jets usually are known for disguising their coverages, but they apparently did a poor job Sunday because the Eagles knew what was coming before the snap, according to S Eric Smith.

Smith said the Eagles' receivers were able to identify the type of coverage before the snap, yelling it out to each other and to QB Michael 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 planning to cut back the number of plays on the call sheet, to make things easier for Smith and Leonhard's replacement, Brodney Pool. The secondary relied heavily on Leonhard to make on-field "checks," and Pettine evidently wanted to simplify it.

Smith apparently didn't know that and bristled when a reporter brought that up after the game.

"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."

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