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Eagles head coach Andy Reid loves to pass

August 22 Philadelphia Inquirer

“It might be a new Eagles era with a new quarterback, but it is still Andy Reid’s team and it has a familiar offensive approach, at least early on.

That means through two preseason games, the Eagles have continued their reliance on passing plays, calling for throws on 63 percent of the first team’s snaps in three quarters of play.

The Eagles still prefer the scalpel to the hammer.

The approach has led to familiar positives: big gains and occasional fireworks, such as DeSean Jackson’s four catches for 74 yards Friday in a 22-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. And there have also been equally familiar frustrations, including struggles in the red zone.

Behind quarterback Kevin Kolb, the Eagles have mostly tried to throw the ball for touchdowns near the goal line rather than taking a power approach favored by many other teams.

In nine red-zone snaps for the Eagles’ first team this preseason, six have been pass plays. (One on Friday would have been a score if not for an illegal-formation penalty.) In addition, the Eagles called three consecutive passes from the Bengals’ 22-yard line Friday night. Each was incomplete.

“We need to do better in the red zone,” Kolb said Friday, facing questions about once again moving the offense well in the middle of the field but failing to produce touchdowns. “When we get down there, we need to be able to execute.”

The Eagles have used a pass-first offense for years: Each season from 2007 through 2009, the Eagles threw on 58 percent to 59 percent of their offensive plays, similar to the run-pass ratio this preseason”

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