By Max Harper
If you listen to lame-ass Philly sports radio, you have probably heard some caller or host criticise defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s reluctance to blitz.
Well, it has taken NBC Sports’ Peter King to set the record straight:
The Eagles do not need to blitz to affect Patrick Mahomes.
This is the craziest thing about a formidable Philadelphia front:
Of their league-best 77 sacks in 19 games, including playoffs, 57 came when the Eagles rushed four players.
That means 74 percent of their sacks have come on non-blitzes.
Which, of course, means that Mahomes will likely most often be trying to complete his passes with a battered receiving corps against seven men in coverage.
Tough duty for even a great one like Mahomes.
No team in the seven-year history of Next Gen Stats has had such success rushing the quarterback without blitzing as the ‘22 Eagles.
The Eagles have sacked opposing QBs on 11.5 percent of their pass plays—the highest mark of any defense since at least 2000. The difference in sack rate between the Eagles and no. 2 Patriots this season was the same as the difference between the Patriots and the no. 29 Bengals. https://t.co/2aKIm0h4sB
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