Eagles had 10 players on the field for onside kick

When the Eagles recovered an onside kick in Sunday’s miraculous comeback win over the Giants, they did it despite having just 10 players on the field.

Or maybe they did it because they had just 10 players on the field.

Giants special teams captain Chase Blackburn said the Eagles’ ploy of having one player run off the field before the onside kick got the Giants confused, and that the Giants’ kickoff return team was busy counting the number of Eagles on the field instead of focusing on the task at hand.

“They did something good,” Blackburn said. “They ran a guy off right in front of everybody and they’re all looking at each other saying, ‘We’ve [only] got 10.’ So we’re doing the same thing, trying to recount. And then you forget about that ‘alert’ a little bit. That’s kind of what happened.”

Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who has been widely criticized for not having his hands team on the field when the Eagles tried the onside kick, was not pleased that his players were distracted by the Eagles’ trick.

“That should not have been any kind of distraction,” Coughlin said.

But according to Blackburn, it was enough of a distraction that it turned around one of the biggest games of the season.

55 responses to “Eagles had 10 players on the field for onside kick

  1. snarkygurl says:
    Dec 21, 2010 3:35 PM

    Another dirty play by the Dirty Birds….Does this surprise anyone?
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    Hahaha, really? There’s nothing dirty about it, the Giants just get distracted easily…

  2. @ snarkygurl,

    How is that a dirty play? You’re joking , right? Where is it illegal to play with less than eleven players?

    The fact that it worked–and it was completely within the rules–just demonstrates how poorly coached & ill-prepared the Giants were.

  3. @cleverbob – The Iggles are known to be dirty players. How many times were they resorting to starting fights when the game wasn’t going their way? Not just Sunday, but EVERY game when they’re getting spanked! Pathetic & sad…

    The only reason PHI won that game is because NY rolled over and took their foot off the pedal. That was pathetic too. But PHI was getting embarrassed before that!

  4. My brother-in-law once told me to remember the 7 p’s.

    What are the 7 p’s?

    Proper
    Prior
    Preparation
    Prevents
    Piss
    Poor
    Performance

    There is a phrase to define the LACK of the above – poor coaching

    Dirty play? Not at all. SMART play.

  5. snarkygurl says:
    Dec 21, 2010 3:35 PM
    Another dirty play by the Dirty Birds….Does this surprise anyone?
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    What? How exactly is it a “dirty play” to have LESS than the allowable number of players on the field for a play? That’s something that inherently puts the so called “dirty” team at a disadvantage. But go ahead and keep imagining moronic conspiracies.

  6. snarkygurl says:
    Dec 21, 2010 4:02 PM
    @cleverbob – The Iggles are known to be dirty players. How many times were they resorting to starting fights when the game wasn’t going their way? Not just Sunday, but EVERY game when they’re getting spanked! Pathetic & sad…

    The only reason PHI won that game is because NY rolled over and took their foot off the pedal. That was pathetic too. But PHI was getting embarrassed before that!
    ——————————————-
    you clearly don’t watch any football, yet you have an opinion. Awww the wonders of PFT and the tools that post on here with their ignorant opinions.

    “Better to be thought a fool and remain silent, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt”

  7. snarkygurl says:
    Dec 21, 2010 3:35 PM
    Another dirty play by the Dirty Birds….Does this surprise anyone?
    ————————————————-

    “Dirty play” you are a cantaloupe.

  8. snarkygurl says:
    Dec 21, 2010 4:02 PM
    @cleverbob – The Iggles are known to be dirty players. How many times were they resorting to starting fights when the game wasn’t going their way? Not just Sunday, but EVERY game when they’re getting spanked! Pathetic & sad…

    The only reason PHI won that game is because NY rolled over and took their foot off the pedal. That was pathetic too. But PHI was getting embarrassed before that!

    ^^^^^

    Ahhh ANOTHER stupid comment.

    First, care to back up your statement of “dirty” with some stats or video? Because last I checked ANY REAL rivalry games are marked with extra skirmishes after plays.

    Oh and the classic “the Eagles were getting embarrassed for 52 mins”

    No way really? “Derrrrr, the Eagles were getting beat pretty good” that is…BEFORE THEY WON THE GAME

    Idiot….

  9. “The only reason PHI won that game is because NY rolled over and took their foot off the pedal. That was pathetic too. But PHI was getting embarrassed before that!”

    No, the only reason they even needed the comeback was because the refs gift wrapped 3 TDs for the Giants. Non catches…non fumbles.

    Face it, the Eagles OWN your team.

  10. @snarkygurl

    You should really be banned from PFT. A dirty play because a player ran off the field??? I Think you earned the award for the most idiotic post in PFT history

  11. snarkygurl says:
    Dec 21, 2010 4:02 PM

    @cleverbob – The Iggles are known to be dirty players. How many times were they resorting to starting fights when the game wasn’t going their way? Not just Sunday, but EVERY game when they’re getting spanked! Pathetic & sad…

    The only reason PHI won that game is because NY rolled over and took their foot off the pedal. That was pathetic too. But PHI was getting embarrassed before that!
    ========================================

    So those poor innocent Giants players weren’t starting any trouble whatsoever, it was entirely on the Eagles side. Plus the Giants decided that it wasn’t important for them to win that game. Riiiiiight.

  12. @snarkygurl:
    “The Iggles are known to be dirty players. How many times were they resorting to starting fights when the game wasn’t going their way? Not just Sunday, but EVERY game when they’re getting spanked! Pathetic & sad…”
    —Even if it was true (which I am not disputing here, due to the idiocy of the claim), what exactly does that matter in this case?

    “The only reason PHI won that game is because NY rolled over and took their foot off the pedal. That was pathetic too. But PHI was getting embarrassed before that.”
    —The last that I had heard, NFL games last at least four quarters, not 3 1/2 quarters, and 60 minutes, not 52. The Birds just took advantage of the situation and played the rest of the game.

    In what universe would playing with fewer players be construed as dirty and cheating? Get some cheese and crackers to go with your sour grape whine.

  13. Its in no way a dirty play but if they ran the guy off in a effort to get the Giants players looking around and counting each other thats something the pop warner kids would do.

  14. As a Giants fan, I would have to hand it to Andy Reid. If they REALLY did this with this effect in mind, then it was just a great call at the perfect time. Giants were caught napping.

    Boy, do I HATE giving credit to Andy Reid.

  15. snarkyergurl says:
    Dec 21, 2010 5:13 PM
    @snarkygurl

    Stop, just stop. You’re giving the rest of us females (the ones who have a clue, that is) a bad name. Go away.
    _________________________________

    Completely agree! I am SO tired of not being taken seriously as a woman who loves and actually knows football and with comments like hers, it does not help.

    And BTW – snarkygurl is so off target it isn’t even funny…

  16. If the Giants get distracted by one player leaving the field of play, what would happen if the Packers line up, turn around and moon them?

  17. snarkygurl says:
    Dec 21, 2010 4:02 PM
    @cleverbob – The Iggles are known to be dirty players. How many times were they resorting to starting fights when the game wasn’t going their way? Not just Sunday, but EVERY game when they’re getting spanked! Pathetic & sad…

    The only reason PHI won that game is because NY rolled over and took their foot off the pedal. That was pathetic too. But PHI was getting embarrassed before that!

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    1. Let’s have some specific examples.

    2. No, you lost because we turned on the afterburners and you got lazy and stupid. Still at stage one of grieving, I see.

    3. You Giants fans have got to be the most classless fans in the league. Really. I think even Dallas fans might be better. ZERO respect for your opponent who has the most explosive offense in the league, and who handed you perhaps the most devastating meltdown losses in NFL history. Instead, claim the Eagles (or ANY opponent) is “dirty.” You’re all running around pointing fingers and screaming, including your coach, who had profanity-laced tantrum on his rookie kicker, throwing his headset and clip board like a two year old who lost his binky.

    Loving this meltdown in NYC. Loving it.

  18. #
    snarkygurl says: Dec 21, 2010 3:35 PM

    Another dirty play by the Dirty Birds….Does this surprise anyone?
    ==============================

    No, but your little b%tch ass comment doesnt surprise me. LOL at the “cheat” smack when the Giants folded like a tent in the fourth quarter.

    What a year for Michael Vick , MVP along with Brady and LEADING IN PRO BOWL voting.

  19. NY Sports Torture Checklist, as printed in the Delaware County Times:

    1. Eliminate Rangers from playoffs via shootout in the last game of the year.

    2. Steal Cliff Lee from the Yankees.

    3. Erase a 21 point deficit to the Giants in 7:39 and score on the final punt return, all in the New Meadowlands.

  20. #
    cleverbob says: Dec 21, 2010 3:28 PM

    The Giants were too busy removing their cleats so they could try to count to 11…

    ====================

    HILARIOUS!!!

  21. @snarkygurl – I have seen some incredibly stupid posts on this forum over the years. that one ranks in the top 5. “another dirty play by the dirty birds… does this surprise you?”

    what is dirty about having less then the required number of players on the field. inadvisable, not attentive to detail, bad coaching, maybe but dirty? That is just plain stupid.

    And if the G-men are such a bad team and become distracted so that their opponents can pull off an onside kick with only 10 men on the field, they deserve to lose that game and the rest of their season.

    And you deserve to lose your posting privileges for such simple-mindedness that the large majority of responders on the board can actually agree that what you said is just downright dumb.

  22. Playing with 10 is dirty? So the Giants can’t win an 11 on 10 matchup? The Eagles were embarrassed the first 52 minutes? What do you call what the Giants were the last 8 minutes? Snarkgurl, you are the dumbest of the dumb.

  23. I had a bad day at work. I went to twitter and saw PFT “Eagles had 10 men on the field”. Thought, hmm intriguing. Read the article, and the comments.. Didn’t think I would get my comedy for the day from reading the comments from a PFT article.

    Dirty Play? Loss of a draft pick? Please tell me these are all sarcastic remarks. How in the world is being short-handed a dirty play? So if a punter drops back to punt, but runs for the first down is that a dirty play, or a trick play? I’m not sure where dirty play is coming from. A face mask penalty, horse collar, helmet to helmet hit, all of these are dirty plays. They get flags, they cause injuries. Other dirty plays include linemen grabbing each other genitals, kicking a rb while he’s down, or stepping on a player.

    Please watch the sport of football. Or sports at all before you decide what is a dirty play and what isnt, having one less person on the field may be a “trick play” no argument there, but definitely not dirty

  24. If the team you’re a fan of does it, its “gamesmanship”

    If another team does it, it’s “cheating.”

    Quite frankly I think the gamesmanship that’s always been in football is what helps make the sport so great… it’s like violent chess, and coaches who figure out how to make the rules (or lack of) work for them wind up winning.

    Those fans whining “cheaters” are usually fans of some pretty crappy teams with crappy coaches

  25. yes the eagles only had 10 men on the field during the onside kick, but fortunately on this paticular kick there were 8 doing absolutely nothing. they only needed akers/cooper

  26. Bobby April has been a bust all year. This Eagles special teams has been the worst in a decade until 2 weeks ago. Its nice to see that this guy is finally starting to live up to his reputation. Even if hes only living up to an 1/8 of the hype he came to Philadelphia with.

  27. gcsuk says:
    Dec 21, 2010 5:41 PM
    As a Giants fan, I would have to hand it to Andy Reid. If they REALLY did this with this effect in mind, then it was just a great call at the perfect time. Giants were caught napping.

    Boy, do I HATE giving credit to Andy Reid.

    ^^^^^
    Only Giants fan with any class and humility

  28. Where’s Snarkygurl defending her outrageous comments? I want to hear how she could post such poison then disappear? Hilarious.

    Snarkygurl, where are you?! Tell us more about the game of football.

  29. damn I came back on here hoping she would try to defend her self… guess not.. lol she probably is sitting in a dark room by herself like tom coughlin said he did after the game

  30. Ha ha @johnabis,

    I was going to my email to check and see if our football genius responded. Of course not! fools like her make ridiculous, ignorant comments and then don’t stick around to defend themselves. Cowardly, and sickening.

    Generally comments like those are from people who didn’t even watch the game. They speak that way from a lack of information and to be able to comment. Hilarious! I hope she responds to this and makes our day! Any time I see her post again I am going to rip her…

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