Eagles’ Fletcher Cox: RG3 is right, we knew what was coming

AP

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III said after Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia that it seemed like the Eagles’ defense “knew what was coming.” One player on the Eagles’ defense says RG3 is absolutely right.

Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox, who pressured Griffin into a game-ending interception, told CSNPhilly.com that Washington’s tendencies on offense were predictable enough that he was able to say what they were doing on some plays before they snapped the ball.

“I think I got into a rhythm going into the game. Actually a few of the plays I called them out before they happened,” Cox said. “It all came from studying film and knowing when things were going to happen before they happened.”

That doesn’t speak well for coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s game plan. Although Griffin threw two long touchdown passes and converted on two two-point conversions in the fourth quarter to make the 24-16 final score look respectable, for most of the game, Washington’s offense looked like it was playing right into the hands of Philadelphia’s defense.

99 responses to “Eagles’ Fletcher Cox: RG3 is right, we knew what was coming

  1. Well , chip kelly is friends with belicheat, so there could be a little spygate 2.0 eagle dynasty style going on here. Just sayin’. And you know I am always right.

  2. Its hard to tell what the bigger stink coming from the Washington area is, the NFL team or the politicians.

    I guess the politicians win big in that competition, but oh man is there an awful stench coming from the team as well.

  3. Pay attention in practice and study film will actually make the lesser talented players ball out, and Fletch is by no means a lesser talent. Not a huge Eagles fan but a Mississippi State dude, and y’all got a good player in him. Good on you, Fletch!

  4. For a team that required a mega run to make the playoffs last year and lost their QB to a major injury in January, expectations sure were high. They didn’t really seem to add any new talent either. This team is like last year’s without the November-December hot streak. Why is this so surprising? Because it’s Washington (they haven’t won anything in years)? Because of RGIII (the guy coming back from the major knee surgery)?

    They aren’t who you thought they were!

  5. There is only so much you can do when you only have one WR (Garcon) that other teams respect.

    The drop off from Garcon at the position is laughable.

  6. But I thought these guys were geniuses and RGWeak was the next coming of Montana?… I am not sure where Chip Kelly ends up in this league, and I am not sure how good Foles, but it seems that these DC clowns are no match for the Eagles!

  7. To Mr. Wright, I think Fletcher just pretty well screwed the Giants. Even if the Eagles did not know what was coming, The Shannies will think they did and therefore come up with a unique game plan. However knowing the Shannies, that unique game plan can absolutely suck and Eli can have a career day. Will be an interesting to watch to see if the Shannies implode.

  8. Who is going to want to come coach in DC? You have a “franchise” QB that can’t stay healthy nor run a pro style offense. Who is going to want to take on that?

    Also an owner that sucks.

    A

  9. Shouldn’t matter.

    If you execute properly, you can diagram the play on the jumbotron and still be able to be successful.

  10. I wouldn’t disagree.

    Cox had a damn good game yesterday, by the way. But I dunno about screwed. Bob looks slow this year. He isn’t going to get the edge like he did last year, especially now that we have Beason. That’s really the only reason they won that game last year.

  11. Mr Right says:
    Hopefully, they don’t change those tendencies for the Giants games.

    *******************

    Hopefully, the GNats die a slow and painful death this season much like the baseball counterparts in the Gotham.

    There. A different perspective for you.

  12. But logical I thought you were going on and on about how almighty every part of your team was? Now your saying adios amigos to your favorite coach. Wow. When they cut RG3 in another season will you have the crow the same way or ask for a different recipe? #eatcrowsucka

  13. just relax, once bob is fully healed next year the universe will be on the right axis again and the skins will add to their already loaded trophy case over the next 10-15 years with “THEE MOST ELECTRIFYING QB IN THE GAME”, just relax, and HAIL!!!

  14. Thadda boy COX!!

    watching game film is the newest things these teams are doing today.
    apparently coaches watch earlier games and develop game plans in order to thwart above said plays.

  15. Here is a logical analysis for the illlogicalvoice: The Redskins are a bigger joke than the Cowboys. The Redskins have been totally inept for 20 plus years. The Redskins gave up three drafts for one player who pales in comparison to Luck or Wilson, and has major injury concerns on every single play. The Redskins are going nowhere-AGAIN. The Redskins have a worse owner than the Cowboys, and that’s hard to do. The Redskin fan base has never been let down more than this year-Expectations were THRU THE ROOF. The Redskin coaching staff would flunk in the SEC, ACC, and Conf USA- no less the NFC LEAST. Go read the Washington Post Sports page today-Mike Wise sums up your team very well. ” They’ve had tons of breaks go their way and they still STINK.” Happy Holidays and good luck…that dark cloud over your franchise ain’t going away any time soon.

  16. Why is anyone surprised that it took RG3 until the 4th quarter to do anything? The Redskins offense has 8 touchdowns in 10 first halves. Three against the Vikings and three against the Bears. That leaves just 2 first half TDs for the offense in the other 8 games. RG3 is the new king of garbage time fantasy points.

  17. infectorman says: Nov 18, 2013 4:39 PM

    Mr Right says:
    Hopefully, they don’t change those tendencies for the Giants games.

    *******************

    Hopefully, the GNats die a slow and painful death this season much like the baseball counterparts in the Gotham.

    There. A different perspective for you.
    —————-

    How’s last place after all that bloviating all offseason? Washington is doing the slow, painful death for everyone else to see.

  18. Hearing similar things about the predictability of the Texans play calling. Must be a Shanahan thing as Kubiak worked under Mike and Kyle was his OC a few years back.
    Perhaps they will all be looking for a new gig this offseason.

  19. In the words of Dan Dierdorf, “I don’t know if there isn’t anyone I wouldn’t want more than RGIII with my team down three or four touchdowns. He puts up second half meaningless statistics like no one I’ve seen since maybe Jim Hart.”

  20. The Eagles did not back off one bit offensively or defensively. They wanted to destroy the Redskins. It wasn’t garbage time yesterday. Except Nick Foles couldn’t throw one TD.

  21. skinsfan91 says:Nov 18, 2013 4:53 PM

    The Eagles did not back off one bit offensively or defensively. They wanted to destroy the Redskins. It wasn’t garbage time yesterday. Except Nick Foles couldn’t throw one TD.

    _______________

    stuff like this is why nobody takes skins fans seriously. The Eagles went from at fast paced offense, to the play clock under 5 seconds every time after that 2nd half TD. What they did was the definition of backing off

  22. i love how everyone keeps bringing up those LUCKY 16 points..

    we had a broken play where they would have had a 7 yard gain,, two defenders plowed into each other,, results.. TD skins.

    Shanana & IR.G3 didn’t come up with some mystical scheme.. it was a busted play.

    the other TD was an underthrown play action.
    credit the WR with that, not the old school coach and new school QB.
    bums.. the whole lot of em.

    it’s a shame Orakpo is getting wasted there.
    take him and Carrigan off their hands,, i hear the skins can use some draft pics this coming year.

  23. skinsfan91 says:Nov 18, 2013 4:51 PM

    RGIII destroys his knee once. “NOPE, CAN’T STAY HEALTHY, HE’S DONE. HE’S WEAK. WHAT A CHUMP.” God you people are annoying. So damn annoying.

    ————————————

    No, he’s just horribly inaccurate. By the way, Baylor seems to be doing a lot better without him.

  24. Well, some perspective. Shanahan the elder is not quite as bad a HC as, say, Schiano in TB or Allen in Oakland (despite both of their wins yesterday). And he is not as bad as his predecessor. But clearly, since Elway retired, he hasn’t been the same.

    Shanahan the younger, I am not sure is qualified to be a OC in the NFL. Not convinced of how he has the authority to talk to any QB, whether RG III or anyone else…

    Still don’t think they’re going anywhere at the end of this season, but wouldn’t argue with Snyder deep sixing them.

  25. I will wait to pass judgement once we get some $ back from cap penalties and able to field a NFL team. Until then, I aint shook. Down years happen, bad teams happen. This is one of those.

  26. tejasjake says: Nov 18, 2013 4:49 PM

    Hearing similar things about the predictability of the Texans play calling. Must be a Shanahan thing as Kubiak worked under Mike and Kyle was his OC a few years back.
    Perhaps they will all be looking for a new gig this offseason.
    —————

    The Texans thing is absolutely true. Especially with how reliant upon the stretch play they are. They love to play action off the stretch and throw back across the field. Everyone knows it’s coming (from Houston). Even with a more mobile QB, you can sit on the tight end. That’s where a lot of their interceptions have come. The only team that I see that continually benefits positively from that stretch play fake is New England. They run it to near perfection and get big plays of it at least once per game (and they WILL do it tonight).

  27. @ Mr. Wright.

    Who cares about Washington?

    My team is 7-2 soon to be 8-2.
    Eli is the luckiest QB alive and I just like messin w/u.

    GNATS- no injury goes un-faked with Perry Fewell’s posse

  28. infectorman says: Nov 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    @ Mr. Wright.

    Who cares about Washington?

    My team is 7-2 soon to be 8-2.
    Eli is the luckiest QB alive and I just like messin w/u.

    GNATS- no injury goes un-faked with Perry Fewell’s posse
    ————————-

    Then why are you bringing up the Giants in an Eagles/Skins post? Regardless, I don’t care who is 7-2 or 8-2 (and don’t go guaranteeing a win tonight) particularly if you are a Patriots fan saying this ha.

  29. I don’t care if you call him inaccurate, he has been. But the insults where people just hate the guy, it’s annoying. And the Eagles may have slowed down offensively, that’s just smart. Doesn’t mean the defense stopped trying.

  30. As for Eagles fans, I would temper your excitement until an offseason occurs.

    I enjoyed last year’s Redskins but knew with a knee and an offseason things were likely to change. Not every DC in the league is named Haslett.

  31. Washington fans can say what they want, but the sad fact for them is that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Their biggest problem isn’t going away because the problem is their owner. When it comes to football he’s not a winner. He’s owned the team for 14 years and what has he accomplished? 1 or 2 playoff wins. He’s a poor man’s Jerry Jones.

  32. I have been a REDSKINS fan for over 40 years and this team has a lot more talent then the record shows. Look at the Colts, the Skins have at least as talented of a team and the Colts have beaten the Seahawks, broncos and 49ers Shanny and his crew must go!

  33. By the way all you skins haters, lets see your team take an UNFAIR $36 million cap hit 1 day before free agency and see how much your team improves

  34. kerryc21realty says:
    Nov 18, 2013 5:58 PM
    I have been a REDSKINS fan for over 40 years

    ««««««««««««««««««««««««»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»
    I’m sorry to hear that.

  35. Shanahan is a joke – wouldn’t be in the league if it wasn’t for Elway. Can’t wait to see who Snyder chooses next to be the game’s highest paid coach….Urban Meyer? Nick Saban? Bill Parcells?

    H(F)ail!!!

  36. I am a Redskins fan too, and I believe most of my fellow fans overvalue the talent we have. Our #1 receiver (Garçon) is a #2 on many teams, Jordan Reed is the only other target that scares defenses in the passing game. The O-line is terrible at pocket pass protection, which understandably throws timing off many of Griffin’s throws. The defense needs a rehaul at ILB and the secondary. All that said, Griffin will be just fine. Missing last offseason slowed his development, and let’s remember, he’s 10 months removed from a knee reconstruction. He has had bright moments mixed with bouts of inaccuracy, but when healthy last year, he led the league in both yards per pass attempt and yards per rushing carry (only player to EVER do that). With a whole cap next season, I expect the Skins to fill many of the holes plaguing them now.

  37. By the way all you skins haters, lets see your team take an UNFAIR $36 million cap hit 1 day before free agency and see how much your team improves

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    That was $18m a year. Right now the Eagles are $19m under the salary cap, so your excuse is kinda flawed. Maybe you should have said “Well have your team use a 2nd, and 2 additional 1st round picks on a QB that is only average”

    That would have conveyed your point better.

  38. A lot of times mediocre to just plain bad coaches have a lot of success in sports. Once they win it can take decades for them to lose that reputation to some people.

    As a Bears fan that watched Mike Martz ruin several seasons, and an Illini fan that watched Bruce Weber take the program to sub-midmajor levels, I can say without question that the Shannahans and Kubiak should have been fired years ago. You can’t judge a coach on what one of his teams did years ago. You have to go on how he is presently performing, and those guys don’t have a clue. Washington and Houston fans deserve better.

  39. UNFAIR $36 million cap
    __________________________________

    but you guys FAIRLY, did a multi-year $100 mil with fat Albert in under 5 mins. of F.A.?
    ( oh . . don’t mention that)

    C H E A T I N G ? or just PLAIN OLE STUPID ?

    either way . . Your got what you deserve !

  40. When I’m kicking your butt at the line of scrimmage I’ll tell you what’s coming and still execute it, that’s playing pro football. No excuse for the Redskins performance against the Eagles. Eagles were the better prepared team. I don’t blame the players; I thought they fought until the end.

  41. All this talk about “when we get our cap back”. Everyone knows you build a strong team through the draft, not free agency. And all the cap space in the world isn’t going to make up for all those high draft picks they gave away for a so so QB.

  42. What I notice almost every week is the passing game with 2 big problems. First, there are no screens or dump offs or quick plays- RG3 drops back and looks around for an open guy and doesn’t have time for that. Second, he’s been missing open receivers with inaccurate passes, even when not under duress-yesterday Paulsen was all alone & may have scored…. Last year RG3 makes that throw. There’s been a few of those every week, blame the knee, whatever, he’s not the same. But Kyle’s play calling has also taken a Major step back this season.

  43. I honestly don’t get why people are surprised by the Redskins being a dud this year. Their entire offense was based around the freakish athleticism of their quarterback, and he tore his ACL in January. They couldn’t afford to make any improvements to one of the league’s worst defenses because of undeserved cap penalties (only Roger Goodell could make that creep Snyder briefly look sympathetic). RG3 will be better and more explosive next year, but it won’t matter until they take serious steps to fix that defense.

  44. All this spiteful talk. Pretty funny when no NFC east team is going to win a Lombardi this year. Fact is your running your all mouths like you did.
    step back and get real. Your division games are your Superbowl. Somebody’s going to win the division then get whacked.

  45. Hey Mr. Wright.
    You brought up he GNAts, not me.

    I just riffed off your groove

    Anyway, I already explained that. I like messin with U. Your from NY and I’m from Boston. Like cats and dogs

    No guarantees here, Pats have their work cut out for them.
    As do the the Panthers

  46. I don’t know what Fletcher Cox is talking about. They were an 20 yards away from suffering one of the biggest collapses in NFL history. Did he know what was coming in the second half?

  47. the game plan and playcalling has been atrocious this year. now you have a player from the opposing team coming out and saying he knew each play that was being run before the snap? the entire coaching staff needs to be held accountable. Danny Boy, the writing is on the wall now. Please do your fan base a favor and fire everyone!!!!!

  48. I was pretty neutral about the Skins and thought RG3 was a breath of fresh air. He seems like a good guy who is well spoken. However, their fans are so insufferable and make it easy to dislike their team. The Skin fans are like the overzealous diva WR who makes a spectacle of himself when he scores a TD or makes a first down. They each have no class.

  49. RG3 needs to get his body weight to 227 from the 217 he’s listed at right now. He needs to be just a little lighter than McNabb in his prime. He’s got a great arm and throws well on the move. RG3 is taking a real beating on this site but he’s got some weaponry.

    Give RG3 to Andy Reid.

  50. kerryc21realty says:
    Nov 18, 2013 6:02 PM
    By the way all you skins haters, lets see your team take an UNFAIR $36 million cap hit 1 day before free agency and see how much your team improves

    Well seeing that the Eagles are about $30 million under the cap I think the would do just fine.

  51. Credit to Cox and his teammates for evidently cracking a few codes — but my experience from everything from playing/coaching football to playing poker (to even learning a few about the way military powers utilize information obtained by cracking codes —- is to never let the other side in on the secret.

    Once you cue them in, they now know you know — and will be certain to take appropriate counter-measures.

  52. None of it matters anyway.Whom ever goes from the NFC East will be one-and-done in the playoffs..all of them are lousy teams compared to the rest of the NFC field.

  53. Nov 18, 2013 5:04 PM

    skinsfan91 says:Nov 18, 2013 4:51 PM

    RGIII destroys his knee once. “NOPE, CAN’T STAY HEALTHY, HE’S DONE. HE’S WEAK. WHAT A CHUMP.” God you people are annoying. So damn annoying.

    ___________________

    Actually, he’s destroyed his knee twice. He did it at Baylor too…..just sayin

  54. crp63 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:57 PM

    None of it matters anyway.Whom ever goes from the NFC East will be one-and-done in the playoffs..all of them are lousy teams compared to the rest of the NFC field.
    —————

    Wrong.

    If the Giants get there, NO ONE will want to face them.

  55. For the guy that said Eagles fans need to calm down, most Eagles fans expected this to be a 4-5 win season. 6 would of been considered good. Anything on top of what happens this year is just gravy. The Skins options are, and were, the Shannahan status quo, or….who knows?

    Not to mention, Chip was hired late, he didn’t get a full off-season to put his guys in place. He did have a lot of talent in place for his system (Jackson/McCoy), but outside of that, there isn’t anybody on this roster at the skill positions I would consider a good fit for this offense (O-Line is another story). Maybe Ertz, who is still learning the pro game, and Maclin, who obviously isn’t available. Plus the fact that the only guys they had with any 3-4 experience were Corey Williams (awful), Sapoauga (sp? awful, traded), Chung (awful) and Barwin (the only solid addition, and the only multi year deal). This off season he will get the chance to really adjust the defense to the 3-4, with the young guys getting more experience, and bringing in guys that fit the scheme better.

    To sum up, the Eagles have a young core, with about half a roster that doesn’t truly fit the system they are in (more than half on defense), who are going to be moved for guys who do fit the system.

    The Skins on the other hand, are basically RG3 and Morris (who I really like), and a bunch of guys. Even when they do get that 18 million in cap space back, how much do you think is left when those 2 guys aren’t on their rookie contracts anymore? RG3 will easily get a 12 million raise, Morris’s salary will probably increase 20 fold, somewhere around 6m/yr. There’s your 18 mil. The skins problems go well beyond the penalty the NFL levied against them, fair or unfair

  56. This isn’t the first time the Red Lobster has benn outcaoched….

    But this season has been a joke.

    His boy Burns couldn’t get out of his own way and was penalized for getting run over by the ref.

    His son?!?!?! Can’t make it up!!

  57. @ zwhilhem16, I’m a Redskins fan, and I’m here…there is t much to say, the Special Teams unit is the worst in the league, the Defense is close to worst and the play calling was horrible. Often times Kyle abandons the run or fails to establish it. This game the running game was clicking but when your down 24-o it’s time to abandon the run, it’s just a shame he waited until 5 minutes left in the game. So were are here there just isn’t much to brag about, and on the flip side, most of us don’t troll other teams stories and if your and Eagles fan, great!!! Win the division and enjoy that first place schedual next year…we ain’t!

  58. So RG3 has decided he doesn’t like Shanny. Good for him. Unfortunately he’ll have to be a Steve Young or better to win while playing for this dysfunctional franchise. And unfortunately it looks like Griffin is in more of an Archie Manning situation.

  59. Shanahan is predictable. Everybody knows it. After they were 3-6 last year, the players took over. Shanahan had no idea what was going to happen, and they won 7 straight. And then, Shanahan blew it, and blamed the guy who laid it on the line and was seriously injured. The Redskins are better off if Shanahan has no idea somewhere else, particularly if he goes to coach the Cowboys.

  60. u mean like those first place Packers, & Bears?

    the only two NFC teams that are worth a damn are the Saints and Panthers.

  61. @ skinfan91 just like a typical skins fan talking how the eagles didn’t lay down in the meaningless second half. Dude the redskins suck Coaches suck offense sucks, defense sucks and the Special teams suck, you skin fan new to just admit it and stop acting like they almost could of should of won every damn week. THE TEAM JUST SUCKs end of story.

  62. I don’t get all the Griffin haters calling him an average QB. Yes, he has been inconsistent this year, but I repeat, he is 10 months removed from major knee reconstruction. Would you call his rookie season average? Highest QB rating EVER for a rookie. Only player in NFL HISTORY to lead the league in BOTH yards per pass attempt AND yards per rushing attempt. Lowest INT rate for a rookie QB – ever. 20-5 TD to INT ratio. Most yards rushing for a rookie QB, even having missed a game due to his original injury. Most importantly, leading a perennial last place team to a Division Championship in his first year. All that amounts to perhaps the greatest rookie QB season ever (I challenge you to name one better), but to the haters, I guess it was just average. Let’s see what Griffin does after a full off-season, and a rebuilt O-line to limit his punishment in the pocket.

  63. soupermeister says: Nov 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    I don’t get all the Griffin haters calling him an average QB. Yes, he has been inconsistent this year, but I repeat, he is 10 months removed from major knee reconstruction. Would you call his rookie season average? Highest QB rating EVER for a rookie. Only player in NFL HISTORY to lead the league in BOTH yards per pass attempt AND yards per rushing attempt. Lowest INT rate for a rookie QB – ever. 20-5 TD to INT ratio. Most yards rushing for a rookie QB, even having missed a game due to his original injury. Most importantly, leading a perennial last place team to a Division Championship in his first year. All that amounts to perhaps the greatest rookie QB season ever (I challenge you to name one better), but to the haters, I guess it was just average. Let’s see what Griffin does after a full off-season, and a rebuilt O-line to limit his punishment in the pocket.

    ________________

    Challenge accepted

    See: Brady, Tom; See Also, that guy in Pitt, you know, guys who won superbowls

    He had a good rookie season, running an offense that caught the league off guard and relying on athletic ability. You are talking like he put the team on his back last year. If anything, Morris did that.

  64. how are you going to build an OL for this guy??
    you only have 3rd round and under for the next 2 years.
    And all the money that will be freed up for you would need to be spent on that terrible defense.

    Good luck,
    better chances that RG3 gets run into the dirt and you bums are back to irrelevancy for another 20+ years.

  65. @somekat- Brady played 1 time in his rookie year. Facts are good at making points when they’re checked. Anyway, I just love all these people posting on an eagles article. We got something going and everyone knows it. Playing with house money on wins already makes this team dangerous.

  66. coys10 says: Nov 18, 2013 8:25 PM

    I don’t know what Fletcher Cox is talking about. They were an 20 yards away from suffering one of the biggest collapses in NFL history. Did he know what was coming in the second half?

    ____________________

    Biggest collapses in history? Really?

    Been watching the NFL for 11 weeks, have we?

  67. skinsfantom says:
    Nov 18, 2013 4:42 PM

    just relax, once bob is fully healed next year the universe will be on the right axis again and the skins will add to their already loaded trophy case over the next 10-15 years with “THEE MOST ELECTRIFYING QB IN THE GAME”, just relax, and HAIL!!!
    ———————————-

    Whatever helps you sleep at night lol

  68. It’s not RG3 that sucks. He’s actually not doing too bad considering he lost his off season to rehabbing his knee. The interior line sucks and the defense is historically horrible. You should be able to count on a win when you score 41. RG3 knows he needs to score every time he has the football because the defense, and special teams too, are terrible. If he had the luxury of even a half decent defense he would show a lot more patience and poise. The extra $18 million next year will help a lot too. And BTW myeaglescantwin, they have one more draft, not two, without a first rounder. Not a first and second like you claim. And finally, the issue with the defense is Haslett and his sorry excuse for D coordinator. You should know what that’s like. You’ve been missing Johnson ever since he died and everyone since him has stunk for you guys. He’ll be gone next year and all the young DB’s they drafted this year will start to come into their own. We’ve got a solid core of young players that are going to contend for years to come.

  69. chut26 says:
    Nov 18, 2013 6:21 PM
    By the way all you skins haters, lets see your team take an UNFAIR $36 million cap hit 1 day before free agency and see how much your team improves

    ———————————————————–

    That was $18m a year. Right now the Eagles are $19m under the salary cap, so your excuse is kinda flawed. Maybe you should have said “Well have your team use a 2nd, and 2 additional 1st round picks on a QB that is only average”

    That would have conveyed your point better.
    ________________________________

    Haha exactly. I love that excuse.

    “But but but everyone knows that the best teams are the ones that have the highest payrolls!! We got screwed!!”

    If anything it’s good that Danny Boy DOESN’T have money to spend in FA. What a short memory some skins fans have…

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