Mychal Kendricks gives Browns (and everyone else) a scouting report on Eagles offense

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From time to time, we hear about the information that can be gleaned from a player who played with a team that his current team is preparing to play. The latest installment of Hard Knocks provides an example of that dynamic.

Former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who now plays for the Browns, provided a scouting report as to three key members of the Philly offense in advance of Cleveland’s preseason game against the Eagles. Though the intended audience was his defensive teammates, the rest of us were privy to it as well.

“Playing with Nick Foles, I realized on his long balls, his deep balls, he has like a teardrop effect,” Kendricks tells the room (and the rest of us). “He’s tall and he likes to drop it literally from the sky. So, corners, the timing’s just a little slower on the ball coming.”

That’s an assessment that other teams could have picked up from watching film. The next one would have been less obvious.

“[Zach Ertz] I think is the best receiver on the team,” Kendricks explains. “Notice I said ‘receiver.’ When it comes to blocking, you hit his f—king ass over and over, he doesn’t want any smoke.”

Kendricks also had a less-than-effusive assessment of the team’s swing tackle, who has played a lot the last two years.

“Big V?” Kendricks adds. “[Halapoulivaati] Vaitai. He’s so big that his size allows him to do what he does. You see, but he doesn’t have the quickest feet and he’s not the strongest. He doesn’t trust his feet at all. You get on him, his confidence will go down.”

It will be interesting to see what the Eagles have to say about the things Kendricks said, and it will be interesting to see whether other teams end up making use of Kendricks’ assessment when preparing to face the Eagles.

30 responses to “Mychal Kendricks gives Browns (and everyone else) a scouting report on Eagles offense

  1. Well call him Captain obvious. Even kids can figure that out just by watching one game. No wonder the Eagles have been trying to get rid of him for the last 2 to 3 years.

  2. To say this in the locker room is one thing: that’s fine. To say it in front of the TV cameras? Classless. Even more classless is to publish it (HBO). I can see Vaitai gunning for Kendricks the next time they play and I wouldn’t blame him one bit. “Pull tackle.”

    Wow.

  3. >Now there is one butt hurt dude. Booted by the champs would do that.

    Huh? Not only is he giving advice to his current team it’s clear from the game that the advice was accurate. The Eagles offense was awful that game. I’m pretty sure that “Big V” will need therapy after that bullying by Myles Garrett.

    It’s just preseason so it doesn’t mean much. His comment about there being more talent in the room than last year was a lot more ridiculous.

  4. I don’t think he gave any new information here, seems NFL personal people would know this, and coach the players. But, cameras were rolling, so it makes for good theater. From first to worst.

  5. I know everyone here knows everything about football there is to know, but I don’t. These comments in particular I could have gleaned from watching sure, but that’s as an adult who’s been taught how to play sports (in my case basketball) at a very high level and understands that things like footwork are incredibly important to playing at a high level. There are a lot of kids who watch this show and for them listening to comments like these can open their eyes to things their coaches are trying to tell them and help them to become better players. Stop acting like you’re cool because you grew up and were taught how to play the sport and now spend every Sunday watching the technicalities of it rather than just enjoying it. (I’ll admit I’m impossible to watch the NBA with for the same reason, but we should all be better for the less knowledgeable people.)

  6. 1. I agree with most everything he said.
    2. Did not watch the show but that is what directors want: candor and controversy.
    3. He probably should not have said that on camera.
    -Eagles fan

  7. Anyone that watched film can easily pick up on what he said…but just wanted to remind the Vikings fans that have something to say that Foles, Ertz and Vaitai absolutely torched yall in the NFC championship game.

  8. That was one of the best moments on Hard Knocks as we do always hear and read about that kind of stuff. He had a notebook full of notes on the Eagles and you can tell the segment was cut off so I wonder how many players he had in total and shared.

    This kind of stuff is what Hard Knocks should be about. I don’t want to watch what the players on the cut bubble do on their days off. I don’t want to c them at a zoo or alligator park like they do every year.

    I want a behind the scenes look. Last week should’ve shown Dorsey and Jackson talking about Dez behind closed doors before he arrived shown the best parts of their meeting behind closed doors w Dez. Then should’ve shown Dorsey’s closing statements behind closed doors after Dez left and what he really feels about him even if he acts some knowing cameras were there.

    But instead all they show is Dez walking around shaking hands w equipment managers and such. It’s crazy HBO and Showtime produce all these hard hitting documentaries but wether it’s Hard Knocks or All or Nothing when it comes to the true behind the scenes stuff NFL fans want to see they produce these huge puff pieces. It’s all these happy stories every team is just one big happy family every season.

    I have HBO but I personally and so sick of Hard Knocks. It really provides no substance what so ever. There is really is only one real story line of the whole entire season.

  9. The only real story line HBO seems to be harping on this year is of Cajuste. As HBO does every year they pick one guy w character or a lil charisma as well as family on this case his father and show him a ton trying to make the team and improve.

    Only for us to watch that player get cut every single year or at the best cut and pass thru to be signed to the practice squad. I guess these are feel good stories but it’s not the behind the scenes stuff I want outta an all access NFL show.

    Cajuste Seems like a nice guy but I could really care less about him. He has less than zero relevance in the NFL or even the Browns in 18-19. I should not know more about him and his family after the Browns training camp than a lot of other talented players.

    They have shown a lot of the two QB’s and Jarvis. Landry has emerged outta the show as the star or leader of this team.

    They’ve spent 0 time on the secondary. They have two first round picks the last two years in Peppers and Ward and I have no clue whatsoever how their training camp went. Maybe they both sucked and the Browns get to edit that out but I’d rather HBO spend their time in the secondary than w Cajuste. Especially when they they have another first rd pick w huge upside playing the same position as Cajuste but only way better in Njoku.

  10. Yeah sure, this is the reason Myles Garret scored more points than the Eagles entire offense. It’s preseason. If those 3 little nuggets derail the superbowl champs, they have bigger issues.

  11. We all been watching football a long time. Players change teams all the time. Are we naive enough to think this goes on all over the league??. Who cares. Teams change some from year to years with players retiring and new ones coming in. It usually boils down to put up or shut up at gametime. Usually the team that executes will win. End of story.

  12. It was a nice surprise to see something like that. They could have nixed it if they felt it was something super-secret, but clearly wasn’t in their eyes. I think it was more about Kendricks sharing insights and helping his team. There may have been some lesser-known elements that they asked to have edited out

    I agree, more of that, less zoos, etc.

  13. LOL at the butthurt Eagles fans bashing Kendricks for his evaluation. He knows players better than you as he is a professional athlete and played with these guys for years.

  14. He didn’t do or say anything that ANY other player who was cut or traded by a team wouldn’t have said. BUT, all he is doing while on Hard Knocks is embarrassing himself. He comes off as butthurt after knowing the Superbowl Champs have been trying to to trade him for 2/3 yrs. I appreciate the year you gave us last yr Mr. Kedricks and I hope u don’t go to jail for insider trading. But Martha Stewart did and u probably should go too.

  15. stop acting like you’re cool because you grew up and were taught how to play the sport and now spend every Sunday watching the technicalities of it rather than just enjoying it. (I’ll admit I’m impossible to watch the NBA with for the same reason, but we should all be better for the less knowledgeable people.)
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    You watch it your way, I’ll watch it mine. Being engaged and appreciating the nuances is just as cool.

  16. root4cleveland says:
    August 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

    To say this in the locker room is one thing: that’s fine. To say it in front of the TV cameras? Classless. Even more classless is to publish it (HBO). I can see Vaitai gunning for Kendricks the next time they play and I wouldn’t blame him one bit. “Pull tackle.”

    Wow.
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    I thought it was great to watch a first-hand account of something we all know happens when a player switches teams. The guy wasn’t doing it for HBO he was doing it for his current team. HBO films everything. They have cameras and microphones everywhere.

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