Philadelphia’s defensive ends often line up wide of the offensive tackle on their respective sides. In football parlance, it’s called the 9-technique, and that’s where the term ‘Wide 9’ comes from.
When the Eagles play the Redskins on Sunday, it will be interesting to see how the ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole are able to defend quarterback Robert Griffin III and the zone-read option game that is designed to isolate the defensive end.
“It’s a huge challenge,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “They really crash the pocket. They crash the O-line every single play, whether it’s a run or a pass. It really turns people. It’s hard to get outside on it. It muddies everything up and pushes everything from the middle. It can be a tough defense to run on and it can be a real tough defense to drop back and throw on.”
Shanahan said he isn’t sure how effective the Wide 9 will be against zone read runs because not many teams have run it against Philadelphia.
“If we run a couple, we’ll find out on Sunday,” Shanahan said. “It’ll be interesting to see. They do their scheme and we’ll see how it plays out.”