Five Surprises Andy Reid Could Throw Against the Giants

Professor BushCorrespondent IIISeptember 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles walks on the sidelines during their preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Andy Reid is going to need some new tricks to lead the Philadelphia Eagles over the New York Giants in Week 4.  Here are some possible surprises that Reid might throw against the Giants.

None of these are earth-shaking or things that haven't been used before. But wouldn't it be great to see the Eagles at least give these a try this week to see how they might help?

1) Run the no-huddle offense out of the gate to keep the Giants from swapping out their defensive players.

2) Use the two tight-end offense and put one tight end in motion to help out with pass blocking. Another alternative of this is to just line up the tight end in the backfield. If there is a need, stay in and block.  If not, move outside to become a check-down receiver. Another wrinkle here would be to throw a screen pass to the tight end in motion.

3) Run as many rushing plays as passing plays. Last week LeSean McCoy ran only 13 times. He has rushed for over 100 yards in three of the last four games against the Giants. A repeat of this might be the difference in this game. We don't need to let McCoy get beat up and run down. Just let Bryce Brown and Chris Polk share some of the load.

4) Use the nickel defense for the entire first series and see what happens.  Maybe forcing the Giants to run might throw them off their game plan. Clearly, it makes the defense vulnerable to the run, but why not give it a shot?

5) Try a two-quarterback formation with Nick Foles behind the center and Vick a little to his left.  There are quite a few imaginative options that could be used with this formation.  One I like is putting Vick in motion, snapping the ball to Foles, who throws it backwards to Vick, who has the option of running it or throwing downfield to a streaking DeSean Jackson.

Yes, I know all of these have their issues and all could certainly backfire badly. I'll take all the comments calling the ideas bone-headed. But wouldn't it be nice to shake things up just a little and see what happens? Wouldn't this be better than last week's stubborn approach of doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result?