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Comparing the Projected 2010 Defensive Line to the 2001 Starters

I'm just a little concerned with the lack of beef on our defensive line. The starting defensive unit as a whole looked ok against the Bengals except they showed a tendency to get pushed around (Except Bunkley). They were exceptional flying around and delivering some typical Eagle shots we all REQUIRE from Eagle defenses. But we all know the control of the game starts up front. So I went back to the line from our last 10 years that I felt (Yes, this is subjective and not statistical.) exuded the kind of kick ass that we want to see from our young defensive line. So this poll is merely about what you remember about the 2001 line and its ability to dominate. Feel free to include stats if you feel it will help your position. My hope is that we can as observers show whether we are or are not confident that this defensive front can dominate as we have seen from what I thought was the toughest defensive line in the Andy Reid era.

In 2001 we had a prime Hollis Thomas who was stout against the run as was a young Cory Simon. But Cory Simon could also sack the QB and throw the runner for a loss. We miss this kind of game changing aggression from the DT position (Bunkley is definitely threatening and Pat ain't too bad.). We need to see it again. I know our tackles use a different scheme, but we need respect and dominance from the DT position. On the end, we had a prime Hugh Douglas who was at least equal that of Trent Cole if not stronger physically. Speed I give to Cole. Production about equal. But Douglas was NASTIER than Cole and just as relentless. Brandon Whiting if you remember played some DT. He wasn't the sacker that Jacqua Parker is. But he was never pushed around on that end. He was pretty strong and stout. He was also a good 3rd down DT. I'm not giving the rookie Parker's position yet. He may be the element though that makes this line better than the best line as far as toughness, in Andy's era in my opinion. So answer the poll, but also comment on the other defensive lines under Andy. If you feel there is another that exudes that tough, stout attitude? Let us know. If you feel the 2001 line was helped because of exceptional linebackers and safeties. Comment that too. But whatever, the point, we need to see the 2010 defensive line control the line of scrimmage. The line I thought that did it best was the 2001 line.

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