CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 28: Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears tackles LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on November 28 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Bears defeated the Eagles 31-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
We all know how the Eagles have struggled against the Bears in recent years, with a 1-3 record since 2007. Marty Mornhinweg was asked this week about those struggles and if this current Eagles team can learn anything from them?
"Well, the Chicago Bears are an excellent football team, and they have been for many years. They're well coached, they've got talent, they've got some exceptional players on defense. Really, they do. Pro-Bowl type players for many, many years. They play on a high level on a consistent basis. The only time they've had bad years it seems like is when half their squad was injured, and some of those key players. So, that's the main goal. We've matched up a little bit differently because we've had different players. They are a team that will stay in the ball game, and then if they get a lead, they turn it to that front four which is very good. They get after the quarterback, their sack totals aren't high, but they get after the quarterback with push in games and they make that quarterback throw very, very quickly. Those corners are very good. They play a lot of the Tampa-Two, not as much as one would think, but they it more than most, and they do a nice job, we're talking precision, getting out of rhythm just a little bit."
He also addressed whether the Bears 4-3 front will be tougher to run against the 3-4 that Dallas employs, which was previously the top ranked run defense in the NFL
"Well two things come to mind there. You can't let the Chicago Bears trick you in regard of simple, only do what they do so well, because they've got plenty of ammunition schematically. Okay, so that's first. And then second, over-pursuit, they do a little bit less than others so they do it very, very well. They've got all the keys, and you can compare it to other defenses, and offenses, really. When you don't do quite as much you've got all of the counters off those, so it becomes very, very good as far as solid, fundamental football."