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On Defense, This is What the Eagles Need to Do

Boy when you make a comment in the NFL that others take as a slight people won't let you forget it. Vince Young's "dream team" comment just won't die in the mouths of people who I would like to call "Eagles haters." The Eagles haven't exactly gotten off to the start many of us thought they would, but that's no reason to panic in the city of brotherly love. After 3 games mainstream media outlets like "NFL Network" would have you believe that the Eagles investments on the defensive side of the ball were not money well spent. The latest coming in the form of criticism of the organization's biggest FA acquisition in Nnamdi Asomugha. I have watched all 3 games by the Eagles and through those observations have identified the problems the Eagles are having with respect to the defense. All "fixable" problems. 1st, the decision to start rookie Casey Matthews at middle LB was a bad one. This one was the biggest surprise to me from a head coach of Reid's caliber because it had bad move written all over it from the beginning. I guess the Eagles staff spent a lot of time in the film room looking at his much more talented older brother in Green Bay. On draft day many scouts clearly thought that Casey was not as good as Clay yet the Eagles took a chance on him anyway. So far it's cost them two games as they have not been able to stop the run due in part from Mathews being caught out of position on key plays as well as not having the athleticism to play the position at a high level.

 

The second issue has been the secondary. Now this was supposed to be the strength of the defense but has yet to live up to the championship billing hype surrounding it. This too, is fixable. In regard to Asomugha, the team hasn't been playing him to his strengths by allowing him to do what he does best which is in your face man to man coverage. The Eagles have been using him more in zone schemes. If they continue to do that all of the money they spent to acquire him will be a  waste. Zone is not his strength. Zone is the strength of Asante Samuel. Chromartie's play has suffered from this as well as he and Asomugha are basically the same type of corners. The Eagles have wisely replaced Mathews at MLB and relegated him to the bench for use in other packages for now. What now needs to be done is for them to start using more man to man schemes to maximize the use of their new talented CBs in Chromartie and Asomugha. If the Eagles brass does this I believe it will dramatically make the team a much improved one defensively as they already have all the players they need to become better in the areas where they have been struggling. As mad as Falcons owner Arther Blank has been over the stinging loss from last year's playoff game against the Packers, the Eagles acquired two of the games better CBs in the league for another shot at the current champs. Remember, the Pack knocked the Eagles out as well last year. Green Bay's  loaded at WR and to beat them you are gonna need a set of good corners with a D line that can pressure Aaron Rodgers. The Eagles might be 1-2 right now but there is no need to panic. They have the personal to turn things around and I believe they will. There's just too much at stake this season and if they don't heads are sure to roll.

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