Andy Reid Talks Eagles Safety Situation

Sep 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Kurt Coleman (42) intercepts a pass late in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Before we get into too much about the "situation," let's be clear on one thing. Nate Allen & Kurt Coleman are the starting safeties, both are fine for Sunday and will play probably all of the snaps on defense. At the top of the safety rotation, the Eagles actually appear quite solid at the moment.

After the starters, there are a lot more questions. The Eagles grabbed UDFA David Sims after final cuts and he has a chance to be active Sunday, but he's never played in an NFL game before. There's also Colt Anderson, who Andy Reid says is ready to go.

"Colt's ready to play," said Reid. "He's there. He's done everything that he can do to get himself ready to play in a game. He's gone through practice. He practiced fast. He didn't have any setbacks, no swelling, soreness, any of that. The knee felt tight. Now he has an opportunity to possibly get in the game and contribute. That's what he wants and that's what we want.

Jaiquwan Jarrett didn't play any defensive snaps last week, but he played more special teams snaps than anyone. So that "role" seems pretty well suited for Anderson to step into. Colt would still be a question mark if called on to play safety in the event of an injury, but he should be a big upgrade over Jarrett on special teams.

The real question right now is depth. If either Coleman or Allen got hurt, no one is going to be comfortable seeing David Sims or Colt Anderson starting. A lot is riding on those two staying healthy and continuing to play well.

Here's what Reid had to say about letting Jaiquwan Jarrett go.

"I think you have to be honest with yourselves," Reid said. "If it's working, then it works. If it doesn't, then it doesn't. I think that's the important thing there, and then you give the kid an opportunity to make a living. If it wasn't working with you, then it'll work with somebody else. You see that throughout the league with different cuts. We're all human. We all have errors that we make at times, where we think somebody's going to fit and it doesn't fit, and then you give them an opportunity to move on and, like I said, make a living for themselves."

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