Aug 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) makes a pass against Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
The Cardinals drafted DE Calais Campbell in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft and after a relatively quiet rookie year, he's really blossomed into a consistent NFL player. He's not an elite pass rusher, but certainly has been solid in that department averaging 7 sacks over the past 3 years.
Where he is very disruptive is using his 6-8 frame to defend the pass at the line. Last season, he batted down an absurd 10 passes, which is something Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has taken note of.
"Yeah, he had 10 [passes batted down] last year, second in the league, and he gets his paws on the ball as he's 6-foot-8," Marty said. "He has an excellent feel. You don't do those things by accident. He's just got an excellent feel. He also is a good pass rusher, so if he thinks he's getting there, he'll get there. If not, then he softens up, then tries to time his arms in there, in many cases, with a jump. So, yeah, that'll be a part of the game for us."
This is of particular concern to the Eagles as Michael Vick is relatively short for a QB at 6-0 and has always had issues with defenders batting down his passes at the line. Last year, Campbell got his hands on 2 of Vick's passes.
He's coming off a week where he was named NFC defensive player of week for his 2 sack, 10 tackle performance against the Patriots. So keeping him out of Vick's face, but maybe more importantly, out of his throwing lanes will be important Sunday.