May 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney (51) is interviewed after practice during organized team activities at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
We've had another switcheroo at the LB position as Jamar Chaney has been taking snaps at strong side LB this week. Now that Akeem Jordan is starting at WILL, there's hole at backup SAM and with Brian Rolle the apparent backup at WILL, it only makes sense to move Chaney over to where he's useful.
"The good thing about Chaney is he knows all three [linebacker positions]," said Andy Reid. "You get reps and that's right now what he needs. He needs to get in there and it doesn't matter if he is a WILL or SAM. Let's get in and make sure we have all of the bases covered there and get yourself some snaps and in particular with the time you missed with the injury."
It doesn't actually matter that much which outside position he's at because the WILL or the SAM can change on a given play. If the TE motions over or lines up at a different place, suddenly the WILL is the SAM. The positions aren't nearly as rigid as they once were or how many people still see them.
As for the shuffling around of LBs, I'm sure many of you are having harrowing flashbacks of the Sean McDermott era defense where something like 6-7 different guys started in the middle in one year.... But there is a fundamental difference here. Two of the 3 LB positions have remained static and most likely will for the rest of the season. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks should provide a stability at the position that the team hasn't had in a long time. If Akeem Jordan can settle in at WILL, and history has shown he's been a perfectly capable starter in the past, we could actually have a pretty stable LB corps.