In two games thus far, it’s evident that when attacking the Eagles defense, the opposing offenses are going to stay away from the perimeter where cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie lurk.
Instead, the opposition has attacked the linebackers and safeties through the air with the tight end and crossing routes over the middle with the wide receivers.
Billy Bajema and rookie Lance Kendricks combined for three catches and 39 yards in week one, although the numbers could’ve looked much worse if Kendricks wouldn’t have dropped three key passes.
Against Atlanta, Tony Gonzalez torched Jamar Chaney by hauling in seven balls for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
Here’s my suggestion, and this doesn’t have to happen all of the time…
Asomugha’s a very physical corner, and although he’ll be smaller in stature against the tight end, why not let him line up against them in key third down situations or goal-line plays.
The Eagles announced today that they will move strong side linebacker Jamar Chaney back to the middle, where he played at the end of last season. Casey Matthews will move from the middle to the weak side, while Moise Fokou moves to the strong side.
This obviously doesn’t entirely have to do with defending the pass as the Eagles currently rank 30th against the run.
The young linebackers are struggling to fill the huge gaps left by the defensive ends who are lining up in the ‘wide 9′ technique of defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
We’ll see if this change helps things this coming Sunday against a physical New York Giants squad.
The Rams combined to rush for 154 yards on 26 rushes in week one, while Atlanta’s Michael Turner shredded Philadelphia for 114 yards on 21 carries this past Sunday.
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Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!