Saturday, November 12, 2005

Sack Pack Must Emerge Vs. Cowboys

There are many keys to the Eagles' chances of beating the visiting Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, but the biggest indicator will be the uniform of Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe. In the Cowboys' earlier 33-10 win over the Eagles, Bledsoe's uniform was virtually spotless after he torched the Eagles by completing 24 of 35 passes for 289 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Bledsoe wasn't sacked once in the game and he barely faced even minimal pressure while back in the pocket. The few times he did, Bledsoe ran, gaining 14 yards on three carries, or two more yards than Brian Westbrook.
Anyway, if Bledsoe is allowed to stay virtually untouched, then he still has the ability to carve an opposing secondary. That's why getting to Bledsoe should be priority No. 1, 2 and 3 for the Eagles.
"We have to do a better job getting to the quarterback," defensive end Jevon Kearse said, stating the obvious.
Kearse has been double-teamed all season, but lately he has been making some big plays. He leads the Eagles with four sacks, but desperately needs help. Having the linebackers chipping in for some pass rush duty wouldn't be a bad idea.
This season the Eagles have one sack from a linebacker - Jeremiah Trotter. True, Dhani Jones and Keith Adams play in mostly running situations, but the two are on the field for their share of passing attempts. And Mark Simoneau, who enters in nickel situations, could be sent in on Bledsoe.
The Eagles have 5.5 sacks from their defensive backs, but as everybody knows, it's always risky blitzing somebody from the secondary because that usually means single coverage. Teams this season have done well when the Eagles have been put in that predicament.
No matter who sacks Bledsoe, somebody has to do it on Monday night. He isn't the fleetest of foot, but in the first game against the Eagles, Bledsoe was standing too comfortable in the pocket. The Eagles have to take that comfort zone away or else it will be their season that will be sacked on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field.


At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not just the defense. The atrocious playcalling of Andy and KILLER interceptions in crucial part of the game by " franchise QB" is what ails the Eagles. People have been missing the boat for the true reason of eagles failures due to TO saga. Now that we dont have to talk about TO, the real story will emerge and they are going to Implode this season!!!!!!!!!

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Giants!!!!!!!!!!!
ELI is going to kick some butt. Guess who is salivating, Strahan who has ruled Runyen will feast on Mcnabb, Mr NICE GUY!!! AVERAGE QB

At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the major problems with this team is the lack of "any" pass rush. The Oakland Raiders defensive line has 17 sacks and Derrick Burgess have 7 of them, but if you notice he has Warren Sapp rushing the QB with him. Jevon Kearse and ND Kalu do not have Corey Simon to complement them. Big mistake made by everybody in the Eagles braintrust. Also considering the age of ND Kalu and Hollis Thomas, their health, and years of service; the D line is very much suspect and a major target for opposing teams. Without that pass rush, the LBs and DBs are getting killed.

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The D has almsot never been this bad.And all of us know we got thru some pretty mediocre years to compete in the playoffs because of our "Eagle D".It has fallen apart.
Teams have been studying the breakdowns and know exactly how to attack the attacker.
Very disturbing.
And it can be traced to a few bad decisions by our management.
The writer above hit all the marks:
Corey Simon,Burgess,bad luck MCDougle,Jevon getting 2/3-teamed.
It leaves us with no center rush.

Watch tomorrow..the boys will go RIGHT AFTER Lito Sheppard.People have been punking him for 5 straight weeks.It's gotta get fixed or he should lose his starting job.
We need to find our stones again on D.


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