Monday, August 21, 2006

Eagles Defense Humbled Against Ravens

While the Eagles offense, or lack of it has gotten a lot of the preseason attention, the defense didn't have its finest moment in Thursday's 20-10 loss at Baltimore against the Ravens. Sure, the first-team defense only gave up 3 points in half, but that doesn't tell all the story.
While the Eagles didn't show very much and played a basic defense, they were carved up by Steve McNair, who helped Baltimore account for 192 net yards in the first half.
What was alarming was how wide open the Ravens receivers were, especially Derrick Mason, who had seven receptions for 72 yards in the first half.
The Ravens also got big plays from Musa Smith, who had a 36-yard reception and Todd Heap, who added an 18-yard reception.
The fact that Baltimore botched things up in the red zone, shouldn't take away from the fact that the Eagles defense didn't have a stellar performance.
Part of it was that McNair was the first quality quarterback the Eagles faced this preseason. And even though coordinator Jim Johnson isn't going to show his hand in an exhibition game, nobody likes to see receivers running around so freely in the secondary.
This will give the Eagles something to work on. The defense has a chance to be one of the better units in the NFC, against the Ravens, the Eagles took a minor step back and must show that it won't be as easy for receivers to get open as Baltimore made it look.


At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are still blitzing a little too much for my liking.

Its one thing to blitz and be able to get to the QB.

Its another when you blitz and the QB has time to complete passes 8 -12 yds downfield...

Also when JJ blitzes we are always in zone D leaving huge holes underneath that veteran QB's like McNair will easily be able to exploit.....

Our LB's are definately killing us with soft coverage underneath.....

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed.And many other teams know it.
We gotta man up with speedier LB/CB work.Of course,the relatively new rules create just what we're seeing:receivers with the edge and higher scoring games.
We just have to be able to return fire
on Offense....which is another story
for another day

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason the ravens receivers were running around the d was do to the fact this was the first time the D saw NFL caliber WR's. Maybe the G'men could have there WR's come down and practice against the birds so the corners and safeties can work on the coverage skills. They do well in practice against the make believe WR's.


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