Eagles face more difficult test this week vs. Saints - article 9/18/09 (1 Viewer)

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By Les Bowen
Philadelphia Daily News
Daily News Sports Columnist
THE LIST OF things the Carolina Panthers weren't prepared to do in last Sunday's opener - along with taking care of that slippery ball, and tackling DeSean Jackson - included figuring out the game of "Where's Waldo?" that new Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was playing with Trent Cole.

"You game plan and you scheme to the strengths of your tools, of your players," said McDermott, who knows he will have to do some things differently this week against the deadly three-step drops of Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints. "People try and find him and isolate on him. I don't want teams to be able to pick their spots and know where Trent was going to be."
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This sounds worriesome except:

1. we beat the snot out of GB's press last season

2. it's a lot easier to talk about great defense than it is to execute it, especially against the league's number 1 offense.

3. We seem to have the great neutralizer this year...a running game.

Can't wait!
 

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You can expect the Birds to play a lot of press coverage - they like to do that anyway, rookie free safety Macho Harris noted yesterday, and it seems especially apt for a team that depends on quick passes and timing.

50 points ain't so far-fetched if they do this...
 

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We had some quick passes last week, but we also had some plays, that worked very well mind you, that were more traditional 5-7 step dropbacks. The long won to Meach and the TD to Shockey maybe?

I think we can hurt your D in any and all manners, especially if the running game is even only 75% as effective as it was last week.
 

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This will be a tougher test for the two starters who won their jobs at the end of protracted preseason battles, Harris and middle linebacker Omar Gaither. You have to think Brees, who threw six touchdown passes last week against the Lions, is diligently preparing ways to confound a rookie safety.


"If it happens, it happens," said Harris, who said he was not obsessing over that possibility. Harris said he feels he will be "a whole lot more comfortable" than he was in the opener.

Until he gets burned a few times :hihi:
 

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