Jim Johnson, Eric Allen to join Eagles Honor Roll

Posted: September 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 17 Comments »

Here’s the article from the PE boys.

Good move.  Both guys have a special place in Eagles history.  It is hard to rank Jim Johnson among the defensive gurus that have worked for the Eagles.  Picking between him, Bud Carson, Buddy Ryan, and Marion Campbell is tricky.  Each guy was special in his own way.  They also had varying degrees of personnel and coached in different eras.  Think about this.  Buddy had strong LBs, but only one good CB.  There were times when JJ had 3 and 4 good CBs, but he struggled to find good LBs.

As Eagles fans we have been spoiled over the years with the great defensive minds that have come through here.  I didn’t even list Ray Rhodes, Emmitt Thomas, Jeff Fisher, or Wade Phillips.  Those guys have all run very good defenses over the years and done some very notable things.

JJ was special and we were lucky to have him for 10 years.

Eric Allen is arguably the best CB in Eagles history.  He could smother guys, but also was a playmaker.  He had 34 career picks and anyone who saw his play against the NY Jets in 1993 knows that Eric was dangerous when he got the ball in his hands.  If that wasn’t my favorite Eric Allen moment, it had to be his pick-6 in the 1992 Wildcard game.  He picked off Bobby Hebert and ran down the right sideline to seal the 36-20 win.  That was the Eagles first playoff win since Jaws and Wilbert Montgomery had beaten Dallas in the NFC title game.

I think Troy Vincent was a slightly better CB, but both guys were legitimately great players.  Both guys were complete players.  They would cover, make plays, hit, and tackle.  You don’t find many CBs who do all things well, but we were lucky enough to have 2 such guys.  Can you imagine if they ever played together?  That would have been something.

Enough by me.  Check out this NFL Films piece from the early 1990s to see Eric in action.


17 Comments on “Jim Johnson, Eric Allen to join Eagles Honor Roll”

  1. 1 Alex Karklins said at 5:18 PM on September 24th, 2011:

    Eric Allen was a great player, but that secondary really only came together when they drafted Ben Smith to replace Izell Jenkins. I remember Smith shut down Jerry Rice in, I believe, his rookie season (1990), while Allen was covering John Taylor. With Wes Hopkins and Andre Waters already on board, that secondary was probably the best in Eagles history.

  2. 2 Anonymous said at 5:23 PM on September 24th, 2011:

    It really is a shame that Ben got injured. With him and Allen the defense was darn near impossible to move the ball on.

  3. 3 Alex Karklins said at 5:25 PM on September 24th, 2011:

    Looked up the 49ers game; it was actually 1991 at the Vet and Rice was held to 2 catches for 4 yards. The Eagles lost the game, though.

  4. 4 Mac said at 8:46 PM on September 24th, 2011:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/a-football-life/09000d5d8227a7d9/Reggie-White-Jerome-Brown-A-Football-Life-trailer

    I can’t wait!

  5. 5 Anonymous said at 9:56 PM on September 24th, 2011:

    I’m stoked for that as well.

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 6:08 AM on September 25th, 2011:

    Did you watch the Belichick ones? I thought they were great. If the Reggie and Brown one is nearly as good, it will be amazing.

  7. 7 Steven Dileo said at 11:57 PM on September 24th, 2011:

    Did you ever feel like Jim Johnson’s blitz schemes were irrelevant in the playoffs? It always seemed like good QBs like Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees were able to figure out our blitzes and make the right pass at the right time.

  8. 8 Anonymous said at 12:01 AM on September 25th, 2011:

    That’s what great QBs do. They burn you when you blitz. It wasn’t the scheme that failed, as much as it was our inability to get pressure without the blitz.

  9. 9 Anonymous said at 1:19 AM on September 25th, 2011:

    As well as our deficiencies on offense. We’ve all seen Brady, Manning, Brees, etc. burn great defenses.

  10. 10 Anonymous said at 2:21 AM on September 25th, 2011:

    Jim’s philosophy of bend but don’t break and play the percentages worked a lot, but it also limited just how great the D could be. In order to play like that and beat the best teams you really need an impact LB (Derrick Brooks).

    Jim’s ideas worked most of the time, but top QBs were able to get the best of him in some big games.

  11. 11 Mac said at 5:12 AM on September 25th, 2011:

    It drove me nuts watching the team absolutely dominate Kurt Warner in that Thanksgiving game only to get torched in the playoffs… sigh…

  12. 12 Anonymous said at 5:25 AM on September 25th, 2011:

    We did play well in the 2nd half (up until the final drive). The 1st half was an absolute debacle.

  13. 13 Anonymous said at 5:31 AM on September 25th, 2011:

    I’m happy to see Jim Johnson get into the Honor Roll. I started watching football only a few years before AR and subsequently so in terms of Eagles football, I grew up watching JJ’s aggressive, blitz happy style. It took me awhile to understand how some defenses played without blitzing like we did. In fact, it is still kind of shocking to see how our defense now seems to have gone from a blitz heavy team to a team that uses blitzes very sparingly.

    Anyway, your comment about JJs ranking among Eagles defensive gurus got me thinking about Buddy Ryan’s legacy. I don’t have the greatest NFL history knowledge, but does it make any sense that Buddy Ryan is not in the HOF?

  14. 14 Anonymous said at 11:42 AM on September 25th, 2011:

    I think that Tommy’s theory proved true when he suggested that Eagles fans who thought they were going to hate this defense because they love the blitz actually love QB pressure and will be just as happy if it come from just the DL.

  15. 15 Anonymous said at 3:15 PM on September 25th, 2011:

    Is your quesiton … How is Buddy not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

  16. 16 Anders Jensen said at 3:19 PM on September 25th, 2011:

    Tommy do you believe that we could get 10+sacks from 3 dlinemen this season? Even if they dont keep up this tempo we are on pace for 4 (but Tapp is injuried :()

  17. 17 Anonymous said at 3:30 PM on September 25th, 2011:

    Doubtful that happens, but I could see 3 guys with 8. OLs are still coming together right now. They’ll play better as the season goes along. Also, if the guys put up enough sacks teams will gameplan heavily for them. Tough to keep up that pace. It would be awesome if that happened.