Blitzing has been a huge part of Eagles defense since Buddy Ryan came to town back in 1986. That changed when Jim Washburn came to town in 2011. His Wide-9 front is built on pressuring the passer with the DL. Juan Castillo mixed in some blitzes from time to time, including some good ones late in the 2011 season. It just wasn’t much of the package.
Sean McDermott did more with blitzing, but since the Eagles were a 4-3 team under him, that mean the DL was the focus.
In the last 4 seasons, Eagles DBs have a total of 6.5 sacks. The leader is Nate Allen, with 2. Both came in his rookie year.
Things will change under Bill Davis.
Davis ran the SF defense in 2005 and 2006. He ran the Cards defense in 2009 and 2010. In those 4 years, DBs totaled 17.5 sacks. That was a mixture of CBs, slot guys, and Safeties. That total is pretty balanced. He did have Adrian Wilson, a great pass rushing SS for 2 years, but Wilson only had 4 of the sacks. There were other years when he had a big total and that could have skewed the numbers, but it didn’t happen with Davis as the DC.
Should be interesting to see Davis turn the DBs loose more this year.
I’ll write more on the subject later. Just wanted to get this nugget out while it was fresh in my head.
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In case you missed it, I had a little bit of fun with the Matthew Tucker interview from PE.com. One of the things Dave Spadaro is normally great at is getting the players to relax and talk to him. Tucker stayed in formal mode, which initially annoyed me but got funnier as it went along.
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Do you want to see Jimmy Bama’s sconces? Dumb question. Of course you do.