Eagles’ Problem Covering Tight Ends Has Easy Solution

April 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

How do the Eagles finally stop opposing tight ends?

Since the Ernie Sims trade went down , the talk of the Eagles' defensive woes against opposing tight ends has come back to the forefront. Many are hoping Sims can be the guy to stick with the multiple great tight ends in the NFC East, but Sims is a WILL linebacker—the SAM is usually the one covering the tight end.

However, there's still an incredibly easy solution to the problem. A solution so easy that it's incredible a great defensive mind like Jim Johnson couldn't figure it out, and now neither can his protégé Sean McDermott.

If you watch the Eagles' defense pre-snap, they always have the SAM lined up a good five yards away from the tight end. When the ball is snapped, all the tight end has to do is run at the linebacker, whomever it may be, and cut one way or another—leaving said linebacker in the difficult position of having to cover ground and regain position on th...

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