Philadelphia Eagles Linebackers Will Make or Break the Defense in 2011

February 13, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

First and foremost, the addition of Jim Washburn to the coaching staff excites me. No more will we have to watch Trent Cole dropping into pass coverage or see the defensive ends pause to read run before going after the quarterback.

This is going to allow Cole to do what he does best—rush the quarterback. And it will allow whomever is playing the left side to do the same.

Not only that, but it doesn't appear as though the defensive tackles will be asked to play a two-gap technique under Washburn. Granted, I only saw a limited amount of Titans games, but it looked like the guys in the middle were able to shoot a gap and, like the ends, get after the quarterback and create havoc behind the line of scrimmage.

But the positives to that could also expose a glaring weakness—at least for the time being—on this defense and come with a whole new set of negatives.

New defensive coordinator Juan Castillo has said he will allow Washb...

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