The De-Evolution Of Philadelphia Eagles Cornerbacks In The Andy Reid Era

January 22, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Once upon a time, back in the Ray Rhodes era, Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks were much different than today's.  They were bigger, physical, willing to maul you at the line and equally willing to run stride for stride in coverage.  They were guys like 6'3", 220lb Bobby Taylor and his mate 6'1" 210lb Troy Vincent.  They covered receivers, tackled running backs, and just generally earned their paychecks.
Step forward to the Andy Reid regime, who inherited the above mentioned CB tandem.  Andy, along with Jim Johnson, drafted the successors to the perennial Pro Bowlers Taylor and Vincent.  In stepped Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown.  Both players stood about 5'10" tall and weighed about 200lbs.  They were obviously much smaller physically, but they learned how to play the game and be aggressive from Jim Johnson and their veteran teammates.  Sheppard made two Pro Bowls as a pretty good cover corner, while Brown did more of the dirty work, ra...

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