Thursday, December 22, 2011

Birds can be more aggressive without Samuel

LeSean McCoy, Asante Samuel warm up
Asante Samuel and his hamstring are out. That means the Eagles can play the style of defense they used to play when the late Jim Johnson was calling the games.

Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are accomplished press cornerbacks.

They use their height and long arms to leverage and jam receivers at the line of scrimmage, disrupting their rhythm.
They also are adept at covering down the field without deep help from the safeties.

That could allow the Eagles to blitz Tony Romo more, and use their safeties in run support.

The late Johnson's most effective defenses were with Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor playing press. Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie  are built like their predecessors.

Samuel's strength is playing off the ball. He's nowhere near as long-legged or armed as DRC or Nnamdi.

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