Chaney: LB Shuffle Will Work

Jamar Chaney spent most of last season as the Eagles' backup middle linebacker. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

Jamar Chaney was really surprised, when the NFL lockout ended and he was allowed to talk to coaches for the first time since March, to find he was the Eagles' strongside linebacker.

Chaney had practiced on the weakside and in the middle as a rookie in 2010, starting two games at MIKE. But new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo had this idea about putting Chaney at SAM, rookie Casey Matthews in the middle and Moise Fokou on the weakside.

Less than two months later, with the Eagles last in the NFL in rushing defense, so much for that notion. Chaney confirmed after today's practice that he is back in the middle and will be calling plays this weekend against the Giants. Fokou is back on the strongside, where he played last season, and Matthews is the WIL, which might more closely approximate what he played at Oregon.

"I like to look at the whole offensive line, all the way to the fullback. Being at the MIKE, you can see all of that. At the SAM, you can pretty much see half of the line," Chaney said.

Chaney said he thought the three were in more natural positions now. Fokou and Matthews were not in the locker room during the time it was open to the media this afternoon. but Chaney said Matthews "said he's already starting to like the new position."

"With the WIL, he won't have to make calls -- he did a good job with all that; out of all the rookie linebackers in the league, he probably had the most pressure and responsbility on him, and I think he did a pretty good job," Chaney said.


The Eagles said Michael Vick (concussion), Juqua Parker (ankle) and Darryl Tapp (pectoral muscle) were the only players who weren't full practice participants. Quarterback Vince Young (hamstring) practiced fully, but Mike Kafka took the first-team reps. 

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