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.