The previous meeting with the Redskins was not the Eagles defense's finest hour. Washington scored only 17 points, but it got those on its first three drives of the game, which put the Eagles' offense in a big hole. As offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg sniffed when asked about the effectiveness of Washington's Cover 2 in shutting down his unit, "It worked well, 14 points up."
The Redskins rushed for 169 yards, and the Eagles ended the day ranked 27th in the league against the rush.
"We got chewed out," recalled defensive tackle Antonio Dixon,, who has been a big part of the defense's ascent to 12th against the run, as the Birds prepare to face the Redskins again Monday night. Chewed out by defensive coordinator Sean McDermott? By d-line coach Rory Segrest? "Both," Dixon said. "And coach Reid. When it's coming from coach Reid, we know we have to do better, We had to step up."
Marty Mornhinweg said the Redskins' ranking of 31st among NFL defenses is misleading. He noted they rank really high on third-down defense, and in forcing turnovers. Mornhinweg expressed confidence in Nick Cole, who seems likely to start at right guard for concussed Max Jean-Gilles, though Mornhinweg acknowledged that Cole "is battling through" issues that include a bad knee.
Special teams coordinator Bobby April said newly acquired safety Colt Anderson will see action on special teams this week. He said Jorrick Calvin filled in well for Dimitri Patterson as gunner last week. Anderson presumably will fill at least part of the role previously played by Kurt Coleman, who will be starting for injured Nate Allen (neck). April also praised rookie Trevard Lindley, who saw action last week.