McDermott: Can't have offense 'run the ball down your throat'

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said today that stopping the run comes down to "technique and toughness."

"This is a throwing league, but at the same time, you can't have an offense run the ball down your throat," McDermott said. The Eagles are 27th in the NFL against the run going into this weekend's game at San Francisco.

"I think we have a tough group, but you have to bring that toughness every week."

McDermott was asked extensively about the decision to put Moise Fouko in the lineup at weakside linebacker. Akeem Jordan, like several Eagles, struggled to get off blocks against the Redskins.

 "I'm not afraid to make a move. If I have a guy who I think is better, I'll play him," he said.

He added that Fokou has "kept his nose to the grindstone ... That physical play that he brings to the table, he's done the same thing on special teams to this point."


Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said, "there's going to be several decisions made late this week as to how we're going to operate."

The primary ones involve running back LeSean McCoy, who has a cracked rib, and wide receiver Riley Cooper, who suffered a mild concussion Sunday.

Mornhinweg said that Mike Bell will be ready to play if McCoy can't and that Bell gets better the more he touches the ball. He also said if you watched the film of the second half, you could not tell that McCoy was injured.

He also conceded that the team needed to get better. "We're doing some things we just have to get better at, starting with the penalties," he said.


Special teams coordinator Bobby April took the blame for the problems with his units.

"There have been a lot of big plays in the NFL this year on special teams...We haven't made any," he said. "That's on me."


Former Eagles wideout Kevin Curtisrecently underwent surgery for testicular cancer. he expects to make a full recovery, and wants to play somewhere this season.