After a year marred by poor tackling, Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said he is going back to basics in the early days of training camp 2010.
“If you don’t tackle well, and we didn’t tackle well last year, you don’t win football games on defense,” McDermott said Tuesday after the first practice of training camp.
“I think when you’re trying to build the way we’re trying to build it on defense, with the youth that we do have, it’s important that we start day one with fundamentals,” he said. “It’s not a sexy term for you guys to report about – we’re going to work on tackling, we’re going to work on getting off blocks, we’re going to work on catching the football, scooping the football when there’s a ball on the ground. That’s what wins football games.”
McDermott’s defense will have a blend of experience and youth this year, with rookies vying for big roles at defensive end and safety, and possibly linebacker, while veterans hold down other slots. For now, McDermott has mostly rookies to work with, though not the two most expected to contribute this year: Brandon Graham and Nate Allen, neither of whom has signed after being drafted 13th and 37th overall, respectively, in April.