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Man Up: Defense

Man Up: Appreciating Trent Cole

Monday, December 26, 2011, 11:43 AM
Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles' defensive performance against the Cowboys, after having re-watched the game. For those of you who didn't tune in, Dallas lost Tony Romo in the first quarter, but left the rest of their starters in for the entire game. Jason Babin - No sacks for... Read more

Man Up: Is Matthews improving?

Monday, December 19, 2011, 11:40 AM
Here's the player-by-player look at the Eagles' defensive performance against the Jets on Sunday, after having re-watched the game: Jason Babin - Three more sacks put him at 18 on the season; that's tops in the NFL. Babin went right around right tackle Wayne Hunter for his first sack. He lined up... Read more

Man Up: Samuel, Landri and the Eagles' D

Monday, December 12, 2011, 1:45 PM
Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles' defensive performance in their 26-10 win over the Dolphins, after having re-watched the game. Jason Babin - On Sunday morning, before the game, I wrote about how I thought Babin was being targeted for some unjust criticism. Against Miami, he had... Read more

Man Up: Eagles' D reaches new low

Friday, December 2, 2011, 2:18 PM
It's one thing to get picked apart by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, as the Eagles did in Week 12. But it's another thing to make Tarvaris Jackson (who was playing without wide receiver Sidney Rice) look like a Pro Bowler. Jackson's final numbers: 13-for-16 for 190 yards and a touchdown... Read more

Man Up: Eagles' secondary gets torched

Monday, November 28, 2011, 1:33 PM
Before I get to the player-by-player breakdown, a few notes on the defensive performance overall. The front four was OK. They got pressure early. But as the game went on, Tom Brady just consistently had answers. He scrambled for big chunks of yardage. He avoided pressure, got out of the pocket and... Read more

Man Up: Jenkins leads defensive charge

Monday, November 21, 2011, 11:47 AM
In many ways, this was the defense Juan Castillo had been telling us so much about. The one that's showed up for a quarter, or two, or even three throughout the season. But also the one that's generally failed to show up for a full 60 minutes. The charge was led by the front four. The Eagles had... Read more

Man Up: Castillo's 'D' falls apart again

Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:49 PM
Through three quarters, the Eagles' defense had delivered a solid performance. They had stopped the Cardinals' run game, and John Skelton was just 12-for-25 for 149 yards, a touchdown and an interception. That translates to a QB rating of 63.6. Larry Fitzgerald had been targeted five times and managed... Read more

Man Up: Eagles can't get to Cutler

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 6:48 PM
Entering Monday night's game, it looked like the Eagles would have a big advantage with their defensive line going up against the Bears' offensive line. But, as the saying goes, that's why they play the game. Jay Cutler was not sacked for just the second time in 41 games with the Bears. So, what... Read more

Man Up: Castillo adds wrinkles to Eagles' D

Monday, October 31, 2011, 12:13 PM
Before I get to the player-by-player breakdown, it's only fair to give some credit to Juan Castillo. He's taken a lot of heat this season - some of it warranted, some of it not - for the defense's poor performance. But Castillo's group appears to be coming together, having allowed just 20 points... Read more

Man Up: State of the Eagles' defense

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 9:46 AM
Here's a look at what we've seen from each Eagles defensive player in the first six games and what to expect in the final 10. Click here if you missed the offensive breakdown. Jason Babin - No Eagles defensive lineman has played more snaps than Babin through the first six games. When the Birds brought... Read more
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