Man Up: Patterson, Landri make plays
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Man Up: Patterson, Landri make plays
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
Here's the player-by-player review of the Eagles' defensive performance against the Redskins after having re-watched the game:
Jason Babin - He didn't have a sack, but Babin still got pressure on Rex Grossman. He was credited with a game-high three quarterback hits and was active overall. Babin stopped Roy Helu after a 2-yard gain in the second. He got decent pressure on Grossman on an incompletion near the end of the first half. And he got pressure on Grossman on the third interception. I believe this was the first time all season he dropped back into coverage.
Mike Patterson - He played one of his best games in recent memory. Really a strong effort from Patterson. He got in the backfield and then hustled to bring Torain down after a gain of 6 in the first. And he dumped Torain after a 1-yard gain in the third. But I was more impressed with Patterson as a pass rusher. I don’t think he hit Grossman, but he got decent pressure up the middle on the second interception. He put a great move on the left guard, sacking Grossman in the second. And he pushed the guard back into John Beck, causing him to throw short in the fourth. If the Eagles can get that kind of performance from Patterson on a weekly basis, he and Cullen Jenkins are going to give offensive lines trouble.
Cullen Jenkins - He didn't have a sack, but got close to the Redskins quarterbacks on a few occasions. He looped behind Patterson and got pressure on Grossman on a 3rd-and-3 in the second. He pressured Grossman, forcing him to escape the pocket before the fourth interception. And he got some pressure up the middle, forcing Beck to scramble in the fourth. I didn't think we'd see Jenkins drop back into coverage all year, but he did just that on two separate occasions. He dropped back and tackled Donte Stallworth after a 3-yard completion in the fourth. And he dropped back into coverage on a 3rd-and-3 in the red zone. That was one of the wrinkles the Eagles added this week. A throwback to the Sean McDermott days, if you will. Defensive linemen with responsibilities other than rushing the passer.
Darryl Tapp - He started in place of Trent Cole and had one of the Eagles' two sacks, chasing Beck out of the pocket in the fourth. Tapp got pressure on Grossman on a 3rd-and-3 in the second too. And he disrupted a Torain run that was stopped at the line of scrimmage in the fourth.
Phillip Hunt - Pretty quiet game for Hunt, who played about 16 snaps at right defensive end. The only time I really noticed him was when he helped disrupt a run play that gained 1 yard in the third.
Juqua Parker - He's still been somewhat limited, playing only about 14 snaps. Parker pushed Torain out of bounds after a 2-yard gain in the first. He fought off an initial cut block and got in Grossman’s face on an incompletion in the third. As I mentioned on Sunday, Parker's name has come up in trade talks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Trevor Laws - He played about 20 snaps and was credited with a pair of QB hits. Laws got good pressure on Grossman on the first interception, looping outside on a stunt. He and Landri brought Torain down after a 1-yard gain in the third.
Derek Landri - He only played about 14 snaps, but was credited with four tackles (three solo), the most of any Eagles defensive lineman. I'd say that's pretty good production. He shut down Torain after a 1-yard gain in the first. He and Laws brought Torain down after a 1-yard gain in the third. And Landri gave outstanding effort, chasing Santana Moss down after a 15-yard pickup on a wide receiver screen in the fourth. He hit Beck on the very next play. I'm not sure how this guy didn't find his way on to a roster after the Eagles cut him. I only see him getting more playing time in the coming weeks. There's a lot to like about the Eagles' current group of defensive tackles.
Jamar Chaney - I was surprised when I looked at the box score and saw that Chaney was only credited with one tackle. I thought he played probably his best game of the year. Chaney stopped Torain after a 4-yard gain in the first. He did a good job defending a screen, even though he probably got to Torain early and could have been called for a penalty. He dropped Helu after a 4-yard gain in the second. He made a nice play on a 3-yard Torain run in the third. He and Brian Rolle tackled Torain out of bounds for no gain in the fourth. There were a couple miscues. It looked like he probably made a mistake, cheating up in zone as Beck found Stallworth for a 15-yard gain on fourth down in the fourth quarter. And Chaney got blocked on Torain’s 6-yard run in the third. But overall, a performance that resembled the ones we saw last year from Chaney.
Brian Rolle - Rolle was active, getting credit for five tackles (three solo). He read a play-action fake and got a hit on Grossman on a 6-yard completion in the second. He got off his block and stopped Torain after a 6-yard run in the third. He and Chaney tackled Torain out of bounds for no gain in the fourth. He delivered a textbook hit on Helu in coverage, forcing an incompletion in the fourth. And Rolle blitzed and broke through in the fourth, but Beck got rid of the ball quickly for an 8-yard completion.
Moise Fokou - Not a good game for Fokou. He was one of several Eagles who bit on play-action on Grossman’s 12-yard completion to Fred Davis. It looked like he bit on play-action again on the 17-yard completion to Davis in the second. Fokou got blocked on Torain’s 6-yard run in the third. And he lost track of Davis on the 31-yard completion. He made a good play in the third, dropping Torain for a 2-yard loss.
Asante Samuel - Samuel had a couple issues at right cornerback. He actually did a good job of keeping up with Jabar Gaffney on the flea flicker, but couldn’t make a play on the ball on what ended up being a 45-yard completion in the third. He was playing off on a 10-yard completion to Gaffney in the fourth. I couldn’t tell what kind of coverage the Eagles were in when Terrence Austin made the 32-yard catch behind Samuel in the fourth.
Nnamdi Asomugha - This had to be his best game as an Eagle. He made a great play to blow up Chris Cooley for a loss of 1 on 3rd-and-2 in the first quarter. Asomugha's jam in the slot threw off Moss’ timing and actually knocked him over on a Grossman incompletion in the second. When the Eagles were in zone, Grossman squeezed in a completion for a 12-yard gain between him and Kurt Coleman. And Asomugha was called for defensive holding in the third. He was asked to play all over the field, zone and man-to-man, but Asomugha still managed to affect the game, even though he was only thrown at once.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - I’m not sure he’ll get an easier interception opportunity all season than the one he had in the second quarter. Grossman threw behind his receiver and right to Rodgers-Cromartie, but he couldn’t make the play. Overall, Rodgers-Cromartie played about 40 of 53 snaps, taking over at left cornerback when Samuel left briefly. He broke up a pass intended for Gaffney in the end zone in the fourth.
Joselio Hanson - He played in dime, and also in nickel when Samuel went down. Hanson tackled Helu after a 3-yard completion on 3rd-and-7 in the third. Later, he got beat for a 23-yard completion on 3rd-and-15 in the fourth.
Kurt Coleman - Tremendous game, and it wasn't even just the three interceptions, but let's start there. I liked his aggressiveness on the first pick. Too many times this year, we’ve seen Eagles defensive backs in positions to make plays, but opposing receivers have come down with the football. Coleman went up and got the interception, timing his jump perfectly. He played up in the box and helped force Torain outside on a 2-yard run in the first. His second interception was big. The Eagles were up 14, but Vince Young had just been picked off, and Washington had the ball at the Eagles’ 20-yard line. He broke up what would have been about a 37-yard gain to Davis in the third (even though Asomugha was called for holding on the play) and later added a third INT. The one bad moment was when Coleman was called for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Helu on 3rd-and-8 in the first.
Nate Allen - On his interception in the second, Grossman horribly underthrew his receiver, but give credit to Allen for making the play. He nearly had a second interception at the end of the first half, but couldn’t hold on. It looked like he and Stallworth lost the ball in the sun on what had a chance to be a 50-yard gain in the fourth.