Eagles Young Defenders Must Learn From Steelers GameBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks and rookie defensive back Brandon Boykin were taken to school by the Steelers, especially on the final drive of the game. The youngsters were telegraphing the coverages on the last drive and they have to learn to disguise what they’re doing by moving around before the snap of the football.
They must be aware of the 30 second clock and how many seconds are on it, so they’ll have a good idea about when the ball is going to be snapped. When they’re in man-to-man they should stay off of the man they’re going to cover and give a zone look. They should time their movements, so that they get in the right position when the ball is snapped.
“I think it’s a combination of things”, Kurt Coleman. “Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl winner. I mean, he knows what to expect. He’s not fearful of that moment. He did a great job of leading his team down there. But really, I think what it all comes down to is how we play, play within ourselves and understand how they’re going to attack us. I think we had several opportunities to get off of the field, watching the film. We put ourselves in the right position; we just didn’t make the plays.”
Young Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton gave Pittsburgh guard Willie Colon the fits and force him to hold and tackle him. Thornton was dominating Colon with his quickness off the ball. It was a great matchup for the cat quick Thornton against the big and physical Colon.
He forced the big guy to move his feet and that gave Thornton the advantage. The Pittsburgh guard couldn’t block the young Eagles defensive tackle so he decided to tackle him and created two holding calls
Rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox tried to out-muscle Colon and he had very little success with the big guy. He’s got to do a better job of evaluating the linemen he’s going up against. It would have been a better game plan for Cox if he had tried .
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