Todd Bowles: “I Don’t Think It’s Bad Tackling”BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Thursday, November 8th, 2012
How do you explain why the Eagles defense has gotten worse under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles? Yes, they did give up a couple of last minute leads with Castillo at the helm, but how do you explain the ease with which teams are moving the ball against the Bowles-led defense.
Every time they try to blitz, the blitzer doesn’t get there and they get burned downfield.
The Birds started out the season doing a great job against the run. The Saints hadn’t been able to run the football against anybody but they had three running backs each break off at least a 19-yard run against the Eagles defense. New Orleans went over 100 yards on the ground and the Birds tackling was atrocious.
The New Orleans offense let Drew Brees get the ball out of hands with short throws and made the Birds tackle in the open field and they couldn’t do it. Bowles still believes this defense can correct that problem.
“I don’t think it’s bad tackling,” Bowles said. “There are players who are going to miss tackles that are good tacklers, but there are some good players who just aren’t good tacklers. You can fix that with fundamentals, you can fix that with attitude. Attitude is the main thing.”
It looked like bad tackling to me. Nnamdi Asomugha, Mychal Kendricks, David Sims, Kurt Coleman, Akeem Jordan were all amongst the victims. The New Orleans running backs looked like Pro Bowlers against the Birds.
“Attitude should be the same all the time,” Bowles said. “You can have the right drive and mindset and miss a tackle. But you have to have body control, you have to have fundamentals, you have to be able to tackle.”
This surely isn’t the way Bowles wanted his first two games to go. Plus he came into a situation where the head coach could very well be fired at the end of the season, which would mean he could be getting fired as well. You would that he’s probably wondering whether he made the best decision in coming here during the off season.
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