Expect More From Connor Barwin In 2014BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Connor Barwin was signed by the Eagles with the promise of repeating his 2011 campaign in which he registered 11.5 sacks; and expectations that he could be a key component with the defensive transformation process the Eagles were going through.
With the learning curve that the 3-4 presented for the defense, plans for Barwin and how he was utilized were modified throughout the season. Barwin often times became the coach and vocal leader on the field, directing teammates to adjust what gap they were attacking and coverage assignments.
His final stat totals were solid but far from great, 59 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception. The stats don’t include his relentless work ethic, tipped passes, and the pressure he got on the quarterback that resulted in sacks by a fellow teammate.
Barwin was used all over the field; he took snaps at inside/outside linebacker, defensive end and defensive tackle. Year two in 3-4 and the familiarity of the defense, Barwin should see an increase in all major statistical categories.
The pressure that fell on his shoulders last season to make sure his teammates were in the right place at the right time was an unselfish role that he accepted by the coaching staff. The players around him will be flowing in the defense; no longer counting steps and measuring the correct distance in their football stance.
Barwin should approach and possibly surpass double digit sacks this season. His role will be refined with the improved play of the defensive line, backers and secondary.
Last season was the coming out party for cornerback Brandn Boykin, 2014 may certainly be remembered the same way for Connor Barwin.
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