Eagles Look To Chung For Safety Help

The Eagles’ latest search for safety help has led them to 25-year-old Patrick Chung.

Chung was a second-round pick by the Patriots in 2009. He started 29 games in four seasons with New England, including seven in 2012. Chung played his college ball at Oregon and was there for two seasons when Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator.

The good news is that Chung is a young, physical player. The bad news is he got pushed down the depth chart on a defense that ranked just 23rd against the pass, according to Football Outsiders.

Here’s a recap of Chung’s 2012 season from Field Yates of ESPN.com:

Chung began the season as a starter, but injuries and ineffective play pushed him down the depth chart, as he played just two defensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game. The issues for Chung appeared to be as a deep half-field defender, as he was unable to get to the sideline on deep throws down the field, and he also missed some critical open-field tackles due to poor angles. He had his best performance of the season in registering two interceptions against Jacksonville in Week 16. He has been a physical defender in previous seasons for the Patriots, but that style of play was not as prevalent in 2012.

And in an interview with CSNNE.com last year, here’s what Matt Bowen of the National Football Post (a former NFL safety) had to say about Chung:

“I wasnt that impressed with Patrick Chung,” said Bowen, referring to his play in both games. “I’m not trying to come down on the guy, but it seems like he’s guessing a lot, his eyes are in the wrong place. A couple of times he left the deep middle of the field in the Seattle game. Anytime a safety leaves the middle of the field on a trick play or a deep pass, that’s discipline. That’s looking in the wrong place and not looking in the right place with his eyes.”

Bowen says that Chung’s aggressiveness is a liability. Or was in each of the games he watched.

Staying healthy is also a concern. Chung has missed 14 games in the past three seasons. Last year, foot and shoulder injuries sidelined him for four games.

Chung has the physical tools. He ran a 4.51 at the Combine coming out of college. But clearly, there are question marks. By all accounts, he’s a good special-teams player, and while he’ll certainly get a chance to compete for a starting safety job, I’m not ready to pencil him in there quite yet. Let’s see what else the Eagles do in free agency and the draft.

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  • chris

    Another signing of a non impact player….

    • Lucy

      You can’t really believe yourself. Can’t wait until you shows you doubters wrong. #wintheday

  • FMWarner

    Looks like the Eagles said “any random guy out there is better than the safeties we have” and got a random guy.

  • McNizzle

    Oh brother… Here we go again

  • Bdawk20

    $40 MM under the cap. I bet $20 MM of that goes to alimony!

    • DunedinEagle

      That explains a lot thank you!

  • Bdawk20

    Sean Jones part 2.

  • Sounds a lot like Nate Allen.

  • I think he’s more for special teams.

    • Damien

      He’s a very good safety. He almost was pro bowl in 2011… He is a starter…

  • The only difference between Chung and Kurt Coleman is Coleman wasn’t a 2nd round bust and is more durable. Exact same guy otherwise.

    • Damien

      Except one almost made the pro bowl in 2011…

      • Gobirds1

        What the hell does ‘almost made the pro bowl’ mean.

        • Bdawk20

          With the amount of players backing out of the pro bowl nowadays, it means even less

      • JofreyRice

        How do you figure? He missed 9 games, had a miserable performance in coverage against Joe Flacco in the AFCCG, and then sucked in run support against the Giants in the Superbowl. There was a reason he was on a short leash with Belichick this year.

    • BDAWKS

      not even close he has 4.5 speed unlike coleman more like Allen as he was a second round bust but sounds like all 3 take bad angles

  • GoBirds1

    Not as bad as Coleman, but not good. I hope this was upgrade of depth and STs only not as a starter.

  • Mostel

    Chung sucks. His inability to see what’s going on in the field caused the Patriots to lose to the Giants in the Superbowl. That LAME pass by Eli should have been intercepted.

    • Lucy

      No sterling Moore was on that play pay attention!! You guys act like you know who’s guys who buy you don’t watch film like these guys

      • Mostel

        NO Lucy. Chung was the safety who was supposed to have help over the top but was too slow and didn’t see what Manning was doing. Chung comes into the play a step late and my Sunday was ruined by having to watch the Giants win a Supwerbowl

        • Iain

          Lets be honest here, you should have known the patriots weren’t going to win when they weren’t allowed to cheat.

  • MJFlint

    You guys are great! Everybody seems to think this is 2001 or 2002 and we are 1 or 2 players away from winning it all. We are looking at 1997 – 1998! Hot FA are not knocking down the door to play here until the coach is established (hopefully) and we draft back to respectability. Have some perspective. This is an OK pick up that can definitely compete with what we got until something better is available. We are in Day 1 of a rebuild. Calm down.

    • My question to anyone who thinks these moves are bad: who have we missed out on today. A ton of teams over paid .. Des Bryant, Mike DeVito, Mike Wallace.. We added depth at nose tackle, safety, corner and linebacker.. almost all can contribute on special teams, too.

      • D3Keith

        Where are you seeing bad reaction to these deals? Almost all of the comments I’m reading seem to think these are reasonable risks to good deals. Not much exposure cap-wise, and young or ascending players (aside from Sopoaga) with upside.

        EDIT: Never mind, I just scrolled down.


    man i was really hoping to see Glover Quinn here,maybe he is still coming think we need some experience and leadership back in the DB field not to happy with fletcher pick up either with repaired knees

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Cool we signed Wang and now Chung. Everybody have fun tonight!

  • Gsbatch

    Does anyone pay attention. This is REBUILDING. You don’t go out and sign a big name to only have them gone when and if we are in the hunt in 4 yrs. You sign guys who fit into what your trying to do. All the big names get overpaid, Asomuga, Kearse ring any bells.

    • DunedinEagle

      Well as long as letting WR’s run free in the secondary is the ongoing game plan you may be on to something.

  • wn

    negadelphia at it’s best….why is there always so much negative feedback. I, for one like the way they are going about this. No huge splash, but solid upgrades and building for the future. btw, it’s now only day 2 of FA- a long way to go and some decent players still out there. Give it a break and relax. I think we will all be happy with the way this turns out.

  • Wilbert M.

    Grab Michael Huff.

  • angelainsj

    So since you are only posting negative quotes, I take it you are against the move.

  • Explorer51

    Talk about a schizophrenic personality…two years ago, we bought up every name FA like a Daniel Snyder mini-me and this year…well, underwhelming is a word that comes to mind. I’m hoping that Chip Kelly is going to excite and surprise us with his football genius but if he has been involved in the personnel I’m a bit worried. These five new FAs seem like nice depth moves but…

  • morgan c

    This guy is NOT the answer to our safety problems. Has declined each year, and was benched by one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL last year… tells you all you need to know.

  • Token

    Looks like i spoke too soon on Chung. Hes here to start not compete. Mosher reports his base is guaranteed the next two years. Now im not a fan of the move. Wondering if they will draft one safety now let alone two.

    • JofreyRice

      Totally agree. He’s an average player at best, they could have done better. Why would you make a move for a young FA safety and guarantee his money in a draft this deep at the position, unless you’re not going to take advantage of the depth of the position at the draft, and bring in 2 kids. You’re right, I’m not sure they’ll even draft one, at this point.

      How many more years will Nate Allen get to prove he sucks? I’m pretty sure the jury’s come back. He’s been benched by multiple D-coordinators multiple times. I think 2x by Castilio in ’11 and once by Bowels in ’12. I really hope they make another FA move, or draft a safety. Allen should be fighting for a roster spot, not the presumptive starter.

      • Token

        Mosher updated saying only 1 mil of next years base is guaranteed. So gives me a little hope but im betting hes still pegged as starter. Odds are he gets injured anyway.

        At very least they need one safety high in the draft. Id like 2 in the first 4 rounds. Allen cant start. I was hoping the new regime would see that. I hate the #4 pick more each day. I think the Oregon connection will be strong and Jordan will be the pick. If Chung starts its because hes from Oregon not because he was the best option.

        This is a perfect draft for a team that needs two new safeties. Get Lewis to take care of corner. Draft two safeties. Hoping something works out with a tackle because if not they cant help themselves to take one at 4