Eagles All-22: Is the Fletcher Cox Criticism Warranted?

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox couldn’t hold in his excitement. Fresh off signing a six-year contract worth a reported $102.6 million, he stood before the media at the NovaCare Complex in June grinning from ear to ear in his gray suit with an Eagles lapel pin.

Howie Roseman made Cox the second highest paid non-quarterback in NFL history, and even though Von Miller’s deal would soon surpass it, Cox still remains as the third-highest paid defensive player in the league. Cox called the money “mind blowing,” while Roseman said the Mississippi native could be a “great player in the history of the franchise.”

Expectations for Cox were sky high, particularly with Jim Schwartz’s new defense — which was hailed as perfect for the 25-year-old — coming to town. Even Cox said Schwartz’s scheme would help him a “whole, whole lot,” before noting increased sack numbers were on the way and how you could expect him “to be in the quarterback’s face a lot.”

Flash forward six months and the headlines have changed drastically. One writer suggested Cox has been a big disappointment, while another opined that Cox hasn’t been a difference maker. So has Cox struggled to live up to his deal, or is he earning every cent of one of the biggest deals in the history of the franchise? Read more »

All-22 Review: How the Eagles’ Defense Dominated the Falcons

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Some position-by-position thoughts on the Eagles’ defense after watching the All-22 coaches film from their 24-15 win over the Falcons:

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

*Jim Schwartz turned in another terrific game calling the shots, and while the Eagles have plenty of talent on defense, he’s a big reason the Birds rank third in the NFL in points per game allowed, sixth in yards per game allowed and sixth in takeaways. Against Atlanta, Schwartz’s unit held the Falcons to season lows in points (15), yards (303), first downs (11), offensive plays (48) and time of possession (21:50). Before the game on Sunday, Atlanta ranked first in the NFL in points per game (33.9) and second in the league in yards per game (429.2). Read more »

Eagles-Washington Inactives: Leodis McKelvin Out

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

LANDOVER, MD — The following Eagles are inactive for their game this afternoon against Washington: Josh AndrewsDillon Gordon, Leodis McKelvinSteven MeansIsaac Seumalo, C.J. Smith and Bryce Treggs. With McKelvin out, Ron Brooks will start in his place. Read more »

Eagles-Steelers Rewind: Defensive Breakdown

Fletcher Cox and Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox and Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)

Some final position-by-position thoughts on why the Eagles’ defense dominated in their 34-3 win over the Steelers after watching the All-22 coaches film:

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

*It’s safe to say Antonio Brown made his presence felt as he compiled 140 receiving yards on 12 receptions. However, Jim Schwartz did a nice job of limiting Brown’s impact in the red zone by shading Malcolm Jenkins toward the Pro Bowl receiver, which is why Brown didn’t score a touchdown. Here’s one example of how much Jenkins shifted toward Brown before the snap: Read more »

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