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The State Of the Eagles’ Secondary

Philadelphia Eagles CB Brandon Boykin.Here’s a player-by-player look at the Eagles’ secondary, heading into Sunday afternoon’s game against the Cardinals. Note that the cornerback target numbers come from having charted opponents’ throws with the coach’s tape.

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Cheat Sheet: Eagles’ Defense Vs. Cardinals’ Offense

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.Here are 10 things to know about the matchup between the Eagles’ defense and the Cardinals’ offense Sunday afternoon. We’ll go over the Eagles’ offense and Arizona’s ‘D’ in the next installment.

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All-22: What We Saw From the Eagles’ Defense

I had a chance to take a look at the All-22 footage again this week. Today’s post will focus on the Eagles’ defense, and Thursday’s will take a look at the offense.

Here are the plays that stood out.

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Under Ryans’ Direction, Eagles’ D Finishes Strong

With 1:55 on the clock, Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ offense took over from their own 20-yard-line.

Down 24-23, all they needed was a field goal. Their kicker, Justin Tucker, had already nailed a 48-yarder, a 51-yarder and a 56-yarder earlier in the game.

Many of the players who took the field for the Eagles’ defense were familiar with this situation. Last season, in five of the team’s eight losses, the Eagles had the lead going into the fourth quarter. And in the final 15 minutes of those games, they were outscored, 60-3.

But one of the players who wasn’t in Philadelphia last year is DeMeco Ryans. And while there are many reasons why the defense has come through at the end of the team’s final two games, the stability provided by the middle linebacker is certainly one of them.

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Cheat Sheet: Eagles Defense Vs. Ravens Offense

Here are 10 things to know about the matchup between the Eagles’ defense and the Ravens’ offense Sunday afternoon. We’ll go over the Eagles’ offense and Baltimore’s D on Friday.

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All-22: What We Learned About the Eagles’ Defense

The NFL gave football geeks everywhere our wish this offseason, announcing it would release All-22 coaches’ film to the public (for a small fee, of course).

Unlike TV footage, the All-22 angles account for every player on the field on any given play.

I took a look at the coaches’ tape and came away with some new observations from Sunday’s Eagles-Browns game. We’ll start with the defense here and post offensive observations next.

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DB Review: How the Eagles Used Asomugha

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi AsomughaHere’s a player-by-player review of how the Eagles defensive backs performed Sunday against the Browns, after having re-watched the game. Click here for the review of the offensive line. And here for the review of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.

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Asomugha, DRC Flourish After Key Adjustment

Philadelphia Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha.It’s impossible not to be struck by the contrasts in styles.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with his hot pink-rimmed glasses resting a click south of  his green mowhawk, answering questions quick and casually. Nnamdi Asomugha the stall over wearing a button-down and tie, carefully digesting each volley before returning serve.

On the field, Asomugha is the tactician, each movement measured and with purpose. Rodgers-Cromartie more loose and reliant on recovery speed.

“We laugh at that,” said Asomugha on the whole Odd Couple element. “But it’s always been like that. Every team I’ve been on there’s been a different personality with the other corner, and you see that throughout the league. But you know, it’s like a marriage: oppostites attract, so I’m good with it. He’s good with it.”

The key similarity is that they are both press corners.

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Instant Observations: Eagles Vs. Browns

It was ugly, but the Eagles left Cleveland with a 17-16 win over the Browns. Here are some observations on how the offense and defense performed.

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Eagles Snapshot: CB Preview

Philadelphia Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha.Throughout the course of the week, we’ll be providing position-by-position previews of the entire Eagles roster. Click here to get to all of them. Today, we cover the cornerbacks, with a focus on how the Birds will use Nnamdi Asomugha.

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How the Eagles’ Defensive Talent Stacks Up

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent ColeYesterday, we went over how the Eagles’ offensive talent stacks up.

Today, let’s take a look at the defense.

I sometimes wonder if Sean McDermott looks at the moves the Eagles have made on that side of the ball the last two years and thinks: Where was this when I was the defensive coordinator?

This offseason, the Eagles used three picks in the first two rounds on defensive players. They also acquired middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Texans. But is the Birds’ talent where it needs to be on defense?

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DB Review: Boykin Or Hanson?

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin.From Nnamdi Asomugha to Brandon Boykin to Jaiquawn Jarrett, here’s a look at how the Eagles defensive backs performed Friday night against the Browns, after having re-watched the game.

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DB Review: Asomugha Showcases Tackling Skills

Philadelphia Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha.From Nnamdi Asomugha to Brandon Boykin to Nate Allen, here’s a breakdown of how the Eagles defensive backs fared Monday night, after having re-watched the game.

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Five Things To Remember About the Eagles’ Defense

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan CastilloThroughout America, August is a month for optimism in NFL cities.

It’s not difficult to find stories about rookies looking great in camp, players who have had great offseasons and coaches vowing to make adjustments in the year ahead.

But every now and then, it’s important to look at the past.

So without further ado, here are five things to remember about the Eagles’ defense – some good, some bad – with an eye on the upcoming season.

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Rodgers-Cromartie: It was a clean hit

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t have a lot of time after signing autographs post-practice this morning, but he stopped quickly to answer a few questions about his hit on Byron Leftwich Thursday night.