The story of Sunday’s game was the fact that the Eagles defense finally showed up, playing 4 quarters of good football. It wasn’t only a strong performance by the players, but also by the coaching staff, who put together some inventive and effective packages in their game plan. Have things finally clicked for Juan Castillo and co.?
Today’s Morning Muse takes a look at some of the excellent articles around these here interwebs that try to pinpoint why the defense had such success against the Dolphins.
Sheil Kapidia re-watched the game and broke down the performance of each and every Bird on defense. He offers no excuses for Nnamdi Asomugha and found that Casey Matthews “had some issues,” but has high praise for almost everyone else – Moving the Chains
Speaking of the Matthews boy…Jonathan Tamiri evaluates his return to the field. He did get a sack, but overall found his performance to be mixed – philly.com
An excellent breakdown of the Eagles play on both sides of the ball. The findings on defense?
[Castillo] had an aggressive and creative game plan against the Dolphins. Mixed up his coverages, attacked the Dolphins with a variety of blitzes, moved his front four around, occasionally lined up with just two players with their hand on the ground.
The result: they sacked Dolphins quarterbacks Matt Moore and JP Losman nine times, allowed a season-low 11 first downs and 204 yards and held an opponent under 14 points for just the fifth time this season.