It was no illusion. The Philadelphia Eagles defense played better than they had in weeks in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It couldn’t have all been because the death knell had been blown to the Wide 9 with the firing of Jim Washburn, could it?
Not all, but it certainly didn’t hurt. The linebackers felt that new d-line coach Tommy Brasher’s more traditional approach made their work on the field easier. Some were open in speaking about it to Tim McManus at Birds 24/7 on Tuesday.
Said Jamar Chaney,
“It’s better for the linebackers. If you ask any linebacker what scheme or how they would want to do it, they would want the linemen to hold up the blocks and they go make the plays.”
With the change, the d-line is keeping offensive lineman busy for longer periods of time, which frees up the linebackers to make plays. Things may have gotten harder for the defensive lineman but their efforts have helped their linebacker brethren.
“There is no read [before]. With this right ...