The Philadelphia Eagles have announced today that LB Brian Rolle and S Nate Allen will get the starting nod this week against the 49ers. They will replace Casey Matthews and Kurt Coleman respectively.
However, will this actually help a defense that is struggling to find an identity?
Brian Rolle is a sixth-round rookie who is replacing a fourth-round rookie at the weakside linebacker position. He has been playing this year, but primarily in nickel situations.
Rolle hasn’t really stood out this year so his promotion is due to the horrible play of Casey Matthews rather than on his own merit. Basically, let’s bring the next guy in and see if he can do better.
However, I think Rolle will actually be an improvement over Matthews. Heck, a corpse would be an improvement at this point.
Though he hasn’t stood out yet, Rolle has looked fast and athletic. He did make a couple plays against the Giants that may have gone unnoticed.
First, there was a play in which he blitzed and forced Eli M...