Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/11/12

Today the Philadelphia Eagles released safety Jaiquawn Jarrett after just a year wearing midnight green.

The move was largely due to the recent injury of Jeremy Maclin which forced the Eagles to bring in another receiver, which turned out to be training camp star Mardy Gilyard.

The move though not only shows confidence in Gilyard and doubt in Jarrett, but it shows that the Eagles now have full confidence in the ex-Ohio State star after his game winning interception last week.

It took Kurt Coleman three years to establish himself as the number one strong safety on the team, but it has finally happened.

Nate Allen was also selected in the 2010 draft, and saw starting time immediately. Why was Kurt Coleman over shadowed? He was a 7th round pick. He showed glimpses of an NFL caliber player in the preseason, when he returned two fumbles for touchdowns against the Jets, which happened to be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks. Come the regular season Coleman didn't see much playing time, and didn't get a chance to start until 2011. 

I was ecstatic. I saw lots in KC, as a ball hawk and the fact that he had the frame to be a great big hitter. 

Coleman started Week 2 against the Giants, and it wasn't a pretty performance. Broken tackles and blown coverage bought him a place on the bench while the Eagles gave players like Jaiquawn Jarrett and Jarrad Page a chance to win the starting job. Kurt Coleman on the other hand, didn't wait long before returning to the field.

Against the Redskins in Week 6, Coleman picked off Rex Grossman three times and showed he has great ball vision and can bring it down in traffic, or on the run. 2011 obviously didn't pan out the way Eagles fans and coaches hoped, but Coleman finished with the most interceptions on the team with four. 

Once again, he showed promise going into the offseason, but the Eagles still brought in ex-redskin O.J. Atogwe to compete with Coleman. Halfway through camp, the job was decided. Coleman once again got a chance to start going into 2012, and has thus far been phenomenal.

The Eagles had a dismal performance against the Browns on Sunday, but the defense played remarkably. Granted, it was the Browns, but the whole defense was in sync. Coleman recorded five tackles and two passes defended, and two interceptions. The second pick came with less than a minute on the clock with the Browns driving down the field, down by only one. It sealed the game for the Eagles, when it looked like momentum was never on their side. 

Andy Reid now has full confidence in Coleman, and is comfortable with him starting, as he has drastically improved his tackling. (Even when Richardson knocked him helmet off, KC still took him down.)

The Eagles are now 1-0, you can thank Kurt Coleman for that.



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