“This Is A Fast Defense”October 8th, 2013
How the Eagles’ fast-paced, high-octane offense matches up with the Bucs’ talented and speedy defense will be fun to watch Sunday. Joe’s looking forward to it.
Fortunately for the Bucs, Michael Vick is not expected to start because of a bad hamstring, giving way to Bucs-killer backup Nick Foles, who played more than a half in the Eagles’ road win against the Giants on Sunday.
Philadelphia offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur took to the podium in Eagles land this afternoon and talked about how the Bucs defense is nothing like the Giants defense the Eagles torched for 36 points.
“This is a fast [Bucs] defense that runs around, so it’ll be important to us to be able to block movement,” Shurmur said.
Shurmur also went on to say that receivers winning 1-on-1 on the outside will be key. Joe surely believes DeSean Jackson vs. Darrelle Revis should be a matchup that shouldn’t let Jackson go for seven catches for 132 yards like he did against the Giants.
“That reputation [Revis] has as a shutdown corner, you know, you see that on tape now,” Shurmur said. “ I don’t know if he’s all the way back [healthy], but he’s playing at a very high level.”
Interestingly, Shurmur said the Eagles “won’t change how we function running or throwing” even with Vick out of the lineup. Joe finds that hard to believe, but the Eagles basically did just that last Sunday.