What They Should Be Thinking Today: Philadelphia Eagles

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:   Nnamdi Asomugha #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before a game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Inspired by ESPN.com AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, this is my attempt to periodically get inside the heads of the four teams in the NFC East. Today, a quick look at what the Philadelphia Eagles should be thinking as organized team activities continue at the NovaCare Complex. 

Zone coverage is still our friend

There were times last year when we deeply regretted accepting its Facebook request, which has us going back to more man-press coverage with cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this year. 

But to be successful on defense in this league, it's imperative that we mix it up. Asomugha and DRC might be better suited to play man, and the thought of Asomugha shadowing top opposing receivers is probably enough to make defensive backs coach Todd Bowles pee his pants a little, but we still have to have faith that last year's struggles had more to do with the lockout-shortened offseason than the schemes in place.

We only tried to do too much on defense last year because we failed to realize how long it would take for a potpourri of veterans to learn it all. This year, we have to be patient and believe in Juan Castillo's original plan.


They're doing it again. Those damned bloggers and columnists and beat writers are anointing us. We're the official champions of the offseason for the second time in as many years. And while there's a chance that our failures last year had little or nothing to do with the Dream Team drama, we simply can't risk letting them get to us this time.

Preseason Super Bowl favorites never win. We aren't falling into that trap. Our division's too good and we're too vulnerable to the hype. We're not listening to anyone but the coaches.

Can't Jason Babin wait a few years to risk getting gored?

Like, when he's no longer our starting left defensive end and our most productive sack man? We heard that Babin, who missed the start of OTAs because he was in Alaska hunting bears, is now planning on running with the bulls in Spain this July.

"Bulls can't turn the corner on cobblestone. As long as you're on the inside, you're going to be all right," he told reporters Wednesday. "I broke the tape down like game film."

More from Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

"Everyone thinks it's dangerous and hazardous," Babin said. But it's not, if "done correctly and soberly," he added.

Fine, but so long as there's some risk, why don't we avoid temptation until after your NFL career is over. After all, any injuries suffered by way of a bull's horns aren't covered in your contract, and we all saw what happened to Jason Peters.