Eagles cornerbacks played aggressive man-to-man defense, but still gave up too many short completions.
Kevin Kolb wasn’t exactly comfortable in the pocket due to the pass rush but was still able to pick apart the defense by completing 17 of his 24 passes for 222 yards. His longest completion of 37 yards went to Larry Fitzgerald, who was matched up against Nnamdi Asomugha in single coverage.
On that play, it looked like Asomugha had Fitzgerald covered underneath and was expecting help over the top from Kurt Coleman. Coleman had been sucked in by the play-action and left the receiver open for the score.
The number one job of an NFL safety is to make sure no one gets behind you, and clearly, Coleman failed then.
If Juan Castillo wants his cornerbacks to play close to the line of scrimmage, he needs his safeties to play their position and be reliable. If not, the Eagles will continue to give up big plays against teams with a vertical threat.
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