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If the Philadelphia Eagles are going to improve on the league’s 30th-ranked defense from a year ago, they appear to have found the right man in Jim Schwartz.
When he was last employed, the Buffalo Bills finished fourth in the NFL in fewest yards allowed and were a respectable 11th in rushing defense in 2014.
That’s where interior defensive lineman Bennie Logan comes into play. PEr Pro Football Focus, his improvement against the run over the course of the last two years has been dramatic.
To date, Schwartz hasn’t committed to playing the 4-3 or the 3-4 with the Birds. In an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic’s Anthony Gargano last month (via ESPN.com’s Phil Sheridan), the coach stated that “just about everything that we’re going to do defensively hasn’t been determined yet. Other than a philosophy—attack and try to be around the quarterback.”
“I think you make a mistake if you predetermine, go in with a scheme and say this is what we’re going to do scheme-wise,” added Schwartz. “I think the best system is to find out what the players do the best.”
What Logan does best is stuff the run, despite the fact that the Eagles ranked last in the league in that department this past season. The 2013 third-round pick from LSU is about to come into his own under his new defensive boss.