Geoff Mosher posted some Eagles Observations today. I’ll start with his final point for the one that I liked the most.
10. This year will be my 10th season covering the Eagles, third for CSN Philly. Hard to believe a decade has passed since I started doing this, not to mention all the surreal news events that happened in between. One of my first Eagles assignments at the Wilmington News Journal was the infamous “next question” press conference staged by Drew Rosenhaus at T.O.’s mansion in Moorestown. Seems like yesterday. I probably think about that day once a week. If there’s one thing that’s stayed consistent throughout the years, it’s the Eagles’ keeping reporters on their toes. I’m thankful for that.
And now for some football talk.
7. I don’t think first-round pick Marcus Smith is working on Connor Barwin’s side merely because the all-encompassing “Jack” position presents an opportunity for Smith to learn everything about the position. If Smith can play the “Jack,” Barwin can occasionally slide over to “Predator” (Trent Cole’s spot) and get more chances to rush the passer. Barwin played a similar role in 2012, when he racked up 11 sacks as a second-year pro with the Texans. At the very least, if Billy Davis can get Barwin and Smith on the field at the same time, it creates more guesswork for the offense than when Cole and Barwin are both on the field. Teams will have a harder time figuring out which one’s rushing and which one’s dropping.
I do agree that the coaches would like to see Barwin and Smith on the field at the same time. That gives them size and versatility.