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The Eagles Need Safety at Help: Wait… No, That Sounds About Right

Sep 16, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

It’s been so long since Philadelphians have experienced good safety play, they might not recognize it if they saw it. On the other hand, we’ve become connoisseurs of sorts when it comes to bad safety play, and Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field was something of a tasting festival.

I’m not going to add too much more (at least by my standard) salt to the freshly picked-open wound that is Nate Allen. He was a step behind everything, as was his occasional replacement Earl Wolff, and Patrick Chung wasn’t exactly spectacular at the other spot, either.

All anybody really needs to know about the safeties in the Eagles’ 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 2 is Philip Rivers completed 36 of 47 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Too often those completions and gains were happening in front of a safety – usually Allen.

To be fair, the front seven was complicit in all of this. The general lack of pass rush from the defense made it like shooting fish in a red Solo Cup for Rivers.

How bad did things get in the secondary? Not bad enough to scour Broad Street for a replacement, apparently. After the game, Chip Kelly assured Eagles fans that it most certainly does not get any better than this, so Les Bowen you should probably just stop asking mmkay?

Somebody laughed at me the other day in the comments when I suggested Kurt Coleman get a chance in there. Does it still sound funny right now? Yeah? Okay, you’re probably right.

Still though, some pass rush might’ve gone a long way here. Consider this King Dunlap’s version of revenge, I guess.


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  1. Brendan - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Why would we not even give Kerry Rhodes a shot? It’s insane!

    • Renmiked - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Apparently, likely being gay and a good player is not enough to get a job in the National Football League but being a racist hillbilly moron with 4 catches is good enough to keep a job.

      • Brendan - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        It is kind of insane if the excuse is since he isn’t out it could cause a distraction when you were willing to keep a subpar player who is openly racist.

    • wmcgar01 - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      agreed. i get that he may have been slightly overrated in his final years but he can’t be “nate allen bad.”

    • bizurk - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      I still can’t fathom Chipper saying there’s no quality safeties out there.. Kerry Rhodes would help this team….. If the guys can deal with a marginally adequate racist redneck as a wr2 teammate, I’ll bet they can handle a somewhat closeted above average safety.

  2. Lol - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Is Colt Anderson that bad? At least he can tackle.

    • willh888 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Yeah these guys don’t need to be super talented to play safety. Talented d-backs play corner. Nasty dbacks play safety. All you need is common sense and the ability to smack someone. Look at Dawkins… not especially fast, but mean as hell and just as wise. Now Colt Anderson is no Brian Dawkins, but he shares certain qualities that makes him look like jebus christ over nate allen. Just give me a guy who can find the dude in the opposing jersey.

      • erzug - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I think the only knock on Anderson is his speed. On the other hand, do you want him fatigued to the point where he cannot make those occasional great special teams plays?

  3. erzug - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I’d heard there was an Amber Alert out for the defense (they did play like a bunch of juveniles). Let’s hope they’re found by Thursday.

  4. 2sentz - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Any fan who questions the wisdom of bringing up a slow safety need only google “Blaine Bishop”.

    There is no worse feeling than loudly cursing Nate Allen every play for the first 3 drives, then rejoicing his absence on the next drive, then seeing his replacements fare no better. That was a palatable bitter moment of reckoning when considering the full season ahead.

    Can we un-retire #20 for a while? Think Andre (rip) or Brian would mind?


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