Eagles CBs vulnerable if Pack's run game clicks
Updated: January 9, 2004, 8:16 AM ETBy Football Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider
Editor's note: After a week of watching film, Football Scouts, Inc., takes a second look at each NFL playoff match-up.
The weekly gamble the Eagles take is leaving DCs Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor in man-to-man coverage. And with a crumbling run defense gearing up for RB Ahman Green, the Eagles likely will get their linebackers and safeties more involved than ever in run support. That will leave Vincent and Taylor isolated against the Packers' speedier receivers. If the Eagles' pass rush doesn't get pressure on QB Brett Favre, the Packers will be in position to connect on some vertical throws downfield.
The Eagles are concerned about how their already porous run defense will be affected by the loss of OLB Carlos Emmons. His replacement, Ike Reese, doesn't have a lot of experience and isn't nearly the tackler Emmons is. Expect Philadelphia to blitz Reese often, not only to get pressure on QB Brett Favre, but also to allow Reese to do what he does best -- attack the quarterback.