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Kendricks is thought to be one of the better blitzing LBs in the league, playing on a team that really doesn't blitz very often. But if the D can routinely pressure the QB and restrict the passing attack, what would happen if they didn't use a nickel back as often and instead played Kendricks in a base D more? What if Schwartz expands his concepts and actually blitzes more often? What will the defense look like if the DBs are average or minimally above average and are respected by the opposing DCs?
For linemen looking to get after the quarterback, there may be no better scheme and no better coordinator. And this year, Schwartz couldn’t ask for a better stable of players to make his defense go. Jernigan, Long, and 2017 first-round pick Derek Barnett join established stars Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox to constitute what could be the league’s deepest, most talented, and most terrifying stable of pass rushers. Philadelphia took the strength of its roster in 2016 and amplified it. In the process, it created a unit that has a chance to take over the NFL.

Schwartz’s scheme is predicated on creating pressure with its front four more than any other unit’s in the league. Philly rushed four on 79 percent of its defensive plays last year, according to Football Outsiders, the highest mark in the NFL. It also finished third in pressure rate (generating heat on 31.6 percent of snaps), up from 19th the season before Schwartz arrived. The Eagles had a consistently effective pass rush, but when that group faltered, the backside of the defense was exposed.
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That's why I think rookie CB R Douglas is interesting as a 3rd down and Red Zone outside CB. The pressure from the front 4 should be at least disruptive enough to keep QBs from having their best accuracy. They probably won't have enough time to go deep. This protects the less speedy Douglass.

However Douglass is a bigger guy and ball hawk. He'll likely get some opportunities to make plays. If a QB is accustomed to throwing the ball up to a big WR and trusting him, maybe Douglass is physical enough and skilled enough to provide nice D in those situations.

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Heard a sports talk guy say the other day that our CBS need to be able to take away the short stuff so teams don't give us the GB treatment like we had last year.

No DL can prevent 5 yard outs and slants with 5-10 yards after catch.

That was the vulnerability we left for the league to see last year.

That needs correcting.
Well, stop with your needless worrying then because according to all accounts of practices thus far, the crop of CBs fit the bill perfectly in the 'not-very-good' category. Things are going perfectly according to plan.
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