August 23 Philadelphia Inquirer
“Despite Ernie Sims failing to record a tackle against Cincinnati, Eagles coach Andy Reid praised his weakside linebacker Sunday after practice at the NovaCare Complex.
“I thought he played a heck of a game,” Reid said. “I saw the same thing when I went through and looked at the stats afterward. He is a tempo-setter, and he’s always right around the ball. There were a lot of times where [middle linebacker Stewart] Bradley was running free because Ernie absorbed [a blocker].”
Bradley and strong-side linebacker Akeem Jordan, in comparison, notched four and three tackles each in one half of play for the first-team defense. Sims tallied one of the tackles during the unit’s six-play outing the week before.
He’s yet, however, to deliver the type of hits he was doling out to the Eagles’ offense during training camp.
“I’m the type of player I want to be doing all the big hitting,” Sims said. “But I’m going to do my job. I’m not going to get outside of the scheme.”
When the Eagles traded for Sims in April, they billed the linebacker as a playmaker. During minicamp, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott labeled Sims a “shark in the water.”
“Most definitely, I consider myself a playmaker,” Sims said. “I wasn’t too happy about not hearing my name called too much. But we only played a half.”
In 59 career games with the Lions, Sims tallied 505 tackles, according to the Eagles media guide.”
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