Rest in peace, Cover Zero. Come back some other time, cornerback pressure. Sayonara, safety blitz. The identity of the Eagles’ defense you once knew — Brian Dawkins pouncing like Wolverine, Sheldon Brown charging in from the slot, Jeremiah Trotter sticking some helpless ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage — is deceased. It officially died Feb. 2, when Eagles coach Andy Reid fired defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and replaced him with longtime offensive line coach Juan Castillo.”
As much as he’d like to be taking big steps right now, Steve Smith is OK with small steps. For now. Smith made his Eagles debut Sunday with a very brief appearance in a 31-13 win over the Rams in St. Louis. He didn’t have a catch and didn’t even have any passes thrown his way. Not disappointing, he said Friday. Getting back on the field just 8 1/2 months after microfracture surgery on his right knee was an accomplishment in itself.
The Eagles haven’t had the best luck bringing guys in from the CFL. Anybody heard from Dean Dorsey lately? Gizmo Williams? Dorsey was a record-setting placekicker in the CFL — and junior hockey teammate of Wayne Gretzky — that Buddy Ryan signed in 1988. With disastrous results. Williams was a record-setting return specialist in the CFL that Ryan signed in 1989. Again with disastrous results. ”
In Sunday’s season opener, LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick became the first running back/quarterback tandem in NFL history to each average at least 8 yards a carry in the same game on a minimum 10 carries each. McCoy averaged 8.1 yards, while Vick collected 8.8 yards in the 31-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. As if they aren’t enough to make defensive coordinators consider going to Dr. Phil for counseling, DeSean Jackson caught six passes for 102 yards in the same game.