Oct 072010
Eagles LB Moise Fokou

Eagles LB Moise Fokou

October 7 Philadelphia Daily News:

“Well, we haven’t seen Jeremiah Trotter down at NovaCare yet this season. It’s early, though.

The Eagles’ never-ending quest to field a linebacking corps that can stop the run and keep tight ends from frolicking through the secondary took another turn yesterday, a familiar one.

Moise Fokou, the 2009 seventh-round draft choice who ended up starting four games last season at strongside linebacker, is back there again this week. You might recall that Fokou went through organized team activities this year as the starter, began training camp as the starter, then found himself trying to learn to play defensive end on the second day of workouts, when defensive coordinator Sean McDermott decided Akeem Jordan looked more like a starting SAM to him.

Sunday against Washington, Jordan didn’t look like much of a starting anything, not that he was alone. So, enter Fokou. Or, re-enter Fokou.

“You gotta ask the front desk,” Fokou said, when asked whether he could make sense of his odyssey. “I’m just here to play football.”

Jordan said there isn’t a lot of explanation or discussion when the linebacking merry-go-round takes a turn.

“It’s just, ‘Bam, there it is!’ ” he said.

“I’m there to instill a physical presence,” said Fokou, listed at 6-1, 236 to Jordan’s 6-1, 230. “That’s the mentality I’m going in there with.”

The Eagles rank 27th against the run after 4 weeks.

“A lot of teams have been running the ball pretty well on us,” said Fokou, proving he has been paying attention over there on the bench. “That’s one of our priorities right now.”

Fokou’s plan against the run?

“Kind of just hammer it, send it back to the inside linebackers.”

Asked whether he thinks he brings that needed physicality, Fokou noted he had “quite a couple penalties, being nasty and physical” last season. The Eagles are tied for second in the NFL in penalty yardage assessed this season.

Jordan said: ” ‘Moses‘ is a great linebacker. It won’t be a dropoff, getting somebody new.”

The Redskins had particular success with stretch plays; most of the time an Eagles’ linebacker was nowhere to be found.

“The object is to turn it back,” Jordan said. “Just didn’t make enough plays.””

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