Eagles looking for improvement in pass defense

Ten of the 11 likely starters on the Philadelphia Eagles defense appear to be the same as the unit that finished 29th in the league Mark Barron Authentic Jersey in overall defense and last in the league in passing defense. So is the addition of free safety Malcolm Jenkins and the subtraction of Patrick Chung enough to make that big of a difference? According to coordinator Bill Davis it’s more than just the 11 starters that will make the Eagles’ defense better this season. The team has better depth at almost every position. And perhaps even more importantly, a year of experience in his defense. ”Well, I think we’ve grown in some coverage concepts,” Davis said. ”We’ve added three or four coverage concepts that we’ve worked on a lot in the preseason that we didn’t have last year. They were routes that were beating the coverages we had in place last year and these coverages take away those routes. ”We were lacking a couple coverage concepts last year because of what I’ve said before it just would have been too much too early. So we took what we had last year and we built on and filled in the holes that we needed. You can’t put it all in and have it all in year one. ”That is the hardest part of year one is that you have to just have a foundation. In year two, we’re slowly starting to stack some other defensive tools that we can use to stop the offenses coming at us.” Davis admits the defense needs to get better, especially the pass defense that allowed 4,907 yards. ”We gave up obviously way too many passing yards last year,” Davis said. ”So in general, you could say this will help tighten our coverage down and not give up the yards http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Mark_Barron_Jersey that we gave up last year.” Neither coach Chip Kelly, nor Davis, has made official what the starting lineup will be, but Jenkins appears to be the only new starter. Bennie Logan will line up at nose tackle with Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton at the ends. But there is depth with rookie nose tackle Beau Allen, pass rusher Vinny Curry, rookie Taylor Hart and second-year pro Brandon Bair. Connor Barwin and Trent Cole are still the outside linebackers with Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans inside. The depth is better with former first-round pick Brandon Graham and last May’s first-round pick Marcus Smith outside and the improving Najee Goode inside. In the secondary, Jenkins will line up behind strong safety Nate Allen, who held off the challenge of Earl Wolfe and cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Free agent addition Nolan Carroll may have had a shot to start if he didn’t miss half the preseason with a groin injury. With Carroll, as a dime corner, and playmaking slot corner Brandon Boykin, in the nickel, are other examples of the depth of the defense. ”There are only 11 guys who can start,” Davis said. ”Brandon […]

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties Lavonte David Authentic Jersey through three weeks of the preseason. Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure they will. He also says that’s a good thing. ”We don’t think this is a mistake at all,” Blandino said. ”It’s going to provide more consistent officiating, and ultimately that’s what everyone wants.” What fans, coaches and defenders want to know is: Just how often will flags fly when games count next week? Just how much will cornerbacks, safeties and linebackers need to keep their hands to themselves? ”When you have world-class athletes out there running routes, it’s kind of hard not to put your hand on them,” Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson said. ”You have to practice the new technique and get away with what we can.” Heading into Thursday’s final exhibition games, the jumps from the 2013 preseason for three particular penalties were striking: – 83 for illegal contact, up from nine; – 137 for defensive holding, up from 28; – 99 for illegal use of hands, up from 22. ”The officials,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said, ”are trying to make a point.” In last season’s ”Official Playing Rules http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Lavonte_David_Jersey of the National Football League,” Rule 8, Section 4, Article 3 states: ”If the receiver attempts to evade the defender, the defender cannot initiate contact that redirects, restricts, or impedes the receiver in any way.” New wording for 2014 formulated by coaches and team representatives on the competition committee says ”a defender cannot initiate contact with a receiver who is attempting to evade him.” ”It now takes away any notion of whether that contact created an advantage for the defense or a disadvantage for the receiver,” said Mike Pereira, Blandino’s predecessor in charge of officials. ”So it basically is just about ‘contact’ or ‘no contact.’” During the NFL’s annual officiating clinic in July, Blandino discussed an ”emphasis” on illegal contact and said: ”(If) it’s five plays in a row, call it five plays in a row.” Blandino told the league’s nearly 120 game officials that defensive holding also would be a ”big point of emphasis.” Pereira recalled a similar ”emphasis” in 2004. Illegal contact calls went from 76 the previous season to 190, according to STATS. ”I understood it at the time, because defense was starting to dominate in the early 2000s, and so it was a way to kind of balance the ledger a bit,” Pereira said. ”You can’t say it’s the same thing here.” Not at all. Last season’s games averaged 46.8 points, breaking a record that stood since 1948, along with 697 total net yards and 471.2 net passing yards – also all-time highs. While defensive holding flags already were increasing – from 132 in 2009, to 222 in 2013 – illegal contact trended down. Only 54 were called last […]

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USA coach Jürgen Klinsmann talks http://www.bengalsnflofficialproshop.com/BENGALS-CARLOS-DUNLAP-JERSEY to his side during a training session at the team’s training center in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters The USA coach, Jürgen Klinsmann, has told his players to change their families’ return flights from Brazil until after the World Cup final. USA face Belgium in the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday after emerging from a tough Group G ahead of Portugal and Ghana. The defender Omar Gonzalez says Klinsmann’s upbeat assessment of his team’s chances of progressing has even gone as far as encouraging revised travel plans. “Jürgen has been nothing but positive. He’s telling us, he’s telling our families to change our flights to July 14, 15, because we’re going to be here until the very end,” said the centre-half. “So that just speaks volumes to how positive he is, how much he believes in this team, and obviously it trickles down to all of us. “That means that we’re all as confident as he is, and that we all believe in this team. We plan on being here a few more weeks.” Klinsmann was criticised by some American journalists before the tournament for saying that it was “unrealistic” to talk about USA winning the World Cup. But now his team are repeating the mantra that in the knockout stage, anything is possible if the Americans can prepare well and play to their potential. “You get to this part in the tournament and it’s clear that [it is about] whoever prepares better, whoever’s more committed on the day, whoever makes more plays over the course of 90 minutes, whoever’s willing to have a group of guys on the field who fight and are so determined to come off the field a winner,” said the midfielder Michael Bradley. “Those are the things that count. So, for us, it’s about using the time in between these games to recover, physically, mentally, and know that when we step on the field it’s going to be a hard game, one that tests us in every way. But like we keep saying we’re excited about it and we’ll be ready to go.” With “I believe that we will win!” American soccer fans finally have a World Cup chant that doesn’t just involve shouting their country’s name. In terms of creativity, though, it’s http://www.usasoccershop.us.com/2014-world-cup-usa-clint-dempsey-replica-red-away-mens-nike-soccer-8-jersey a notch below Argentina’s elaborate sing-alongs or even the boisterous chants of the English. All players can testify to the goose bump-inducing effect of thousands of fans joining together for a synchronized chant. While most fans simply spell out the name of their country, from Chile’s “Chi-chi-chi Le-le-le” to Germany’s “Deutschland, Deutschland,” some have developed more creative chants that celebrate their own teams while poking fun at their opponents. The trick is to be cheeky without being offensive; national team chants are usually less vulgar than those sung by fans of club teams around the world. Here’s a look at five prominent chants from supporters of World Cup teams in Brazil: Besides […]

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