Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eight Key Questions That Will Define the Philadelphia Eagles 2010 Season

NFL: Eagles vs. 49ers OCT 12, 2008..October 12, 2008: LB #55 Stewart Bradley of the Philadelphia Eagles in action vs. the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The Eagles beat the 49ers 40-26...Greg Ashman/CSM Photo via Newscom
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6. Will Stewart Bradley shore up the linebacking corps?

Last year's linebacking corps was in a constant state of flux— both from game to game and from play to play.

Rookie Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott perpetually rotated personnel in an attempt to cover player limitations and in anticipation of the offensive play call. This became tantamount to announcing the defensive scheme.

The Cowboys routinely exploited this in the final two games. Tony Romo would often audible based on the defensive personnel to expose player weaknesses.

Prior to suffering a season ending knee injury last summer, Stewart Bradley was emerging as a scheme diverse linebacker capable of stuffing the run, but agile enough to drop into coverage.

An uncompromised, productive Bradley would go a long way towards reducing predictability and improving the overall defense.

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