Saturday, June 12, 2010

Eight Key Questions That Will Define the Philadelphia Eagles 2010 Season

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 05:  Brandon Graham #55 of the Michigan Wolverines dives for a sack on Tim Hiller #3 of the Western Michigan Broncos on September 5, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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8. Can Brandon Graham and Darryl Tapp elevate the pass rush?

Offseason activity highlighted that Andy Reid and Howie Roseman clearly saw a need to upgrade the pass rush. They traded with Seattle to acquire Darryl Tapp and paid a small ransom to move up in the draft to select Brandon Graham.

Tapp has specialized in getting to the quarterback, but not necessarily bringing him down. He

The key attribute that made Graham most attractive to the Eagles is that he has a "non-stop motor." Like Trent Cole, he will relentlessly work towards his goal of getting to the qb until the whistle blows.

Persistence pays. Besides wearing down blockers, eventually a dogmatic, max effort approach can find the crack to make a big play.

The Eagles hope that they two can help elevate the pass rush to be a game changing force. A nugget of prevailing wisdom in the NFL has long been that "it all starts up front."

Simply put, big-time pressure by the defensive line minimizes the need to gamble with blitz packages and suddenly makes all the other defenders on the field a little bit better.

Will Reid and Roseman's blitz to bag Graham and Tapp sack an obvious weakness from last season?

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