And your going to blitz a lot and double DeSean? Well, if the Cowboys come out with that as their strategy they will be burned to a crisp. Tampa Bay doubled DeSean all game and Jeremy Maclin destroyed them for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. And you're going to blitz that many all game? Please do because not only would that open up the screen game, but Celek and Avant have no trouble finding a spot to sit down in against the blitz and that would leave your corners one on one with Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.
You can't beat the Eagles simply by blitzing, the Giants blitzed all day and they were thoroughly destroyed. The problem with that as I already said is that it would make screen plays more effective and the Eagles are one of the best screen teams in the NFL with Westbrook, Shady, Weaver, DeSean and Maclin. Throw in reliable slot WR Jason Avant, who is a great blitz buster, and it's hard to know how to defend the Eagles. Do you blitz to get pressure and (hopefully) take away the deep ball? Not when McCoy, Maclin and Jackson have gained yards after the catch so well and Celek and Avant can sit down in open spaces. So do you play coverage, dropping seven or eight? Even with safety help, Jackson is lethal. And McNabb has shown that he is very effective historically when he has his feet set and time to throw.
And I like how your plan is to use cover one on DeSean all game, again that opens up the field for Maclin, Celek and any other person the Eagles decide to throw in. AND I have watched every single Eagles game and I can tell you that over the top safety help has done very little to stop DeSean, his touchdowns against the Saints, Chiefs and Giants have all come with safety help. And go ahead and try and double him, he is the best punt returner in the NFL and he is incredibly dangerous when handed the ball.
Originally posted by Macarthur
Don't take that post as me hating on the Cowboys, because the Cowboys are a very good team that is capable of beating the Eagles, but there are definitely some misconceptions about the Eagles. Should be a great game to watch and it should come down to the wire.