Jim Schwartz wants to “cut the handcuffs off” Vinny Curry

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The Eagles locked up defensive end Vinny Curry with a five-year contract extension worth as much as $47.25 million with $23 million in guaranteed money, which is a big splash for a player who didn’t start a game over the first four years of his career.

That lack of starts didn’t stop Curry from recording 16.5 sacks over the last three seasons and the contract indicates that the Eagles think Curry can up that production with more time on the field in the 4-3 scheme defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is installing. In an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday, Schwartz said that Curry is a player he liked coming out of college — Schwartz was coach of the Lions at the time — and that he thinks the fit between player and defense is going to be a good one.

“Vinny is a really hardcore competitor. You have to be a competitor to get to the quarterback,” Schwartz said. “It’s very rare to just beat your guy clean. It’s very rare that you’re clean to the quarterback. Most of the sacks are due to work ethic. You have to counter. You have to keep on coming. He does that. There are some guys that really fit in the defense here last year. I think he was one guy who wasn’t a great fit. He played in that square stance. They play a lot of two-gap. That’s been proven to be an effective system, also, it just didn’t fit Vinny very well. I think we can cut the handcuffs off of him, so to speak, and cut him loose along with the other guys up front.”

Schwartz’s defenses have been predicated on attacking the offense without relying on blitzing. That means the defensive line has to get to the quarterback and that the expectations for Curry in 2016 are crystal clear.

18 responses to “Jim Schwartz wants to “cut the handcuffs off” Vinny Curry

  1. Glad that Curry will be playing a bigger part of the defense in the upcoming season, a good player who hasn’t seen the playing time he deserves.

  2. curry and murray are poster boys for misallocation of resources under Kelly.

    lesean McCoy will be a poster boy too. as in his poster will be in the post office as a wanted man once an arrest warrant is issued in the near future.

  3. Not a good idea to talk about NFL players being in handcuffs, even if you are speaking metaphorically.

  4. Philly buckle up and get ready for a dynamic defense. Jim Swartz will use the players you have and turn them into a top 10 or better defense in the first year.

    I had the chance to watch him coach while in Buffalo and he is a great teacher for the defense.

    Huge mistake Buffalo made not hiring Reich and keeping Swartz as the DC

    Philly will be fun tow arch this year

  5. I like Schwartz. Always did. Didn’t like him as a head coach. Some guys are just better suited for Coordianators. Philly loves D. Not a fan of the wide 9. But as long as we don’t see it on 3rd and 2 I’m good wit’ Schwartz. But I mean come on we had 3 years of Billy Davis. I’d take the Mangina at this point.

  6. Vinny Curry’s misuse is one the many examples of the complete ineptitude of Chip Kelly.

    I pity you 49ers. Your franchise is about to fall to the lowest lows in your team’s history.

  7. Actually Chip may fare well in SF until the players grow tired of him and his tempo attack.
    Maybe Chip learned something in Philly and it will carry over to SF and they could start winning again, but only if Chip is willing to change.

  8. dontouchmyjunk says:
    Feb 11, 2016 9:47 AM
    Vinny Curry’s misuse is one the many examples of the complete ineptitude of Chip Kelly.

    I pity you 49ers. Your franchise is about to fall to the lowest lows in your team’s history.
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    I have as many grievances with Chip Kelly as the next Eagles fan. But, I wouldn’t call 10-6 (division winner), 10-6, 7-9 the lowest of lows.

  9. pftwd3 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 10:30 AM
    dontouchmyjunk says:
    Feb 11, 2016 9:47 AM
    Vinny Curry’s misuse is one the many examples of the complete ineptitude of Chip Kelly.

    I pity you 49ers. Your franchise is about to fall to the lowest lows in your team’s history.
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    I have as many grievances with Chip Kelly as the next Eagles fan. But, I wouldn’t call 10-6 (division winner), 10-6, 7-9 the lowest of lows.

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    But the players that he coached to those consecutive 10-6 records, he either released or traded. When he assumed the role of general manager/ head coach, he could only amass a 6-9 record. Which proves he is a horrible talent evaluator. My advice to the 49’rs, keep Kelly as far away from the player personnel department as possible. Preferably, on the lowest floor at the opposite end of the building.

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