Bill Belichick: Fletcher Cox is as good a defensive lineman as there is

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Asked this morning about preparing to face the Eagles’ front four in Super Bowl LII, Patriots coach Bill Belichick interrupted and said, “It’s a lot more than four. I wish it was four. It’s about eight, nine.”

But when he got to talking about the specific players on the Eagles’ defensive line, it was one who stood out: Fletcher Cox.

“Cox is as good as anybody in the league at his position,” Belichick said. “He’s a very disruptive player, hard to block, run, pass, no matter what it is, good edge rush, and they come hard every play, those guys come hard every play. There’s no plays off so you have to block them hard every play.”

Belichick said the Eagles’ front is not easy to game plan for.

“It’s a very disruptive group, hard to run against, hard to throw against, and they’re well coached, very instinctive in their screens and plays like that that you think will take the edge of the pass rush, don’t look as good as you think — when you run them they don’t look as good as you think they will,” Belichick said. “Draws, screens, play action, they blow those plays up too. They have a lot of good players. They have good inside rushers, good outside rushers.”

Keeping that line off Tom Brady will be a tall order for the Patriots.

98 responses to “Bill Belichick: Fletcher Cox is as good a defensive lineman as there is

  1. This isn’t just the usual hyperbole from the Hoodie. He’s 100% correct. Cox is a premiere DT. The entire Eagles DL is incredibly solid and allows the team to get regular pressure without the need of blitzing. Then, when the blitz finally does come, you’re not ready for it. This is going to be a really good Super Bowl, I believe.

  2. .
    Assuming that “Bad Foles” doesn’t show up, the game should be decided at the line of scrimmage. The team that can run the ball a little and keep their QB upright should have a good shot at winning.
    .

  3. Good player, but this means Cox will be nullified in the game, just like Calais Campbell was or any other great front 7 player the Pats play. The game comes, the game goes, and the supposed future HOF player BB gushes over, is invisible for 4 qtrs.

    This means Curry and whoever else they think can beat the Pats OL players, will need to have big games.

    Aaron Donald is clearly a better player than Cox, by the way.

  4. It’ll be tempo all game ..expose the weak linebacking corps. with the short passing game & keep the Eagles from rotating fresh bodies in on the d-line. Amendola & James White should have monster games.

  5. I’m shocked that BB is flattering his upcoming opponent. For the Eagles the only thing that matters is can they handle the 4th Qtr or will they cave into the Patrots mystique during crunch time like most teams do.

  6. He is a good player and there team as a whole deserves to be in the super bowl. There obnoxious,bullying,degrading fans who carry banners to ridicule a 99 year old Viking fan, DO NOT.

  7. What….no pre-game trash talking by BB or any of the Pats? Oh yeah, teams and players doing that typically don’t back it up on the field

  8. Yep. Not going to say the Eagles front is better than the Giants front that beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl back in the day…but it’s not far off.

    Getting Gronk back and healthy will be important.

  9. ejm845 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Be careful eagles that’s belichick trying to put u to sleep with compliments

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    Yeah, right. Except that BB is saying the exact same thing to the Patriots players, only he’s accompanying it with film to prove it.

  10. Have to laugh at the disrespect the media continues on with regarding the Pats D.

    In SB 49, in the 4th qtr, vs Atlanta last year in the comeback or on Sunday vs Jax, the Pats D allowed only 3 total points in those 3 4th qtrs in those games.

    That’s called shutting the door and allowing the Pats offense to come back.

    Keep not focusing or respecting on the Pats D, everyone, it feeds them.

  11. Cox is a beast and I wish he was on the Patriots. That being said, it’s a team game and Cox can only do so much. Brady is one of the best in the game reading defenses and getting the ball out quickly. The eagles secondary isn’t that great to be able to able to fully capitalize on their good pass rush. Just have to try and keep that monster Cox from hitting Brady after the ball has been released.

    #6ringsdeep #needtwohands #GOAT

  12. EJM845 You are 100% correct!!! This is right out of Belichick’s standard head game playbook. Belichick will keep the diversionary compliments coming while spending the next 2 weeks planning to use The Eagles defensive strengths against them! Every single word he says is calculated. No one prepares a team better then Belichick and he is outstanding at in game adjustments. The difference is Peterson and Schwartz and The entire Eagles team are not going to fall for it. Peddle to the meddle for 60 minutes for The Eagles! Go Eagles!!!

  13. “The eagles need to copy what the Giants did to Brady “?? So you want a wide receiver to drop a TD pass & have the QB throw a pass even though he should have been whistled dead since he was in the grasp? Yes, that should work!

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    fcoprado says:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:45 am
    Eagles need to copy what the Giants did to Brady.

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    Sure. Use a game plan thats been lying around the Patriot’s video library for the better part of a decade.

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Have to laugh at the disrespect the media continues on with regarding the Pats D.

    In SB 49, in the 4th qtr, vs Atlanta last year in the comeback or on Sunday vs Jax, the Pats D allowed only 3 total points in those 3 4th qtrs in those games.

    That’s called shutting the door and allowing the Pats offense to come back.

    Keep not focusing or respecting on the Pats D, everyone, it feeds them.


    Have to stop those swing passes to guys on the edge coming out of the backfield. Foles will be going there and often. Or the runs to the outside.

    With James Harrison turning back the clock the AFC Champion Patriots are in better position now to do that compared to week 1.

  16. A lot of those double moves & deep strikes that the Eagles crushed the Vikes with are same plays the Chiefs ran against the pats in week one when the Pats were also crushed. I’m observing this a fan watching TV, so I would hope the Pats coaching staff is noticing this as well

  17. To the Shula comment, pretty funny but I have to believe no Shula would ever work for BB. Bill is a friend and fan of Saban and to the Shula family Saban is probably spelled Satan.

  18. Sorry, but the Eagles LBs are actually solid. They are weakest at MLB with Hicks out, but Kendricks and Bradham can both run and tackle and Jenkins steps up into the box a lot. If you want to nitpick this D for a weakness, yeah, maybe you point to the LBs, but they should not be overlooked.

    thelastwordyaheard says:
    It’ll be tempo all game ..expose the weak linebacking corps.

  19. BB and the Patriots always say nice things about their opponents and respect them. Why some thinks this is something new is beyond me.

  20. patsrthegreatest says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:16 am
    A lot of those double moves & deep strikes that the Eagles crushed the Vikes with are same plays the Chiefs ran against the pats in week one when the Pats were also crushed. I’m observing this a fan watching TV, so I would hope the Pats coaching staff is noticing this as well

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    I get your point, but anyone claiming a Week 1 September gameplan is somehow relative to how the Pats D has been playing, is not really getting it.

    People need to get over the patterns of the BB Ds never starting out a season as a hot defense, pitching shutouts and whatnot.

    He sees Sept as an extension of preseason, where he’s still tinkering and fiddling on the fly.

    Other teams submit their rosters, spend to the cap, and think that’s their team, which is a big reason why BB the GM Is so brilliant. He knows his team isn’t fully realized yet.

  21. fcoprado says:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Eagles need to copy what the Giants did to Brady.
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    What a brilliant idea! How come no one has ever thought about putting pressure on Brady? It seems so obvious, and it worked so well once 10 years ago that that must be the answer!

  22. I agree but what the hoodie is saying in code ,,we are gonna see how good he really is because they will not be able to rotate him the Pats are gonna try to keep the front 7 on the field without being to rotate ,,trust me no matter how good you are you will be gassed by the end of the game ,,hopefully the iggles can hold on for the win !

  23. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:14 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Have to laugh at the disrespect the media continues on with regarding the Pats D.

    In SB 49, in the 4th qtr, vs Atlanta last year in the comeback or on Sunday vs Jax, the Pats D allowed only 3 total points in those 3 4th qtrs in those games.

    That’s called shutting the door and allowing the Pats offense to come back.

    Keep not focusing or respecting on the Pats D, everyone, it feeds them.


    Have to stop those swing passes to guys on the edge coming out of the backfield. Foles will be going there and often. Or the runs to the outside.

    With James Harrison turning back the clock the AFC Champion Patriots are in better position now to do that compared to week 1.

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    Sure.

    Look, I get whyt BB had Roberts in vs Jax’s run heavy front, but I wanted Marquis Flowers as the Spy.

    It worked, they won, but I had no idea what he was waiting for. Flowers is also faster than Van Noy.

    I think this comes down to BB’s front 7 with the big nickel or dime, if you will, witch Chung and Flowers out there at the same time, with the other LB being Van Noy (Chung masquerades as a LB), that it’s the right play against Philly.

    I think the Pats front 4, needs to step up and handle the bigger backs. I don’t know why they dominated Henry all game, but started off slow vs Fournette, but I do know Flowers played more snaps vs Tenn as opposed to Roberts.

    Roberts to me is not a 4-3 MLB, he’s a 3-4 MLB.

    Bottom line is, the D and the offense, BOTH, need better starts in these kinds of games.

    This is where Shea MclCellin is missed, big time. I warned of it. But, I think BB knew McCllelin’s concussion situation was going to be a possible problem,which is why he dealt the 7th to Cincy Marquis Flowers. Flowers has played well, they just got him in the game way too late on Sunday.

    As much as I like Patricia, he has slipped up a bit and been slow to make adjustments. Same deal with Arrington in SB 49 on Matthews. Arrington is 5’9 and MAtthews 6’5 and Browner was riding the bench.

    Carroll wisely moved Matthews into the slot, and then they ran deep routes, knwowing Arrington was too small and lacked range past 10 yards.

    People blamed Arrington, but it wasn’t his fault. Put Browner on Matthews sooner!

  24. terripet says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:10 am
    Eagles d line best in the league

    14 8 Rate This

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    Just make sure you’re here when Brady shreds em for 30.

  25. LyinRogerMustGo says:

    Have to stop those swing passes to guys on the edge coming out of the backfield.
    With James Harrison turning back the clock the AFC Champion Patriots are in better position now to do that compared to week 1.

    I was wondering why the Pats picked Harrison up – because of his blazing speed to catch the RBs on screens. The only clock Harrison is turning back is the one in the Fall, for daylight savings time.

  26. TheDPR says:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:39 am
    This isn’t just the usual hyperbole from the Hoodie…
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    The Hoodie never employs hyperbole, he just always finds some positive and true point(s) to make about his upcoming opponent and makes sure his players don’t underestimate their next challenge. And he doesn’t hyperbole on his own guys: “it was just stitches, not heart surgery” on Brady playing injured.

  27. To the comments about the Giant’s defense, every team in the league has been trying to do with little success. And the two Superbowls that they won, Brady left both games with the lead in his last possession.

  28. In a world where people are constantly berating one another, making guarantees, name-calling, etc, it is refreshing that someone can honestly compliment an opponent and show respect.

    Hey, even Harrison has learned to keep his mouth shut, hope that holds up too.

    Say what you want about BB, but he shows his opponents respect.

  29. fcoprado says:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:45 am
    Eagles need to copy what the Giants did to Brady.

    It’s personnel based , not system based. The reason they were able to do what they did was matchups in which NYG had superior talent at those moments. That same scheme wouldn’t have worked for most if any other teams.

  30. Tylawnosepicker6 is correct. It will come down to the Patriots defense. They will get to Foles in the second half. He will be rattled and will be prone to making mistakes or he will be a non-factor all together. If the Eagles offense can’t move the ball for two quarters of football eventually the defense will get tired for staying on the field too long.

  31. tylawspick6 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:46 am
    terripet says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:10 am
    Eagles d line best in the league

    14 8 Rate This

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    Just make sure you’re here when Brady shreds em for 30.
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    He will be here, whining about the refs or holding or something just like he did last monday!

  32. You can’t Nullify Cox. Think he isn’t double teamed every play as it is? He is going to stop the run and collapse the pocket. Problem with Eagles Dline is the two tackles Cox and Jernigan push the pocket back right up the middle and then those DE get after it. Hard to stop. Eagles Dline will give NE trouble. Not saying Eagles will win game, but some players you can’t nullify. You just have to find ways to win.

    Aaron Donald is a great player, but to say he is clearly better to me is a bunch of BS. An argument can be made for Cox. Cox has been dominant the entire year and is in the bowl.

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    tylawspick6 says:

    January 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Good player, but this means Cox will be nullified in the game, just like Calais Campbell was or any other great front 7 player the Pats play. The game comes, the game goes, and the supposed future HOF player BB gushes over, is invisible for 4 qtrs.

    This means Curry and whoever else they think can beat the Pats OL players, will need to have big games.

    Aaron Donald is clearly a better player than Cox, by the way.

  33. tylawspick6 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:45 am
    As much as I like Patricia, he has slipped up a bit and been slow to make adjustments. Same deal with Arrington in SB 49 on Matthews. Arrington is 5’9 and MAtthews 6’5 and Browner was riding the bench.
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    Browner riding the bench? WTH are you talking about? Seattle had 53 offensive snaps and Browner was in for every one of them.

  34. TheDPR says:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:39 am
    This isn’t just the usual hyperbole from the Hoodie. He’s 100% correct. Cox is a premiere DT. The entire Eagles DL is incredibly solid and allows the team to get regular pressure without the need of blitzing. Then, when the blitz finally does come, you’re not ready for it. This is going to be a really good Super Bowl, I believe.
    ====================
    Agreed. Totally surprised the Pats are favored at all. Eagles are legit.

    ~Pats fan.

  35. codylaws says:
    January 24, 2018 at 11:00 am
    Iggles will get murder by Pats. Brady and Belichick are too good for the giggles.
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    Ahem…
    codylaws says:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:17 am
    Hear me when I say this, the patriots will never win another super bowl.

  36. I watched a replay of the Eagles game. Great game and gameplan by the Eagles. The were up 24 -7 at the end if the half so I expected to see one team totally outplayed. Really, it was a Chis Long pressure leading to a pick six and a strip sack leading to another turnover that made a huge difference. Minnesota was moving the ball at will but the turnovers killed them. The Eagles also exploited an aggressive Minnesota secondary, continually beating them on double moves. Alas, Minnesota went into the tank early. I don’t see NE being out gameplanned and I certainly don’t expect them to mope and quit if they fall behind.

  37. codylaws says:
    January 24, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Another word, football is not a one man game. Iggles will get murder by Pats. Brady and Belichick are too good for the giggles.
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    I like your predictions. The results are usually the opposite. Did you get a chance to watch that time lapse video of the Eagles logo being painted over the Vikings logo? Pretty cool, wasn’t it?

  38. Eagles’ DLine is no better than Atlanta’s from ’16 or Seattle’s from ’14. Michael Bennett was everywhere in IL and Atlanta was just on the field too long in LI – thanks to Brady, Edelman and James White. Is anyone afraid of Chris Long?

    NE showed just enough of the playbook to make Schwartz think twice. Cox deserves the accolades and he is as good as they come. Team game, folks. NE by 6.

  39. grant35 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I was wondering why the Pats picked Harrison up – because of his blazing speed to catch the RBs on screens…..
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    Picked up Harrison to give the Pats 20-30 plays per game at setting the edge and pressuring the QB. He has actually been doing a pretty good job; obviously not perfect, no one on the Pats defense has been perfect, but Harrison has definitely been working out to be a good pickup by the Pats.

    If the Pats do win the Super Bowl I hope Harrison does not consider a ring a ‘Participation Trophy.’ He will have earned that ring.

  40. “Did you get a chance to watch that time lapse video of the Eagles logo being painted over the Vikings logo?”

    Lolz best piece of trash talking I’ve seen in days.

  41. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 24, 2018 at 11:01 am
    Tylawnosepicker6 is correct. It will come down to the Patriots defense. They will get to Foles in the second half. He will be rattled and will be prone to making mistakes or he will be a non-factor all together. If the Eagles offense can’t move the ball for two quarters of football eventually the defense will get tired for staying on the field too long
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    You’re entitled to your own opinion, but i think eagles boast the leagues top offensive line so it’ll be hard to get to foles all day. And the eagles struggled to move the ball vs atl for the entire 1st half but that didn’t slow Phillys defense down at all. Matter of fact atl didnt score at all in the 2nd half. By the way, neither did minnesota. Should be a good game though. I think it will come down to whether philly can pressure brady and if pats can stop eagles run game. I think eagles have a good shot at winning both of those battles.

  42. “The only clock Harrison is turning back is the one in the Fall, for daylight savings time”

    He’s had 5 tackles and 2 sacks for the Pats. Not huge numbers but they have all come at critical times of the games he’s been in as a Patriot. He’s also allowed other players to make tackles and sacks through his play.

    All in all a good pickup for a Pats D that had a lot of injuries this year. I would think he’ll be happy to “turn the clock back to daylight savings time” if he’s doing it as a Super Bowl champion.

  43. grant35 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:47 am
    LyinRogerMustGo says:

    Have to stop those swing passes to guys on the edge coming out of the backfield.
    With James Harrison turning back the clock the AFC Champion Patriots are in better position now to do that compared to week 1.

    I was wondering why the Pats picked Harrison up – because of his blazing speed to catch the RBs on screens. The only clock Harrison is turning back is the one in the Fall, for daylight savings time.
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    I take it you didn’t watch much of the AFC Championship game. 🙂 He collapsed the line and there arent any of those runs to the edge anymore.

  44. whywerule says:
    January 24, 2018 at 11:33 am
    grant35 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I was wondering why the Pats picked Harrison up – because of his blazing speed to catch the RBs on screens…..
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    Picked up Harrison to give the Pats 20-30 plays per game at setting the edge and pressuring the QB. He has actually been doing a pretty good job; obviously not perfect, no one on the Pats defense has been perfect, but Harrison has definitely been working out to be a good pickup by the Pats.

    If the Pats do win the Super Bowl I hope Harrison does not consider a ring a ‘Participation Trophy.’ He will have earned that ring.
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    Yep.

  45. fireroger says:
    January 24, 2018 at 11:16 am
    TheDPR says:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:39 am
    This isn’t just the usual hyperbole from the Hoodie. He’s 100% correct. Cox is a premiere DT. The entire Eagles DL is incredibly solid and allows the team to get regular pressure without the need of blitzing. Then, when the blitz finally does come, you’re not ready for it. This is going to be a really good Super Bowl, I believe.
    ====================
    Agreed. Totally surprised the Pats are favored at all. Eagles are legit.

    ~Pats fan.
    —-
    Probably a pick em with Wentz.

  46. I used to think that this was reverse psychology, pure and simple; the greatest coach ever tosses bouquets at the opposition and gets inside their heads. And of course there is some of that. However, Belichick does it *so often* that if that’s all it was, then anyone could see through it. So it has to be something more than that.

    When I read a long meditative statement like this one from him, I think he’s talking more to himself than he is the press. He doesn’t care about the press. He refuses even to abide by the suggestion that there are four guys to figure out, and states that there are eight instead. It sounds more like he’s speaking to find his way to the truth about what he and his players are up against. You can bet he’s saying the same thing to his offensive linemen for the next two weeks; he doesn’t want them in denial. He just flat out says it: “our opposition cannot be underestimated.” He’s an excellent coach.

  47. fcoprado says:
    Eagles need to copy what the Giants did to Brady.
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    You mean have John Tomase write a slanderous article full of lies the night before the game causing the league to force the Patriots staff to be interrogated the next morning before the game, wasting most of their pre-game preparation time and adding a mountain of stress to the already insurmountable task of going undefeated?

    I don’t care what anyone ever says about it, that was the edge that gave the Giants the win. I do not know how that horrible hack still works in this town.

  48. tylawspick6 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:03 am
    Have to laugh at the disrespect the media continues on with regarding the Pats D.

    In SB 49, in the 4th qtr, vs Atlanta last year in the comeback or on Sunday vs Jax, the Pats D allowed only 3 total points in those 3 4th qtrs in those games.

    That’s called shutting the door and allowing the Pats offense to come back.

    Keep not focusing or respecting on the Pats D, everyone, it feeds them.
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    No one is disrespecting the patriots defense. It’s just the media doesn’t want to talk about how Brady can’t win a ring without a top 10 defense.

  49. Trollaw we’re still waiting on that explanation of how Browner was simultaneously on the field AND the bench. There are some real football fans here that know the game and the Pats, you fanboys need to give that some consideration before you decide to make things up. You do by accident what chip4life tries but fails to do on purpose, make real adult Pats fan look bad.

  50. You have the mystique of Tom Brady and Bellichek.

    Then you have the Eagles fearsome front 4 and a far superior offensive line.

    The Pats have so much Super Bowl experience, but the Eagles also have a bunch of players who have won the SB including two former Patriots. The Eagles are a complete team, with great chemistry and no real weaknesses.

    It will be a great matchup.

  51. No one is disrespecting the patriots defense. It’s just the media doesn’t want to talk about how Brady can’t win a ring without a top 10 defense.

    What QB has

    When Aron Rogers won his his D was ranked #2
    When Joe Montana won his 4 his D was ranked 3 or better in all 4
    When Manning won his his D was top 10 both times

    Do I really need to keep going

  52. Belichick loves football and will always talk up good players regardless of team. He loved catching up with Ed Reed for example. Part of it is strategy, sure, but it’s also because maybe they’ll give your team a closer look during free agency. He is playing the long game while most coaches aren’t sure they’ll have a job in 2 years.

  53. janvanflac says:
    January 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm
    You have the mystique of Tom Brady and Bellichek.

    Then you have the Eagles fearsome front 4 and a far superior offensive line.

    The Pats have so much Super Bowl experience, but the Eagles also have a bunch of players who have won the SB including two former Patriots. The Eagles are a complete team, with great chemistry and no real weaknesses.

    —-
    I miss Blount for sure. Long too I guess.

  54. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    It’s just the media doesn’t want to talk about how Brady can’t win a ring without a top 10 defense.
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    There’s lame and then there’s chip, out of 51 Super Bowls only 7 of them were won by teams that didn’t have a top 10 D. What the media doesn’t want to talk about is how inadequately most coaches prepare their team to play situational football and a full 60 minutes against a Pats team that always does.

  55. Eagles need to copy what the Giants did to Brady.
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    Oh, so there’s a “blueprint” to beating the patriots? Could it be getting pressure up the middle with only 4 guys and dropping 7 into coverage? Apparently that secret formula only works against Brady and the pats. Every other team is immune to having the qb knocked down before anyone can get open.

  56. I don’t see that Philly’s D is better than the Jags. All I read all week is Jax had the players to copy the blueprint to beat the Pats, rush 4 and drop 7. Well, the Pats moved the ball reasonably well, w/o Gronk and with a turnover in Jax territory. Philly has had trouble scoring since Wentz has been out, except for last week, when Minny turned it over 3 times. I gotta like the Pat’s chances, despite not having HOFer SMcClellin and his 16 tackles from last year.

  57. birdsfan7 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    It’s going to be fun watching Eagle D punish Brady, but even more, listening to the Pats fans cry about it the next daytime

    Yeah that’s what Jacksonville fans said

    Brady’s going to shred that 17th ranked pass D and just like in before philly fans will leave the SB with there heads down

  58. Phjilly should copy what the Giants did to stop Brady ?
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    That scheme was probably run by Belichick himself when he was DC in New York under Parcells………
    BB doesn’t need to watch it; he probably drew it up………..

  59. Now comes all the talk about how the Eagles front 4 is to be so hard to beat the very same thing they said about the Jaguars. But in the end the Jaguars lost anyways. I totally understand it’s your job to hype the game.

  60. Rooting for the Patriots is like rooting for the Galactic Empire. But Eagles fans are troglodytes and when they aren’t violent it’s usually because they are too intoxicated to threaten other fans. I think it’s gonna have to be the Patriots.

  61. delgriffth says:
    January 24, 2018 at 5:52 pm
    Anyone who thinks the Jags D is better then Philly’s hasn’t been paying attention.

    Jacksonville’s pass D was #1

    Philadelphia’s pass D is 17th

    Jacksonville better

    Points allowed

    Jacksonville 2nd

    Philadelphia 4th

    Totals D

    Jacksonville 2nd

    Philadelphia 4th

    They both played week schedules

  62. I’ll add Jax having more takeaways and sacks as well. Both divisions were weak, But the AFCS produced 2 playoff teams. I’ve been paying attention, and I can’t find 1 metric where the eagle D is superior to the Jags.

  63. Tedmurph, off the top of my head i can say eagles led the league in qb pressures and had the #1ranked defense.

  64. We all know Brady’s record against NFC EAST teams in the SUPER BOWL. Lol More of the same next Sunday! Lol

  65. Cherry pick the stats all you want. 66 points in last 2 playoff games. Here’s some more playoff stats.

    Jags Phi
    PPG 23 8.5
    YPG 384 307
    YPP 5.4 4.9
    FDG 23.3 20.5

  66. This is the time that fans just want to see the good parts of their team. The fact is that what a team did in weeks 1thru10 mean very little. The way the team has been playing in the last 8 games is what really matters. That is the team that is taking the field minus any late injuries. I do believe that if you just look at the stats straight on you will see that on paper the Patriots are the better team. But like Julian Edelman likes to say” YOU HAVE TO EARN IT EVERY SINGLE DAY ” That is what makes our team so great. BB AND THE GUYS don’t take anything for granted yesterday was yesterday today we have to EARN IT. GO PATRIOTS.

  67. tylawspick6 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Aaron Donald is clearly a better player than Cox, by the way.

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    And? So is JJ Watt when he’s healthy. But neither of those guys play the same position as Cox.

    Atkins, Suh, McCoy…those are the 4-3 tackles who are the comparables to Cox. But please, continue to wow us with your vast knowledge and tell us how you are right and the best coach of all time is wrong.

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