Allen’s absence a concern for so-so Eagles pass defense

Eagles safety Nate Allen will always be known as the guy taken with the draft pick acquired in the Donovan McNabb deal.  The NFC’s Defensive Rookie of the Month in September, it looks like he’ll be a quality player for a long time.

His sudden absence for the rest of the 2010 season could be problematic for the Eagles, though.

The Eagles placed Allen on injured reserve Tuesday after the rookie tore his patellar tendon against the Giants.  Rookie Kurt Coleman is expected to replace Allen in the starting lineup.

The Eagles have allowed more passing touchdowns than any team in the league except two.  They are 22nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 22nd in points allowed overall.

Translation: It’s safe to expect high scoring Eagles playoff games.

UPDATE: The team waived Garrett Mills waived.  Defensive tackle Jeff Owens and safety JaMar Wall were promoted from practice squad.

10 responses to “Allen’s absence a concern for so-so Eagles pass defense

  1. Much of the passing stats are skewed because of the Samuel absence.. Opponents passers almost double their passing rating with Samuel out

    Of course with Hobbs out too Patterson has been playing starting corner, you saw how well he did against Manningham.

    Allen had a good run in the beginning of the year, but also missed time and did not play well the 2nd half of the season

    hopefully suggestive but erroneous topic

  2. Kurt Coleman isn’t bad. He’s barely a half notch below Allen.

    Still not sure why the Eagles didn’t try to get OJ Atogwe from the Rams, though.

  3. Coleman is a player, he’ll be fine.

    I think the problem isn’t their secondary it’s their lack of pass rush. For some reason McD hasn’t been throwing a lot of fastballs at opposing QBs and they’ve had all the time in the world to throw. They turned up the heat in the 2nd half against the Giants and aside from a gift-wrapped touchdown after DJax’ non-fumble they shut them out.

  4. Cole and Parker have been getting some pressure, but no where near as many sacks as they had earlier in the season.

  5. We gotta remember that Bunkley isn’t playing. He was pulling double teams. Now, they don’t have to double the interior so Cole is getting double the whole game.

  6. I think Coleman will do fine. He has played well during his time on the field this season. Everybody was so concerned about Bradleys injury and rookie 7th round pick Jamar Chaney filling his role. He had 16 tackles and helped keep the giants run game in check.

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