Jim Schwartz: Waiver claim on Cre’Von LeBlanc may have been key to season

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The Eagles secondary was running short on healthy bodies when they claimed cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc off of waivers from the Lions in November and there weren’t too many people predicting that the move would wind up paying off for the Eagles.

The injuries gave LeBlanc a chance to play and he’s been in on at least 62 percent of the defensive snaps in every game he’s played since arriving in Philly. His work down the stretch was strong and helped solidify a weak area on the team, which led defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to credit the team’s personnel department for turning up a winner.

“I don’t know where we’d be without Cre’Von,” Schwartz said. “Our scouts, midway through the season, [Vice President of Player Personnel] Joe Douglas came to me and said, ‘Hey look, there’s this guy that just became available and our scouts have a good feel for him.’ And guys like [Executive Vice President of Football Operations] Howie [Roseman] and Joe, they are up front, but some of those guys that work in those back rooms without a light, without a window and stuff like that and they are pouring overall these guys that get cut or go somewhere else. Well, that might have been the key to our season putting the waiver claim in.”

LeBlanc is up for a stiff challenge in New Orleans this weekend. Should he answer it in a way that helps lead to a win, Schwartz will likely have company when it comes to putting the LeBlanc move at the top of things that went right for the Eagles this season.

17 responses to “Jim Schwartz: Waiver claim on Cre’Von LeBlanc may have been key to season

  1. When the Bears make mistakes they always end up kicking them in the rear in spectacular ways. Cutting Cre’Veon was one of them. As soon as they let him go I was bummed…never could have imagined him being a major part of a playoff loss.

  2. If the Iggles somehow clip the Saints on Sunday, with that 5th string secondary that includes the likes of LeBlanc, Maddox, Douglas, and Graham, Dougie and Jim Schwartz will never, ever pay for a meal or for beer in Philly again. And Sean Payton should consider retiring from coaching.

  3. Including and since the last cowboys game, the eagles secondary has been lit up every week……what is everyone watching…..the only one not to put up 300 plus was Washington and they have an arena league qb playing for them…..they have give up over 400 twice, 300 twice, and Washington is an outlier……what….just…..what.

  4. He’s good and young, seems like he’s only gonna get better. Even if Jones can play, not sure he should, chemistry and communication is bigtime important in the secondary, especially in the post season. I still think Jones has upside but he’s not met expectations for a supposed #1 pick(unhurt that is)The silver lining in a horrible defensive mid season is Maddox, LeBlanc and Douglass all take big steps up. Schwartz loves Mills but who goes? Imo, Darby is better than Mills but not sure how much? Move Maddox to safety? Corey Graham is probably done after this year and I’m not yet sure what Tre Sullivan’s ceiling is. McLeod gets a big payday if they keep him unless he’s willing to restructure, if not, he’s likely gone but having said all that, this is a great problem to have compared to what we had earlier with McLeod hurt, Darby/Mills starting and not gettin it done.

  5. I remembered him from when we played the Bears last year. It was a blowout in the middle of our great run but his name stood out from that game, glad he’s played well for us this far. To be successful long term it’s the late rounds and udfa players that make a huge difference. Joe Douglas has done a stellar job

  6. Another fine personnel move by the Lions. Why play someone like LeBlanc when they had a shut down corner like Tez Tabor in there….lol. LeBlanc, Ebron, Van Noy, Tate… keep those masterful decisions coming Quint and Bluto.

    Rebuilding for 62 years and counting, baby!!

  7. philadelphiafan says:
    January 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm
    The defense, secondary in particular, has really turned it around since getting blasted by NO.
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    No it hasn’t they gave up 30 vs the Texans and 23 vs the rams

  8. Its points not yards that measure a defense imho. Since the blow-out at NO, the defense has averaged about 19 points a game. Certainly an improvement over the first part of the year. Still a weak link, but getting better.

  9. No it hasn’t they gave up 30 vs the Texans and 23 vs the rams

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    Yes they have. They were giving up 30-40+ while not creating any turnovers and never able to get off the field on 3rd down. To say the defense hasn’t improved immensely is just ignorant…

  10. No it hasn’t they gave up 30 vs the Texans and 23 vs the rams

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    23 points isn’t getting blasted. It’s below the league average points per game and about 10 below the rams average points per game.

  11. Alex Jones says:

    January 9, 2019 at 12:06 am

    philadelphiafan says:
    January 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm
    The defense, secondary in particular, has really turned it around since getting blasted by NO.
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    No it hasn’t they gave up 30 vs the Texans and 23 vs the rams

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    You’re forgetting about the last two games where they gave up 0 & 15 points, respectively. Shutouts are uncommon in the NFL, albeit against Washington.

  12. Article doesn’t mention it but against the Texans he broke his finger, it was bent at 90 degrees and bone was sticking out through the skin. they popped it back into place, taped it up and he finished the game.

  13. monkeyflingpoo2 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm
    Another fine personnel move by the Lions. Why play someone like LeBlanc when they had a shut down corner like Tez Tabor in there….lol. LeBlanc, Ebron, Van Noy, Tate… keep those masterful decisions coming Quint and Bluto.
    Rebuilding for 62 years and counting, baby!!
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    Dude, coming from an Eagles fan we know how hard it is to wait until you get that SB victory. It’s awesome that you can joke about your teams ineptitude. Sometimes being a fan is tougher than people know.

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