Jonathan Gannon: We’ll be up for challenge of facing Justin Jefferson

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The Eagles got a win over the Lions to kick off the 2022 season, but defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon wasn’t thrilled with his unit’s effort.

Detroit was down 17 points before closing the gap to 38-35 in the fourth quarter, which left Gannon to say that “we need to improve quick” in both execution and technique at a Tuesday press conference.

Gannon said he’s confident the defense will take those steps, but the effort will be complicated by the presence of Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson on the other side of the field in Week Two. He had nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns last weekend and Gannon acknowledged the difficulty that he’ll give the Eagles this weekend.

“There are a lot of guys out there, but he’s a special player,” Gannon said. “I don’t rank guys, but he’s up in that top group. He can beat you all different types of ways, so when you’re looking at his game, he’s not a one-dimensional guy. He can take the roof off, he can beat you underneath, he can beat you with yards after catch. They do a really good job of deploying him different ways, so it’s hard to have a plan for him to always have two guys on him. It’s going to be a good challenge for us, and we’ll be up for it.”

Slowing Jefferson has proven to be too tall a task for most defenses over the last two seasons, but figuring out the right plan would go a long way toward making the Eagles 2-0 on the young season.

15 responses to “Jonathan Gannon: We’ll be up for challenge of facing Justin Jefferson

  1. Have to spend a lot of defensive capital to stop Justin Jefferson. The problem is the Vikings also have Adam Theilen, KJ Osborn, Dalvin Cook, Irv Smith, and Kene Nwungwu. Speed to burn. Eagles are a loaded team. This will be a great game.

  2. My Eagles had issues in the secondary last year, and they are continuing into this season. Sure we beat the Lions but they obliterated our pass defense big time. We’d better tighten that up or Jefferson will have a career day.

  3. It will be interesting to see how Jefferson does against a competent secondary that is capable of covering him

  4. Jonathan Gannon seems like a nice guy, and from what I’ve heard and read, may be a good head coach some day. That being said, I haven’t seen anything from his time in Philadelphia that makes me confident he can slow down the Vikings.

  5. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 14, 2022 at 11:31 am
    It will be interesting to see how Jefferson does against a competent secondary that is capable of covering him
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    What week is that happening?

  6. Should be an interesting match-up — the Eagles look pretty dang good. As for the Vikings, they interestingly won that game as much for their defensive play as JJ’s big game, and with what should be a balanced offense, they really shouldn’t need Jefferson to carry them.

  7. Kirk Cousins always has career days against the Eagles, and this is his best supporting cast by far. I’m a birds fan, but I see us going 1-1 this week. Vikings win, 33-17.

  8. Kirk Cousins is more important than Jefferson. He was putting the ball on a dime in-stride. The Vikings outplayed and outcoached the Packers in every phase of their game. He’s the guy to stop.

  9. I have absolutely no idea who is going to win this game. Both teams are at the very least solid. But difficult to determine greatness after only one week.

  10. The Eagles played what is expected to be the 3rd place team in the NFC North and the Vikings played the team picked to win the division. The Eagles D struggled with an average Lions offense and the Vikes offense blew the Pack D out, the Vikes vs Eagles isn’t even going to be a good game!

    Vikings 35 Eagles 17

  11. dales says:
    September 14, 2022 at 10:51 pm
    The Eagles played what is expected to be the 3rd place team in the NFC North and the Vikings played the team picked to win the division. The Eagles D struggled with an average Lions offense and the Vikes offense blew the Pack D out, the Vikes vs Eagles isn’t even going to be a good game!

    Vikings 35 Eagles 17

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    While the Vikings did look pretty good, keep in mind that the Packers laid an egg in their first game last year, too. And the Packers dropped what should have been an easy TD. I’m an Eagles fan, and I think the Vikings probably win a close one. However, once all of our new pieces on defense come together later this year, then it will be a different outcome. So, I think if, both therms are healthy, we win in the playoffs.

  12. legaleagle says:
    September 15, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    While the Vikings did look pretty good, keep in mind that the Packers laid an egg in their first game last year, too. And the Packers dropped what should have been an easy TD. I’m an Eagles fan, and I think the Vikings probably win a close one. However, once all of our new pieces on defense come together later this year, then it will be a different outcome. So, I think if, both therms are healthy, we win in the playoffs.
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    Except, the Vikings have several new defensive players as well. And a new defensive scheme and a new offense. So if you’re expecting the improvement that comes with playing together to make the difference for the Eagles, you should probably not discount the same factor for the Vikings. This will be a good test for both teams, and whoever comes out on top will likely be the betting favorite (barring injuries) if they meet again in the playoffs.

  13. Eagles at home on MNF it will be raucous at the Linc come game time add to it Kirk’s troubles in Prime time.
    But this should still be a good game.

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