I heard Eagles former cornerback Sheldon Brown on the radio with the 610-WIP Morning Show and he talked about problems in the locker room. Brown talked about players coming in from other teams and disturbing the team’s chemistry which was a way of pointing at Asante Samuel without using his name.He went on 610 again in the afternoon and continued to point fingers at Samuel.¬† This time he focused on Samuels refusal to believe in what defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was telling them to do, namely move up in press technique and tackle.
“I¬†just think, we as a defense in Philadelphia, you just have to believe in what coach [Sean] McDermott preaches and follow the plan,”¬†Brown said to Howard Eskin and Ike Reese. “You know, sometimes I look back at last year, the season, I feel that we had some players that really was questioning some of the things that were being done. And [we] never had that situation since I’ve been there. And first and foremost, you have to believe in the system, believe in the plan, or you lose before you even go out there. And if the guys can remember to do that, stick together, they’ll be fine.”
Samuel’s refusal to listen to McDermott really showed up in the Cowboys games.¬† Dallas was running quick screens against the Birds, so McDermott wanted the cornerbacks to move up into press technique to take away that play, but Samuel continued to play off his man.
I remember one of the final touchdowns that the Cowboys scored in the last game was a quick screen to Samuel’s side.
It’s going to be interesting to see how long Samuel remains here with the Birds.¬† They can’t be happy about a player who won’t do what the coach wants him to do, plus he doesn’t have a fondness for tackling.
I think he’ll be here another year then they’ll move him next off season.
Join me and the other GCobb.com¬† writers at P.J. Whelihan’s on Rte. 70, in Cherry Hill on Monday night April 12th at 7pm.¬† We’re going to do a mock draft and go through all of the options that the Eagles will have in the first round.
Bring your friends and come on by to talk about the Philadelphia Eagles and the new Kevin Kolb era.