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Getting to know the Jim Johnson 4-3

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Catalyst    612

Interesting thoughts on Beason. I didn't think he played all that well at weakside - at least not compared to his play in the middle - last year, but I realize this is a different scheme. I'm guessing if they feel like he would fit best on the outside, that's where he'll be.

I was thinking while reading that, though, that both of our safeties look perfect for this scheme - at least on paper.

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Alot depends on FA ,but in general I don't see the FO using an early draft pick/big FA singing on our deepest position. At least not this year.

Besides the defence doesn't depend on MLB size. In 2007 the Eagles had a top ten defence, who was sixth in run and 9th in sacks. And that was with Omar Gaither who is nearly the exact size of Beason.

Personally I think Rivera and McDermott will adjust the defence to take advantage of the players we have. But as of right now anything is possible.

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Catalyst    612

I think Beason has the kind of ability to negate any sort of size disadvantage he may be at. But again, if it's that big of an issue I imagine they'll move him outside and bring in someone larger to play in the middle.

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Fright    244

I swore I was reading a Mr Scot post... had to double check the name... great read.

I'm excited for change.

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mj4life    29

don't think we move beason from the middle IMO. johnson just found a way to utilize trotter's skills. beason, anderson, & davis have the speed to cover alot of field & give us versatility in our zone blitz schemes.

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CatMan72    4,538

Great post, but I think Beason is physical enough to be that inside run blitzer... although it may be a waste of his talents.

The real lesson Trotter provides is that JJ was resourceful enough to figure out how to use him in this scheme, rather then seeing him as limited and casting him off. I think that was one of Fox's fatal flaws, you either fit into to role he wanted you for or you sat/were gone. I suspect Rivera will be much more resourceful when it comes to the use of the personnel he has, just like JJ was.

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I agree we might go bigger in the Middle, but hands down we have the talent for OLB's. I am still thinking we trade down a little and go D with the draft.

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The Saltman    1,398

One thing that this shows me is that we need an NT or an aggressive big bodied DT. Hard to find someone like that.

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mj4life    29

also have to consider that our nickel d might be run out of the 3-4 most of the time. also the eagles had average dt play most of the time which is why they run blitzed as much as they did.

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Urrymonster    39

Connor is perfect for the middle linebacker position in my opinion and he played very well in his time there this year. He was our most effective blitzing line backer, along with Anderson (Beason isn't a good blitzer) and gets great penetration in the run game. A true down hill running linebacker.

Beason is perfect for any position that demands aggressively pursuing the ball carrier, side line to side line running and man coverage (not so hot in zone imo). If he has someone sweeping up in case his aggression is exploited then is just about an ideal linebacker, however this year teams exploited him and his aggressive instincts.

I honestly felt we had the best balance with Beason, Connor, Anderson for our scheme this year. Reading what you dug up does force us to consider who is really ideal for that kind of scheme and where do they fit. I think we need to try to re-sign Anderson as he would be pretty much a shoe in for either OLB position, I think TD only fits in the WLB.

Fairly would be perfect for the UT position, who played that position for the Eagles during JJ's time? And more recently? Just wondering what kind of player they traditionally looked for.

Zone corners. Should allow Munnerlyn to keep his place. Not sure it's really worth Gamble, as he isn't a big 'tackler'. However the Eagles did go out and pursue Asante...

Johnson and Trent Cole are so similar it's scary. Cole was about the only guy who was better than Johnson in both facets of the game, CJ could have the perfect scheme drawn up for him...

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The Saltman    1,398

ya after reading this there is almost a 90% chance we draft fairley. i just hope we can get a good cb in fa

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