We now have statistical proof to confirm what we already suspected–the Eagles’ cornerbacks were terrible last year. They couldn’t cover, had mental breakdowns at inopportune times, and they were especially horrific tacklers. And that’s where Pro Football Focus’ data helps us understand just how bad Asante Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel were.
The scariest revelation made by PFF? Asante Samuel was actually the best tackler of the trio.
Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie rated as two of the four worst tacklers in football last season. Samuel, a notoriously putrid hitter, finished 11th worst.
New seconday coach Todd Bowles is going to have his work cut out for him this offseason.
Bowles will try to improve his secondary’s technique while simultaneously grow their balls in an attempt to prevent plays like the one pictured above from occuring in 2012. It was plays such as Victor Cruz’ long catch and run in Week 3 that kept the Eagles out of the playoffs, and consequently, allowed the Giants to win the Super Bowl. Good stuff.
Bleeding Green Nation had the story on Monday–credit to them for finding this one.