One of many things that is apparent about the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense is each week someone steps up to be the playmaker of the week. Last week it was Philadelphia Eagles’ Middle Linebacker DeMeco Ryans, this week it was Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End Fletcher Cox. From the first play of the game he harrassed Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III. He was penalized for roughing the passer and gave the Redskins a free 15 yard first down. I think that play got into Griffin’s head.
Cox pressured Griffin into the game-ending interception. Philadelphia Eagles’ Cornerback Brandon Boykin intercepted the pass that ended Redskins’ chance to tie the game. If you reflect back to the first play of the game you will remember that Cox leveled Griffin as he dropped back to pass. Griffin had definitely not forgotten it.
Teammate Vinny Curry saw Cox going in for the kill.
“Man, listen: This might have been his best game so far,” Curry said. “He just really showed up. That’s what you can get out of Fletcher Cox. He’s a phenomenal player and he’s definitely a playmaker.”
Griffin said he felt like the Eagles’ defense, “knew what was coming.” Well, Fletcher Cox may have been accused of being a mind reader but he offered another reason.
“I think I got into a rhythm going into the game. Actually a few of the plays I called them out before they happened,” Cox said. “It all came from studying film and knowing when things were going to happen before they happened.”
You get to the Quarterback, you get to the team.