Eagles Need to Re-Make Their Secondary
Eagles safety Kurt Coleman has been diagnosed with a cartilage bruise in the sternum and rib area and has been listed as day-to-day.
That was the only injury suffered during the Dallas game, but Eagles head coach Andy Reid was non-committal as to whether there would be a change at the safety position for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
"I know there are some questions on our secondary," stated Reid. "I’m looking closely at that making sure we have the right people in there to do a better job these last four games."
Now is the time to see what else you have with some younger players. Its evident that Coleman just isn't a starting player in the NFL. Does he play hard? Yes. Does he have a lot of heart? Yes. But is he a starting NFL safety? No.
Now is also the time however to see guys like Curtis Marsh, Brandon Huges and maybe an extended look at Brandon Boykin on the outside. D. Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha have both shown that physical play is not their style and they have both showed that they really aren't interested in changing that style.
Marsh was the teams their round pick two years ago and has rarely been able to get on the field. Hughes has seem limited action and Boykin has been used primarily in the slot and done a good job. The main guy of the three would be Marsh, if he can't play that would be the second and third-round pick from that 2010 draft that have proven to be ineffective here. You'll recall second round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett was released earlier this season and hasn't found another home.
Coleman, Philadelphia's seventh-round pick in 2010, has started 12 games this season and 28 of 42 games in his career. His 2011 season also ended due to a biceps injury and at 5-11, 195, one has to wonder if his days as a starting safety in the NFL is in his future.
So who is on the roster to take Coleman's place?
Well, one guy who the Eagles might want to take a look at is David Sims who the team received from the Browns in exchange for a conditional 2013 draft pick. Sims was undrafted out of Iowa State in 2011, but showed both physicality and a nose for the ball in preseason action while with Cleveland.
However, at just 5-9, 205 he does not have typically size to be a starting safety in the NFL..
Sims, 26, has played sparingly for the Eagles this season, appearing in 11 games with one start. He made eight tackle and had one pass defended in his one start. However, he was picked on a bunch by Drew Brees and the Saints.
The Eagles also signed offensive tackle Matt Kopa off the Patriots' practice squad on Monday. The 25-year-old Kopa is a former undrafted free agent out of Stanford and will provide some depth the rest of the season. He is the second former Patriot that the Eagles have nabbed this season off their practice squad the other was center Matt Tennant who the Eagles signed back on October 23.