|Eagles safety Kurt Coleman had a bead on 'Skins QB Rex Grossman Sunday. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Through five games, the Eagles' defense was among the worst in the league (26th overall, 20th against the pass, 31st against the rush) and had shown an uncanny ability to miss tackles, no matter the ball-carrier or the level of difficulty.
Well, it only took an afternoon in FedEx Field to change all that. With Rex Grossman winging balls around the yard like a blindfolded drunk playing darts, Philadelphia's defense looked impressive and not like a group coached up by a former offensive assistant.
While there's still some discussion about Grossman keeping his job (we couldn't believe it either), Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, who was the beneficiary of three Grossman interceptions Sunday, explained that he had little trouble figuring out where Bad Rex was going with the ball.
"To be honest, I give all the credit to my teammates,” Coleman said during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio (via the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg). “They were able to get a lot of pressure on Rex. And for myself, I was able to read Rex all day. I had a great feeling for where he was going to all of his wide receivers. And when it came down to it, it was either me or the other guy making a play, and I wasn’t gonna let that other guy make the play.”
Did things change when Redskins coach Mike Shanahan pulled Grossman for John Beck?
“We definitely had to just stay with the same plan,” Coleman said. “And for myself, like I said, I was having a great time reading Rex. It’s almost like when you bring in a relief pitcher, it kind of takes a little bit of time to get used to him. Fortunately enough for us, we knew that they had to throw the ball. And if you can just limit the deep play, the big play, the time was in our favor.”
But before we condemn Grossman for, well, playing like we expected him to, he wants you to know that all the interceptions weren't his fault.
“Some of these, you’ve got to trust other people to make a cut to cross a safety’s face," he said during the post-game press conference. "I haven’t seen it on tape, I’m not saying [tight end] Fred [Davis] didn’t do that. But things are tight, and you have to make quick decisions, so I trusted that he was gonna be able to cross the safety’s face on his route. And I’m not sure what happened but he wasn’t able to, [and] the safety stepped up.”
And Davis, to his credit, took responsibility for the pick in question (for those keeping score, it was Grossman's third interception on the afternoon): “I feel like I DEFINITELY should have crossed that safety’s face," he said, via the Sports Bog. "That was one that was DEFINITELY my fault on that one.”
So through six weeks, the Redskins are 3-2 and second in the NFC East behind the Giants. It could we worse, right? It depends on who you ask. Take former Redskins great John Riggins, who wondered during Sunday's postgame show about Shanahan's quarterback plans.
“I gotta believe if I’m in that locker room, I’ve got to be really angry with Shanahan, because I’m going Rex is a nice guy, but this is what he does, coach. How come it took you so long to figure this out?” he said.
Pretty sure Riggins isn't alone in that thinking.
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