The biggest thing that group brings is the ability to generate sacks, hits, and hurries without extra help from the linebackers or defensive backs. The platonic ideal for a defense is being able to pressure the QB without having to resort to the blitz, and the Eagles can do it better than almost anyone.
That’s a considerably above-average figure — the league as a whole got pressure on 34.7 percent of opponent drop backs during the regular season. What’s most impressive about Philly’s pass rush, though, was that they generated pressure on 38.3 percent of snaps when sending only four rushers after the quarterback.
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The Philadelphia defense is good enough to win games on its own, but Atlanta’s offense just seems to hit another level in the postseason, where Julio Jones becomes practically unstoppable. The Falcons aren’t the best cold weather team anyone has ever seen, but they’ve actually been pretty good in Philadelphia over the years. If the Eagles were at full strength, this pick would probably be different; but right now, they’re just not.
It’s a playoff game, so it’s not like it’s the preseason where I can go out there, ‘Oh, it’s Brady,’ and I’m chillin, Byard said this week. This is a playoff game. So I don’t really care if it was Joe Montana. You know what I’m saying? I’m trying to go out there and win the game. I want to make him look like Blake Bortles if I can and try to catch a couple picks. Tom Brady is a great quarterback, but it’s a playoff game. I’m not really looking at it like that.