What do Jerome Couplin, Jack Brewer, Jarrad Page, Denzel Rice, Donald Strickland, Brandon Hughes and Deiondre' Hall have in common?
Other than the fact that nobody has any idea who they are?
All have played in the Eagles’ secondary against Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick, now with the Dolphins, will make his 7th start against the Eagles Sunday, and he’ll do it in a 7th different uniform.
Fitz made his first start against the Eagles in 2005 while playing for the Rams.
He’ll join Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning as only the fourth quarterback to make starts against the Eagles 15 seasons apart (14 years apart ... 15 seasons apart).
Brady started against the Eagles in 2003 and of course this year for a 17-season gap. Eli and Peyton had 15-year gaps between starts against the Eagles.
Fitzpatrick owns the record for facing the Eagles at quarterback for the most different teams, and he’ll add to that mark Sunday, when the Eagles face the Dolphins in Miami.
Fitz has already played against the Eagles for the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Texans, Jets and Buccaneers.
What makes this so weird is that he’s played exactly one game against the Eagles with each of those teams. He’s never faced the Eagles twice for the same team.
Fitz is 2-3-1 vs. the Eagles, but last year he led the Buccaneers to a 27-21 win over the Eagles in Tampa. In that game, he became only the 8th QB in NFL history with four TDs, 400 yards and an 80 percent completion percentage in the same game.
In all, Fitzpatrick has faced 42 different Eagles defensive backs over the years. That number will go up Sunday.
Here’s a look at Fitz’s first six starts against the Eagles and the secondaries he’s faced in each of those games:
Eagles 17, Rams 16, Dec. 18, 2005
CB — Rod Hood, Sheldon Brown, Matt Ware, Donald Strickland, Dexter Wynn
S — Micheal Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Quintin Mikell, Jack Brewer
Bengals 13, Eagles 13, Nov. 16, 2008
CB — Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown, Joselio Hanson, Lito Sheppard
S — Quintin Mikell, Brian Dawkins, Sean Considine, Quintin Demps
Bills 31, Eagles 24, Oct. 9, 2011
CB — Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha, Brandon Hughes, Joselio Hanson
S — Jared Page, Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson
Eagles 31, Texans 21, Nov. 2, 2014
CB — Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll
S — Nate Allen, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos, Earl Wolff
Eagles 24, Jets 17, Sept. 27, 2015
CB — Byron Maxwell, Nolan Carroll, Eric Rowe, Denzel Rice
S — Walter Thurmond, Malcolm Jenkins, Jerome Couplin, E.J. Biggers
Buccaneers 27, Eagles 21, Sept. 16, 2018
CB — Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas
S — Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, Deiondre’ Hall
Some other fascinating Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. the Eagles stats (yes, I realize I may be the only one who finds them fascinating):
Overall, Fitzpatrick is 135-for-213 for 1,411 yards with 11 TDs and 7 INTs and an 86.0 passer rating in six games against the Eagles.
Fitzpatrick has been sacked 16 times by the Eagles — twice by Connor Barwin, Darren Howard and Trent Cole and once each by Fletcher Cox, Nigel Bradham, Chris Clemons, Joselio Hanson, Brodrick Bunkley, Brandon Graham, Cullen Jenkins, Sheldon Brown and Mychal Kendricks, with Brandon Bair and Beau Allen splitting one.
He’s been picked off by Walter Thurmond, DeMeco Ryans, Eric Rowe, Brian Dawkins, Jordan Hicks, Jamar Chaney and Ronald Darby.
Fitzpatrick’s longest pass against the Eagles? It’s a tie between a 75-yarder to DeSean Jackson and a 75-yarder to O.J. Howard last year.
Other former Eagles Fitz has thrown touchdowns to? Kevin Curtis, Terrell Owens and Brad Smith.
— The only team Fitzpatrick has played for without facing the Eagles is the Titans, where he was in 2015.
Four other quarterbacks have faced the Eagles for four different teams: Norm Snead [Redskins, Vikings, Giants, 49ers], Vinny Testaverde [Buccaneers, Ravens, Jets, Cowboys], Rich Gannon [Vikings, Redskins, Chiefs, Raiders] and Jim Ninowski [Lions, Browns, Redskins, Saints].
Another 22 quarterbacks have faced the Eagles for three teams, including Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and non-Hall of Famers Jay Schroeder, Mark Sanchez and Jon Kitna.
I’m going to save everybody the headache and not list them.
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