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Jim Schwartz explains Eagles' rotation at cornerback

Jim Schwartz explains Eagles' rotation at cornerback

Jim Schwartz would prefer to solidify starters at the cornerback positions, but the Eagles aren’t there yet. 

It doesn’t seem like they’ll be there for a while. 

Last week, head coach Doug Pederson intimated that Sidney Jones would start opposite Ronald Darby, but on Sunday, Rasul Douglas had the job with Avonte Maddox in the slot. Darby is obviously coming back from an ACL injury that ended his 2018 season early, so some sort of rotation was expected. 

But their rotation was only more convoluted when Maddox and then Darby began to cramp up during the game. That forced Jones into the nickel corner spot and threw the the plan out of whack.  

Until these jobs are solidified, expect some sort of rotation going forward. 

“I think that, yeah, we would like to get it settled, but we have a lot of guys that can go out there and contribute,” Schwartz said. “I think we probably would prefer to have different packages for different matchups and for different things like that. 

“When you do have guys that haven't played in the pre-season, guys come back from injuries and things like that, I think it's just sort of a fact of life. You get long drives, you get different things. We're prepared to play it anyway, but I think that, when it's all said, when it gets settled down, we'll be in a good spot because we have a lot of guys that have experience.”

This is how snap counts shook out for the corners in Week 1 against the Redskins: 

Avonte Maddox: 61
Rasul Douglas: 56
Ronald Darby: 48
Sidney Jones: 34 

The group, as a whole, didn’t have a good performance against Washington. Case Keenum threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the first such game against the Eagles (380/3/0) since Philip Rivers in 2013 and just the sixth such game against the Eagles all-time. 

Schwartz even brought up the secondary on his own when asked about pass rush not getting to the QB, saying, “I think in coverage we can make the quarterback hold the ball a little longer and buy time for our guys to get home.”

The good news for the Eagles is that after Keenum threw for 257 yards in the first half, he went for just 123 in the second. In the third quarter into the fourth, as the Eagles scored touchdowns on three straight drives, the Redskins were forced to punt on three straight drives. 

On their two drives in the third and their drive early in the fourth, Washington had five net yards. 

While some combination of Darby, Douglas and Jones are expected to rotate in coming weeks, Jalen Mills (foot) is still on the PUP. He has to stay there for six week, but a return could be coming later in the year. Same for Cre’Von LeBlanc (foot), who has to sit out the first eight weeks after being placed on IR. For now, though, the Eagles are going game by game and their rotation is fluid. 

“It’s not ideal long-term,” Schwartz admitted, “but right now, we'll do that until we settle in at the position and then see where that takes us.”

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Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

After DeSean Jackson made anti-Semitic Instagram posts quoting Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan, the Eagles released a statement calling the wide receiver's posts 'absolutely appalling' and promising 'approporiate action'.

Whether the posts will ultimately cost Jackson his job with the Eagles is unclear, but according to former NBA player Stephen Jackson, it may have been presented as a possibility.

In one of many statements Wednesday defending the 33-year-old wide receiver, Stephen Jackson claimed that DeSean Jackson called him and said the Eagles threatened to cut him:

I didn't support the post, as far as Hitler and him supporting Hitler. I don't know support Hitler, I don't know nothing about Hitler, and I could give a f**k about Hitler. All I know is he was a cruel guy. I don't stand for that, and I don't support it. My whole reason for supporting D-Jack was, before I got on Instagram, he called me on the phone and told me that they was threatening to fire him, but they didn't do that to [Riley] Cooper. And I was like, 'You're right, you shouldn't have to apologize if they didn't make him apologize.

The Eagles did in fact punish wide receiver Riley Cooper in 2013 after he was filmed shouting the n-word at a country music concert, fining him an undisclosed amount of money. The team also condemned Cooper's comments in a public statement, as they did with DeSean Jackson's comments.

Cooper was not released for his comments, however, and was signed to a five-year extension in 2014. Cooper was released in 2016.

You can watch the full Stephen Jackson video below:

Stephen Jackson also said in a different post, which has since been deleted, that DeSean Jackson was "speaking the truth" in the posts.

In one of the original Instagram posts, DeSean Jackson highlighted a quote, which was incorrectly attributed to Hitler:

The white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America. They will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.

DeSean Jackson also posted a clip from a speech Farrakhan made in Chicago on July 4 where he alleged that White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were plotting to use a virus vaccine to "depopulate the Earth." 

Farrakhan is a noted anti-Semite and homophobe who was among several prominent people whose posts were banned 

DeSean Jackson apologized publicly multiple times on Tuesday for his posts and comments, and also reportedly spoke with and apologized to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, both of whom are Jewish.

The Eagles signed DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $27 million deal in March 2019.

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The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

Over the next few weeks, we'll be unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting. 

We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A 1st-place vote was worth five points, a 2nd-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up next: Wide Receiver

Complete voting

1. Harold Carmichael = 23
2. Mike Quick = 16
3. Tommy McDonald = 15
4. DeSean Jackson = 13
5. Terrell Owens = 8 

The breakdown
New Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael got three 1st-place votes and Mike Quick and Tommy McDonald each got one. Harold was 2nd on the two ballots where he wasn’t first, and Quick got a 2nd-place vote, a 3rd-place vote and two 4th-place votes in addition to the one 1st-place vote. McDonald got the other 1st-place vote along with two 3rd-place votes and two 4th-place. DeSean Jackson got a 2nd, two 3rds and two 4ths. T.O. was as high as 2nd on one ballot and 4th on all four others. Interesting that the same five WRs were listed on all five ballots.

Did we get it right?
It’s tough comparing eras, but McDonald was the best in the business in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Carmichael was the best in the league from the early 1970s through the early 1980s and Quick was as good as anybody in the NFL from 1983 through 1987. So it really comes down to who did it the longest and most consistently, and that's Carmichael. From 1973 through 1983 — a span of 11 years — nobody had as many receiving yards or touchdowns. There’s a good reason he’s going into the Hall of Fame next summer. On our team, we’re coming out in a three-receiver set, and Carmichael, Quick and McDonald are clearly the top three in franchise history.
 
Complete team so far:
QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy
WR: Harold Carmichael
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald

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