A couple takeaways from Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s chat with the media Tuesday afternoon:
What Schwartz hears from fans
Schwartz is notorious for hating to blitz. In his perfect world, the front four would generate enough pass pressure on a regular basis that he’d rarely have to blitz. But that does give him the element of surprise. When the Eagles do blitz, it can really catch an offense off-guard, especially when he does it in a situation where he rarely calls a blitz.
Eagles fans, on the other hand, love blitzing, and Schwartz said he hears from fans all the times that he should blitz more:
“Every time I step on to the field or come out of the tunnel, all I hear is, ‘Schwartz, you've got to blitz every play, you've got to bring it every play.’ And I understand, they mean you have to pressure the quarterback, which we're all for, but there is some risk inherent to that."
Don't blame Mills
The combination of a Ronald Darby blitz not getting home and Malcolm Jenkins inexplicably vacating the middle of the field left Mills alone with DeSean Jackson on the first play of the Tampa loss Sunday, and that’s a mismatch for any cornerback.
Schwartz made it clear it’s not fair to blame Mills for D-Jack’s 75-yard touchdown. The play broke down on a couple levels, and there aren’t many cornerbacks who can cover Jackson without any help.
“It's very rare that it's one person's fault when you've got 11 guys trying to do a job, and I think that that play is a good example of that,” Schwartz said.
Mills has taken an unfair beating from Eagles fans this week. He’s 24 years old. He was a starting cornerback for a Super Bowl champion. He’s a really good player. And he’s going to keep getting better.