Eagles' defense preparing for 3 different Cowboys QBs Sunday

Eagles' defense preparing for 3 different Cowboys QBs Sunday

Jerry Jones has already made it pretty clear that Tony Romo won’t get a chance to play against the Eagles in the regular-season finale on Sunday.

That’s not stopping defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz from preparing for everyone.

The Cowboys (13-2) already have the top seed in the NFC wrapped up and don’t have much to play for on Sunday. They’ll have the option to rest several starters before the playoffs begin, which means the Eagles have to prepare for more players than normal.

“Well, we gotta prepare for both (starters and backups),” Schwartz said. “And we probably have to prepare for three different quarterbacks, not just (Dak) Prescott, who we’ve already played once and we have a lot of film on. And Romo, who has a track record if they play him. And then (Mark) Sanchez.

“So it does spread you a little bit thin. A lot of it goes to the quarterback position. Their run game’s not going to change regardless of who’s getting the ball. But wide receivers and how they work through those wide receivers, it certainly goes into game plan. You’d attack each of those quarterbacks a little bit different. It’s kind of like facing their offense, it’s going to spread you a little bit thin. Our preparation will spread thin. We’re going to need a lot of focus this week. And be productive on the practice field because there is more than just one scenario you have to prepare for.”

The Eagles have faced Prescott (this year) and Romo (many times) in recent seasons. And while the Eagles haven’t faced Sanchez since 2011, he was a teammate of many current Eagles during his time in Philly in 2014 and 2015.

Schwartz said most of that extra preparation this week for the Cowboys’ options will come in the film room. There won’t be enough practice reps on the field this week to prepare for every possibility.

“If this was the first game of the season, maybe it would be a little bit different,” Schwartz said. “I think we can change game plans within a game plan, depending on who’s out there. Last week we attacked different than the week before and the week before. We build up enough that you can change [game plans] within a game.”

Eagles Mailbag: Biggest concern on 2018 roster

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Eagles Mailbag: Biggest concern on 2018 roster

We’ve officially reached the only sort of dead period on the NFL calendar. The Eagles are through their spring practices and won’t be back at the NovaCare Complex until July 25 for the start of training camp. 

That sounds far away, but it’ll be here before you know it. 

You guys were great and gave me a ton of questions, so I’ll answer half today and half Sunday. Let’s go: 

I’m tempted to say defensive tackle just for health concerns surrounding Tim Jernigan, but I have to answer linebacker. Jordan Hicks appears to be healthy after tearing his Achilles last year, but as good as he is when healthy, it’s just tough to count on him. Two years ago, he was able to play a full season and things were looking good, but then he suffered another serious injury. If Hicks and Bradham stay healthy, linebackers aren’t a concern. The Eagles will have either Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry or Corey Nelson take the weakside spot on base downs and they’ll be OK. 

But without Mychal Kendricks, it’s fair to be concerned about their depth at the position, especially after veteran pickup Paul Worrilow was already lost for the year. Kendricks came up huge last year as a fill-in; not sure the Eagles have that kind of depth this year. 

Not sure yet. What I can tell you about De’Vante Bausby is that he was impressive this spring and the coaching staff seems to love him. I remain very, very skeptical that he’s good enough to keep Sidney Jones off the field. With that said, I do think he’s talented enough to make the 53-man roster. We’ll get a better sense at camp when the pads go on, but I have him penciled in to make the team. 

Yes on both. The Nate Sudfeld hype is real. In our first extended looks at the young quarterback, he’s been incredibly impressive. It’s starting to make sense why the Eagles snatched him from Washington and then blocked the Colts from signing him last season. They kept him on the 53 in the second half of last year, so they’re completely prepared to keep three QBs on this year’s roster if Foles is still on the team. 

This is going to be the summer of Nate Sudfeld. We’re going to see him play a ton in those preseason games and that will let us know if he’s ready to be QB2 behind Carson Wentz. But the fact that the Eagles didn’t bring in a more experienced veteran after Wentz went down last year pretty much tells you all you need to know about what the Eagles think of him. 

We tried that. Didn’t work out well. We’re up for suggestions. 

You have no idea how out of water this fish is. This is like taking a fish from the ocean and dropping it in Kansas. 

How about Portugal? I’ll go with them because of Ronaldo. 

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018. 

We just don’t know where he’ll land. 

As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins. 

Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes. 

Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?

Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night. 

  • Le'Veon Bell 
  • Tom Brady 
  • Drew Brees 
  • Antonio Brown
  • Aaron Donald 
  • Todd Gurley
  • Julio Jones 
  • Von Miller 
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Carson Wentz

In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get. 

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