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Can the Redskins Defense slow down Nick Foles?


Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been on a tear the last few games.  He’s riddled the Raiders and Packers defense and thrown for 10 touchdowns while completing 70% of his passes.  Foles hasn’t thrown an interception yet this season, and even though he’s only started four games, the Eagles are 3-1 in those starts.

At times opposing defenses have looked perplexed by the Eagles offense.  We saw this in the first game of the season, when the Washington Redskins seemed helpless to stop the Eagles, who were led at the time by Michael Vick.  The Redskins were affected by the Eagles up-tempo offense, and never seemed quite ready at the snap of the ball.

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The Eagles offense puts teams on their heels with quick passes, and then hits them with a dose of LeSean McCoy on the ground.  But as we saw against the Denver Broncos, the Redskins had some success against the best up-tempo offense in the league, only to succumb to the pressure down the stretch.

In order for the Redskins to slow down Foles, they need to attack more on defense, they can’t be passive.  A base 3-4 or even a 3-4 nickel defense won’t be enough.  Jim Haslett needs to be exotic in terms of the looks he shows Foles, and he will need to blitz.  Sitting back in a zone won’t accomplish anything except letting the Eagles light up the score board.

The Redskins won’t completely stop the Eagles offense, but if they can get enough pressure on Foles, they may be able to get him to make a mistake.  That first interception on the season could lead to more, and the Redskins will need turnovers to offset the Eagles attack.  So the Redskins can slow down Nick Foles, but the question is will they?

 

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