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Linebackers Ready for Redemption in 2010

The Eagles linebacker play last season was terrible. Through a combination of injuries, youth, and overall bad play, the Eagles were forced to start various groups of linebackers without much success. In the 2010 season, the team will look to turn things around with a stable core of linebackers.

A large part of this turnaround will be because of the play of Stewart Bradley. We really started to see the young linebacker blossom in 2008 and got very excited to see what he could in 2009. Before even getting a chance to breakout in 2009, Bradley went down with a torn ACL and missed the entire season. However, Bradley is back and ready to pick up where he left off.

Another helpful addition in 2010 will be Ernie Sims. Sims was a trade acquisition from the Lions and recorded over 110 tackles in every season except in 2009 where he didn’t play the full year due to injury. Now in OTAs, Sims is working on learning the system and has already received a lot of praise from defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

Moise Fokou and Akeem Jordan should also fit into the system and be able to make solid contributions. Fokou was able to see a lot of time on the field last year as a rookie and is growing more comfortable in McDermott’s system. Jordan is a guy I’ve always thought has stepped up and played at a high level whenever asked to do so.

We may see a variety of other guys fill into some spots on certain downs, especially with the 3-4 formations we will see the Eagles run this year. Either way, the Eagles linebackers have a definite chip on their shoulder and will look for redemption in 2010.

Stewart Bradley

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