After a disappointing training camp, a disastrous preseason, and a no-show in the first two regular season games, the Philadelphia Eagles have switched middle linebacker Casey Matthews to weak-side linebacker.
Jamar Chaney, the backup middle linebacker last year and arguably the best linebacker on the roster, moved over to middle linebacker from strong-side linebacker.
Moise Fokou switched from weak-side linebacker to strong-side linebacker.
Chaney commented on the switch: “I was at [middle linebacker] last year and had some pretty good success at it. … Growing up you always want to be the leader of the defense and I take on the challenge and look forward to it.”
Matthews stated that it’s not really different and it’s basically all the same.
The move should help the run defense for the Eagles, which allowed 154 yards against the St. Louis Rams in week one (despite star running back Steven Jackson leaving the game after two carries with a hamstring injury), and 138 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, including a huge 61-yard run by Michael Turner in the final few minutes.
The Eagles host the New York Giants this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.