Since I am on the subject of the Philadelphia Eagles secondary, I might as well take a peek at the new strong safety Patrick Chung. The former second-round pick out of Oregon left the New England Patriots after four seasons. The man has flashed some major talent there, but also struggled with injuries. He has missed 12 games over the last couple of seasons. The Patriots were hoping to re-sign him, but they decided to let him walk (injuries).
Chung, 25, who played at Oregon while Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator, was asked to compare the new Eagles’ head coach with Bill Belichick by Sheil Kapadia of Philly.com. Here is what he said:
“They want to win,” Chung said. “They’re almost the same. They want to win. And they’re going to do everything possible to win.”
They’re that much a like? I can see it now, Belichick playing some “Jay-Z” or “System of a Down” at a Patriots practice. Yup, that’s not happening anytime soon. Moving on…
Chung is known for being a sure tackler, (seems to be the theme for the Eagles this offseason) an excellent blitzer, average in coverage and also a good special teams player (25 career special team tackles). His best season came in 2010, when he started 13 of 14 games he played in. He had 72 total tackles, 3 interceptions and had 9 passes defensed. He has a total of 235 tackles, seven interceptions, three sacks and 19 passes defensed in his four seasons in the NFL.
The Eagles are banking on him regaining his 2010 form and staying healthy. On a positive note, Chung has a rating of 86 in Madden. Yes, sir!