While much of the talk about the Philadelphia Eagles centers on quarterback Michael Vick, the Steelers receivers know it’s their defense, in particular their cornerback tandem, they have to worry about this Sunday at Heinz Field.
Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are two of the best in the game, and having to deal with both of them is going to be no easy task.
“They present very good challenges, very tough,” said Jerricho Cotchery. “Both guys are going to be in your face the whole time. Nnamdi is pretty aggressive at the line. He is a guy that has been making plays in the league for a long time now. He is a good corner. Rodgers-Cromartie is an athletic guy, great ball skills. When the ball is in the air you have to attack it because he is going to attack it. They are very good on the outside. They have a very good secondary in general.”
The Eagles secondary is aided by their big guys up front who can put pressure on the quarterback, not allowing much time for the receivers to get open.
“They are good at playing man coverage and you have guys who can rush the passer up front,” said Cotchery. “You have to do what you know how to do as an offense, everyone doing their job and taking care of their responsibility. There isn’t much time to get done what you want to get done. They have benefitted from that the first few games.”
That pass rush is led by defensive end Jason Babin, who leads the Eagles with two and a half sacks, and fellow end Trent Cole who has added one and a half sacks.
“That is the big part of this week’s game plan, us versus those cornerbacks because of their front,” said Mike Wallace. “They get off so fast we don’t have much time to run our routes. We have to be precise and get open and be right on our screws. You have to get moving and get open.”
Wallace said he likes the challenge of going against the top corners in the game, something that brings out the best on both sides.
“Any time you go against a group like that you want to get the best of them,” said Wallace. “We definitely are going in with a pride factor.”
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