Eagles' secondary improved since coaching changes

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012
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The passer rating against the Eagles the last two weeks: A dramatically improved 73.8.

"I think we're mixing some things up a little more," said defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who replaced Juan Castillo when the Eagles were 3-3. "There are times when we're helping up front and times we're helping in the back. Just having a good mix overall kind of helps the coverage."

On Sunday, the retooled Eagles defense gets a rematch with a team that gave the unit fits during the losing streak.

Five weeks ago, Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was 14 for 15 (93.3 percent) for 200 yards with four touchdowns, no interceptions and a perfect 158.3 passer rating in a 31-6 win over Philadelphia.

The Eagles, 4-10 and in last place in the NFC East, host the 8-6 Redskins, winners of five straight. It's another chance for this pass defense to demonstrate that the root of its problems wasn't personnel or execution but scheme.

"Since Todd came around there was a starting-over process with us," Asomugha said. "Now it's starting to take shape ever since the Tampa game. ... Being able to play a little bit faster always helps."

In 12 games this year with Washburn in place, the defensive linemen had only 13 sacks. They have eight in two games since Brasher took over.

"The D-line is playing really well, so that always helps us in the back end," Asomugha said. "You've definitely seen more of what (Bowles) can do. (The defense) is a little more intricate than it was in the weeks before."



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