Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Eagles' 'safety' net

Thurmond talks about the move to safety
PHILADELPHIA - In the days when intimidation was still a big part of the NFL, safeties like Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater and Kenny Easley were lionized for their physical play, coupled with an ability to actually cover opposing receivers.

These days, however, the traditional safety is a dying breed, something Ed Marynowitz, the Philadelphia Eagles new vice president of player personnel, explained back in April.

"The way we play our safeties, we like those guys to be able to roll down and play slot coverage," Marynowitz stated before the draft in April. "In order to play man coverage, they have to have the athleticism to do that. Typically, the traditional box safeties don't have that."

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