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07-14-2004, 07:48 PM
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Well far more plays is misleading, sure over his career he has more total as you put it "plays", but in Trotters best season with better defenseive talent he had 1.5 more sacks, although last year and the year before Trotter had less sacks total then Sim had this past season, 1 less forced fumble, he has better interception numbers, but he played in an Eagles defense where you attacked underneath with plays to the TE and RB. One other thing is Trotter had the benefit of being here when JJ first showed up, and had three years to play in this scheme, last year was Sims first year, and again this was one of the worst Eagles defense in several years. But before all the injuries he was doing what was being asked and did it very well, the Eagles defense verse the run was a very good defense, up until the injuries, and that was his primary responsibiltity.
Was Trotter a good player yes, did JJ scheme cover some of his lack of instinct and freelancing. One thing I will say is that I welcome Trotters intensity and attitude on the field.
You are really understating the differences.
Trotter's last season as an Eagle:
Team Defensive MVP, Pro Bowl, led team in tackles, 3.5 sacks, 10 passes defended, 2 INTs, 1 TD, 2 Forced Fumbles and 11.5 tackles for a loss.
Those are all equal or better than Simoneau has produced in his entire career. Trotter was an impact player his first year starting in Reid's system.
Stats only paint half the picture. We both watched the games. We both also know that Trotter was far more visable on the field. No denying that. When you saw a box score, Trotter's numbers understated what he did on the field. Sure, he was like Arrington in that he had a lot of bonehead blunder between the highlights, but he was making the highlight plays. Simoneau was the other end. You didn't even notice he was there until the box score showed he had nine tackles. He wasn't around the ball, he wasn't generating turnovers and he wasn't making the drive-ending plays to get the offense off the field. He was notching a ton of pursuit tackles.
Eagles early ranking against the run was a complete mirage. Pittman, Burns, Smith, Canidate and Hambrick. Play Football Jeapardy. There are two questions those 6 RBs answer: 1) who were the worst starting RBs in the league over the 1st six games and 2) Who were the first 6 RBs the Eagles faced. Starting with the Giants game against Barber (first quality competition they faced), it was all downhill and the run defense spiraled to mediocrity. From that point on, they were allowing a 100-yard-rusher virtually every game.
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