The NFC East All-Terrible Team: Defense

Pos Player Team Comment
DL Justin Tuck Giants It’s been a tough year for Tuck, who in fairness, has been dinged up with an assortment of injuries. But he’s been absolutely invisible, and Tuck would be the first to admit that. In fact, he does admit it every week on his radio show with Mike Francesa.
DL Marcus Spears Cowboys For the first time in ages, I actually saw Marcus Spears make a play. He got to Tom Brady, and actually didn’t even look like a gigantic snail in doing so. Other, throughout the remainder of the season, he was what he has been his entire career: just a tomato can.
DL Trevor Laws Eagles 315 snaps this season, 19 tackles, 1 sacks, 0 FF, 0 FR, 2 TFL. And as Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz notes, those crappy numbers came in a scheme that should have fit Laws’ skill set nicely. Laws was the 47th overall pick in 2008 – it’s probably fair at this point to consider him a bust.
LB Casey Matthews Eagles I’m not sure if it’s fair to put Casey Matthews’ name here, or if it should be Juan Castillo’s. Without ever having even practiced with the team, Castillo and Co. had Matthews slated as the Week 1 starter. And not just the starter, the radio helmet guy. A 4th round pick. It didn’t go well.
LB Jamar Chaney Eagles In the 2nd quarter of the Eagles’ game in Dallas last year, the Eagles lost Stewart Bradley for the season to a gruesome dislocated elbow. Chaney filled in the rest of the way in that game and had 7 tackles. He had 16 the following week in the Miracle at the Meadowlands game in NJ. Then he had 7 tackles (including 3 TFL’s) against the Vikings, and 10 tackles against the Packers in the playoffs. Eagles fans thought they had found their middle linebacker of the next decade. Oops. This year, he leads the team with 11 missed tackles, almost 1 per game.
LB Keith Brooking Cowboys He’s done. He’s been too slow for a few years now, but at least in the past he wasn’t getting bullied. This year, offensive linemen routinely ragdoll Brooking.
LB Bradie James Cowboys Also done. With Sean Lee injured against Philly earlier this season, James and Brooking turned in one of the worst LB performances I’ve ever seen, and there isn’t a shred of hyberbole in that statement.
CB DeAngelo Hall Redskins Hall leads the league is talking trash after being beat for a 30 yard gain. At least in the past, you could point to INT totals or other big plays that he made, but not this year.
CB Terence Newman Cowboys I don’t know if Terence Newman is hurt, or old and tired, or just done. Apologies in advance if indeed he is hurting, but opposing teams are seeing something on film, because they’re attacking him like he’s an undrafted rookie free agent. In the last 3 games, according to PFF, Newman has been targeted 27 times. And they’re not just targeting him – they’re connecting. Last 3 weeks, 283 yards, or 10.5 per attempt.
S Jarrad Page Eagles I could go on and on here, but let’s just keep it short and sweet: Jarrad Page is the worst Eagles starter I can think of in the Andy Reid era.
S Antrel Rolle Giants He misses tackles, he blows coverages, he commits brainfart personal fouls, and then he goes on the radio and tells everyone how good he is.

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  7. Kyle says:

    Remember when you said you could see no issues with buying a Jamar Chaney jersey? Good times… Good times… I think you may have jumped the gun on him a bit.

  8. Brian says:

    Jimmy, what happened to the snap count posts? I really liked them.

  9. Jason-E says:

    “Jarrad Page is the worst Eagles starter I can think of in the Andy Reid era.”

    Wow. I’ve been going season by season in my head. I can’t think of one either. (McMahon is a close second)

    1. Yeah, McMahon was worse. I probably should have said “opening day” starter.

      1. Steve says:

        I still remember Spuds writing an article about how excited he was the Eagles signed Mcmahon in the offseason, proclaiming that in typical eagles fashion we had found a diamond in the rough that could contribute big things if called upon.

        I’m actually surprised we weren’t able to trade him for a 2nd rounder, considering our track record there.

        1. Ha, in fairness to Spuds, I loved the signing too at the time. He had some nice moments in Detroit. Mobile, scrappy, etc. But nope… He was just awful.

          1. Steve says:

            I remember in his first game against the Giants that year, he had taken off on a scramble and was headed upfield, and decided to try and outrun a Giants linebacker isntead of sliding and he got absolutely flattened. The thing that was funny about it though is he didn’t seem to understand beforehand that he wasn’t going to outrun that linebacker, he genuinely seemed to believe he was going to get past him. I knew in that moment we were probably in trouble.

      2. Jason-E says:

        McMahon gave us two wins and some close games (Giants and Cards come to mind). So, I say it’s a push. 1a and 1b of the worst ever.

  10. smutsboy says:

    Redskins defense is no joke.

    Especially once we replace our joke of a CB.

    1. Agreed. Also, if you can ever keep your safeties healthy.

  11. CarverM says:

    Relative mediocrity has saved the Redskins in the defensive edition. Kevin Barnes would have to be your nickel corner on the all-turrible squad, though.

  12. GiantsFan says:

    you’re missing the whole Giants LB core minus Kiwi

    1. Sadly, they’ve been better than the guys I’ve listed. I could have listed 10 linebackers, frankly.

      1. Free Plax says:

        Jimmy you sure you don’t want to reconsider some Giants LB’s on the NFC East all terrible team.

    2. peterhad says:

      Boley has played well, until he got hurt

  13. Tracer Bullet says:

    Jarrad Page is the worst Eagles starter I can think of in the Andy Reid era.

    I don’t know about that. He might not be the worst on this particular team since DeVan got a few starts. Did Bobbie Williams ever start a game? How about Matt McCoy?

  14. Tracer Bullet says:

    Asomugha, Coleman and Allen are walking quickly, keeping their heads down and hoping no one notices them slinking away.

    1. Immynimmy says:

      Asomugha and Coleman are doing pretty well in pro bowl voting lol

  15. BBI says:

    wow, NFC East defenses are trash.

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