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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Eagles say sacks will be key in 2014

By Andy Jasner

It’s a very basic principle.

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Successful NFL teams are able to sack the opposing quarterback multiple times per game while protecting their own starting quarterback at the same time.

If the likes of Trent Cole, Connor Barwin and Fletcher Cox, among others, can get to the opposing quarterback and the Eagles’ offensive line can protect Nick Foles, wins are likely to be the result.

“I think we're going to focus on pass protection and try to tighten things up,” guard Todd Herremans told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “There were a couple of different factors that went into the 46 sacks, but not everyone sees all of that. We play offensive football, so when we get sacked, the whole offense gets sacked.”

The Inquirer noted that 22 of the sacks allowed by the Eagles came in their six losses last season. The other 24 sacks occurred in the 10 victories, which was good enough to capture the NFC East title.

On the opposite side, Cole paced the Eagles with eight sacks, all in the second half of the season.

“Our pass rush has to get better. Dead last, it goes without saying, but it's all facets -- the pass rush, the blitz, the play calling, the coverages,” defensive coordinator Bill Davis told the Inquirer. “Our defense wasn't great last season, by any statistical category, but if we can start this season the way we finished last season, we'll keep climbing.”

The process began in OTAs and will continue when players report to training camp on Friday.

“Everybody wants it to be a revolution, but it's an evolution,” defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro said.