Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Eagles Nate Allen Starting At Safety Over Kurt Coleman


Eagles second-year safety Nate Allen didn’t get much done on Sunday when he tried to approach Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, but he will be starting this week against the San Francisco 49ers. Bradshaw threw Allen to the ground like he was a bag of trash.

He told the media today that he knows he must tackle much better than that. The Birds are going to work on tackling at practice this afternoon.

I think the main reason Allen will be starting is because he’s got a better chance of covering the Niners Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis than any of their other safeties. I wouldn’t be surprised if Davis has a big day against the Birds because every other decent tight end whom the Eagles have played has had a big day against the Eagles defense.

I don’t think Allen should be starting over Kurt Coleman, I think he should be starting ahead of Jarrad Page. Coleman missed that tackle on Sunday, but he’s a better coverage guy than Page. Page is one of the slowest safeties I’ve ever seen.

Allen has been trying to battle back from the knee injury which he suffered a year ago. He had surgery to repair an ACL tear and told me it was feeling better each week.

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