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The Philadelphia Eagles have gone all in on winning a championship. The proof of that’s seen of their latest signing. It was reported Thursday afternoon that the Eagles have signed former All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal. Suh, at one time, was considered the nastiest player within the NFL, so it’s only fitting he’d find yourself paying for the nastiest fan base within the league.
A person of few words, Suh brings one other veteran presence to that Philly locker room and is a player who will help anchor the front seven in stopping the run. While the Eagles have been slightly stout defensively, they did allow the Commanders to rush for 152 yards last week, suffering their first, which resulted in Philly’s first lack of the season. The Eagles rank seventeenth within the NFL, stopping the run, so Suh should help plug up the center to enhance in that area.
Philadelphia’s ability to stop the run is probably the most significant query mark plaguing this Eagles defense, and even with that, they still rank in the course of the pack. Suh should help improve the defense up front, but he also brings the form of edge Philly fans thrive on. The people of Philly embrace their heel persona the identical way Suh once embraced his in Detroit and Miami.
Suh isn’t the identical player he was in his prime, but his willingness to play dirty and win in any respect costs won’t ever be forgotten. That is the right team for Suh, and that fan base will embrace him like none other. The previous five-time Pro Bowler has never been afraid to stomp or kick a man to get a bonus, even when it was just psychologically. He’s been fined/suspended multiple times for using his feet as a weapon, with probably the most notable incidents stemming from him stepping on Aaron Rodgers’ leg twice in a single play.
So, Suh should fit right into the rowdy culture of Eagles Nation. He’s played the heel most of his profession, they usually are the heels for eternity. Suh was once voted the “dirtiest” player in the sport by his peers. And everybody knows how loathsome Philly fans could be. They’ve come to own it, and rightfully so. It truly is a match made in football heaven. This could’ve happened years ago.
However the Eagles ought to be given some credit, as general manager Howie Roseman is attempting to reap the benefits of the team’s hot start. Adding Suh as a marquee name on defense remains to be enough to intimidate any offense. Roseman also picked up Linval Joseph, a former two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Vikings and Super Bowl champion with the Rams last season.
With interior linemen, it’s not at all times about what number of tackles or sacks they compile. Suh and Joseph are there to clog the center and improve the run defense. Roseman is taking a page from the identical playbook because the Rams and Bucs of the past two years. Load up for that playoff run with as much talent as possible. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Philly sign Odell Beckham Jr., much like how the Rams acquired him midway through last season. The Eagles weren’t included on OBJ’s recent list of teams, but that could possibly be a smoke screen.
Philly goes for broke and leaving no stone unturned of their pursuit of one other Super Bowl. At the very least the Eagles are showing us how much they need to win, unlike other teams whose owners speak about doing anything to win but never follow through on what it takes to get it done.