Kurt Coleman would tell you that helping his team snap a four-game losing streak was reward enough for his standout three-interception performance in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Washington Redskins. But just to top it off, Coleman was rewarded Tuesday night when he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He also posted six tackles in the game.
"I thank the Lord that I was able to make the plays," Coleman said after the game. "But my goal is to have three interceptions every game. I want to continue to build on that. This team needs to build on this and continue to get better and better. We will take this one game at a time. We know we have a long road to go but if we continue to play like we did today, things will start rolling our way."
In his return to the starting lineup after a two-game absence, Coleman did all he could to lock up the job when he picked off Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman three times, each time in Eagles' territory. In only two seasons, Coleman has come to find the confines of FedEx Field pretty friendly - all four of his career interceptions have come in the Redskins' home field.
The performance was all the more important for Coleman, as he was fighting to prove he belonged in the starting lineup.
"It is tough, I'm a competitor and I know what I am capable of doing out there but the first three games I wasn't getting it done and that was apparent," he said. "And I think it was a humbling experience. God taught me a lesson and I just worked my butt of the last couple, so now I have the opportunity to make the best of it."