Ernie Sims made quite a name for himself during this year's training camp. The newest Eagles linebacker hit everything he saw, and impressed his coaches and teammates with a ferocious tenacity.
This week, they'll also count on his coaching.
For two years, Sims faced Aaron Rodgers and the vaunted Packers offense twice a year while a member of the Detroit Lions. And Sims can't deny the fact that Rodgers has developed into one of the league's premier passers.
"I think he has a great arm, a very quick release, and I think something that's really underrated about him is his mobility," Sims said. "He can get out of tough situations with his feet and make a play down the field."
If it seems like Sims has respect for the Packers quarterback, it's because he does. He saw firsthand just what Rodgers is capable of, as the Packers feasted on the Detroit defense. In Rodgers' four career starts vs. the Lions, he completed 70.3 percent of his passes for 1,342 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. But Sims thinks this time could be different, and he explained that while it starts with the Eagles' front seven, it will take all eleven guys to contain the Packers offense.
"You have to put pressure on him, but at the same time, when you put pressure on him he's that good and he can expose you," Sims said. "The back end has to have tight coverage but if you put pressure in his face it will rattle him."
Put simply, the Eagles' defensive game plan this week must include pressuring the highly accurate and highly explosive Packers quarterback. Perhaps a bit of revenge will provide some extra motivation for Sims as he plays his first game as an Eagle.
And as the Eagles offensive players could certainly tell you from training camp, an extra-motivated Ernie Sims will be difficult to contain.
-- Posted by Josh Goldman, 11:30 a.m., September 9