LANDOVER, MD. -- One start, one interception. That's the line for rookie seventh-round pick Kurt Coleman following the Eagles' 59-21 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Coleman, starting at free safety in place of fellow rookie Nate Allen, recorded the first of three Eagles interceptions of Donovan McNabb on the night when he snagged a ball tipped by Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss. It was a pure instinct play for Coleman.
"I saw (Moss) coming across the middle wide open and Donovan was scrambling and had somebody on him at the time," Coleman said. "The ball deflected off (Moss') hands and I was just breaking, trying to make the play. Luckily, he missed it and I was able to catch it."
For most rookies, let alone seventh-rounders, making your first career start on Monday Night Football would be pretty intimidating. Not the case for Coleman, who had plenty of experience playing in front of monster crowds and big television audiences during his career at Ohio State.
"People were trying to play it up like it was a big deal, but it was just another start to me and I just wanted to go out there and do my job the best way I could," Coleman said, who used some Michael Jackson on the iPod to calm him down before the game.
With Allen appearing to be day-to-day with a neck sprain, it's uncertain how long Coleman will need to hold down the starting job opposite Quintin Mikell. But it's good to know that, in the mean time, the Eagles can trust Coleman to get the job done.
"He did great," said Mikell of Coleman. "He came in, got his first pick, played well, played with poise. He did everything we asked him to do. I'm glad we got some young guys that can play."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:00 a.m., November 16