The Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s “single focus” is trying to get Tom Brady out of his “comfort zone” in Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.
“He’s a trained killer and he knows how to attack well and he knows what to do to keep his offense on the road, so it’s going to be a big challenge,” Gannon told reporters on Wednesday. .
“Running game, passing game, rush and cover, collecting and rushing, being in the right places, swallowing our leverage side a little more. I always thought we fought very well. If you look at the game against Tampa, I don’t think we fought as well as in other games. ”
Brady and the Bucs shattered Gannon’s defense in a 28-22 6-game winning streak in Philadelphia. The quarterback made 34 of 42 passes for 297 yards, two touchdowns and a block. The Eagles ’defense counted only three defensive shots and zero sacks in the defeat.
Gannon, who is a candidate for the opening of the Broncos head coach, said on Sunday that the Eagles’ “performance level should be high”. However, his defense could have been interrupted in the opening phase after the release of Antonio Brown and the loss of Chris Godwin’s ACL last month, as Tampa’s receiver corps has disappeared.
Brady will have his longest-running weapon, Rob Gronkowski, along with star receiver Mike Evans, in a weekend rematch.
Brady, who turned 44 in August, has led the league in yards and touchdowns this season in his 22nd NFL campaign. He completed 67.5 percent of his 5,316-yard passes with 43 touchdowns and 12 assists.
The Eagles ’defense finished in the top 10 on points allowed in weeks 8-17, including total yards allowed per game (287.8) and allowed rush for each game. yards (81.3), before losing to Dallas in the 18th week, in which most of their starters rested.