Although I can't put total blame on our defensive backs (12 INTS leads the league), the play of Drayton Florence, Mckelvin and T. McGee( not looking like his old self) made this move seem like a good idea. As many of you know, Asante Samuel doesn't fit great in Phili right now. Its not that he is playing bad, its just the statement they made to him buy attaining Namdi. Our real problem is the pass rush though, which would have been nice to address as well with the trade deadline, but attaining a corner who is a very solid prospect was right there for the taking. I don't know if it would have costed that much (im thinking maybe a 3rd) but it would have been worth it with the inconsistency of the play by Mckelvin and Florence. Like I said, they can only do so much with a horrible pass rush and faired decently so far, but picking up a vet like Samuel or some other pass rusher could really have helped propel this team into the playoffs in my opinion. We have been starving for a pass rusher, and from the looks of it, Merriman is not the same old Lights Out. A stab at a guy like Freeney, Mathis or Jared Allen from a team in the rebuilding process for a 2nd or 3rd would have helped tremendously.
I know its always seems like a christmas list and wishing on stars when we throw out names, but we are in need of a pass rush, especially with Kyle Williams out. He may not be 100% for the rest of the season. Besides Dareus, we are not getting any push. Maybe Shep will help? Without a pass rush, I believe it is too much pressure for our current DB's. We can't keep counting on 4 INT's a game to barely win games. We need some consistent pressure. The bye week I feel was a big missed opportunity with a lot of bad teams and players to have been had. Like I said, maybe i'm just thinking of an early christmas list, but I would have like are chances/felt more reassured at this thing with some other kind of guy to rush the passer. I know I originally put Samuel at the top of this article, but a pass rush is probably the more dire need. Hopefully they can come up with something schematically for the next 10 games to make a push at this.