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Beastly News: Question Marks for Eagles Defense and Giants Special Teams

News from around the NFC East:

ESPN analyst Sal Paolantonio thinks the Philadelphia Eagles may mix the 3-4 defensive alignment in their schemes this year. Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is tinkering with placing more of his best athletes on the field to bring pressure. The Eagles D produced 44 sacks by blitzing from the 4-3 alignment 41 percent of the plays. But Philly’s normally stout defense faded badly during the stretch.

Paolantonio labeled the idea speculative, though McDermott did little to deny it. The big issue with any change in scheme whether present talent can adapt. In the Eagles case, the question is how to make the best use of Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole. Thomas Jackson at Eagles Eye echos that line of thought. Read it

Was New York Giants return specialist Domenik Hixon felled by the new Meadowlands? Hixon was lost for the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament at a showcase practice in the Giants and Jets new stadium. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin initially thought so until he thought better of it, or got talked to by the higher ups. A later statement by general manager Jerry Reese said that Hixon’s injury could have happened anywhere. But he did acknowledge that the new field was “soft” and had a few issues with the seams still to be to be worked out. Please get that done before the Redskins show up on August 27 vs. Jets, and December 5 vs. Giants. Read it.  

Just when you think we are safe from news about Dallas Cowboys and their hot girlfriends, comes stories that Kim Kardashian dumped Saints running back Reggie Bush for ‘boys receiver Miles Austin. Does this kid know what he’s getting into? (And no, I don’t mean it that way, you dirty-minded little people.) Every time Austin drops a pass, often I hope, people will say he’s not concentrating on the game. Read it.

Ex-Redskins defensive back Deion Sanders thinks Roy Williams will have a Pro Bowl year with the Cowboys. Dallas is so talent rich at wide receiver, there is some speculation that Sam Hurd could be traded soon.

Team owner Danny Snyder thinks Redskin Alumni Day at The Park this week was very special. Really? Then how come he didn’t think of it in 10 years of ownership? To his credit, the Danny gives credits to general manager Bruce Allen for coming up with the idea. Read it.   

The Redskins concluded mini-camp with a spirited practice Thursday. Everyone who is important to the team was there. Read it.