When Bruce Carter struggled covering Danny Woodhead in the Cowboys match up against the San Diego Chargers, people began to question whether he was a bad fit for Monte Kiffin’s defense, in spite of all the excitement about his potential in the off-season. As a result of Carter's poor performance against San Diego, veteran LB Ernie Sims started to see more and more snaps at the Will LB spot, even receiving the start on Sunday against the Vikings.
The coaches love Sims aggressiveness, which can be a great trait for a player if he can keep it under control. However, his aggressiveness has continually gotten this defense in trouble. Against Detroit it was Sims who vacated his underneath zone, biting on a play-action fake by Matt Stafford, which left Brandon Carr out to dry resulting in an 87-yard catch-and-run on a slant route by Calvin Johnson. It was also Sims who missed multiple tackles, and was juked by Christian Ponder to finish up the Vikings first touchdown drive.
Meanwhile, earlier in Sunday’s game Bruce Carter made a clutch 3rd down tackle to force the Vikings into a 4th and 1 situation, which the defense, including Carter on an assist to Sean Lee were able to get the stop and force a turnover on downs. He made several other vital plays in the game and played the majority of the second half, tallying 6 total tackles including 5 solo tackles. Philadelphia took 4 or 5 shots at running the wheel route with RB LeSean McCoy against Carter, after seeing him struggle against that route vs San Diego, but Carter was able to stick with McCoy step for step on most occasions and not give up any plays.
I’m hoping the coaches finally get it in their film review Monday, and put the better player on the field full-time.