Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Eagles coach Andy Reid has been driving home a very specific message to his players this week. He wants them to remember what they did well in a 48-20 win over the Cardinals on Thanksgiving, but he wants them to forget about the margin of victory. It's a smart message because it would be easy for the Eagles to feel pretty good about themselves right about now.
In his news conference Wednesday, Reid was a little more specific about the changes the Cardinals have made on defense since that game.
"They are blitzing their safety, and their linebackers are doing a phenomenal job," said Reid. "I think it starts with their front getting off of the football the way they do. 92 [DE Bertrand Berry], 90 [DT Darnell Dockett], 94 [DE Antonio Smith] -- they all can rush the passer. Collectively that group is doing a great job. I think they have more confidence in their corners. [CB] Rod Hood did not play against us the last time, and he's playing. [CB Dominique] Rodgers-Cromartie has improved as the season went along and he's playing at a very high level right now. The better those guys play, the more I'm sure their coaches feel they can do schematically."