Reporting Matt Leon
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By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Fresh off the bye week, the Eagles welcome the Atlanta Falcons to the Linc on Sunday.
The Eagles are 3-3 and the last time we saw them in action, they were blowing a ten-point lead late in the fourth quarter, eventually losing to the Detroit Lions in overtime 26-23 back on October 14th.
Eagles tight end Clay Harbor checked in with KYW Newsradio on Thursday and talked about having to sit on a loss like that for an extra week.
“You know you’d like to go into the bye with a win so you can really feel good about where you’re at and just work on getting the win next week,” Harbor says. “But we did come in with the loss, but I think that made us more hungry in this off-week. I know a lot of guys, instead of going and visiting with the family, really got some workouts in, stayed around and got some extra film in to get ready for this week against the Falcons.”
LISTEN: Matt Leon interviews Clay Harbor
Eagles made a big change on defense during the bye week, firing coordinator Juan Castillo and replacing him by promoting secondary coach Todd Bowles. On offense, no real big changes have been made, and Harbor says they know what they have to do to improve.
“It just comes down to turnovers really,” Harbor says. “If you flip our turnover margins, we’ll put ourselves in different situations and we really feel like that will be the difference in our offense in scoring points and not scoring points. We’ll move the ball pretty well, but we’ll turn the ball over in the red zone – same story for the first six weeks with how we did turn the ball over. But we really are starting to focus on that even more and we correct that, we feel like we can be a dangerous offense.”
The Falcons are a perfect 6-0 on the season and allowing just 18.8 points a game and Harbor says that is no accident.
“They’ve got a good front four,” Harbor says. “John Abraham is still getting it done, they’ve got Ray Edwards, two good defensive ends. The linebacker who really stands out to me is Sean Weatherspoon, he’s a good linebacker. I don’t get to look at much of the cornerbacks, but I know they have Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel, we obviously know Asante, who are two great cornerbacks.”
This is Harbor’s third season in the NFL. The Eagles selected him out of Missouri State in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and he says he has come a long way over three years.
“The game has slowed down a lot, and I’m just a lot more comfortable with the way the game is flowing. I know all the plays, I know the offense, just feel way more comfortable. Blocking well, receiving well, and just look forward to getting on the field any way I can to help the team win.”
Harbor has eight catches for 59 yards and a touchdown this season. He has 29 catches for his three-year career.
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