PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — “Is this team a contender for the Super Bowl, Connor, this season?” Angelo Cataldi asked Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin on Wednesday morning.
“Yeah,” Barwin simply replied.
“You know what, that’s all I needed to hear,” said Cataldi, who has already predicted the Eagles to win the Super Bowl. “I loved it.”
That’s how Barwin’s interview, who called to promote a three-course meal at Pizzeria Vetri as part of the Eagles radiothon, with Cataldi ended.
Earlier in the phone call, Barwin talked about the Eagles’ defense, which ranked 29th in the NFL in 2013, allowing 394 yards per game. However, as Barwin explained, the Eagles were tied for 19th in the NFL in yards per play allowed (5.5) and played more defensive snaps that any other team.
“Last year we played maybe four or five hundred more snaps than any other defense in the league,” Barwin said on the 94WIP Morning Show. “So, a lot of people will evaluate us and go by how many yards we averaged, but if you go by yards per play we were right up there at the middle of the league last year and hopefully we’re a lot higher this year.”
Barwin says heading into year two in Billy Davis’ 3-4 scheme, the defense is way ahead of where they were to start the 2013 season.
“The defenses that we’re going to play, I mean, we had no chance of actually playing them week one last year,” Barwin told Angelo Cataldi. “So we definitely, mentally, have come a long way since last year.”
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