PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There has been some reasons to be alarmed when watching the Eagles play, but none of that falls on the special teams. The third phase of the game has been the most reliable facet of their attack and may indeed be the primary reason the team is 4-1 at this point.
The importance of the special teams is not lost on the team’s General Manager Howie Roseman. On Monday, Roseman joined Anthony Gargano and Merrill Reese on The Howie Roseman Show and took some time to talk about the contributions that Eagles are getting from that unit.READ MORE: Off-Duty Officer Shot Multiple Times In North Philadelphia, Police Say
“First, tremendous credit to [Special Teams coach] Dave Fipp,” Roseman said on Monday. “If you want to have a good time, watch Chris Maragos before the kickoff. Watch the energy he brings into that stadium, him bouncing around and getting everyone ready to go and just being a leader for that unit.”
Maragos certainly brought the energy to the stadium when he scored his first professional touchdown on a blocked punt attempt by the Rams on Sunday. The electrifying play came under thirty seconds into the game. With the Eagles winning by just six points, the play proved vital.
“Those points in that situation, I think it was just 27 seconds into the game, to block a punt and get a touchdown it really creates momentum for your football team.”
The Eagles have seen seven touchdowns this season from the special teams and defense combined and the special teams has seen solid play across the board from kick coverage to returns and everything in between.
Maragos, the former Seahawk and Super Bowl champion also stopped by during the Howie Roseman Show to talk about his big play.READ MORE: What We Know About 17-Year-Old Latif Williams, Wanted For Murder Of Temple Student Samuel Collington
“Obviously you want to get in the end zone anytime in your career, Maragos said. “But, for us to start the game and really contribute to help the team win, I think that’s really what’s more important to me than anything.”
Maragos emphasized that despite all the talent on the field, he is somewhat surprised about how quickly the Eagles special teams unit has come together.
“When we first started out and we were really watching the type of guys that we had, the techniques we were doing, what we were installing and what we were practicing. I knew it was going to be a good unit. I just didn’t know how quick it was going to come together.”
It came together quicker than any of us may have expected and it is a good thing it did. Their play is the main reason the Eagles are 4-1.
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