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Schiano has plan for slowing down Eagles' Express



Speed kills. That's the premise behind Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense that he brought to the Philadelphia Eagles this season.

But coach Greg Schiano knows the best way to utilize his defense to slow things down on Sunday

“If you hit them hard, that helps,'' Schiano said. "They don’t get up as fast.''

Schiano made it clear Wednesday that Bucs players will not be resorting to borderline tactics to stall the offense Kelly brought from Oregon. "We’re not going to feign any injuries to slow them down. That’s not what we do. That’s not in the spirit of the game.''

The Eagles average 6.6 yards per play, which ranks only behind the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers this season.

LeSean McCoy leads the league with 514 rushing yards while receiver DeSean Jackson 525 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

"How many things can you do at a high rate of speed? That's what gets you. You've got to kind of pare it down,''
Schiano said. "I don't ever look at it like me versus somebody. I look at it as us versus the Eagles. That's what it's going to boil down to. But make no mistake, it's a big challenge for our defensive football team for sure.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 6:04pm]


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