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More on the Eagles' wide-nine defensive alignment

More on the Eagles' wide-nine defensive alignment

I apologize in advance for my fascination with the "wide-nine" alignment that the Philadelphia Eagles will often use on defense Sunday, but if you are as curious about it as I am, then you probably won’t mind me expounding on it a little further on the blog. And if you’re not as curious, maybe this stat will pique your interest: The Eagles were first in the NFL with 50 sacks in 2011, and they did it by rushing just four players 82 percent of the time, according to the fine folks at Football Outsiders. Trent Cole and Jason Babin combined for 29 of those sacks.

Cole has long been one of the NFL’s most underrated defensive ends and Babin, who was a journeyman for the early...