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    Matt Burke speaks with reporters for first time since being hired by Eagles


    Plus, Burke talks his history with Jim Schwartz

    By Alexis Chassen@Lovelybuckeye Aug 13, 2020, 11:00am EDT
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    For the first time since he joined the Eagles staff in 2019, Matt Burke, now the run game coordinator/defensive line coach, spoke to the media on Thursday morning. He talked about his history with Jim Schwartz, the defensive end position, and playing 3 DTs.

    Burke enjoyed the virtual offseason and the one-on-one opportunities he had to talk to his players. He told the guys that this is going to be the most adaptable year, because as we’ve seen over the past few months, they’ll need to be ready to adapt at any time. He noted that he was fortunate to spend some time with the defensive line last year, and already having those relationships helped when they went virtual.

    Here’s what else he had to say:
    On being hired by the Eagles


    Burke talked a bit about his background with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The DC hired Burke back in 2004 and kept him on his staff for the next 10 years. When Burke was let go by Miami after the 2018 season, Schwartz reached out and wanted some fresh eyes on things, and he was excited to bring some new ideas.

    After his first year with the team, in the window right after the season ended, Schwartz and head coach Doug Pederson met with him about his future since his contract was about to expire. The team offered him a new position for 2020, run game coordinator/ defensive line coach, and he jumped at the opportunity.
    On the DE position
    “We can’t have enough. Give me them all, right? I think competition is really good for the room.”

    They want guys that can be three-down players and guys who can get to the quarterback, but there’s a wide range of needs. So, as much as there is competition, there’s also a spot for many of them.

    Genard Avery

    Burke said Avery does have a certain skill set, he’s playing defensive end in their rotation. They haven’t gotten into specific roles just yet, but Avery is one of those competing for a spot. They have to look at how some of these guys fit within the scheme, but he also feels that coaches should adapt to the talent they have in the room.

    He went on to say that Avery is an explosive player and is powerful in a way that some other guys aren’t. It was hard for him coming half way through the season, but he’s in really good shape and they’ll get to see him on the field in the next few days.

    Shareef Miller

    Burke admitted that it’s hard to judge right now because they haven’t put pads on yet, but Miller “had a very strong offseason” and was one of the guys most dialed in. The coach noted that Miller was someone who sent the most clips of his workouts and was very interactive with the staff to get better. The DE is in shape and it shows, according to Burke, and he’s got some length and explosive ability.

    Derek Barnett
    “He’s one of the toughest guys on the team.”

    Burke said that Barnett has been really hyper-focused this offseason, he’s really intelligent and a great addition to their meetings. Barnett isn’t always the most vocal, but when he does speak up, it’s with a very good question or point.

    Barnett is locked in on wanting to be an elite player, according to Burke, and he’s someone the coach is really excited about this year.
    On playing 3 DTs


    Burke explained that Schwartz really values multi-dimensional players, so to have guys that can move around and create different matchups is exciting. He noted that to have 3-plus accomplished guys who have shown they can win on the interior is huge.

    The more pieces they have, and the more push rushers they have, allow them to create matchups and situations that are favorable for the Eagles.
    "Hey Giants, who's your Daddy?"

  • #2
    To be expected it is mostly coachspeak. One flag to me though is when a coach says a player has a certain skill set, such as he said about Avery, it tells me he doesn't have the entire skill set. Maybe not a 3 down guy. I'm not betting on Avery making the 53
    "Don't look between the lines for stuff that isn't there" Schwartz
    RIP

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    • #3
      One thing that is very strange is that he's the run game coordinator too. I'm sure that just must be a title because that job is usually reserved for Duce or Stout.
      "Hey Giants, who's your Daddy?"

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      • #4
        Defensive run game from what I understand. Probably in charge of run fits and gap assignments.
        Canada's #1 Eagles fan.

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        • #5
          Duh.
          "Hey Giants, who's your Daddy?"

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          • #6
            If you want to win in the NFL you have to get pressure in the center/guard and guard/tackle gaps and get around the QBs feet. That even bothers guys like Wilson and Brady. I have no issue with the Birds spending all this money on guys that fit a scheme that stops the run and gets interior pressure.
            You know Darren if you'd have told me 10 years ago that someday I was going to solve the world's energy problems I'd have said your crazy.... now lets drop this big ball of oil out the window.

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