I’ve brought up the importance of better linebacker play many times this season and will probably continue to do so until the season starts. The Eagles will have two linebackers starting this year that didn’t play a snap for the team last year. One is Stewart Bradley who was forced to miss the entire season to due a knee injury. The other is Ernie Sims who the Eagles acquired via trade this offseason. In 2010, the Eagles will expect Moise Fokou to be the last piece of the puzzle.
Fokou is currently listed as the starter at the strong side position and will look to stay there for the duration of the season. As a rookie in 2009, he was able to see a decent amount of playing time. However, his performance wasn’t one that yielded a lot of h igh praise. He has made strides to improve and will look to get even better coming into Training Camp this year.
With Bradley and Sims, you know what you’re getting. They are both players who have shown that they can play at a high level. Both have experienced recent injury trouble, but they are two guys who can play at a high level when they are healthy. Fokou will be the question mark. He has talent but still needs to be groomed.
The Eagles should see vast improvement in 2010 with the projected starters at lineup. If Fokou can consistently play at a high level, I don’t see why this group can be absolutely dominant on the field.
A lot is riding on the performance of Moise Fokou, and I hope he is up to the challenge.