I pointed out a couple of weeks ago how Demeco is really thriving behind Billy Davis' 2-gap 3-4. Like most dominant MLBs, when they are on, they get an awful lot of help from the DL in front of them as I pointed out in that post. The DL is really doing a great job.
The remarkable thing to see in that previous post is how clean Demeco was. That's a sure sign that Billy Davis' vision of this defense is working, and that Jerry Azzinaro has done a terrific job with that young DL in teaching and preaching technique.
Demeco had another standout game on Sunday that seems to have everyone talking. But when I took a look at the film, I saw some slight differences. The Packers really seemed to gameplan to get a body on Demeco at the second level. How did he respond?
It wasn't looking good early and I'm sure I wasn't the only overreacting Eagles fan muttering, "So much for the run defense" in the first couple of plays.
#70 gets a clean release immediately up on Demeco's lap:
Lines him up:
and blocks him out of the play:
Next play, It's the Center this time that gets up on Demeco:
Nice hole for Lacy:
However, this is what happens when you don't get a body on Demeco:
He almost decapitates Eddie Lacy leaving the OL in the dust:
Here the blocker gets on Demeco low:
Demeco is able to stay on his feet:
and make the tackle outside the numbers:
Here again, he appears to be swallowed up by the blocker:
But he's able to shed the blocker and make the tackle outside the numbers:
On this one, Demeco is going to take on the LG:
Now watch him rag doll the LG:
And make a play from the back-side:
This was important film to watch to reveal just how good Demeco is playing. Brian Urlacher was a HOF player. However, he was at his best when he had good interior linemen in front of him. Once that started to fade in recent years, and he started to age, you really started to see him struggling to get off blocks. Nice to see that while Demeco is thriving behind the 2-gap 3-4 alignment that he is still shedding his fair share of blocks and making plays.
He's been a revelation this year.