Wherever he walked, they followed.
Family, friends, fans, photographers and videographers with occupational statuses ranging from amateur to professional — it really didn’t matter who they were. They all followed a shoeless Allen Iverson, a modern-day, heavily tattooed Pied Piper who has aged more than anyone would care to acknowledge, as he walked off the court in the Spectrum Center, where he had thrown each of his sneakers to screaming fans during the Big3 basketball league’s stop in Charlotte on Sunday.
Iverson and basketball have a symbiotic relationship. Iverson is who he is because of basketball, and the game is better because Iverson played it.
Conventional wisdom would say, since Eagles have a bolstered pass rush and solid safeties in Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins, that Schwartz doesn’t need to play it so safe by going with his most experienced cornerbacks. Those would be holdover Ron Brooks and two newcomers, former Colt Patrick Robinson and former Jaguar Dwayne Gratz.
Those guys have more sub-package value at the moment. Second-year seventh-rounder Jalen Mills, their top youngster, carries much more upside for the outside. While the team waits for rookie second-rounder Sidney Jones to be available from his unfortunate pre-draft torn Achilles’, don’t be surprised if rookie third-rounder Rasul Douglas gets the other starting nod, standing out with his size (6-2, 209 pounds) in man coverage.
The Eagles’ youth could serve up Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys more big pass plays Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys and struggle with top wideouts at times, but in turn, their pressure will allow them to gamble and make big plays on the ball, too.
Corner is the easily the weakest position on an otherwise daunting defense. Schwartz is aggressive enough to live with the risk in search of bigger reward.
It fits the theme of the Eagles taking it to opponents more this season, forcing the issue offensively and defensively.