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Asante Samuel Absence

Asante Samuel Absence - There’s something you probably didn’t think would be a problem with cornerback Asante Samuel [stats] out of the lineup for the Eagles.

"Missed tackles," were what Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson called the biggest deficiency in the 31-26 loss in Chicago on Sunday. "That’s what stands out all about Sunday.

"We had our hands on guys and just didn’t come up with the tackles. That’s something we can control."

OK, it’s a stretch to say that the presence of Asante "They don’t pay me to tackle" Samuel would have made a difference as Bears running backs and receivers were passing through Eagles defenders like turnstiles.

But what happened to the defense does illustrate the shortsighted view of those who want to discount Samuel — who missed the game with a knee sprain — as a difference-maker on the field.

Next to defensive end Trent Cole, Samuel is the guy on the Eagles’ defense with whom the opposition is most concerned.

When he’s on the field, the opposing quarterback, wide receiver and offensive coordinator are thinking about him.

Asante Samuel Absence

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