Carolina safety Kurt Coleman knows about a dozen Philadelphia players who are left from Coleman’s four-year stint with the Eagles. And the Panthers free safety knows something else: the Eagles’ defensive signals.
But Coleman doubts Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly will change the signals in advance of Sunday’s game at Carolina.
“I doubt they would change them up just because of me. And to be honest, I’m not on the offensive side of things,” Coleman said. “They (Panthers’ offensive players) watch enough film, they understand the scheme and what the guys are doing. It’s not going to matter if I’m giving tips. (It’s) defeating the guy in front of you.”
Coleman’s rookie season in 2010 coincided with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott’s final year running the Eagles defense. Coleman’s final year in Philly was 2013, Kelly’s first season after being hired away from Oregon.
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said Coleman has shared “whatever knowledge” he has this week, although his teammates have gleaned plenty themselves.
“We’ve played them before and a lot of the stuff is still the same just different personnel,” Davis said.
Coleman said Eagles fans’ reputation for being passionate, putting it kindly, is well founded. While Coleman never told his wife and family to avoid coming to home games at Lincoln Financial Field, there were games they got an earful.
“There were times when we went 4-12 and 8-8 and during those times, I know my wife would get yelled at. I know I certainly got yelled at,” Coleman said. “But that is what it is.”