Jim Schwartz is already putting his defensive pieces together in his new hometown of Philadelphia. Schwartzy and Dougy P came together and signed veteran linebacker, Stephen Tulloch, to a one year, 3 million dollar deal, with $1.75 million guaranteed (I'm giving Howie Roseman no credit because he is dead to me). Tulloch, 31, played for Jim Schwartz in Tennessee, from 2006 to 2008, and Detroit, from 2011 to 2013, so his strengths and weaknesses are well known to the new leader of the Bird Gang's defense.
Tulloch should be a good fit in Philadelphia. He provides a good veteran presence to teach the young guns how to play in Schwartz's defense. Maybe he can teach the whole team how to stay healthy, as over the past five years in Detroit, Tulloch played all 16 games in four different seasons.
While Tulloch has aged over the years, hampering his ability to cover the pass, he has proven to still be a formidable run stopper, recording 107 tackles for the Lions in 2015. Whether Stevie cracks the starting lineup or plays team mentor, this is a good sign for the Eagles. At $3 million, he's not costing a fortune, and with rookie linebacker Joe Walker going down with a season-ending injury in camp, the Eagles are thin at their second line of defense.
While the defense has looked good through two weeks of the preseason, I know damn well to not believe my eyes until the regular season. We'll see if adding Tulloch makes a good impact on this defense, but at the very least we should make him Carson Wentz's personal body guard, making sure that our new Jesus Christ doesn't so much as stub his toe. #GiveMeTheGingerOrGiveMeDeath!