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10 Minutes With Philadelphia Eagles DE Marcus Smith


On March 31, 2017 TGI Fridays in Bensalem hosted a VIP Launch Party to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. The event celebrated the nationwide launch of the popular restaurants’ endless appetizers. Friday’s was kind enough to extend me an invitation to take part in the festivities.

The long standing Bensalem staple donated a check to BBBS for $2,000.

One of the notable guest in attendance was Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Marcus Smith who happened to also be celebrating his birthday with his fiancé. While we stuffed our faces with endless mozzarella sticks, Marcus was nice enough to spend a few minutes with me talking about the upcoming season and his role in Jim Schwartz’s defense. The highlight are transcribed below, the whole interview can be heard above.

“How do you see yourself fitting in with Jim Schwartz’s defense with the amount of opportunity the depth chart is presenting right now?”

Marcus Smith: Well when I came into the league I always wanted to be a starter … So that’s my mentality I’m going in. I think I fit in perfectly with this defense. I had a solid year last year with the reps that I got. Going into this year they [the coaching staff] already told me I’d be getting more reps. All I can do is take what they tell me and take advantage of it

“Do you feel like you fit better in a 4-3 defense as opposed to a 3-4?”

MS: I’d say “yes” because in a 4-3 there’s not as much responsibility, my job is basically to go get the quarterback. In a 3-4 there’s a lot of other things that you need to be worrying about before the snap.

“Whose defense would you say that you feel more comfortable in Billy Davis or Jim Schwartz?”

MS: Jim Schwartz … his mentality is that he wants his players to just “go play.” I think sometimes some people make the game of football more complicated than it has to be. Jim Schwartz really narrows that down for the player

“How would you differentiate the coaching styles of Schwartz and Davis?”

MS: I think the last coaching staff was more conservative. We didn’t feel free to be who we were. Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz came in as more of a players coach(es). They They want us to show “who we are” on the football field. They want to have excitement;we’re a representation of him.

“How much interaction do you have with Doug Pederson versus Chip Kelly?”

MS: With Doug there’s a lot more communication. Chip would say something to you here and there but there was less communication with Chip… Doug makes you feel good to be in the building, you don’t have to go out of your way to speak to Doug.

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