During the 2013 NFL Free Agency period, the Philadelphia Eagles made a huge splash as they signed multiple defensive players as part of their plan to overhaul the defense. With head coach Chip Kelly switching the defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4, the Eagles were in need of someone capable of playing nose tackle right away. The man the Eagles signed for the job is nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.
Sopoaga played in 125 games for the 49ers since 2005, starting in 71 of them. All of his starts came in the past five seasons. During his tenure in San Francisco, he has a career total of 217 tackles, seven-and-a-half sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. In the 49ers five postseason games over over the past two seasons, Sopoaga has 10 tackles and one sack.
Playing in the 3-4 defense for the 49ers, Sopoaga was a free agent with the experience that the Eagles wanted as they made the switch to the 3-4. The only bad thing for Sopoaga in San Francisco is that he only played in the 3-4 defense. When the 49ers switched their defensive package in the middle of the game, he would come off of the field. The 49ers were known to play in the nickel for most of each of their games.
While we don't know how much Chip Kelly will switch up the defense during the games, Sopoaga should see an increase in playing time here in Philadelphia that what he got when in San Francisco. We will see how well the new defense pans out once the preseason games start.
The signing of Sopoaga was probably the best one the Eagles made as they switch the defense because they really didn't have anyone that could take the nose tackle spot. All of Philadelphia is patiently waiting to see how all of the new defensive players are and what the new defense will be like.
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