By Michael Grimm
The Eagles have always had it in for Tom Brady, on the Pats and now the Bucs.
Brady has played against the Eagles in two of his 10 Super Bowl appearances, going 1-1.
He threw for 505 yards in a 41-33 loss to Nick Foles and the Birds four seasons ago.
Foles beat him again with the Bears in that Thursday night loss last year.
The seven-time Super Bowl champ is familiar with six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and defensive end Derek Barnett, who recovered Brandon Graham’s strip-sack to help secure the Eagles only Lombardi Trophy.
“It’s a really tough defense. They get a lot of pressure with those guys up front; they have one of the best D-lines in football,” Brady said.
“They’re doing some different things with their coverages. They have a talented group of players, no doubt. I think they’re kind of an ascending football team. They’re a very dangerous team. They’re very explosive on defense. Fletcher Cox, (Javon) Hargrave, they’re great players. Derek Barnett — I’ve played against him — great player.
“They’ve got a lot of guys that can rush, they’ve got a few real tricky blitzes. In coverage, they really make you earn it, they don’t give you anything. It’s a challenging game, absolutely.”