After 12 weeks have passed this season and the way our defense has looked lately, I decided to see how good 'ol Asante was doing in Philly and what if any improvement he would be over O'Neal. I expected to see some significant differences but there was only one. Now I know I am comparing stats only and Asante would probably be an upgrade over O'Neal in our defense but this is how things have played out so... Samuel has played and started in all 11 games. O'Neal has played in all 11 but started 9. Samuel has 27 tackles total, 24 solo. O'Neal has 25 tackles total, 24 solo. Samuel has 3 interceptions for 14 yards, O'Neal has 3 interceptions for 49 yards. Here is the big difference... Samuel has 22 passes defensed, O'Neal has 8. Maybe this is where Asante is missed most? Maybe some of these 3rd and longs aren't completed, rather batted away? Everything else is comparable taking into consideration that both guys are in a new defense this year. I do know that the Philly D gets more pressure on the QB and I'm sure that plays into it as well but other than that... I have been mildly impressed with the play of the secondary. Who would've thought in the beginning of this year Meriweather would have more INT's (4) than Asante (3)? I don't think the main weakness of our D is the secondary rather the front 7. Without pressure guys will get open in the secondary and the QB's are able to just play pitch and catch with his WR's, and TE's without the threat of being smacked into the ground.