There is nothing better than a hard-hitting defense to a Philadelphia Eagles fan. If you took a poll around the city to see if “Philadelphians” would rather have a hard-hitting defense or a high-flying offense, I can almost guarantee that 75 percent of the fans would say hard-hitting. It’s what we relate too; we just can’t help it.
These past few years have been awful to watch from the defensive side of the ball. Seriously, they had to be the “softest” defense in the NFL the past few seasons. So obviously, the Eagles have revamped that side of the ball this offseason as they badly needed to get more physical. With all of the different moves they have made, the move that sticks out the most in my mind is Cary Williams.
Williams, 28, signed a three-year deal with the Eagles back in March and is coming off a big season with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. He has started all 32 games for the Ravens since he was inserted into a starting role in 2011.
Last season he had six interceptions (including playoffs), which would have led the Eagles. The biggest thing for me is that Williams missed only three tackles in 2012 while recording 72. Finally, a sure tackler.
Williams is not a shutdown corner, and I know that. However, what he does bring is an attitude. He brings an attitude that the Eagles defense has been missing for awhile as a physical, in your face type of corner.
I’m not really sure if the Eagles defense will be better next year, but the one thing that is for sure is that they will be physical. To me at least, that’s a start and Williams a key piece.