After the first preseason game, the defense was the hot topic for the Philadelphia Eagles aside from the quarterbacks situation. The team made a complete turnaround in their second preseason game on the defensive side of the ball, even though they were playing the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are really not a team to judge yourself on, but I will take it. It’s the preseason, so it works for me. The tackling was better and just the overall instincts were better on that side of the ball.
The first unit allowed only 50 yards rushing in the first half, and that is a far cry from what they allowed in the opener. They also held Cam Newton to a 47 percent completion rate. Overall, the Eagles held the Panthers to just 278 yards total (204 passing and 74 rushing). Yes, I know it’s the Panthers, but it’s progress, people.
There was one thing that I found a little odd though. Cary Williams, who was making his Eagles debut, didn’t even line up in press coverage that I saw. I could have missed it, but my point is that is his MO. That is what Cary does best, giving receivers all kinds of problems at the line of scrimmage. Actually, the Eagles’ corners didn’t do much of that at all. It’s really not that big of a deal. Billy Davis is likely messing around with things to see what works and what doesn’t.
Like I said before, I just found it a little odd with Cary especially. If Cary is not playing up on the line of scrimmage he becomes just an average NFL corner. By the way, Cedric Thornton was very good out there.