The Philadelphia Eagles‘ defense seemed to regress last night after a solid showing last week. Chad Henne, not exactly Joe Montana under center, marched the football right down the field on the opening drive against the Eagles’ No. 1 defense.
The secondary is still a major concern. The coverage is too loose, and they aren’t making plays and creating turnovers either. Another disturbing trend continued in that the Eagles’ defense gave up another long touchdown run. This happened on multiple occasions in the first preseason game, and happened once again as they gave up a 63 yard scamper to the end zone.
It is becoming clear that the defense is going to take its lumps this season. New defensive coordinator Billy Davis is trying to move his troops to a 3-4 defense, and they simply don’t have all the pieces to make that transition just yet. Brandon Graham in particular, while an effective pass rusher, seems a bit lost in this defense, and doesn’t have the requisite cover skills to be a pure 3-4 outside linebacker. He may be trade bait before long. Trent Cole is also a veteran who may not have many more years left in this, or any, defense.
In all reality, building this defense is going to take a few offseasons and drafts. Head coach Chip Kelly and Davis need to get their ideal players in here. Right now, outside linebacker and the secondary spots at corner and safety look like major weak points. This will have to be addressed in future offseasons, but for right now they have to go with a patch work unit at those spots and see if they can survive.
Have patience folks. Kelly has a vision for what he wants on both sides of the ball, and that vision seems to be coming to fruition on offense. Once he has all the pieces in place on defense, this could be a special team.