The Philadelphia Eagles special teams was certainly a sore spot last season. Through three pre-season games, it now looks like one of the strengths of the team. Damaris Johnson and Brandon Boykin both look electric on kickoff and punt returns, and the kick and punt coverage down field has also been excellent.
A lot of the credit for the vast improvement the special teams unit has shown so far has to go to new special teams coach Dave Fipp. He has been the assistant special teams coach on two units in the past few seasons that have finished in the top five in terms of special teams production, and it looks like he is making his mark on the Eagles’ special teams unit as well.
Last season was a disaster for the Eagles’ special teams group. They consistently started in poor field position, which put the offense in a bind, backed up in their own end of the field. They also gave up chunks of yards on kickoffs and punts. The punt game was especially terrible with no one consistent enough to rely on back there.
That changed when they brought in veteran Donnie Jones in. He has been booming punts, getting great hang time and distance, and flipping the field for the Eagles’ defense.
Games are won and lost on special teams. Especially tightly-contested games that are decided by a touchdown or less. The Eagles certainly lost their fair share of games last season due to poor play on special teams. With coach Fipp at the helm, the Eagles are now certain to win close games due in large part to stellar special teams play.