Safety Position Anything But For Philadelphia Eagles

By Matt Lombardo
Howard Smith – USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles know they have a problem at the safety position. That is easy to recognize.

Finding a solution for the Birds’ glaring hole in the defensive backfield is anything but a quick fix.

“There aren’t any safeties on the street, I can tell you that.” Head coach Chip Kelly said after Sunday’s 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers. “So we’re going to play with the ones we’ve got.”

Patrick Chung, Nate Allen and Earl Wolff all rotated in at safety against Philip Rivers and company on a defense that allowed 539 yards of total offense Sunday.

Rivers found Eddie Royal for three touchdowns and tight end Antonio Gates re-emerged as a favorite target against a 3-4 defense that theoretically is designed to limit production out of that position. Obviously that wasn’t the case in the Birds’ disastrous home opener.

“We’ve got to coach them better and put them in positions to make plays,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to make sure we put a game plan together so they understand it. It’s a simple deal.”

 There clearly are not viable players at the safety position available on the free agent wire, and this team likely will need to move forward with the players in place on the roster aided by only some simple schematic tweaks.
Part of that solution could easily be to increase the role of fifth-round rookie Wolff.

“I think Earl’s growing,” Kelly explained Monday. “We’ll continue to grow him, but he’s still making some mistakes out there and I think they’re bringing him along and are excited about what his future is, but we still don’t think he’s ready to play the whole game.”

 With dates against Alex Smith, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and eventually Aaron Rodgers looming on the Eagles schedule this certainly could be a problem that rears its ugly head time and time again this season.
Matt Lombardo is also an on-air personality on 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Join the conversation and follow Matt on Twitter

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