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.”
“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.”