Missed Tackles continue to plague the Philadelphia Eagles, and that was on full display last Sunday afternoon. A huge reason for the Eagles’ historic defensive struggles has simply been failing to get a man to the ground once he catches the ball.
The Eagles had supposedly signed two sure tackling corners in Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher in the 0ffseason. This has not come to fruition so far. Williams in particular has been the culprit of many whiffed tackle attempts and hasn’t exactly been a world beater in coverage either. Despite the Eagles’ woeful numbers on defense where they are ranked dead last in the league in total yards allowed they haven’t yet given up any big plays over the top.
What they have allowed opposing offenses to do is use their run after catch skills on short and intermediate passes to gain chunks of extra yardage which is unacceptable for any defense. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis has to go back to the well and teach tackling again and again. The Eagles will need every lesson they can get.
It is becoming apparent with every painful week that this team just doesn’t have the talent to be a good unit. The effort is there for the most part, but the players are not in place to play a 3-4. The rebuild is going to have to start this offseason in the draft and free agency. A help wanted sign should be up with pass rushers and cornerbacks needed.
If there is one week for this defense to show up, it is Sunday against the hated rival New York Giants. The Eagles’ season depends on it.