The poor defense that the Philadelphia Eagles try to parade out on Sunday afternoons can be attributed to many sources, some as far back as Andy Reid and his lacking personnel moves when he controlled the drafts in the years before his dismissal. Howie Roseman hasn’t helped things since, also making some questionable draft selections and free agent signings. The talent just isn’t there, and young players with high expectations like Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox have been struggling the past few weeks. Billy Davis attempting to move this group to a different scheme that does not fit their players is only the icing on the cake. I’m here to tell you that the debate is over.
Now we have proof that Davis is not good enough.
A few things have emerged since the game on Sunday and two specific ones stand out. Birds 24/7 posted an interview with Earl Wolff where he analyzed some of his play on Sunday. In examining one of the red zone touchdowns he said: “Honestly, there’s not a whole lot I could have did there,” Wolff said. “I’m lined up inside and the only route that will get me is the out route. And that’s basically what it is. No lie, before the snap, I lined up, I said, ‘If he runs an out route, it’s a touchdown.’ That’s what I told myself, man. I was like, ‘I hope he doesn’t run an out route.’ And I kind of figured he was because on film, that’s what they did when they were in the bunch, No. 3 mostly runs an out route.”
“If he runs an out route, it’s a touchdown.”
Think about that for a second. This is a fifth round draft pick. This is a rookie, just starting in this league. How is it that he can make this read at the line and not Davis? Was Davis getting oxygen up in the booth from all the high air and watching his group get smoked?
The article continued to sight three more occasions where the wrong formations were in place. Here is Davis’ response: “That was my mistake,” Davis said. “I believe they were in three-wide receiver personnel grouping, so I got caught in a personnel I didn’t want to be in versus the no-huddle. So you can’t fix it in one play. I think they ran a sweep to the sideline and I fixed it. So that was my fault.”
I don’t know about you, but that’s not a quote I want from my coordinator. Give him a season maybe. If things don’t get better, start looking. Forget that, start looking now. If the Eagles want to win, Davis is not your man to run the defense, and he has a prime chance to right this ship on Sunday. If he loses, his seat will only get hotter in the City of Brotherly Love.