With wholesale change comes the chance to establish a new identity. Chip Kelly hired Billy Davis with the vision of returning the defense to prime form and so far this year, the unit has struggled.
Right now, the Philadelphia Eagles hold the 30th-ranked defense in the league. In between solid performances in Week 1 and last Sunday, we saw a mix of blown coverages, miscommunication, missed tackles and the usual problems for a group still learning the position and scheme.
CSNPhilly.com quoted Cary Williams on the defense:
“We got several new guys playing different positions, new guys that you haven’t seen, and you’re not even aware of how they like to function in the defense or what plays into their strengths. We haven’t played that long in a real environment. … It’s going to take some time. It’s going to take some development. When we’re building on those things, we’ll build a culture.”
This week is a prime chance to build that culture as the team faces Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon in the second start of his career. They also face an offensive line dealing with injuries and a dangerous rushing attack led by Doug Martin who, even though he has started slower this year, has enough skill to take over a game.
This is the second week in a row that Davis will scheme against a struggling offense and he must find ways to get pressure and confuse the young quarterback. The secondary will need to lock down a pair of skilled receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. This is the moment for Williams and Bradley Fletcher to show the team why they were signed in the first place.
There is a history here. This would be the week to connect with that history and put it on display. The Eagles need to make a statement in Tampa and this is the time to do it.