Philadelphia Eagles’ Defense Still Not Good Enough

By Matt Shaner
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Billy Davis actually did some good things on Sunday. He was able to get pressure on Tony Romo and get some sacks. His unit had two interceptions and held a high-powered offense to 17 points. They did an admirable job but, at the point where they needed to make a stop, they were spineless again.

One third down play in the second half really stood out. Dez Bryant motioned to the slot and Trent Cole went out to cover him. I said to the television, “he’s throwing it to Bryant”, and that’s exactly what happened for an easy first down. If I can see this as a fan, than that’s a major problem for Davis. We have to come to an understanding here — the defense can only do so much with the players on the field.

Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly, in an attempt to rework this unit, changed up their free agent philosophy. They bought in players who were not big splash signings, guys like Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Even though they have bright spots, they are killing the Eagles with penalties and stupid choices. I’m tired of seeing 10-yard cushions and them easily getting beaten on quick slant routes.

Davis is just asking the opposition to throw against him underneath and they are doing it. He has yet to find an answer. I have no idea what his aversion is to press coverage, but maybe it is time to change things up. Of course, when you don’t have the players, it is a huge challenge.

This will truly be a rebuilding year and if I’m Kelly and Roseman, I’m thinking a heavy defensive overhaul in the offseason. The foundation isn’t there yet and they need some help quickly because the defense is breaking more than bending and there is no end in sight.

Matt Shaner is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @MDShanersports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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