Nate Allen has been under much criticism for a majority of his time as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for underperforming and not being a steady force at safety. Allen has proven those critics wrong this year.
Allen has thrived in Billy Davis‘ defensive scheme, which has his safeties focus more on pass defense than helping out in the run game. He isn’t allowing any big plays, and his tackling form has been excellent. Tackling was previously a major issue for Allen as we had seen him get bulldozed by bigger running backs and receivers quite a few times.
Not this year. It looks like Allen made a conscious effort in the offseason to improve that part of his game, and it has paid off. The second-round pick in 2010 is finally starting to play like one.
Overall, this defense is performing at a much higher level than expected in year one under Davis. Remarkably, they are the only defense to give up less than 21 points in the last seven games in the entire league. A much-maligned secondary has been solid all around in the back end. Credit GM Howie Roseman for going out and getting high-effort guys like Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher.
A ton of credit also goes to Davis. He has helped make the transition from 4-3 to 3-4, a change which often takes a year or more for some players to get acclimated to. Guys are flying to the ball. The secondary isn’t making any mistakes, a refreshing change from the last few years, and a guy like Allen who hadn’t lived up to his potential is starting to play great football.
This defense is really starting to gel and come together. The best is still yet to come.