The Philadelphia Eagles‘ secondary regressed big time on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota Vikings receivers were running wide open as multiple breakdowns occurred in the secondary that had hadn’t been apparent all season long.
The Eagles in the back end may finally be showing their true colors. At corner they feature two hard-working, veteran types in Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Neither jumps off the screen with talent. Williams in particular was torched and was later benched for taunting the opposition by head coach Chip Kelly.
Another guy that was picked on often was veteran safety Patrick Chung, and he even got benched in favor of Kurt Coleman. Rookie Earl Wolff can’t come back soon enough to help stabilize the safety position.
If there are two weak spots for the Eagles they both are on the defensive side of the ball with the lack of a stud pass rusher and a bona fide, No. 1 shutdown corner. Every team, even the contenders have their weaknesses, but these two are really glaringly obvious for the Eagles.
This is why defensive coordinator Billy Davis has done such a masterful job up until this point. Obviously Sunday was not his finest hour, but until yesterday the Eagles’ defense had held its last nine opponents to 21 points or less — a league best mark.
Who knew that streak would end to the Vikings with a backup quarterback and a third string running back of all teams? It was certainly an afternoon to forget for the Eagles, and the secondary may ultimately become the team’s undoing in the end.