At first glance, the most glaring need to a quickly improved Philadelphia Eagles’ defense would be in the secondary, at safety. Finishing dead last in the NFL against the pass, along with seeing some improved play at the cornerback positions, it would seem obvious that the Eagles are again looking for a viable safety.
The injury part way through the year to newcomer Earl Wolff didn’t help much. Wolff figures to be part of the picture in 2014, but just how quickly he’ll move along is yet to be seen. He still has a great up-side and performed as well as any of his counterparts at the position this season, regardless of being a rookie.
The project of Nate Allen should be coming to a close, with yet another season passing and lacking in the caliber of consistent performance necessary to produce at safety, the Eagles would be better suited to find a replacement. Obviously, that’s easier said than done, especially looking at their 2013 offseason signing of Patrick Chung, who clearly didn’t provide the presence that they were looking for. Free agency would be the easiest way to get a game ready player, but looking at the draft would provide them with longevity and a chance to continue and build from the ground up. Either way it will be a need, but is it the most glaring?
Although Philadelphia is young and still developing, they lack the high profile pass rusher that most playoff caliber teams count on to cause havoc. This area would not only improve play up-front and allow them to get more pressure on the quarterback, sending fewer bodies, but it would also help to improve their other area of distress.
The secondary would be under less pressure if they were required to cover for shorter periods of time. Although the safety position is glaring, an argument can be had for a high profile pass rusher being first and foremost on the list of musts this off-season.