Much has been made of the Philadelphia Eagles offense and how explosive it was, and how effective Chip Kelly was in year one of handling a professional franchise.
That is all well and good, but it is the other side of the ball that truly needs work. Kelly looks to have made a good hire, having Billy Davis man the defensive coordinator post. He got a lot done with very little this season. An injection of youth and talent is desperately needed on that side of the ball to make Davis’ job easier and to get this defense back to its glory days.
There were far too many breakdowns in coverage, specifically in that final playoff game. Receivers were getting behind safeties with ease, and a mediocre New Orleans Saints running attack somehow gashed the Eagles on the ground. The two big problem areas lie in the secondary and at outside linebacker. The Eagles simply need an impact defender in the back end either at safety or corner, and someone who can get after the quarterback.
Both of these glaring holes came back to haunt the Eagles in the end. The Eagles need to cut bait with veteran safety Patrick Chung. For a veteran ,he made far too many mental errors and just doesn’t have the goods to be a starting safety anymore. The jury is still out on Nate Allen, but Earl Wolff looks like a keeper.
It also may be time to move on from longtime Eagles veteran Trent Cole. He just isn’t the feared pass rusher he once was. The Eagles need to go back to building through the draft to patch up these holes. There’s no doubt that the Birds need to go defense-heavy in the upcoming draft. The offense looks pretty much good to go. If the Eagles can get their defense right, there is no telling what their ceiling is in the NFC.