The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot of work to do if they want to catch up to NFC powerhouses like the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. We all saw how devastating a hard-hitting, aggressive defense can be as the Seahawks totally demoralized the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The real question is how can the Eagles join the NFL‘s elite? It starts on defense. Right now the Eagles’ secondary needs a complete overhaul. They got by last year, but it’s clear upgrades and depth are needed both at the safety and cornerback positions. Safety in particular is a sore spot for the Eagles. They need to re-think their philosophy on the position and find a hard-hitting, smart and instinctive safety who wears his emotions on his sleeve in the mold of, dare I say, Brian Dawkins.
Chip Kelly also loves press corners. That seems to be all the rage these days. The Eagles need to use the draft to select a young, big cornerback who can play press man coverage. A young, dynamic pass rusher would also be a godsend for the Eagles defense.
All of this is easier said than done. No doubt Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and company have their work cut out for them as they need to splash into free agency and go after at least one veteran safety who has proven himself in this league.
This offseason should be all about defense. The Eagles’ offense is relatively set at the skill positions and along the offensive line. If the Eagles can strike gold in free agency and the draft on defense we may be talking about them as the next NFC powerhouse.