Check out this grid detailing the astounding performance of the 1991 Eagles defense.
Some highlights: The 1991 Eagles allowed less than 100 yards passing FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES. What’s more, no team threw for more than 233 yards passing in any game against that group. And, just for good measure, only two teams eclipsed the 100-yard mark against the Eagles that season. Remarkable.
While the game has changed over the past twenty years, take a look at how those numbers compare to the current defensive group.
Through only 12 games, the Eagles have allowed more than 233 yards passing five times, though only once (New England) has a team eclipsed the 300-yard mark. Perhaps more a more damning statistic is that opponents have hit the century-mark on the ground against the Eagles an embarrassing eight times.
The biggest difference between the ’91 group and this current bunch (aside from latter’s lack of intestinal fortitude) is that defensive coordinator Bud Carson’s defense was No. 1 against the rush, pass, and No. 1 in total yards. The 2011 Eagles are No. 13 against the pass, No. 17 against the run, and No. 17 in total yards.
And these numbers highlight the genesis of fans’ disgust and one of the most difficult things to swallow about this pathetic season. While past teams have played a physical brand of defense, ones that have stepped up in crucial moments, this team allows the big play at the worst time. It goes far beyond statistics. Statistics suggest this team has a mediocre defense, but it’s not mediocre. It’s abysmal. Opponents have scored touchdowns on 24 of 34 red zone drives against the Eagles this season. Moving forward, the Eagles need more Wes Hopkins, Seth Joyner, and Eric Allen and less Nate Allen, Moises Fokou, and Asante Samuel.