Can The Eagles Defense Continue to Take Flight?

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Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The New England Patriots offense and Philadelphia Eagles defense line up for a play during the second half of a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots won 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Is it likely for the Eagles to make the same amount of year-over-year progress from a numerical standpoint in 2014? It’s impossible to say, simply because a stat that’s good enough for 10th in 2013 could only net 18th the following year. It’s clear that Davis needs more pieces to mold, and after a year in his system the view on the outside looking in is clear: the Eagles need to acquire a physical pass-rushing threat to compliment Connor Barwin at outside linebacker, a cornerback who can continue to constrict opposing quarterback’s throwing lanes and most importantly, the team needs a safety that offenses fear. Inside the Iggles writer Matt Giraldi recently published an article on which safeties the Eagles could be targeting this offseason, and I’m confident to say at least one of those players will be Eagles by the time the Draft is over. While the exact lineup of players that Davis will field next year is still very much to be determined, it’s time to feel confident that he’ll be able to continue to improve a unit that has already surpassed expectations.

 

Pro Football Reference. “2012 Philadelphia Eagles”. 14 Jan. 2014.
Pro Football Reference. “2013 Philadelphia Eagles“. 14 Jan. 2014.
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Topics: Bill Davis, Chip Kelly, Defense, Fletcher Cox, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Trent Cole

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