After watching what was one of the most dull Super Bowls I’ve ever watched, I realized how dominate a defense can truly be. The Denver Broncos’ record setting offense were completely dismantled by the Seattle Seahawks’ defense. One of the best quarterbacks of all time and a future Hall of Famer could get nothing done against what the draft would suggest as a bunch of nobodies.
This year’s Philadelphia Eagles had one of the best and most innovative offenses I’ve seen in quite some time. With head coach Chip Kelly at the helm, this unit will continue to thrive and remain effective as the NFL progresses. But the Eagles’ defense could really learn something from the Seahawks. Obviously the Hawks have an extremely talented roster with depth to back it up, but it isn’t just raw talent. It’s the mentality.
After the departure of legendary Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, the Birds’ defense completely lost its identity. The “chip-on-the-shoulder mentality” that the Seahawks show in their continued defensive dominance is something that really boosts their play. Each member on that squad has something to prove: that they belong in the NFL.
Now, I’m not saying that Philadelphia needs to draft some low rounders and hope that they play with that chip on their shoulders, but someone needs to bring the fire. Someone needs to get on this roster that inspires the hearts and minds of this defensive unit. Where is the player who makes a hit and pumps up the defense? Where’s the player that goes crazy on the field and side line helping everyone remain focus and develop that killer instinct? The defense will be an elite unit without that psychological development.
I don’t know if there is a rookie in the draft that can bring the heat that this defense so desperately needs or a free agent but this has to be addressed. Either by defensive coordinator Billy Davis or one of the defensive captains. The team trusts and believes Kelly’s system and is one of the most fit and in shape teams in the NFL on both sides of the ball. A great character, the Eagles will continue to play for their coach.
If they can develop this killer mentality to not only outplay their opponents but to strike fear into the hearts of others to the point that they don’t want to be on the same field as them, this team’s potential has no limit. Their are many great offenses in the NFC that could keep up in a shoot out with the Birds. So, how to beat them? Play lock down defense.