In exactly three weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Head coach Chip Kelly’s successful campaign last year put the NFL on notice as an offensive powerhouse, in the beginning stages of becoming a juggernaut. Offensively, a few things have changed since the conclusion of last season.
Previous quarterback coach Bill Lazor left town and went down to South Beach. Bill Musgrave is now his replacement. The bigger change of the season came when Chip Kelly & Co. decided to part ways with wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson opted to remain in the division, with the Washington Redskins employing his services. Philly kept on rolling, selecting key players in the draft, such as wide receiver and second round pick Jordan Matthews, and picked up another receiver in Josh Huff. Oh, Philadelphia also made a trade for running back Darren Sproles. On paper, the Eagles are going to continue to explode on all cylinders.
The defense does not seem much different although there are a few new faces this year around. Safety Malcolm Jenkins is hoping to anchor down the secondary. The Eagles spent their first round pick on linebacker Marcus Smith II. Philadelphia picked up couple more defensive backs and linebackers in the offseason.
Preseason is the perfect time and opportunity to build continuity between team’s chemistry and effectiveness. It is not always wise to judge a team by preseason play alone, but so far, defensively, the Eagles look like they are in a lot of trouble – or can definitely be in trouble soon. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis heavily focuses on scheme however, his scheme does not appear to be that good – not top 15-10 good. The idea of playing Jacksonville last year would have Eagles fan licking their chops. Right now, it may feel like the exact opposite.
I am not ready to dine just yet. I do not think this team is ready to start eating. I can see a bunch of silly mistakes and rushed decisions happening during that game. There is no need to panic, sure. The Eagles are not the Cleveland Browns, although, I wish they had some of the Cleveland Browns defensive ferociousness. There are two more preseason games left to play before the opening showdown, and let us hope the Eagles come prepared in September.
Get all the dumb mistakes out now, make all the necessary corrections now, so that in September the absolute best team comes to play, and leave with a W. Please, no trap games.
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