Philadelphia Eagles: Super Secondary must Happen


Super Bowl Sunday. As a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles I am starting to believe that the Super Bowl is actually a made up thing of fiction like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. Seriously though, we have waited long enough.

While we are all watching this Super Bowl and wishing we were discussing the Philadelphia Eagles, I can’t help but keep thinking of where the Eagles need to improve. It’s no secret that I believe the key to success for this Eagles team to take the next step is to improve the defensive side of the football.

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  • I have written multiple posts about potential Philadelphia Eagle 2015 NFL Draft picks and others about how tough it will be to improve this defense. The more I dig into the numbers, the more I believe that the Eagles must make some major moves either via Free Agency or the NFL Draft to get some key defensive players.

    I read an article by Sheil Kapadia at Birds 24/7, with a very surprising defensive number. In his article, Sheil states that the Eagles held opposing quarterbacks to 58.4% completions.

    58.4 – The percentage of passes completed by opposing quarterbacks against the Eagles in 2014. That was good enough for 3rd best in the NFL. – Sheil Kapadia

    That number might seem surreal, especially when most people still have memories of Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher getting burned for touchdown after touchdown. This leads me to my 2nd point, while the Philadelphia Eagles defense was better than it looked, the problem is that when something didn’t go right, the defense was exposed to big plays.

    For better or for worse, Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis will be back next season. This was an unpopular decision in the eyes of most fans. Well let me give you some hope. If the Philadelphia Eagles can draft or acquire some upgrades at the corners and one safety position, this Eagles defensive unit should see significant improvement.

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    I say it should give you some hope because if the Philadelphia Eagles can hold opposing quarterbacks to only complete 58.4% of their passes with cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Cary Willams, then drafting some top notch talent could help Philly take the next leap. Some players I like are University of Washington cornerback Marcus Peters, Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes or possibly Alabama safety Landon Collins.

    I recently wrote an article about how the Eagles defensive scheme is VERY cornerback unfriendly. The Eagles defense is on the field so much that even when the defense plays well, at the end of the game it often appears that the defense was average. If the defense was off, the unit looked like every other play was a 30+ yard touchdown. Don’t get me wrong, the defense was not good, they just were better than they looked.

    It is for those reasons that I fully believe that the Philadelphia Eagles must absolutely draft either a top caliber cornerback or safety with their 2015 1st round draft choice. Even slight upgrades in the secondary could work wonders for this Philadelphia Eagles defense.

    Next: 2015 Eagles Mock Draft part 5

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