After a tough road loss against a familiar foe, Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman have some thinking to do regarding the state of the secondary.
You’ve probably heard the news by now if you didn’t see it live. The Philadelphia Eagles fell to a 3-3 win-loss record thanks to the Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins. One thing is even more clear now than it was before. Philly’s pass defense is mediocre at best. Allowing Cousins to throw for 333 yards and for Stefon Diggs to, once again, become Fantasy relevant.
The Eagles have a serious problem to address, and it’s not their need to add another receiver. This loss doesn’t directly affect the Eagles’ hopes of a Super Bowl push, but without the proper adjustments, there won’t be a parade down Broad Street any time soon.
With upcoming games against Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, Doug Pederson cannot afford to continue this path with the current lineup at cornerback. Sidney Jones proved to be ineffective after coming back from injury and Rasul Douglas, arguably the best corner on the team, was too slow in coverage.
The bright side is seeing this may be a catalyst for Howie Roseman to start making calls. How can he not (if he hasn’t already)? One of the foundations of the Eagles’ success en route to a Lombardi Trophy in 2017 was scoring early and forcing the opposition to chase them.
Without a strong pass defense, Carson Wentz will always be forced into the position of having to battle back in the late stages of games against tougher teams.
Here’s a quote.
"Obviously, football is a team sport and I’m sensitive to what individual insight or viewpoint or requests (there) might be, but we have to do the right thing for the team. We value (what Jalen Ramsey) adds for us, to the Jaguars. I think we value him highly. We’re still looking at what is the right thing for the Jaguars, and I think right now the best thing is to have him be part of the team."
There’s just one issue. He hasn’t been a part of the team.
Ramsey sat out for the second-straight game after never missing one in his career. Essentially, what Khan and the Jacksonville Jaguars are fighting so hard for is a disgruntled corner who has made it clear that he will not play another down for them.
With an ongoing media storm surrounding the situation, it may be best for Khan to cut his losses quickly and trade Ramsey. After all, he wants what’s best for the team, right? Currently, at 2-4, the Jaguars are probably not expecting a playoff push this season, so it would be a wise move to acquire some trading capital and strengthen their team for next year instead.
This is where Roseman and the Eagles come in. If CEO and chairman Jeffrey Lurie, Coach Pederson, and Howie Roseman are serious about another Super Bowl, this would be a strong move. Price shouldn’t matter.
Regardless of whether Ramsey is the solution or someone else, everyone can agree that a trade needs to be made. A treacherous six-game stretch begins with an 0-1 start, and the Eagles can’t continue on this path if they want to be playing in Miami Gardens come February.