5. Ken Flajole’s track record in Philadelphia is already quite impressive.
Flajole left Cleveland and joined Doug Pederson’s staff in 2016. Nigel Bradham joined the team that same year. While he was solid in Buffalo during his first four NFL seasons, 2014 featured some of his best work, but once he arrived in Philly, he really took off.
In nearly the same amount of games that he played in Buffalo, Bradham had 77 more tackles, eight more tackles for loss, 11 more passes defended, one more forced fumble, three more fumbles recovered, and one more interception during his tenure in Philly than he did in upstate New York.
In Philly, Bradham stepped into a bigger role and transitioned from the outside to middle linebacker after Jordan Hicks left. It was with the ‘Birds’ where Bradham really came into his own. Hicks, another disciple, had all of the tools. He struggled to stay on the field but was a crucial part of the defense when he was available.
Kamu Grugier-Hill also grew tremendously with Flajole’s guidance. He wasn’t much more than a special teams player in his first two seasons with the Eagles and then made strides to become a contributor on defense. Eagles fans have also watched Nathan Gerry step into the starting lineup. His development is another testament to Flajole’s ability.
Gerry finished second on the team in tackles and was among the team leaders in interceptions. He and T.J. Edwards figure to be team leaders in 2020. Edwards went from being an undrafted rookie to playing a huge role down the stretch in 2019. Adding the talent that Philly has in the most recent draft, Shaun Bradley and Davion Taylor should give fans reason to be optimistic about this unit’s future.