If Jonathan Gannon’s defense can get rolling, watch out for the 2022 Eagles.
Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships. How many times have you heard that? In Philadelphia, there are a few more theories that we can add to that way of thinking.
It’s always great when the Eagles win. It’s an even better win when the defense is rolling and guys on the other team are getting punched in the face.
There aren’t many Birds fans that remember the Body Bag Game that can’t tell you how many of Washington’s players left the field with injuries (nine) or that Brian Mitchell had to enter the game to play quarterback after Washington lost all of their signal-callers to injury. Finding someone who remembers the final score is a much more difficult task.
After months of speculation about head-coaching opportunities, it appears that Jonathan Gannon will remain in the City of Brotherly Love as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator in 2022. He’s been under fire, and that’s putting things very mildly.
Watching your favorite team’s defense get bullied is hard to watch. Watching Philly’s defense make average quarterbacks look like future Hall-of-Famers feels like the equivalent of being dunked on or knocked out in the boxing ring. No one wants to see a repeat performance in 2022.
There’s hope. This team has veteran star power (Darius Slay and Javon Hargrave for instance). They have young stars in the making (think Milton Williams and T.J. Edwards).
With three first-round draft choices and money to spend in free agency, this unit can get very good and do so very quickly. It won’t be Bud Carson or Jim Johnson-esque, but it won’t be the nightmare we kept waking up to during the 2021-2022 NFL season either.
Oh, and by the way, the final score of the Body Bag Game was 28-14 in favor of the Eagles.