Eagles most negatively impacted by Philadelphia’s abbreviated offseason

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The Eagles’ decision to cancel minicamp isn’t going to help their defensive coordinator very much.

Go back and watch the games in which the Eagles’ defense faced superior competition on the other side of the ball at the quarterback position. It wasn’t pretty. As a matter of fact, the ball rarely touched the ground.

Facing the six best quarterbacks on their 2021-2022 schedule, Philly’s defense was only able to force 36 incompletions, and even though, more often than not, they beat the teams that they were supposed to beat (try not to think about that game at MetLife Stadium versus the New York Giants), there were times in which they made average to sub-par quarterbacks look like Joe Montana.

And, you think this team can afford to take extra days off, huh? Remember that Wild Card game versus the Buccaneers in Tampa last January?

We were told a lot about Jonathan Gannon‘s defense. He didn’t have the right guys. He didn’t run the right scheme. He was too conservative. The excuses are over now.

Through free agency and the most recent draft, Philadelphia has upgraded its roster, but there are a lot of new faces. It would seem as though they’d want to get plans in place and get the new guys up to speed as quickly as possible, especially if there are serious plans to introduce a new scheme and move from the 4-3 defensive alignment to the 3-4.

Don’t look now, but it appears as though J.G.’s defensive facelift may be slightly behind schedule by the time we reach the beginning of Eagles camp.