5 Keys to success for the Philadelphia Eagles defense in 2022

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T.J. Edwards, Philadelphia Eagles
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The necessary ingredients for defensive success shouldn’t require overthinking.

After years of expressing our frustration over the Philadelphia Eagles’ negligence in upgrading their linebacker position, our cries have been heard. During the 2022-2023 NFL season, the linebacker corps will transition from being a weakness to a strength.

Let Haason Reddick feast!

Here’s a lesson in avoiding the desire to take too much from what goes on at training camp practice. During Philly’s first at camp, Haason Reddick was seen dropping into coverage, and as you might expect, there are a few people who aren’t happy about that.

Again, as A.I. would say, we’re talking about practice, and the Birds aren’t dummies. Everyone knows the best formula for Reddick’s success is to let him hunt.

He’s racked up 23.5 sacks in his last 32 regular-season games. If he does that in the City of Brotherly Love, he could run for city council.

Don’t forget about T.J. Edwards.

Once we reach September, we could potentially be looking at the 53-man roster that houses six linebackers. Let’s just assume for a moment that T.J. Edwards, Nakobe Dean, Kyzir White, Davion Taylor, Haason Reddick, and Kyron Johnson are the guys. That’s a nice-looking unit, and having T.J. in the room with those guys is invaluable.

He never seems to get the credit he deserves, and all he’s done is get better with every opportunity. His football I.Q. is through the roof. He’s proven to be valuable on defense and special teams, and his blocked punt versus the Carolina Panthers was one of the more underrated moments of the Eagles’ season.

Quietly he’s becoming one of the league’s best-kept secrets.