Eagles Defense Beginning To Get PhysicalBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Fists have been an active part of training camp a mere few practices in the books. Trent Cole and Bradley Fletcher have been involved in scuffles, and both have implied that the defense is something that opposing teams in the NFL are going to fear this season.
Players on defense are looking to erase the label of keeping the Eagles from reaching their full potential. When you hear mention of the Chip Kelly Eagles, you think high scoring, quick pace offense.
Defensively, experts project the Eagles to be in the bottom third of the league, questioning if they have enough playmakers or true “3-4” players to contend with the better offenses in the league. When Malcom Jenkins is your biggest splash in free agency, and the rest of your defense is filled with “good” players but none mentioned as “elite,” theoretically you will be questioned until you prove something.
Playing with a chip on your shoulder, having determination not to silence the critics but to buy into what the coaching staff is preaching; it’s a good start to constructing an identity. The mentality of playing defense can’t be compared to the luxuries of playing offense in the current NFL. All you have to do is to dial back to the Super Bowl, as good as the Seahawks were on defense all season long, very few felt they could contend with the record breaking offense of the Denver Broncos.
I fully support the Eagles defense looking to “mix it up” this season. I would like it however if our best offensive player in LeSean McCoy and projected number one wide receiver Jeremy Maclin were not on the other side.
If the guys on defense could wait until Friday August 8th with our match up with the Chicago Bears for the first pre-season game, I’d like to remove any additional opportunities for player injury.
Maybe, just maybe this defense is going to be “factor” going into the season. It would an unexpected addition to an offense that has already established itself as one of the best in the league.
The defense is creating noise, and fans are ready for it. It’s been an ugly decline since the days of Dawkins and the failure of the “Dream Team” additions. Philly loves their football, and the fan base would certainly get excited about having a unit that could “lay someone out.”
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