I know much of the criticism of the Eagles defensive play has been focused on the secondary, but the problems in the secondary also involve the team’s defensive line. The Eagles defensive line had some dominant performances earlier this season but they haven’t been able to put consistent pass rush pressure on opponents of late.
It doesn’t look good for the Eagles defense going into the playoffs. If the Birds win a game or two, it will be because of their offense. The defense just isn’t getting it done.
They are struggling to cover people and put pressure on the quarterback.
What has happened to the Eagles number one pass rusher Trent Cole? Cole got off to a quick start in 2010 but hasn’t had a big sack game in over a month. He was one of the NFL sack leaders early in the season, but I think he’s been drained by playing full time against all these big offensive linemen.
Cole and his buddies may get the week off this weekend, but they’ll have their work cut out for them next weekend. They’ve got to step up their level of play and it must start with Cole. He’s supposed to be the leader.
Pass rush hopeful, rookie defensive end Brandon Graham is out for the season, so Cole won’t be getting any help from him in the playoffs.
Veteran Juqua Parker seems to wear down every year after having a big game or two. Darryl Tapp has had his moments, but he hasn’t been consistent.
Yesterday the Birds signed veteran defensive Bobby McCray after releasing Derrick Burgess. You can see that they’re searching for answers, but having difficulty finding them.
The defensive tackles have done a very good job versus the run for most of the season, but they can’t rely on them for help against the pass.
Imagine a talented quarterback like Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers operating against the Eagles porous secondary without any pass rush pressure on him. If the Birds play the Giants again, what would stop Eli Manning from throwing another four touchdown passes against them.