Billy Davis Backs His Corners

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Starting cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher have taken some heat for their play down the stretch against the Rams. While Billy Davis did not absolve them, he made the point that there is plenty of blame to go around for the late-game breakdowns on defense Sunday, and maintains that the Williams-Fletcher pairing is the one that gives the defense the best chance to be successful. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Rams, the Day After

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

In the final 18 minutes of Sunday’s win over the Rams, the Eagles’ defense gave up touchdown drives of 79, 62 and 75 yards.

Billy Davis’ unit was a complete mess. The only thing saving this performance from total meltdown status was a stop late in the fourth quarter that ensured a 34-28 victory.

Yet, when Chip Kelly stepped up to the podium for his post-game press conference, he pointed the finger at the guys on the other side of the ball. Read more »

‘A Win And A Knot In Our Gut’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Players and coaches seemed to be dealing with conflicting emotions following the Eagles’ 34-28 win over the Rams.

They walked off the field 4-1 and there is plenty to like about that, but the last quarter-plus Sunday left the team a bit unsettled, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Mileage On ‘D’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Close your eyes, Cary Williams. You’re not going to want to see this.

The defense was on the field for 42 minutes, 17 seconds Sunday and played 76 snaps. The workload is actually up a tick from last season. In 2013, the Eagles were last in the league in opponent snaps per game (71.6) and time of possession (33:40). Through four games this season, those numbers have risen to 73.8 plays and 35:38  TOP.

We know that Chip Kelly isn’t a time of possession guy, but is he at all worried about the miles being logged on defense? Read more »

Williams Penalty Huge As Eagles Fall To Niners

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

SANTA CLARA, CA. – The Eagles’ defense had just come up with a big stand.

The Niners started their third-quarter drive at the Eagle’ 23-yard line after the ball squirted away from Zach Ertz and into the arms of cornerback Perrish Cox. Colin Kaepernick was sacked by Connor Barwin and Casey Matthews on first down, then again on third down by Trent Cole to push San Francisco to the outer fringe of field goal range.

Then down came the laundry. Read more »

Cary Williams Needs to Follow DeSean Jackson Out of Town

Photo| Jeff Fusco.

Photo | Jeff Fusco.

After watching last Sunday’s win over the Redskins with four missing offensive linemen, a halfback who hasn’t done diddly and a quarterback bruised like a late summer peach, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Eagles may never lose.

They are a 6  1/2 point underdog this week at San Francisco, but he way the Birds pull out fourth-quarter victories, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they upset the 49ers. And even if they do lose, at the very worst they’d likely head into their week 7 bye with a sterling 5-1 record, which would put them right into a legitimate conversation of, dare I say, the Super Bowl?

Yet, something troubles me these crisp autumn days, and his name is Cary Williams.

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All-22: Issues Plaguing the Eagles’ Defense

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Billy Davis has had to strike a balance quite a bit since taking over as the Eagles defensive coordinator last year.

He is honest in admitting when his unit doesn’t play well, but he’s also a positive person by nature and tries to look ahead. After all, it’s not like the defense is loaded with talent, and the team is 3-0 heading into Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

“We weren’t playing well at all in that game, and we gave up a lot of yards and all those things,” Davis said Tuesday. “And most teams I’ve been with would let those bad plays ‑ we had five X plays. Most of the time you get in such a tank that at the end of the game when you have to defend 6 yards to win it, you don’t have the mental toughness to do it because you’re still frustrated from the bad game you’re playing. And our group didn’t show any signs of that. They showed such mental toughness and strength that we had to defend 6 yards for four downs, and they stepped up and got that done.”

On seven of 12 possessions, Washington’s offense either scored a touchdown or set up for a field goal. Kirk Cousins went 30-for-48 for 427 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. While Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Boykin made some nice plays down the stretch, this was the definition of a defense getting picked apart.

Cousins played at a high level for most of the game, getting rid of the ball quickly and making some impressive throws into tight window. But this is the NFL, and there are a lot of good quarterbacks. At some point, just giving the other guys credit is no longer valid.

Keeping that in mind, below is a look at some of the key issues that hurt the Eagles Sunday. And in case you missed it, yesterday we provided a player-by-player breakdown. Read more »

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