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Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis met with reporters Sunday. Below are three things that stood out.
1. We’ve written plenty in this space about the high number of snaps guys like DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin played last year. Part of that had to do with the defense’s inability to get off the field. Part of it had to do with the team’s lack of depth at certain spots. Part of it had to do with pace and style of the offense.
But going forward, Davis wants to get those guys off the field a little bit more.
“It’s something we are very concerned about,” he said. “We don’t want any of them to play all the snaps. It’s too many snaps for any one defensive player. We know we had way too many. It benefits both us and the player and DeMeco or Mychal [Kendricks] that we get a rotation in there, too. We’ll get that rotation all the time through different packages and with the addition like you touched on of some new players. It will give us a little bit more flexibility. Read more »
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The first fight of training camp featured a pair of prominent Eagles players.
At the end of the very first play of 7-on-7′s Sunday, a large scrum grew near the left sideline. In the middle LeSean McCoy and Trent Cole were locking horns. Teammates successfully separated the two for a moment until McCoy leaped back into the pile trying to get a shot at the outside linebacker. The two launched words back at one another as they were guided to different areas of the field. Eventually, the scene settled.
What happened? Read more »
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Billy Davis is hoping to build a mirrored defense, where one player can seamlessly take on the role of his counterpart in the name of disguise and scheme flexibility. The outside linebacker posts were hardly a reflection of one another in 2013, however. Read more »
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It will be interesting to see how the outside linebacker position shakes out this summer, particularly when it comes to Brandon Graham. Read more »
Billy Davis wants a mirrored defense.
The Eagles’ defensive coordinator spoke Monday for the first time since the team used a first-round pick on outside linebacker Marcus Smith. Smith has been practicing at the Jack spot this spring – the position occupied last year by Connor Barwin. Davis provided insight on what the plan is for the Birds’ rookie.
“Marcus is a young guy that we had to start at a position to learn it,” he said. “The positions can be mirrored or they can take on little different variations depending on who’s out there – who’s out there at that time or even in a series. So it’s very flexible what I can do with the Jack and the Predator. But Marcus, we started at the Jack. There’s probably a little bit more versatility and movement. More of what he did in college was the Jack so we started him there. But I’m willing to bet once he settles down a little bit he can go either side.” Read more »
During Thursday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex, Eagles rookie Marcus Smith had to wait his turn.
First he watched veteran Connor Barwin run with the first team. And then he kept his eye on free agent addition Bryan Braman, who ran with the twos.
This is the way Chip Kelly has done things since he arrived, and there are a couple reasons for his philosophy. One is relatively straightforward: Make rookies earn their standing. Let them know that nothing will be handed to them.
And the other is more practical. To maximize efficiency and practice fast, guys have to know what they’re doing and where they’re supposed to be on every rep. If one player is confused, the pace slows down, and as far as Kelly is concerned, that’s unacceptable.
“I’m a patient learner,” Smith said. “I try to take everything in that my coaches tell me and I try to integrate [it] every day in practice. If I mess up on something, I try to ask my coaches exactly what I messed up on so I can look at in on film and be able to correct myself.” Read more »
For the first time this spring, Eagles practice was open to the media. Here’s a running diary of what we saw: Read more »
We covered the offense yesterday. Here’s the position-by-position look at where the Eagles’ roster stands on defense. Read more »