In the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, probably the most irritating a part of that sport was the efficiency of the Eagles Defense. This is now the fifth sport that the Eagles Defense allowed an opposing Quarterbacks to finish 80 p.c of their passes which ties an NFL file set in 2015 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Dak Prescott are among the many ten finest QBs within the NFL right this moment, this protection has appeared fully ineffective towards these three together with Derek Carr and Justin Herbert.
In his day after press convention, Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni tried to place the blame on his shoulders with the soccer model of “The Buck Stops With Me”:
“The way I speak to the defense is more so in the sense of, ‘Hey, here is what’s difficult for me as a coordinator.’ So, that’s why I say, first and foremost, whatever the issues are on this team offensively, defensively, special teams-wise, it all starts with me and me first. So, again, because I do have that expertise as an offense to be able to share this information with the defense. And it’s my job to be able to get some of those things worked into the equation.”
Sirianni has been constant by saying one thing comparable on Sunday Night within the submit sport press convention by laying this out for the media:
“Any time you play a quarterback like Justin Herbert…you have to be on your ‘A Game’ and (that) starts with us as coaches….So I’m not going to say Jonathan (Gannon) anything because that’s my name on that (loss). Whatever happens on that field my name is on (it): offensively (and) defensively. I’m not the offensive coordinator, I’m the head coach.”
While I respect Sirianni’s constant message and never throwing his Defensive Coordinator below the bus like he did a pair weeks in the past, that is simply empty phrases except we see one thing change or enhance over the following a number of weeks. This is an Eagles Defense that’s backside half of the league this season in Sacks (17) and solely seven groups have fewer this 12 months. Last season, the Eagles completed Third within the NFL in Sacks (48) and averaged 41.4 Sacks per 12 months within the 5 seasons below Jim Schwartz as Defensive Coordinator.
To me, the issue is Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon being inconsistent and never having the ability to put the gamers ready to achieve success regularly. This Eagles Defense has held opposing groups to below 20 Points in 4 video games this 12 months and the staff is 3-1 in these video games; That one loss the staff SHOULD have gained towards the 49ers (17-11 loss) however Nick Sirianni derailed the offense. It isn’t a coincidence that Brady, Mahomes, Herbert, Carr, and Prescott all had large video games towards the Eagles Defense and there’s not one who deserve extra blame than the Defensive Coordinator.
Sirianni can take all of the blame he desires, however Gannon is the defensive play caller and never Sirianni. Whether Gannon remains to be too inexperienced to be a superb Defensive Play Caller or he’s too cussed to make needed changes, this staff has no wins at house this season largely as a result of Gannon cannot get this proper!
10. Williams Fuller, 1994-1996
William Fuller performed three seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in every of his three seasons with the Eagles. In 46 video games he ranks No. 10 on the Eagles listing with 35.5 sacks.
9. Seth Joyner, 1986-1993
Seth Joyner was some of the common Eagles, and in 100 video games he file 37 profession sacks, good for No. 9 all-time on the groups sack listing.
8. Andy Harmon, 1991-1997
Andy Harmon is second behind Fletcher Cox on the Philadelphia Eagles all-time sack listing amongst defensive tackles with 39.5 and ranks No. 8 general.
7. Greg Brown, 1981-1986
Greg Brown performed from the Eagles from 1981-1987 and is No. 7 on the groups all-time sack listing with 50.5 sacks in 89 video games.
6. Hugh Douglas, 1998-2002, 04-05
Hugh Douglas is tied with Fletcher Cox for fifth all-time on the Eagles sack listing with 54.5 in 82 video games.
5. Fletcher Cox, 2012-Present
Fletcher Cox is presently tied for fifth place on the groups sack listing with 54.5. His subsequent sack will transfer him forward of Hugh Douglas into sole possession of fifth place.
4. Brandon Graham, 2010-Present
Brandon Graham is the No. 4 all-time chief in sacks for the Philadelphia Eagles with 59. He has perhaps probably the most well-known sack within the historical past of the franchise, with a strip sack of Tom Brady within the groups Super Bowl win.
3. Clyde Simmons, 1986-1993
Clyde Simmons ranks No. 3 all-time on the Eagles sack listing with 76. He led the NFL with 19 sacks in 1992 and completed his profession eleventh all time on the NFL sack listing, with 121.5.
2. Trent Cole, 2005-2014
Trent Cole is not any. 2 all-time on the Eagles sack with with 85.5 complete sacks. Cole was drafted by the Eagles within the fifth spherical of the 2005 NFL Draft and was a two-time Pro Bowler.
1. Reggie White, 1985-1992
Reggie White is the Eagles all-time sack chief with 124 sacks in 121 video games. The ‘Minister of Defense’ was one of many biggest defensive ends to ever play the sport and is a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 13-time Pro Bowl, and 13-time All-Pro choice holds second place all-time amongst NFL profession sack leaders with 198.