While the offense for the Philadelphia Eagles has displayed flashes of brilliance under new coach Chip Kelly, the team’s defense has left a lot to be desired. The Eagles are giving up 434.0 yards per game in 2013, good for second-to-last in the NFL, as well as surrendering 31.8 points per contest. No matter how good your offense is, that level of defensive ineptitude won’t win you many games.
Cornerback Cary Williams recently spoke about the struggling Philly defense, saying he hopes the team can establish a nastier attitude that opponents will fear:
It’s still a little murky, but hopefully we can establish an identity that we can build on and play with confidence with.
I want to see a fearless defense, a feared defense. When you mention the Eagles’ name, there’s guys that don’t want to get hit, guys that aren’t completing routes, guys that aren’t completing runs. That’s the kind of defense we’re working towards. It’s just a matter of time (ESPN).
Philadelphia’s defense will have a chance to step up this weekend against rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who will be the starter for the Tamp Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have one of the most anemic offenses in the NFL, averaging only 11.0 points and 274.8 yards per game in 2013.