The Eagles come into the season with a front four on the defensive line that could be deadly. Currently the starting defensive line will consist of all-pro DE Trent Cole, DT Brodrick Bunkley, DT Mike Patterson, and either vertern DE Juqua Parker or high-motored Rookie DE Brandon Graham. There have been many departures on the defensive side of the ball over the past two seasons and as a result, the defense has moved from a wise, experienced team to one that is young but extremely talented.
This Eagles defense is much different than the ones we have become accustomed to over the past decade. During McNabb’s tenure the defense relied heavily on the blitz to force turnovers. They allowed their secondary to be exposed because they had the talent to lineup one-on-one with wideouts in the league. Last season, we did not see as much of the blitz and when we did it was not too effective. This season the Eagles are looking to generate more pressure from their line so they will not have to bring the house every play and leave the secondary out to dry.
I have my concerns about this secondary, but with a great pass rush this now allows for more players to drop into coverage and hopefully force more turnovers. The Eagles have the talent on this defensive line to be a real force and the team has put a lot of effort in the draft over the last couple of years to bolster this line – they now have three first round picks on the defensive line that should see significant time. As Andy always says, “It starts in the trenches” and in order for this defense to be successful it must start up front.
After all how can we forget the run the Gaints made to the Super Bowl with their pass-rush or how the Cowboys blew up the Eagles O-line down the stretch last season?
Will this be the season that the league fears the Eagles pass-rush?