Defensive Coordinator: Billy Davis
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Fantasy Football Outlook: As a Ducks fan (live in Southern Oregon) you know I’m pulling for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. That said, I’m not a fan of the switch to a 3-4 base with the personnel they have to work with.
It will be interesting to see how defensive ends like Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Phillip Hunt will transition to playing outside linebacker. I’m also not sold on Mychal Kendricks becoming an inside backer in this style of defense, but only time will tell how they come together, or fail for that matter.
For many years the Eagles defense was one of the better fantasy plays but for now, look to this group as nothing but an option off the waiver wire. It will take some time for this group to come together so they probably won’t be an option to target until the second half of the season, if at all.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
Well things didn’t go so well for old Drew Team, as players were asked to play out of position, and too much stock was placed into the abilities of unproven linebackers and safeties.
While last season must have been the longest of then first year defensive coordinator Juan Castillo’s life, things should turn around.
Quietly, the Eagles have added respectable additions this offseason through free agency and especially in the draft. They first acquired DeMeco Ryans from Houston; he will be able to play the run much better than last years’ options.
In the draft I think the Eagles nailed some key contributors as Fletcher Cox will make an impact at tackle, especially on passing downs.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks should land a starting job on the weakside and eventually could find his way into the middle.
My favorite of the bunch is probably corner Brandon Boykin, mainly because he works as an inside slot, nickel corner and that keeps Nnamdi Asomugha on the outside, where he belongs.
Look for the Eagles to be a vastly improved group this year, and they should battle the Giants for the NFL lead in sacks all year.
Currently the Eagles are the sixth defense off the board, and that is fair when you consider the season they’re coming off of, and the division they play in. Still this is a group to target on draft day, with upside.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
While the Eagles have added some studly talent to their defense, it’s likely to take this group some time to gel. The Eagles are going to start a rookie in Casey Matthews at middle linebacker to go with a young overall linebacker core, and they will be young at the safety positions.
Factor in the loss of defensive tackle Mike Patterson from health problems and this team has some work to do to get their timing down together. This was very clear in their second preseason game against the Steelers, as their offense made them look foolish.
While the Eagles should be the top defense to own in the second half of the season, I’m going to drop them out of my top three defenses to draft. That may mean you won’t get them on draft day, but the Steelers, Packers, Saints and Patriots are ready to make an impact from week one on.
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August 2011 – Dream Team Comes Together
If the Eagles team defense isn’t the top overall defense in football, they should at least be the most dangerous group around. With additions of lineman like Jason Babin, Colin Jenkins the Eagles have an imposing pass rush as they team up with Trent Cole. Looking into the secondary, at this time the Eagles now have three number one corners in Asante Samuel, DRC and Nnamdi Asomugha.
This will be the top team defense on our ranking updates in August, and if they keep all three corners, I won’t be tempted to drop them out of the top ranking. This team is ready to rush the quarterback (sacks, fumbles) and make plays in the secondary (interceptions) at a pace that could be record breaking. Maybe they won’t break records, but they would be a nice group to add on your fantasy squad, throughout the season.
All signs point to the Eagles remaining one of the more reliable defenses you can draft as they will have a solid sack total and a respectable turnover total as well. With Michael Vick running the offense, the Eagles will continue to play from a lead in most games and that will set the defense up to make plays in predictable passing down situations.Trent Cole, Asante Samuel and the boys should have a feast once again on opposing quarterbacks.
The Eagles were able to overcome great adversity this offseason and still produce a solid defense in 2009. Expect the Eagles to produce another productive season in 2010.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Last offseason was a hard one for the Eagles defense as they lost their leader in Brian Dawkins to the Broncos and their defensive coordinator passed away. Beyond those crushing losses promising middle linebacker Stewart Bradley tore his acl in the summer and was done for the year.
All in all, this group kept a float as they finished the season with 40 turnovers, 44 sacks and six overall touchdowns on defense and special teams combined. For a team that went through so much these numbers are darn amazing, and it’s a testament to how well they coach and run their system.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Linebacker Stewart Bradley is back and the team did a good job in the draft when they picked up a bunch of talent to give this group more depth. The Eagles seem to thrive off of rotating players in and out as their secondary takes chances to make big plays.
Look for the Eagles’ defense to lead the charge for this team to have a winning season as they need to play well all year. That is exactly what they will do as they have more help to be a productive top ten fantasy defense once again in 2010. As always, they will struggle at times against the run, but overall they will be productive.
– Strong Depth And Great Coaching
– Shaky At Times Against The Run