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Bowles won’t take credit for recent Eagles improvement

Todd Bowles AP

There has been a degree of improvement in the Eagles’ defense lately, but coordinator Todd Bowles isn’t going to take credit for it, or suggest that making it sooner would have turned a 4-10 season around.

“No, as a football coach you go every week, and every week is a different week . . . you can’t look back at the season until after the season,” Bowles said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “Things happen during the year that you have to adjust and adapt to, and you just move forward.”

The difference in the Eagles defense has been stark in recent weeks. They’ve held their past two opponents to sub-80 passer ratings, after six straight weeks of allowing 120-plus ratings. It’s easy to draw the line between the improvement and the firing of defensive line coach Jim Washburn and his “wide-nine” scheme, but Bowles wasn’t taking that bait either.

Asked if the Eagles defense could look this good if he’d had the chance to do it his way all season, Bowles took the Carnac defense.

“If I knew the answer to that, I’d be sitting here with a turban and a crystal ball,” Bowles said.

And if he had one of those, he could use it to tell where he’d be working in two weeks.

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21 Responses to “Bowles won’t take credit for recent Eagles improvement”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Dec 21, 2012 10:29 AM

    Next year Dream Team 3.0 will win the Superbowl.

  2. hendawg21 says: Dec 21, 2012 10:31 AM

    Improvement? Since when? The last 4 games on avg. they’ve given up 30.7 pts per game during that stretch they’ve played Carolina, Dallas, TB, and Cincinnati…their past two opponents Andy Dalton and Josh Freema. So tell me what are you trying to sell here???

  3. cruciankenny says: Dec 21, 2012 10:43 AM

    Either way, in two weeks, other jobs will be looking for him; if the improvement continues!

  4. szwhtsup123 says: Dec 21, 2012 10:49 AM

    As long as they play well on Sunday. C’mon man, make a stand! Stop Robert Griffin and show the world you can do it! Don’t lay down for them!

  5. eaglesw00t says: Dec 21, 2012 10:51 AM

    fuglyflorio says:
    Dec 21, 2012 10:29 AM
    Next year Dream Team 3.0 will win the Superbowl

    —————–

    Its amazing how the ignorant and uneducated manage to stick to one idea like glue, and their minds cant get past that idea.

    Im guessing the name JenniferX, or whatever it was got banned? Youre definitely the same commenter. Is that going to be your default comment in 5 years too? Dream team?

    If thats the best you can come up with, I feel sorry for you.

  6. bleedgreen says: Dec 21, 2012 10:56 AM

    The difference has been Tommy Brasher as the D-Line coach. Since he’s been back, they’ve actually gotten sacks on a consistent basis. I’m pretty sure they went 4 or 5 games without a SINGLE sack at one point this year.

  7. justinnoah says: Dec 21, 2012 10:59 AM

    @eagleswoot, why are you mad about the Dream Team reference? It’s not like the person made that up. One of your players said it. Maybe it’s getting old for you, but the poster was just trying to be funny… let’s face it, when you make statements that you are a “dream team”, some people don’t forget that type of trash talk bravado.

  8. eaglesw00t says: Dec 21, 2012 11:01 AM

    cruciankenny says:
    Dec 21, 2012 10:43 AM
    Either way, in two weeks, other jobs will be looking for him; if the improvement continues!

    ——————

    I think so. I dont think you can put any of the Eagles failures on him. This Eagles team is just a disaster. If I were a team on the rise, I would still give Bowles a shot. He did a really good job in Miami. He was just dealt a poop sandwich in Philadelphia.

  9. cow395 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:02 AM

    huh? improvement? ever since this guy has taken over the eagles have let up like 30+ each game

  10. 12strikes says: Dec 21, 2012 11:08 AM

    I guess that going 1 and 1 over your last 2 games after an eight game losing streak can be considered “improvement”

  11. stoptrippn says: Dec 21, 2012 11:22 AM

    Todd go get Taylor Mays. he can help right away

  12. dolphins4 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:32 AM

    The wide 9 scheme don’t work just look at Detroit they have problems on defense the Eagles had before Washburn was fired.And not only that Washburn was a cancer to this team.This team is finally headed in the right direction hopefully Lurie will see that and keep Andy as head coach for at least 1 more year.

  13. eaglesw00t says: Dec 21, 2012 11:40 AM

    justinnoah says:
    Dec 21, 2012 10:59 AM
    @eagleswoot, why are you mad about the Dream Team reference? It’s not like the person made that up. One of your players said it. Maybe it’s getting old for you, but the poster was just trying to be funny… let’s face it, when you make statements that you are a “dream team”, some people don’t forget that type of trash talk bravado.

    ———————

    1. Vince Young said it. He isnt too bright, and hasnt been on the team since last season.

    2. Its getting old because its about the 427th time FuglyFlorio has posted it. Its repetitive and old. And definitely not original. Its definitely not old to just me.

    3. It was never used as bravado or trash talk. When Vince Young was asked how he felt about being brought into the Eagles, he said he felt like with all the talent around, it was a dream team. Please point out either trash talk or bravado there. It was never a “statement”. He was amazed at the amount of talent on the team. There is a big difference there.

  14. bigkeev124 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:57 AM

    There has been improvement on the defense, more sacks, more pressure, opportunity for turnovers and unfortunately turnovers on the Eagles part has put them in short field situations and on a few of those they’ve only turned into field goals and then you have fumble and interception returns, that’s not the D contributing to the 30 + points that was given up but if you really cant see the defense has been playing better since Washburns firing than you don know football… no one said the season has turned around, just stating that the defense looks like a defense that has pieces that actually work… And yes get off the Dream Team thing, one guy say it was his dream team and no one else said it ub the media and it turned into the Eagle being that and no one else said it.

  15. bobonmycob says: Dec 21, 2012 11:59 AM

    glyflorio says:Dec 21, 2012 10:29 AM

    Next year Dream Team 3.0 will win the Superbowl.

    And you will come up with a more creative screen name. or finally earn you’re GED

  16. bobonmycob says: Dec 21, 2012 12:03 PM

    justinnoah says:Dec 21, 2012 10:59 AM

    . Maybe it’s getting old for you, but the poster was just trying to be funny…

    A real stand up comedian huh? It would be like attending a comedians show and hearing the same joke for 2 hrs straight. You apparently do not read eagles articles and notice the redskins trolls (I believe a lot of them are the same person). Washington D.C is a boring place to be so posting garbage on the internet is what keeps these folks entertained.

  17. rajbais says: Dec 21, 2012 12:08 PM

    Don’t! We just need you, Andy, and everyone else gone.

  18. boyshole25 says: Dec 21, 2012 12:14 PM

    He will be temples coach next season. No crystal ball needed

  19. bleedgreen11 says: Dec 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    Howie Roseman needs to be fired. Been saying that for years, and then they go give him that big, lucrative contract extension.

    If eagles fans are chanting anything at this last home game, it should be “Fire Howie” and “we love Andy” and “thank you Andy”

  20. dennisund says: Dec 21, 2012 1:17 PM

    boyshole25 wrote:
    He will be temples coach next season. No crystal ball needed
    ————————————————

    Sigh. Temple hired their coach for next season, and it wasn’t Bowles.

  21. eaglebranded says: Dec 22, 2012 4:16 AM

    You know some of you guys just post to say you posted. Todd Bowles is garbage from day one play to your teams strength press man coverage. From day 1 he has played zone. Juan Castillo just out thought himself and called zone at the wrong times in the game. Todd Bowles was coaching the defensive backs he should know Nhamdi and DRC Excel at press coverage and suck at playing zone. Games was lost because this clown couldn’t figure out his players strengths. Which brings me to the conclusion that he threw the season. Any offense will have a field day when your corners who can’t play zone are standing 7-8 yards off the receivers. He has done nothing but called a little more man defense something he should’ve been doing all game every game .

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