All the talk about Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s innovative offense has obscured the fact that Philadelphia’s defense stinks.
Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis, however, says he knows how to fix a unit that is allowing a league-high 446.8 yards a game: Force more turnovers, after getting just five in four games.
“We have to be a turnover team,” Davis said, via PhillyBurbs.com. “Our turnovers are not high enough right now. We’ve got to work on that. We talk about it a lot. We try to get our hands on as many balls in practice as we can. But it’s not — we’ve got to increase our turnovers and give our offense more possessions, just like the three‑and‑outs and getting off the field. The defense has to increase its production for the team to succeed. I really believe that, because we’ve got to get the ball in our offense’s hands more often than we are doing right now.”
The good news for the Eagles is that they’re playing a Giants offense that has been giving opposing defenses plenty of opportunities to get the ball in their hands. If the Eagles can’t force turnovers against the Giants, they’re in trouble.