Fletcher Cox: Defense not what it’s been, you can’t be as aggressive

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Coaching changes are followed by scheme changes and the alterations to the defense in Philadelphia don’t seem to be a hit with veteran members of the team.

The Eagles are 2-5 under new head coach Nick Sirianni and new defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon after Sunday’s 33-22 loss to the Raiders. The Raiders put up 442 yards in the win and quarterback Derek Carr went 31-of-34 for 323 yards.

Safety Rodney McLeod said, via Josh Tolentino of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that “we just play what’s called” when asked about his confidence in the team’s defense. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who discussed his issues fitting into the new defense earlier this month, said that this year’s defense has sapped the unit’s aggressiveness.

“Honestly, it’s just not what it’s been,” Cox said, via John McMullen of SI.com. “You’ve got to play what’s being called. When you’re so used to playing aggressive the last however many years I’ve been playing, it’s just changed. You can’t be as aggressive.”

McLeod also said that “time is running out” for the Eagles and a failure to stop the bleeding in the coming weeks will likely lead to further roster changes that cut the remaining ties to more successful Eagles teams in the past.

9 responses to “Fletcher Cox: Defense not what it’s been, you can’t be as aggressive

  1. Hard to believe it was only back in 2017 when the Eagles won the super bowl. That seems like decades ago. They just caught lightning in a bottle at the right time.

  2. Certainly looks like the defense has little to no faith in Gannon… No effort, frustration, lots of penalties and no adjustments… While firing a DC mid season won’t change the outcome, they do need to change that 2 high scheme and not play so conservative…

  3. plowdawg65 says:
    October 24, 2021 at 10:43 pm
    Hard to believe it was only back in 2017 when the Eagles won the super bowl. That seems like decades ago. They just caught lightning in a bottle at the right time.
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    True, but they beat the Patriots. It was absolutely glorious, and one no one will ever forget. I’m not an Eagles fan, either, which isn’t even the point, lol.

  4. This sure looks like a ONE and done with Nick and he is coaching crew……would LMAF if Luri brought back Doug and fired his fake son Howie.

  5. Flex Cox (he of massive salary and zero sacks)… complaining?! Watch him give so little effort. Yep, must be scheme problem.

  6. Eagles and Falcons both fell off hard and fast after their Super Bowl appearances. Starting to look at the Chiefs fall a lot more seriously when I think about that.

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