PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Despite allowing the fourth most yards to opposing offenses in the NFL, the Eagles defense drastically improved throughout the 2013-14 season under new defensive coordinator Billy Davis and 3-4 scheme.
One of the leaders on that Eagles defense, linebacker Connor Barwin, says he knows the unit will improve in their second season in Davis’ system.
“I know we’ll improve, that’s for sure,” Barwin told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday. “I think we’re so much farther along then we were last year, you know, mentally. I think—we were still in training camp trying to teach guys and really through the first half of the season, the coaches were teaching guys what their jobs were. I mean literally like what you’re supposed to do in this coverage or in this defense. This year, we go into training camp teaching guys—at least the starters—not what their jobs are, but different technique and how they can execute them more efficiently and better. Which, I think, you can advance your defense that way.”
The Eagles offense, on the other hand, finished as the second best offense in the NFL last season. The commander of the offense, quarterback Nick Foles, threw only two interceptions in 13 games and Barwin explains how that aids the defense.
“The best part is, that he doesn’t throw interceptions,” Barwin said of Foles. “That’s what matters to me on defense. He doesn’t turn the ball over and I can’t tell you how important that is. I mean, you could say the best thing we need to do on defense is what our offense does and really what our quarterback doesn’t do. So that’s why I love playing with Nick.”
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