When a team loses in the fashion the Eagles did Sunday, it provides plenty of room for improvement in the next game. It is also important to locate what did go right, even if it was few and far between. The Eagles defense did not do much of anything positive. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis says the defensive players are already working hard at correcting a number of flaws.
The Eagles have the ability to close out games, it would seem. Every game may not be pretty, but if a game is close in the fourth quarter, then the Eagles are going to have enough in the tank to get the job done most of the time.
There is one preseason game remaining, but there is still much to be settled when it comes to the Eagles roster.
The Eagles are far from playing the level of defense adored by Buddy Ryan zealots, but this Eagles defense has held six of their last seven opponents to 20 points or fewer (Arizona scored 21). In today’s NFL, those numbers will give teams more than a chance to win much more often than not. It has not happened by accident, as the Eagles defense has continued to gel together following a coaching change and a roster makeover.
Who knew this was going to happen? Not many. Back in July, there were some that had suspicions the Eagles could be a 7- or 8-win team, but no one was predicting playoffs for a team that needed time to coalesce and heal in recovering from a feckless 4-12 season last year.
The Eagles have found a quarterback they can feel good having on the field, the league’s leading rusher leads the offense and the defense has improved week by week. The Chip Kelly offense is coming along nicely, even if Nick Foles is not considered the ideal quarterback to lead it but Kelly has been silencing critics as he keeps the Eagles loose and ready to strike.
With much of the attention focused on Chip Kelly, the Eagles assistant coaches are also keeping busy.
Donald Guy has been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for a cold-blooded double killing in Feltonville. His crime partner cooperated with authorities.
Prosecutor Bill Davis sought the maximum sentence of 32½ to 65 years in prison for 26-year-old defendant Kevin Pickard, but Judge Lisette Shirdan-Harris imposed the mandatory minimum sentence under the law: five to ten years in prison.