I kno this will probably start a BGN riot but, I agree with bringing Juan back. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to have had Spags and maybe get that Jim Johnson head hunting type defense back. But when Spags wasn't out there anymore we really didn't have a better option than Juan. I feel the best option was to keep the scheme we have add talent at linebacker and get the best db coach possible to maximize the talent we have in the secondary. That being said, the Todd Bowles signing was perfect.
Juan wasn't as horrible as everyone is making him out to be. Actually he did a very decent job for a first year coach.
Here are some eagles defensive rankings:
9th- Opp first Downs per game
9th- Opp Completion %
10th- Opp Completion per game
10th- Opp Pass yards per game
8th- Opp Total Yards per Game
10th- Opp points per game
1st- Sacks per game and total sacks
Not bad for a first year coach to be in the top ten in all those major stats. Especially with all he had against him:
First year coach
A lock out
New Coach staff
Offense near the top in turnovers (what was it 36).
A offense that leaves a ton of points on the field by settling for fieldgoals instead of scoring tds in the redzone.
The worst group of linebackers in the National Football league.
Safety play was terrible most of the season. Hell, Jarrad Page was probably the worst takler I've ever seen and he was a starter at the beginning of the season. Thats saying alot about the rest of them.
And Juan just thought way too much of Nnamdi. Trying to turn him into a Woodson Hybrid Type player in one season. Towards the end of the season he figured out how to use him.
I honestly think this will be a turnaround year for this defense. No one has called out New England or Green Bay's defensive coordinators. Those teams played terrible defense all yearand were stay considered favorites to win it all. The major difference is that their offenses didn't leave points in the redzone as often as we did or turnover the ball twice a game. Our -14 turnover differential was the key factor to this disappointing season. I have faith that Andy knows what he is doing and will get this thing worked out.
FLY EAGLES FLY!!!!!