The 2014 NFL season first quarter edition of Philadelphia Eagles approval polls continues here on Bleeding Green Nation with defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Don't forget to vote in the Chip Kelly approval poll from Tuesday if you missed out on that.
Through the first four games of the season, the Eagles' defense is allowing an average of 391.2 yards per game. That ranks 27th out of 32 teams. That number doesn't look so bad when you account for the larger number of plays the defense has faced. Philadelphia ranks 12th overall in yards allowed per play with an average of 5.3. When it comes to points, the Eagles are allowing a 25th ranked 26 points per game. Points per play, however, ranks 13th at 0.353. The Eagles own the 6th best opponent third down conversion percentage at 36.67%. Compare that to last year's 24th ranked mark of 41.15%.
Football Outsiders' DVOA metric ranks the Eagles' defense 11th overall, 8th in run defense, and 15th in pass defense. Pro Football Focus ranks the defense 10th overall, 8th in run defense, 15th in pass rush, and 10th in pass coverage.
When it comes to turnovers, Philadelphia ranks T-20th in takeaways per game. The Eagles have forced a takeaway in 17 straight contests (including playoffs), which is their first time doing so since a streak of 37 games from 1993-99.
So... not too bad, huh? The Eagles defense, along with Davis, catches a lot of flack. Some of it is deserved. But it's hard to look at these numbers and call it a terrible unit.
So, do you approve of the job Bill Davis is doing as the Eagles defensive coordinator? Vote now in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments.
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