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Philadelphia Eagles November 2014 approval poll: Bill Davis

Do you approve of the job Bill Davis is doing as the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles? Vote now.

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The 2014 NFL season November edition of Philadelphia Eagles approval polls continue here on Bleeding Green Nation with defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Don't forget to vote in the Chip Kelly approval poll from Thursday if you missed out on that.

Through the first eight games this season, the Eagles' defense is allowing 373.1 yards per game, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. Philadelphia is only allowing 5.4 yards per play, however, which ranks tied for the 11th best rate in the league. When it comes to points, Philadelphia is allowing 22.1 points per game. That ranks tied for 13th. The Eagles are only allowing the 8th least points per play. For all the grief this defense gets about now being able to get off the field on third-and-long, they own the NFL's 7th best opponent third down conversion percentage at 36.44%.

Football Outsiders' DVOA metric ranks the Eagles' defense 8th overall, 5th in run defense, and 14th in pass defense. Pro Football Focus ranks the defense 6th overall, 8th in run defense, 5th in pass rush, and 14th in pass coverage.

Those number look pretty good and the eye test backs them up. At the very least, the Eagles surely have a defense that is "good enough" to win games. I would say Bill Davis deserves a lot of credit for how this defense has performed, especially when you consider it's not loaded with a bunch of stars. Note that Philadelphia accomplished these numbers while missing Mychal Kendricks, one of their best overall defenders on the team, for several weeks.

Now, it's not all perfect. There are a number of spots where the Eagles can get better. The entire secondary outside of Malcolm Jenkins could use an upgrade. Inside linebacker has taken a hit with the loss of DeMeco Ryans. But for now those are largely just personnel issues which Davis can't really control (outside of moving Brandon Boykin to outside cornerback, which just isn't going to happen). Vote as you will, but my case would be that Davis deserves more approval than his 61% rate back in October.

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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