Today we continue the 2015 September edition of Philadelphia Eagles approval polls with defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Don't forget to vote in the Chip Kelly approval poll from Monday if you missed out on that.
Davis finished with an unflattering 56% approval the last time we polled his rating. Eagles fans were understandably upset with how Philadelphia's secondary collapsed down the stretch late last season.
Since then, the Eagles have done a lot to attempt to improve their secondary. They signed Byron Maxwell to a big deal, and he's looked like the real deal this summer. Nolan Carroll has shown improvement as an internal option and clearly won the No. 2 cornerback job. Walter Thurmond has stood out in limited playing at safety next to Malcolm Jenkins. The Eagles coaching staff reportedly feels they've improved their secondary dramatically.
One question mark left in the secondary is one created by the Eagles this offseason. The team traded away Brandon Boykin and now they don't have a clear starter in the slot. Figuring out who the nickel cornerback isn't the biggest deal because it's not a full-time position, but it's somewhat of a concern. With that said, the Eagles have options. Maxwell can play there if needed. The same goes for Thurmond and Jenkins. E.J. Biggers has experience at the position, though he's struggled in the past. Still, it's not a make-or-break issue. The Eagles could always opt to play less nickel and opt to keep their talented linebackers on the field.
The improved secondary should, in theory, help Philadelphia's pass rush continue to be strong. The Eagles finished second in sacks last season. The team is returning the same front seven, plus the big addition of Kiko Alonso. Philadelphia's run defense also figures to be as strong as ever with Bennie Logan looking like a beast in the middle of the defensive line.
This is arguably the best defensive unit Davis has ever had the chance to work with. Philadelphia ranked No. 10 overall in defensive DVOA last season. There's reason to believe the Eagles could be as high as a top five defense in 2015. It's up to Davis to get the most out of his unit. Do you think he can?
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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