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Grading the Eagles’ defense, Jim Schwartz, Doug Pederson, and Howie Roseman

BGN Radio Episode 155!

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Eight games down for the Philadelphia Eagles, eight left to go.

And since we’re at the halfway point, it’s the perfect time to hand out some grades. Jimmy Kempski and I revealed our report cards for the offense last week. Now it’s time to look at the defense, the coaching staff, and the front office.

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THE LATEST EAGLES NEWS

  • One Eagles coach and one Eagles player tested positive for COVID-19. Will the NFL be able to finish the season?
  • Trying to make sense of Doug Pederson’s comments about Brett Favre’s opinion on Nick Foles and Carson Wentz.
  • Going through the impact of the Eagles getting healthier and how the offensive line configuration will look moving forward.

MIDSEASON REPORT CARD TIME

DEFENSIVE END

Brandon Graham has been awesome. Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat flashed early but have since gone cold with just one combined sack in their last four games. Vinny Curry has been OK.

Poll

Grade the Eagles’ defensive end position

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    A
    (189 votes)
  • 57%
    B
    (791 votes)
  • 23%
    C
    (326 votes)
  • 3%
    D
    (48 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (11 votes)
1365 votes total Vote Now

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Fletcher Cox is still good but has he been the difference-maker this team needs? Malik Jackson deserves props. Javon Hargrave hasn’t justified his big free agency contract thus far.

Poll

Grade the Eagles’ defensive tackle position

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    A
    (94 votes)
  • 47%
    B
    (634 votes)
  • 38%
    C
    (515 votes)
  • 5%
    D
    (79 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (11 votes)
1333 votes total Vote Now

LINEBACKER

Nathan Gerry, bad. T.J. Edwards, potential? Alex Singleton, solid. Duke Riley, meh. Shaun Bradley and Davion Taylor, can’t get on the field.

Poll

Grade the Eagles’ linebacker position

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    A
    (7 votes)
  • 2%
    B
    (29 votes)
  • 23%
    C
    (324 votes)
  • 48%
    D
    (650 votes)
  • 25%
    F
    (342 votes)
1352 votes total Vote Now

CORNERBACK

Darius Slay has been pretty good! Nickell Robey-Coleman has not.

Poll

Grade the Eagles’ cornerback position

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    A
    (23 votes)
  • 35%
    B
    (477 votes)
  • 50%
    C
    (676 votes)
  • 10%
    D
    (137 votes)
  • 1%
    F
    (26 votes)
1339 votes total Vote Now

SAFETY

I was wrong about Rodney McLeod. Is Jalen Mills a long-term answer? K’Von Wallace stuck behind Marcus Epps.

Poll

Grade the Eagles’ safety position

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    A
    (23 votes)
  • 29%
    B
    (383 votes)
  • 49%
    C
    (656 votes)
  • 16%
    D
    (218 votes)
  • 2%
    F
    (37 votes)
1317 votes total Vote Now

JIMBO SCHWARTZ

The Eagles rank fourth in opponent yards per play and 11th in defensive DVOA. Schwartz’s unit has obviously struggled at times this season but it’s hardly some abomination. Perhaps the defense would look even better if they didn’t have to deal with the offense constantly turning the ball over. Philly’s defense has the NFL’s second worst average starting field position.

Poll

Grade Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    A
    (45 votes)
  • 33%
    B
    (457 votes)
  • 37%
    C
    (513 votes)
  • 17%
    D
    (238 votes)
  • 9%
    F
    (130 votes)
1383 votes total Vote Now

DOUG PEDERSON

Forgot to talk about him on last week’s podcast but I did open a poll for you readers to grade him. Here’s how he finished:

HOWIE ROSEMAN

Big picture view: Do you really feel like the Eagles are trending in the right direction? Roseman built the NFL’s second most expensive roster and it’s just not very good. Listen to the pod for my rant on him.

Poll

Grade Eagles general manager Howie Roseman

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    A
    (10 votes)
  • 4%
    B
    (59 votes)
  • 24%
    C
    (345 votes)
  • 41%
    D
    (595 votes)
  • 29%
    F
    (427 votes)
1436 votes total Vote Now

NFL PICKS AGAINST THE SPREAD AND GIANTS PREVIEW

  • PATS records so far — BLG: 12-15, Jimmy 14-13
  • Eagles straight up pick records so far — BLG: 5-3, Jimmy: 4-3-1
  • Football Team at Lions (-4)
  • Eagles (-3.5) at Giants
  • Are the G-Men finally due for a win?

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