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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 29: Defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon of the Philadelphia Eagles cheers on his team during training camp at the NovaCare Complex on July 29, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Eagles won again on Sunday, to remain undefeated. And the performance of the defense is a big reason why. And the maestro of that defense Jonathan Gannon spoke to the media today. Here is what he had to say…

On How Fletcher Cox Has Bounced Back This Season

“Because he cares. He’s another guy, when I talk about Slay, Fletch is the same way, and that’s why he wears a C on his chest. He ultimately wants to do everything he can do to help our team win. And he knows he’s an impact player for us. He wants to be put in positions where he can impact the game. What you see from Fletch right now is he is playing at a really high level in the run-and-pass game. And he understands the value of how we align him and deploy him to trainwreck the game. Which is what he did.”

On TJ Edwards and Kyzir White

 “I think what you are seeing right now is they fully understand where they need to be. Why calls are called. Where they fit into those calls. And then what I am really pleased about is they are tackling at a high level right now. They are taking good angles, they are tackling, and they are physical. And when we need them to get downhill, they are downhill. When they can’t be downhill, they’re not. They have a lot to work on just like everybody. And I look forward to their progression.”

On Avonte Maddox

“If you have to protect the nickel a lot, it is hard. And we don’t have to protect Avonte. He can play all the coverages that we ask him to play. We put him in a lot of tough down situations, without a lot of help. He can win 1-on-1. And then what he does as far as communication of the backend, coverage adjustments, being in the run game, blitzing, playing both zone and man it’s a luxury to have. And you need that spot in this defense to play at a high level, and he is playing at a high level.”