Welp, a great season ended in tragedy. This Eagles team looked elite all season. They were top 5 on both sides of the ball. And they were still in the game until the final moments. They came that close just to fall 3 points short. And now, we turn our eyes to the Off-Season. Bouncing back from losing in the Super Bowl can be tough. But not impossible. The Patriots came right back from losing to the Eagles to win it the next year. The Bengals lost to the Rams, and then made it to the AFC Championship game the next season. But making that return starts with having a great off-season. Earlier in the week we looked at the offense. But now let’s check out their needs on defense.
The Eagles’ defense was good all year. Until the Super Bowl. They struggled mightily vs the Chiefs’ offense. They couldn’t get a single stop in the 2nd Half. The Prolific pass rush disappeared. And the great secondary was getting fooled by the Chiefs’ scheme, leaving Chiefs players wide open.
Unlike the offense, the Eagles have a lot of Free Agents on Defense. Javon Hargrave, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Ndamukong Suh, Linval Joseph, TJ Edwards, Kyzir White, CJ Gardner-Johnson, James Bradberry, and Marcus Epps could all leave. Surely they will resign some of them. But there are going to be holes to fill with Free Agents and draft picks. Luckily, the Eagles have two first-round draft picks. But they also lack very many day 3 picks. It will be the type of year they need to hit on those early picks if this defense is going to carry over to next season.
So what do the Eagles need to do to fix the holes in their defense? Which of their free agents do they need to bring back? Who should they be looking at in the draft? Here is a rundown of the Eagles’ needs on defense.