Two games don’t define a defense. While the Philadelphia Eagles are struggling to generate a passing rush early in the season, the sacks are expected to come. Defense coordinator Jonathan Gannon isn’t worried about the numbers.
Not yet. The Eagles ended up registering two sacks in seven quarterback hits against Minnesota. They have three sacks total this year, which currently ranks them 23rd in the NFL. According to Gannon, the defense is winning at high speed even when the production isn’t there. Fletcher Cox and josh sweat both joined Kirk Cousins in week 2.
“I think we’re winning at high speed. I think if we continue to win at a high rate, production will come,” Gannon told reporters. “You saw a couple of sacks. Fletch’s stripsack, Sweaty finished the game, a few of those picks were four-man rushes. Some guys won. They met the quarterback. I like where we are right now and that’s another part of our game, just like any part of our game that we will always try to continuously improve and make better.”
The fact is, the Eagles don’t blitz often, preferring to push with their front four that are already a man behind. Derek Barnett is out for the year with a cruciate ligament rupture. In the last few days there has been talk of the team that wants to replace Barnett.
Jason Pierre Paul was a name that got thrown out there before being inked with Baltimore. Free Agent Ndamukong Suh is another guy associated with Philly.
Here’s another player to watch: Robert Quinn. The All-Pro pass rusher for the Chicago Bears has been the subject of trade rumors dating back to training camp. If the Bears – a team already in rebuild mode – go into freefall over the next few weeks, look for him to be available at the close.
Chase Sr. of Chat Sports went into great detail on how Quinn could fit into Philadelphia’s plans. He speculated that the Eagles could “swing around the fences” on a Quinn trade. The 32-year-old may be aging but his numbers haven’t dropped. He was a Pro Bowler in 2021 when his 18.5 sacks were second-best in the league. Conclusion: Quinn can still keep up at a very high level.
“There are teams out there like the Birds that need help with pass rushing and he has three years left on his contract.” Senior said about Quinn. “Considering the age of 32 and the base salary here … a little high, a little expensive, but this guy can still play and he’s been doing it for a very long time.”
Quinn’s base salary would be a big sticking point: $12.8 million (2022), $13.9 million (2023), $12.9 million (2024). He also brings huge cap hits on what looks like an albatross from a contract for an aging veteran. However, this is a lights-out pass rusher with a career 102 sacks since 2011.
Cross Jason Pierre-Paul off Philly’s list of possible pass-rushing options. That Baltimore Ravens sign him to a one-year contract provided he passes a physical. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the move.
Pierre-Paul, a three-time Pro Bowler, recorded 2.5 sacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He has 91.5 sacks over a fantastic 12-year career, mostly spent with the New York Giants. Heavy’s Matt Lombardo called Pierre-Paul “best suited” for the Eagles in the free hand. Apparently, talks between the two sides never got serious enough to justify a treaty.