They struggled to get pressure on San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers registering just one hit on the 31 year-old, a first quarter sack by outside linebacker Connor Barwin. Rivers had time to sit back and attack the Eagles secondary for the majority of the game.
Rivers threw for 419 yards while completing 36 of his 47 pass attempts, that's good for a 76.6% completion percentage. As a team San Diego put up 539 yards on the Eagles defense. That is atrocious.
Two San Diego receivers had 102 yards of receiving or more and one of them, Malcom Floyd, didn't even play in the second half due to injury. The Chargers receiver who didn't have 102 yards+ receiving on the day? That was Eddie Royal who only had 90 yards receiving but pulled in three touchdown catches.
To say the Eagles secondary got torched by the Chargers would be an understatement. The Chargers receivers, while good, are nothing to write home about - the Eagles secondary is just that bad.
Yesterday was a nightmare for the Eagles safeties. You'd struggle to find a group of people more clueless on the field than Nate Allen & Co. Allen, 25, led all Eagles with 11 tackles (seven solo) on Sunday. Don't let that fool you, he was pretty terrible.
His ability to tackle seems to be more lost than he is on the field. He's rarely in the right position to make a play. Wrapping up a defender is out of the question. Being able to stick with a receiver or provide help over-the-top is also not an option. The 2010 second round pick struggled mightily.
Now the other starting saftey, Patrick Chung, who had eight tackles (six solo), did not fare much better against the Rivers attack but Allen gets the brunt of the criticism - partially because of his terrible play and partially because of his mind-numbingly stupid post-game comments.
Allen told reporters he played "ok" and that there is "nothing wrong with it [Eagles' pass defense]" (via The Philadelphia Inquirer). I don't... I can't... How on Earth can someone who witnessed what happened on Sunday possibly say that there is nothing wrong with the Eagles pass defense? HOW?! For crying out loud, there is hardly anything right with the Eagles pass defense!
Allen's overall play, Chung's overall play, and Cary Williams' pass interference penalties are enough to say there is something seriously wrong with the Eagles secondary. Grabbing a handful of jersey is not a solution to their problems, either.
What makes it difficult is the Eagles don't have a ton of options to improve. Kurt Coleman? Colt Anderson? Not exactly improvements. Head coach Chip Kelly said "we're going to play the ones we got" when talking about their safeties.
Free-agent safety Kerry Rhodes is still available and garnered some interest earlier in the off-season but his contract demands were simply too high. Maybe the Eagles look at him for a 14 game stop-gap? Who knows but what is abundantly clear is the Eagles need to fix their secondary somehow, someway. If they don't, Sunday's painful performance is going to become all too familiar.
It has been said and will continue to be harped on but the Eagles travel to Denver in two weeks to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos. If you thought Philip Rivers looked good on Sunday, wait until you see Manning face this rag-tag group.
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