Could the Eagles head back to a 3-4 Defense in 2021? Let’s face it, Howie and the gang have been less than honest with us and will assumingly keep tight-lipped as they start their search for a new defensive coordinator. Plus, Jim Schwartz not being extended and now officially not to return in 2021 could have been something in the cards since last season.
To start, Eagles veterans who are likely to stick around, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, already have experience playing in a 3-4 scheme just a handful of years ago under Billy Davis. Eagles’ big free-agent signing last season in Javon Hargrave played under a 3-4 in Pittsburgh.
Second, the Eagles, who own the #6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Have a great opportunity to draft a monster at his position, Penn State LB Micah Parsons.
Parsons to the Eagles?
I know, I know. The Eagles don’t prioritize the Linebacker position. However, it would be foolish to overlook a defensive generational talent due to position. With the emerging of Alex Singleton and TJ Edwards, adding Parsons would greatly solidify a piece of the Eagles defense that has been so dire so many years.
Lastly, the Eagles have a number of players who are trying to find an identity. Positional or “Hybrid.” K’Von Wallace, Shaun Bradley, Davion Taylor, all of which could be used as rotational pieces to play that hybrid/strong safety role.
Of course, this is all speculation on my part. Although, it never hurts to think outside the box. This Eagles team is lost. They need a change. The bend-don’t-break prevent defense didn’t work. In fact, it was awful. A lot of changes are on the way this very well could be one of them.
*** If Micah Parsons is available the Eagles should consider him regardless of the defensive scheme, 4-3 or 3-4. Doesn’t matter. He is a stud! ***
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