For the Philadelphia Eagles, things didn’t just change at the head coach level and everyone is trying to learn something new.
The defense is going through major changes as their secondary is totally revamped. Gone are Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at the cornerback positions and in their place free-agents Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams.
Under new defensive coordinator Bill Davis, the Eagles will run a 3-4 defense with a lot of press man to man coverage and in order the run it effectively the chemistry has to be right.
The players have been taking it all in during the offseason, but the real test comes when training camp opens later this month.
"It's a new system that most of the guys are coming into, so we have our struggles here and there. But my focus is to get better each and every day and communicate on the secondary," Williams said, via John Murrow of Philly.com.
"Once we get that communication down, our jobs will be a lot easier."
"It's a totally different defense," second year corer Brandon Boykin said. "These are totally different guys with a different set of skills, so it doesn't matter who is here, we just have to get the job done."
"There has been a lot of chemistry just in the OTAs and minicamp and just trying to learn the defense, but at the same time we are just trying to compete and go at it full-speed," Boykin said. "Once training camp comes, we expect to be able to roll that over and for it to be a smooth transition."
"Well, right now it's too early in the season to predict anything," said Williams, who had four interceptions last season, including a pick-six. "We just want to come out there and play tough each and every week and just take one thing at a time. We haven't been through any specifics as to what particular goals we have as a unit."
"I haven't seen enough because we can't play press-man in camp, so we'll see a lot more when camp opens up," coach Chip Kelly said. "So far, I like them, I like their length, I like their size, but it's still a big evaluation for us."