Originally posted on Optimum Scouting  |  Last updated 8/9/13
With the Eagles first pre-season game on the docket and more than two weeks of practice in the books, the defense is anything but complete and ready to go. After looking at the offense more in-depth early this week (QB Battle, Deadly tight end-built formation, replacing Maclin), here’s my look at what to consider when it comes to the Philly defense.   2012 Eagles in the New 3-4 Defense The eagles played a 4-3 base defense with Wide-9 presence as a pass rushing set in 2012. With Chip Kelly moving into town, however, he kept many of the key holdovers from the 2012 defense but also added ideal scheme fits to his roster, such as Connor Barwin and Isaac Sopoaga as well as rookies across the defensive line. Thus far, the transition has been smooth for many players. On the inside, second year linebacker Mychal Kendricks has remained aggressive upfield and utilizing the added two “rush linebackers” to free space for him to work inside and out. DeMeco Ryans also has some comfort-ability
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