September 26 Camden Courier-Post:
“Not even two months ago, when the Eagles were still in building mode on the steamy fields at Lehigh, the remade defense seemed to steal the daily headline away from quarterback Kevin Kolb and the “Generation Next” offense.
Observed was the quick burst off scrimmage from defensive end Brandon Graham and the first-round pick’s equally rapid rise up the depth chart.
And second-round pick Nate Allen’s acclimation to free safety with all the poise and calm of a “smooth operator.”
And the incessant cheap shots administered by new weak-side linebacker Ernie Sims, who was then described by coordinator Sean McDermott as a “shark in the water.”
Two games into this season, it’s easy to conclude that McDermott’s sharks have been jumped — first by a Green Bay juggernaut that racked up 27 points in the opener, followed by a surprisingly potent Detroit offense that dropped 32 in defeat.
But in his press conference last week, McDermott advised reporters to look beyond the NFL-leading 59 points his unit has allowed. In both games, he said, the Eagles played dominant stretches of defense.
“Well, I think we are a good defense and we’ve been inconsistent, which happens with young teams, in particular, a young defense in this case,” McDermott said. “But, we have to get that ironed out and that will take place over time here, and we continue to play good, aggressive football, intense, emotional football, and that will iron itself out.””
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