It was hard not to make Vick No. 1. I'm a huge Vick supporter; but all things considered, he's been a part of too many turnovers, and at times has failed to do his job. These guys have done their job: stop the other team from scoring, or at the very least minimize their offensive threat.
So far, there’s a lot to like about the Eagles’ defense.
In fact, if you evaluate the Birds’ D based on the offensive performances of the Ravens in Week 1 and the Browns in Week 2, you could make the case that the Eagles’ defense is one of the best in the NFL.
Even if it isn’t, their success is due in large part to the outstanding play of both veteran DeMeco Ryans, and SAM rookie Mychal Kendricks.
It seems like every series, one of these guys is making a huge play to disrupt the opponents’ offense. Whether it’s stuffing runners; DeMeco Ryan picking off passes and coming up with fourth-quarter sacks; or Mychal Kendricks using his freakish athleticism to make tackles in the open, these two are nothing to scoff at.
Perhaps no play was more crucial than Mychal Kendricks on the Ravens’ last down in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win—Ray Rice couldn’t make the play, and Kendricks was on him.
Regardless, we’ve seen these guys play well in coverage and be huge contributors on stopping the run.
DeMeco Ryans is proving that preseason performance doesn’t hold any water when the games matter, and Mychal Kendricks has been one of the most pleasant defensive surprises in recent memory.