The Philadelphia Eagles headed into 2012 expecting the secondary to be a strong suit. After all, the organization had signed Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year deal and traded for Pro Bowl corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
The defensive line was expected to be one of the more formidable units in the league, and coordinator Juan Castillo was entering his second year with the team.
The plan backfired, though, when the line failed to generate pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. Andy Reid fired Castillo midseason and handed the job to defensive backs coach Todd Bowles, who was awful in his brief stint.
The Eagles can’t possibly expect to compete with the same group in ’13. The NFC East boasts three Pro Bowl quarterbacks and a talented group of receivers. Chip Kelly’s Eagles will need to make some changes to compete on the defensive side of the football.
It’s doubtful the team can go from being a bottom-three unit to stellar in one season. But the following seven moves could at least lead to some improvement.