Half of the secondary played well against the Titans. The other half, not so much.
Quintin Mikell and Asante Samuel both recorded interceptions for the Eagles. The other corner and safety, Ellis Hobbs and Nate Allen, didn’t have as much luck. Neither recorded an interception, but that’s not what everyone is upset with the way they played.
After sitting out in the beginning of the game, Kenny Britt entered and had his way with the secondary. Britt recorded seven catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns. All of his success came from running on the side of Hobbs with help (kind of) over the top from Allen.
Both were burned individually at times, both of which gave up touchdowns when Britt left them in his dust. There were also times where Britt found himself in the middle of the two and still was able to make plays.
The Eagles came into the game ranked in the top 10 in the NFL against the pass and have since dropped to 11th. Those aren’t terrible numbers at all. So what’s the excuse for Sunday’s meltdown against against the Titans? Are Hobbs and Allen that bad? Was it just an “off” day? It’s hard to say right now.
Allen has played at a very high level this season, especially for a rookie. We’ve praised him for his play early in the season, but Sunday was definitely not a game he should be praised for. He was often out of position and violated the number one rule for a safety, not letting anyone behind you.
For Hobbs, I’m really not sure what to say. He’s definitely not an elite corner, but I think he’s a good number two guy. He didn’t prove it on Sunday, but I hope it’s something he can prove the rest of the season.
It’s nice to have a bye week right now as these guys definitely need to look at the film and learn from the mistakes they made against the Titans. The bad news is they will see the number two ranked passing offense in the NFL after the bye in the Indianapolis Colts.
After the bye, we should quickly see how much of a problem the secondary is. Until then, we can only hope that things aren’t that bad.
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