Philadelphia’s new defensive coordinator had a rough start.
According to ESPN, the Eagles announced that less than 36 hours before Monday night’s game against Seattle, Matt Patricia would be calling defensive plays. Players were reportedly informed of the change at the beginning of the week, and Patricia led defensive meetings throughout the week until the Monday game.
Patricia’s debut did not go as planned. Despite keeping the Seahawks to just 90 yards before halftime, the Eagles were defeated by Seattle in the second half with a score of 17-7. Philadelphia’s defense allowed a 10-play, 92-yard drive to take the lead less than 30 seconds before the end. The Eagles allowed backup quarterback Drew Lock to throw for 208 yards and a game-winning touchdown pass.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni will stick to the decision.
„I made the decision,“ said Sirianni. „I did what I had to do in the best interest of the football team. We made some adjustments. I felt that we weren’t playing and practicing well on defense, so I made an adjustment.“
Patricia has had an interesting career as an NFL defensive head. As a former member of the New England Patriots, he won two of his three Super Bowl rings as the Patriots‘ defensive coordinator (he won the third as an offensive assistant in New England). However, Patricia’s defense hit a low point in 2017, allowing Nick Foles and the Eagles to score 41 points in Super Bowl LII.
He then went on to become head coach of the Detroit Lions, where he never managed to get their defense running. Before joining the Eagles this year as Senior Defensive Assistant, he most recently served as Offensive Play Caller and Offensive Line Coach for the Patriots.
The Eagles are now 0-3 in their last three games.