Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was very pleased from what he saw from an individual standpoint in Thursday's preseason loss to the Colts. As an overall unit, however, McDermott acknowledged that the performance wasn't what he hoped for from an execution and fundamentals standpoint.
This Thursday, the Eagles' starters will most likely play for the final time in the preseason when the Jaguars come to town. The starters are usually held out of the preseason finale. The starters will see the most action of the entire preseason as they will probably play into the second half.
Against the Patriots in the preseason opener, the defense surrendered 14 points on a pair of Tom Brady touchdowns and 124 yards of offense. The first touchdown was scored in large part due to a 46-yard pass interference penalty. However, against the Colts, the Eagles allowed 265 yards of offense and 17 points. One of those touchdowns came on a 76-yard pass play from Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne.
McDermott admits that he believes the defense has a "long way to go" before the start of the regular season on Sept. 13 at Carolina.
For McDermott's explanation of what he's looking for on Thursday, click here.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:14 p.m., August 23