Thursday, November 26, 2015

Eagles Need TO's (Turnovers, That Is)

Without turnovers, the Eagles can't beat Dallas on Monday night.

Eagles Need TO's (Turnovers, That Is)



Fun is fun, and the Rams are the Rams, and this is pretty simple: if the Eagles can't force a couple of turnovers against the Cowboys on Monday night at Texas Stadium, they cannot win.

It was the story of last season, when the Eagles forced fewer turnovers than any NFL team. It has been the mantra of Jim Johnson and his defense since March. Yet there were no takeaways against the Rams in the opener, which wasn't a big deal considering how lopsided the game turned out to be but which still kind of winked at you from the final stat sheet.

More coverage
POLL: Is it time for Chip Kelly to go?
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
FORUMS: Will the Eagles make the playoffs?
Latest NFL odds
SHOP: Eagles Training Camp sportswear

When the Eagles beat the Cowboys last December by a 10-6 score, they sacked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo four times, ran him around a lot more than that, and intercepted him three times -- once by Lito Sheppard, once by Quintin Mikell and once by Brian Dawkins. Now, you can argue about which of these two stats was more important -- holding the Cowboys to 1-for-13 on third downs, or the three picks. I don't want to get into that argument, because the Eagles really did come up big on third down, big when it really mattered. But they could not have won without the interceptions. They cannot beat a team of this caliber without turning them over a couple of times.

Anyway, Brian Dawkins was talking about some of this stuff on Thursday afternoon.

"Down there, we didn’t make a lot of mental mistakes," he said. "That being said, we made more plays than they made. I’m pretty sure if you talk to them, they’ll say they should have made some plays they didn’t make. I’m not going to say we have to take the fight to them this time. We are going to go in and play our game, and our game is an attacking-style defense. Get after the quarterback and force the offense to do something they don’t want to do. That’s how we’ve always been. It’s not just against Dallas; that’s who we are."

But, well...

“We just go out and do what [defensive coordinator] Jim [Johnson] asks us to do," Dawkins said. "We have enough confidence that if Jim is calling a specific defense, if he’s calling a specific coverage or a specific blitz, and we understand the reasons why, we trust that we will be able to do what we have to do against that offense. They are going to make plays because they have that many weapons over there and they have big-play potential. Our biggest thing it to make more plays than they make and to not allow them to hit the homerun ball against us."

And get some turnovers. There is no way around it this week.



Daily News Executive Sports Editor
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at Reach Rich at

Rich Hofmann Daily News Executive Sports Editor
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter