If you were looking for swagger from Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis today, you were out of luck. But as Davis has pointed out previously, swagger is just pathetic if you can't back it up, and Davis clearly doesn't feel his unit is ready to dominate in its Week 1 matchup against the Redskins and Robert Griffin III.
"I'm very anxious for the Redskins to show us who we are and where we are," Davis said in his weekly meeting with reporters. "The truth will be, at the end of that game, we'll know defensively how far along we are. We're coming up against the top rushing offense in the NFL last year, fifth in scoring, one of the top offenses out there. They're very talented across the board. They played all 16 games together last season" which can't be said of Davis's defense. "We have to face that. And we have to face it using an overhauled defense with new tecchniques that we've taught. We learned in the New England game (the preseason opener), we came out there and tried to get ahead of ourselves, and play a little bit above the technique, and it hurt us. Hopefully, we'll come out Monday night and play to the technique we've worked the whole offseason on.
"But what I wish for and what I want, it doesn't matter. That game will show us where we are."
Davis said there's no question defenses will hit read-option quarterbacks whenever they can. He said practicing against the Eagles' offense gives his defense an advantage in Monday's matchup.