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Darius Slay Confident He'll Thrive in New Eagles Defensive Scheme

Devon Platana
Cornerback Darius Slay is confident that he'll thrive in the new Philadelphia Eagles defensive scheme.
Cornerback Darius Slay is confident that he'll thrive in the new Philadelphia Eagles defensive scheme. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
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The Philadelphia Eagles are hoping that they'll find more success in the upcoming 2021 NFL season than they did in 2020. After going 4-11-1 last season, it was pretty clear that management needed to make a lot of changes, including a new defensive scheme.

Jonathan Gannon is the new defensive coordinator in town and the belief is that it'll lead to the Eagles playing more zone defense. Fortunately for Philadelphia, cornerback Darius Slay is confident that he'll thrive in the new defensive scheme.

Confidence is the key to success on any team, so the Eagles should be thrilled that their cornerback doesn't think he'll have any issues adapting to the new system. In fact, Slay told reporters on Wednesday that his versatility will help him adapt to the increased zone coverage he'll be playing.

"I mean, asking me to play man, zone – whatever needs to be done, I can get it done."

Darius Slay, Eagles CB

The fact of the matter is that the Eagles could use a lot of improvement against the pass. They allowed their opponents to complete 68.68% of their passes in 2020 (fifth highest in the league) while opposing quarterbacks averaged a 102.4 passer rating (also fifth highest in the league). In an ideal world, Slay and the rest of the Eagles' defensive players will thrive in their new scheme to improve those numbers.

Like most of the other players on last season's lowly Eagles squad, Slay had a fairly down year compared to the norm for him. The 30-year-old cornerback recorded 59 total tackles, 6 passes defended and an interception over 15 games in 2020.

However, he gave up a 111.9 passing rating to other quarterbacks, which is far from ideal. Perhaps a change of schemes will help rejuvenate the former 2013 second-round pick.

The Eagles currently have the sixth-worst odds to win the Super Bowl at +8500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Getting their players to adapt to the new defensive scheme as quickly as possible is the first step to bettering those odds.


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