WHERE WOULD EAGLES BE W/O THEIR TAKE-NO-PRISONERS DEFENSE?

By Peter Gleason

I do not come to bury the 3-4 Eagles, but to praise their defense.

While the offense is the holding the Birds back, the defense picked off Cam Newton three times Sunday night, but it still wasn’t enough.

Overall, the Eagles’ D is an interesting, entertaining, and — at times — dominant collection of talent.

And the front might be the league’s most intriguing group of players at those positions. Connor Barwin does just about everything. Fletcher Cox is just 24 years old, already a star, and about to get paid. And that’s before even getting to the complementary pieces.

Bennie Logan (above) is a beast to block.

“I like the more physical play,” Logan told the Daily News about sacking Drew Brees. “A quarterback is just going to sit there and go down. He’s not going to do anything. I like someone who’s going to give me a challenge, who’s going to hit me, too.”

As Philly’s nose tackle, Logan is literally and figuratively at the center of that stingy run defense, and the way he sucks up blocks creates opportunities for players like Cox and Cedric Thornton. There’s plenty happening behind that front too.

Malcolm Jenkins’ second season in town has been a pleasant surprise. Overall, Bill Davis’s group brings a ton to the table, and they deserve better than what they got from Chip Kelly’s offense Sunday night — and most of this season.

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