The Eagles certainly had their troubles in the secondary this season, but were they the worst unit in the league?
ProFootballFocus thinks so.
PFF, in its rankings of all 32 secondaries in the league, put the Eagles dead last.
Here's what they wrote about the Eagles:
"To the credit of the Eagles’ safeties, both played better than the Philadelphia secondary’s overall ranking might indicate. However, that shows just how bad the Eagles’ cornerbacks were. All three of the team’s top corners ranked in the top eight for total receiving yards allowed among all defenders in the league. It really wasn’t skewed by a seeing a higher volume of passes, either, as Leodis McKelvin and Jalen Mills ranked first and third, respectively, in yards allowed per snap in coverage. Ron Brooks wasn’t much better before he suffered a season-ending injury. Had he played enough snaps to qualify, his overall grade would have also been among the bottom dozen cornerbacks (out of 120 players)."
Malcolm Jenkins got the highest grade in the Eagles' secondary with an 81.4. He was the best against the run, while fellow safety Rodney McLeod got the best grade in coverage.
As for the cornerbacks, McKelvin was ranked 79th out of 120, Nolan Carroll ranked 107th out of 120 and Jalen Mills was 120th.
It shouldn't be surprising that the Eagles' corners ranked so low this year. The Eagles gave up 57 plays of 20-plus yards (sixth most), 27 plays of 30-plus yards (second most) and seven plays of 50-plus yards (fourth).
With Carroll a free agent and McKelvin possibly being cut, there's a good chance the Eagles' secondary — at least at corner — will look much different in 2017.