Nate Allen seemed to be the poster child for the Eagles’ struggles in the secondary in the first few games of the season. He was getting burned deep. He was late in coverage underneath. He took bad angles on tackles. And he was constantly getting beaten up in the media to the point where it seemed like he was about to lose his job to rookie Earl Wolff. There was a lot expected from Allen the Eagles’ second-round draft pick in 2010. For the most part he hadn’t delivered. Lately however Allen has played better and it might not be a coincidence that the secondary as a whole has played better as well. “I think Nate’s confidence is growing in two places — in himself and in the scheme” defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “I think he’s getting better with his eyes and where he places them which makes him in a better position to make his plays now.” The Eagles’ secondary still has its issues. They allow 326 yards passing per game 29th in the NFL. They give up an average of 31.8 points per game 30th in the NFL. And they allow 434 yards per game 31st in the NFL. But they’re not getting burned deep nearly as much anymore. Davis said the Giants tried 11 deep passes last Sunday in the Eagles’ 36-21 win and completed just one (another was a pass interference penalty). This is where Allen’s eyes have come into play. “As a defensive back or safety that’s huge” Allen said. “You’re reading play action so you’re not getting sucked up and then getting beat over the top.” Allen and the other defensive backs said they just needed time. After all Allen was the only returning starter from last season — and his hold on the job seemed tenuous at best. The Eagles brought in a new defensive coordinator in Davis with a new system. “It’s a marathon not a sprint” cornerback Cary Williams said. “I understood that it wasn’t going to happen overnight. It’s not something that’s going to be quick and we’re going to automatically have this great feel for each other and this great flow.
Allen, secondary showing signs of getting stronger
Courier-Post | Oct 11