Early Birds: Who covered Jordan Reed?; Bill Davis' job security; 2016 schedule
1) Last week, Malcolm Jenkins sounded like he thought he would cover Washington tight end Jordan Reed in Saturday's game. So it was a surprise to see that Jenkins did not cover Reed during Reed's two first-quarter touchdowns in the Eagles' 38-24 loss.
"The play calls didn't put me on him," Jenkins said. "Whatever reason, that matchup, I didn't get that until later in the game. But obviously, some of the matchup was already won."
Jenkins said the game plan called for him or Walter Thurmond to cover Reed for most of the game. On Reed's first of two touchdowns, the Eagles played a zone in which DeMeco Ryans appeared to hand Reed over to Ed Reynolds. On the second touchdown, Mychal Kendricks was on him.
"They caught us in some first- and second-down calls that puts our linebackers on him, and that's just a bad matchup," Jenkins said.
Reed finished with nine catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and there were too many times that linebackers chased him.
"It wasn't just one position or one group," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "As a whole unit, we didn't play well enough to win, and they did."
2) Davis' job security has come under scrutiny after opponents scored at least 38 points against the Eagles in four of the team's past six games. Some of those points were not scored against the Eagles' defense, but there's been enough to signal concern in a unit that started the season with promise. Davis is in his third year as Eagles' defensive coordinator and said he does not think about his future.
"That's for other men to decide that," Davis said. "What I think about is how I'm going to get this group of men to play next week. That's all I've done every day and that's all I'll do. I've been down this road where you have seasons that are disappointing and everybody is looking for the blame game. As a team, we have to make sure that we hang together and take all the accountability that we need. The city of Philadelphia, we have to give them better."
The Eagles are No. 30 in the NFL in total defense and No. 28 in scoring defense. That's even worse than last season.
"I don't think anybody in this organization can look at themselves and say they've done really well," Jenkins said when asked about Davis' performance. "I think, myself, I could have done better to further help this team. Just like everybody else has been inconsistent, when you look at what we've done earlier in the season when we're talking about how great this defense is, and then it really just fell off a cliff. Obviously, when you're the D-coordinator, you get a lot of attention and blame. It's not just Billy. It's everybody. It's guys not making the plays they should be making, and that makes him look bad."
3) The Eagles-Giants game on Sunday will have significance on the 2016 schedule. If the Eagles win, they will play the Seahawks in Seattle. If they lose, they will play the Rams in London.
The other game to be decided is the NFC South matchup. If the Eagles win on Sunday, they will host the Falcons. If they lose, they host either the Saints or the Buccaneers, depending on which team finishes No. 3 in the standings.
The games already determined are visits to Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Washington and the Giants. They host Green Bay, Minnesota, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and the three NFC East teams.