Nick Fierro

PHILADELPHIA For members of the Philadelphia Eagles defense who played under the former regime, the way the team plays the game now is a blessing that can't even be quantified.

Nevertheless, here are some numbers to digest:

In Sunday's 29-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns, the Eagles had the ball for nearly 40 minutes, which is something they never did once in three seasons under Chip Kelly. Their defense was on the field for just 50 plays, less than it was ever forced to play under Kelly. Last year, they averaged 76 defensive snaps per game.

Only a part of that could be attributed to not being able to get off the field on third down.

Actually, the main reason opponents last year were able to convert 42.9 percent of their third downs against the Eagles (who led the NFL in takeaways midway through before losing Jordan Hicks and Nolan Carroll to season-ending injuries) was because of such little time the defense had between series.

good point to bring up also it will help at the back end of the schedule , last year they collapsed at the end.