Is it time to bench Mills?
Jalen Mills the Green Goblin another week down and here we are again. Now against the Colts, I gave credit where it was due. Mills held up against T.Y. Hilton and graded out as PFF’s fourth-ranked cornerback that week. This week, however, was back to the usual. Now true the entire secondary has struggled this year. When you have the 20th ranked pass defense its more than just one guy. However, this is becoming a weekly occasion. I’ve tried to support Mills case but as I’ve said before you’re only as strong as your weakest link. With that said is it time to bench Mills?
Mills struggles again
The Titans coming into the game had been struggling offensively, to say the least. Marcus Mariota had been hurt and they had been struggling all around offensively. However, the Titans flipped the script early against the Eagles. Normally the Titans are a running team but against the Eagles, number one ranked rush defense that wasn’t ideal. So like many other teams, they targeted the Green Goblin early and often. It didn’t take Corey Davis long to take advantage.
Jalen Mills falling for a double move (again).
— Tyler Steege (@TSteegeNFL) September 30, 2018
Its like clockwork every week. As much as you try to support a player it comes to a point where you have to realize he isn’t getting the job done. Now as I stated earlier it’s not all Mills fault the entire defensive secondary is struggling. So far in four games Julio Jones, Desean Jackson, and Davis have had their way with Mills.
Vikings dangerous duo
Now Mills was a starter last season but he held up much better. He was great during the playoff run and while he struggled with double moves last year it wasn’t nearly this bad. This week the Vikings come to town with a hot offense. Despite being 1-2-1 Adam Thielen has recorded 100 plus receiving yards in the teams first four games. Stefon Diggs is more than capable of putting up numbers as well. A team that just scored 31 on the Rams coming to town to face this secondary could be another long afternoon for Eagles fans.
While his play has been less than stellar I believe the answer the answer to benching Mills is no in part for a few reasons. One the team still has a great deal of trust in the former LSU Tiger. And two well there really aren’t many outside options to bring in. Mills is basically the most trusted cornerback outside of Darby for now. Sidney Jones has been great in the slot but even he got beat last week a few times. Avonte Maddox has shown promise but he was no match for Davis on the game-winner last week. Should the Green Goblin have another tough game should it be time to bench Mills?
Move to Safety?
Now a topic of discussion has been whether Mills should be moved to safety. The answer from everyone should be a unanimous yes. This just cannot happen every week.
Put Corey Davis on Jalen Mills and throw it to him, easy game plan pic.twitter.com/0atVgF7fjB
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) September 30, 2018
While he plays with swagger and has confidence the Mills is struggling in coverage. With Rodney McLeod out for the year and Earl Thomas breaking his leg there aren’t many options left. The Eagles opted to play Maddox at safety but one he’s a rookie and two he’s never played the position in his life. Mills is a converted safety. He played at LSU and had a lot of success. It’s just a head scratcher as to why the coaches don’t consider the move it can’t get much worse can it?
Nowhere to go but up
To make a long story short I believe Mills has a role in this defense. He is a versatile player that has shown flashes of being good. He’s also a very good tackler and brings an energy and swagger to the field. However, what the Eagles are doing right now is not working at all. You have nothing to lose by mixing things up. Move Mills to his natural position at safety.
Throw Jones outside with Darby and start Maddox in the slot. Also look to give Rasul Douglas more snaps. Is it time to bench Mills? No, but it is time to make some changes. Jim Schwartz has some tough decisions to make and he needs to make them in a hurry.