When Byron Maxwell signed his huge deal with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason he was expected to be the shutdown-standout corner, similar to Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman. Maxwell hasn’t reached that level of performance yet, but teamed with Nolan Carroll, the Eagles have found a formidable defensive tandom on the outside.
Carroll signed a two year deal with the Eagles after four seasons with the Miami Dolphins. In his first season with Philadelphia, Carroll played behind Cary Williams, so he only started one game which defensive coordinator Bill Davis later regretted. Davis spoke with CsnPhilly about his taking accountability for Carroll’s playing time in 2014.
“As we went along, I didn’t get him in there enough and I should have.”
The subsequent release of Williams in the offseason it opened up opportunity for Carroll.
Carroll had just 30 tackles in 2014, but his 2015 season is on pace to be the best of his career. To date, Carroll’s best season was his 2013 campaign; his last year with the Dolphins: 16 games played. 12 started, three interceptions (career high) 12 pass deflections and two sacks. In 2015 he has 24 tackles, six pass deflections and one interception through six games played and started.
Carroll’s breakout season can be traced back to his grueling offseason training driven by frustration, as he to CSN back in August:
“Normally I take about a month and a half but I just got right back to it because I was just motivated by not playing last year,” he said. “It’s different to play a lot for the first four years of your career and then all of a sudden you’re not playing that much”
While Carroll’s frustration from 2014 has been channelled in to positive results himself, the have extended to the entire Philadelphia defense. The Eagles are giving up 18.3 points per contest and have forced a turnover in 12 consecutive games.
If Carroll keeps up his strong play in compliment to the Eagles overall team defense, he may make a strong bid for his first pro bowl selection.
Isaiah Rhodes | endzonescore.com | October 24, 2015