PHILADELPHIA — Being good most of the time and outstanding in spurts no longer will work for the Philadelphia Eagles defense.
From this point, it must be great all the time for this team and its much more flawed offense and special teams to have a chance to contend for an NFC East crown.
Anything less, and the Eagles are looking at a seventh- straight season without a postseason win and a second straight postseason without so much as an appearance, which would mark the fourth time that has happened in the past five years.
How this team has reached this point can be debated ad infinitum. That would be wasted energy, though. The point is, a great defense is the...