Open Thread: Reaction Day

Jeffrey Lurie (Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

Jeffrey Lurie (Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

In case you managed to dodge the onslaught of updates, Chip Kelly was fired Tuesday evening. The Eagles have practice Wednesday, and team owner Jeffrey Lurie will be addressing the media to discuss the decision to release Kelly.

Practice begins at 12:05, Lurie will address the media at 12:30, and players will be available to the media starting around 1:45.

We’ll be covering everything as it happens, and you can come to this open thread to read about and discuss the latest news and updates from what promises to be a hectic day-after at the NovaCare Complex.

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Merry Christmas To Our Birds 24/7 Family

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

It hasn’t been the most blissful of Eagles seasons but your loyalty to the team and this site has remained strong. That’s a testament to the best fans, and the best online community, in the business.

Thank you for welcoming Josh with open arms. We parted ways with one of the top football writers in the country this year in Sheil, but the rookie has shown up strong and will earn similar accolades before long. I continue to be proud of the work that is churned by Josh and Adam, two of the bright young stars in the industry.

Big things ahead. Here’s wishing everyone a blessed holiday and a prosperous 2016 — both on the gridiron and otherwise.

— Tim

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Open Thread: Week 15 Early Games

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

The Eagles won’t take the field until the sun has set, but we’ve got a novel way for you to kill that time: with more football!

Two pertinent NFC East games take place at 1:00, with the Giants (6-7) facing off against the Panthers (13-0) and Washington (6-7) hosting a simmering LeSean McCoy and the Bills (6-7).

That’s right. Week 15 is lit.

You can chat it up and follow along in the comments section below.

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Cardinals Predictions

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Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

PLAYER I’LL BE WATCHING

McManus: Malcolm Jenkins.

Billy Davis took Jenkins out of the slot for two games this season — against Tampa and Detroit. The Eagles surrendered 90 points and a staggering 951 yards over that five-day stretch.

“It didn’t work out so well,” said Davis, “so we put him back down in the nickel.”

The defense has stabilized in the two weeks since, yielding an average of 24 points in wins over New England and Buffalo.

Now onto Arizona, where one of the great ones in Larry Fitzgerald awaits. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Bills Predictions

Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)

Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)

PLAYER I’LL BE WATCHING

Paunil: Eric Rowe

Tim, you should’ve seen Billy Davis talk about the rookie cornerback after Sunday’s game in Foxborough. When a reporter mentioned Rowe, Davis’ eyes lit up and he acted just like a proud father. Of course, that’s understandable as Rowe allowed just four completions on 12 targets in 61 snaps of pass coverage. Read more »

Press Coverage, Ep. 13: Lessons From New England

In the latest episode of Press Coverage, Tim and Josh dissect what they learned from the Eagles’ big over Tom Brady and the Pats, and discuss whether those lessons can be applied to the final four games of the regular season.

They also offer up their predictions for the highly anticipated return of LeSean McCoy this Sunday.

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