Eagles Mailbag: Bad Contracts, Offseason Moves

DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)

DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)

With the extended break until the next Eagles game and the state of emergency the team has suddenly entered into, we took to Twitter to find out what questions you have. To submit your own mailbag entry, follow us on Twitter (@Birds247) or email us at any time.

Neither were good signings, but based on value, production and team need, DeMarco Murray was the worse offseason move. On the surface, Byron Maxwell’s deal looks considerably bigger because his contract could be worth up to $63 million (compared to Murray’s $40 million), but the running back has more guaranteed money per year, according to Spotrac. Maxwell, however, does have one more season on his deal. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Davis’ Disastrous Defense

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

DETROIT, MI — Billy Davis stood in the Eagles locker room yesterday before a pool of reporters who could’ve just as easily been using their recording devices as pitchforks.

Why is your defense so bad?

How embarrassed are you?

Do you think you’ll be fired? Read more »

Kelly: Davis Will Still Be My Defensive Coordinator

Billy Davis and Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis and Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

DETROIT, MI Chip Kelly quickly dismissed the notion that’d he fire Billy Davis after the Eagles’ 45-14 loss to the Lions. In his post-game press conference, the head coach was asked if Davis would still be his defensive coordinator.

“Yes,” Kelly said, offering no other words on the topic.

Kelly, who explained that he’s “committed” to seeing this season through, added that he thought his players gave full effort. He was also asked if he believes he still has the support of the guys in the locker room. Read more »

Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Jason Kelce, Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Jason Kelce and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

For the second consecutive week, Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback for the Eagles. Sam BradfordJonathan Krause, Ryan Mathews, Denzel Rice, Tanner Hawkinson, Zach Ertz and Brandon Bair are inactive. Read more »

All-22: Sanchez’s Interceptions, Receiver Rotation

Mark Sanchez. (Jeff Fusco)

Mark Sanchez. (Jeff Fusco)

It felt like the aftermath of the Dallas game all over again. Lavonte David, who had just intercepted Mark Sanchez twice on Sunday, explained that his pick-six was a result of the Eagles predictability problem.

“It was just play recognition,” David told NJ Advance Media in the Buccaneers locker room. “I knew exactly what they wanted to do. It’s the same thing they were doing all game. I knew that on the drive before they were hitting us a lot with screen passes. So, knowing that, all I needed to do was read and react.

“When I saw the alignment coming out … [Darren] Sproles came out earlier and the alignment came out after. I was able to get a beat on the ball and was able to jump the route.” Read more »

Eagles All-22 Wake-Up Call: Declining Defense

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Surrounded by a horde of reporters in the Eagles locker room, Billy Davis took full responsibility. Just minutes prior, his defense allowed 45 points and 521 total yards to a previously below-.500 Buccaneers team.

Tampa Bay broke several records at The Linc, including the franchise mark for number of players (five) to catch a touchdown pass. They also became the first road team in NFL history to have a quarterback throw five touchdown passes and a running back to rush for at least 200 yards.

“I didn’t see this one coming,” Davis said. “We didn’t do anything well today starting with coaching. We didn’t stop the run and we gave up five touchdown passes. There are no excuses for anybody. It was an awful day.” Read more »

Johnson: Eagles Don’t Have Home Field Advantage

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

During the Eagles’ 45-17 loss against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Lane Johnson heard the boos and criticisms from fans at The Linc. When asked about it today after practice, he said fans don’t give the Eagles much of a home field advantage.

“If we get down by any significant amount of points or we don’t make any first downs, we’re going to get booed,” Johnson told Birds 24/7. “That’s just kind of how it is. It’s not really home field advantage playing here anymore. Really, that’s the truth. Cats here, they really don’t care.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A ‘Very Embarrassing Loss’

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Nolan Carroll stood despondent at his locker after the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers yesterday. Defensive backs coach Cory Undlin approached his cornerback, put his left hand on Carroll’s shirtless back and asked, “You alright?”

“Yeah,” Carroll responded, as if he was trying to convince himself and not only Undlin.

The scene around the rest of the Eagles locker room was quite similar. Lane Johnson sat in a small black chair in front of his locker looking at the ground, saying the Eagles’ offense “imploded.” Connor Barwin stood with his hands on his hips and added that the defense “sh-t the bed.” Read more »

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