One of the most pleasant surprises for the Eagles through the first six games has been their ability to consistently generate a pass-rush.
In the last three games specifically, the defense did an excellent job of keeping Eli Manning, Austin Davis and Colin Kaepernick uncomfortable in the pocket.
And the way they’ve done it has been impressive. The Eagles don’t have a premiere pass-rusher whom offenses have to game-plan for every week. Instead, Billy Davis has done a good job with his calls, sometimes dialing up pressure and other times using the illusion of pressure to create one-on-one matchups.
Below is a look at how individual Eagles have performed. Read more »
The Birds did not play yesterday, but we still watched a lot of football. So here are five takeaways from the action, all with an Eagles slant. Read more »
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We handed out grades for the Eagles’ offense yesterday. Now onto the defense. Read more »
With six games in the books, now seems like a good time to take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand. We’ll do the offense today and continue with the defense later in the week. Read more »
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Chip Kelly and Nick Foles were mic’d up during Sunday’s win over the Giants.
From what I can gather, the full version will be shown on Sound FX on NFL Network Friday night at 10 p.m. But NFL.com has a clip up now. Unfortunately, it’s not embeddable, so you’ll have to click on the link. Read more »
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Chip Kelly was asked earlier this week about how he defines a selfless player.
“I think always putting the goal of the team win ahead of anything. That’s really the most important thing about being a selfless player,” he said, before referencing a Brent Celek anecdote.
But then Kelly went on to use another example. Read more »
Through the first five games, it seemed everyone had a different reason for why the Eagles’ run game was struggling.
Most pointed to the injuries on the offensive line. Some suggested LeSean McCoy was injured or had lost a step. And others simply figured it was out how defenses were playing the Eagles.
But there was another factor at play, one that the coaching staff could control. During the Week 4 loss to the 49ers, there were indications that San Francisco knew some of what was coming. Against St. Louis, to a lesser extent, there were similar sentiments.
“They knew what plays were coming,” said Lane Johnson after the win over the Rams.
“I just think defenses have more knowledge of what’s coming. Last year everything was so new, and I think they’ve kind of seen a lot of what we do, so just moving forward, we’ll probably throw in a few more wrinkles.”
Chip Kelly would not be offended by Johnson’s comments. The Eagles’ offense is based on running a series of foundation plays effectively, dressing them up differently and moving at a fast pace. The problem at times this season has been that defenses have game-planned well against those foundation plays. Because of injuries up front and inconsistent quarterback play, the offense has not run as smoothly.
But against the Giants, a team that limited McCoy to 94 yards on 35 carries in two meetings last year with an inside stunt, Kelly broke out some wrinkles that helped jump-start the run game and the offense as a whole. Read more »
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The Eagles have re-signed guard/center Julian Vandervelde and released veteran offensive lineman Wade Smith.
Back in August, the team waived Vandervelde with an injury settlement. A fifth-round pick in 2011, Vandervelde had back surgery during the summer. Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles’ defensive performance after having re-watched Sunday night’s shutout against the giants. Read more »
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Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Giants. Read more »