A surprise name appeared on the Eagles’ injury report Thursday: Cary Williams.
The starting cornerback apparently injured his hamstring during Thursday afternoon’s practice. He had not been on the injury report previously during the week. Williams was officially listed as a limited participant. On Friday, the Eagles will have to designate him as out, doubtful, questionable or probable. Read more »
Before the Cardinals game, when asked about the read-option offense, Chip Kelly took exception with the label.
“I don’t think it’s an offense,” he said, while also pointing out that the Eagles use the zone read, not the read option. “I think it’s a play.”
That distinction has been clear in the Eagles’ two games since the bye. The principle of using the quarterback’s legs to account for an unblocked defender has not been a major factor in wins over Arizona and Detroit. Read more »
Jason Peters still remembers the play clearly.
The Eagles faced a 3rd-and-10 from the Chiefs’ 47-yard-line. Peters set up across from outside linebacker Tamba Hali. Hali used a speed rush around the edge, got past Peters, dipped in behind Michael Vick and sacked him to force a punt.
“It bothered me a lot because he really just didn’t beat me,” Peters recalled Wednesday. “It was bad technique, my hand was kind of bothering me a little bit because I banged it up. After I looked at it, it was just bad technique. I think Mike [Vick] took a five-step drop. And I thought it was a shorter drop – three-step drop. He kind of ran the edge and got me. But it made me better, humbled me to work harder the next week and the week after that.” Read more »
Earlier this week, we sorted through some potential Eagles playoff scenarios, but there have still been questions about what’s possible and what’s not in the weeks ahead.
So let’s try to sort through them Q&A style. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
With two minutes left in Sunday’s game, Chip Kelly put the decision-making power in Nick Foles’ hands.
The offense had called 14 straight run plays. But after Bryce Brown got dropped for a 2-yard loss, the Eagles faced a 4th-and-12. They had the game in hand (up 34-20), but a turnover on downs would have given the Lions at least a slim chance of scoring, kicking an onside kick and scoring again.
The call, like many others in the Eagles’ playbook, gave the quarterback options. He would have to read a key defender and then make a decision post-snap. Read more »
Here is a position-by-position review of the Eagles’ defense after having reviewed the All-22 tape.
* This group led the charge. Joique Bell needed 23 carries to gain 69 yards (3.0 YPC). And the Lions failed to gain more than 8 yards on any single run. Cedric Thornton was outstanding, leading all defensive linemen with six tackles (per team stats) and a forced fumble, which the Eagles turned into a takeaway. Thornton helped blow up a Bell run that gained 3 in the second and was disruptive throughout. Read more »
An already tremendous football weekend for Eagles fans got even better Monday night as the Cowboys got manhandled by the Bears, 45-28.
That means the Birds (8-5) are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East going into the final three games. Read more »
Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) hands off to running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo | Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s a position-by-position look at what we saw from the Eagles’ offense against the Lions, after having re-watched the game.
* There was good Nick Foles, and there was bad Nick Foles. Obviously, the weather conditions were a factor. Foles started the game 4-for-13 for 35 yards. When he missed, he generally sailed his throws. That’s what happened on the first-half interception. Foles was also off-target on a hitch to Riley Cooper, and he fired a quick throw to Cooper into the ground. Last week, on the same throw, Foles fired the pass over Cooper’s head. Both attempts came with him under center. I think that has something to do with it. That’s an easier throw when you’re in shotgun and can just take the snap and fire. Read more »
Chip Kelly and his coaching staff worked all week on a special gameplan to neutralize the aggressiveness of the Detroit Lions’ defensive front.
Screens, draws, read-plays that would have left linemen unblocked. Those were all part of the plan as of Sunday morning.
“We had a lot of plays in the gameplan to attack their scheme and attack a lot of their explosion and things like that,” said center Jason Kelce. “I was excited to run them coming into the game because I thought they were awesome. But the weather really took them out of their typical way that they played football because they couldn’t get their footing, they couldn’t get upfield as fast.
“I think the coaches got to some more downhill stuff and some more vanilla stuff where we could just kind of get together and get double teams and get moving vertically.”
The word vanilla has been used in the past as a jab at Kelly’s offense. On Sunday, vanilla was what saved the Eagles. Read more »