Eagles Wake-Up Call: Can Tempo Slow Cardinals Blitz?

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots

On most weeks, the Eagles feel like they have a weapon to combat their opponents’ blitzes: tempo.

The pace the Birds use on offense can deter opposing coordinators from trying to get to their more complex schemes. According to Chip Kelly, that was one of the reasons the Eagles faced so much man coverage in 2013.

But Todd Bowles and the Arizona Cardinals appear to be the exception. Read more »

‘Someone Shooting a Shotgun Right Next To My Ear’

NFL: Buffalo Bills-Training Camp

On Opening Day of 2010, Kevin Kolb got the start for the Eagles against the Green Bay Packers.

It was supposed to be the start of a new era. With Donovan McNabb traded to Washington, Kolb, who had waited his turn, finally got a chance to take over. But he never even got to finish the game.

Kolb was hit by Clay Matthews and suffered a concussion. During his absence, Michael Vick took over and kept the starting job. Kolb was eventually traded to the Arizona Cardinals and finished out his career with the Buffalo Bills.

In a piece for The MMQB published today, Kolb wrote about recently being stuck in Cabo San Lucas during a hurricane. But he also described the concussion symptoms he lives with on a daily basis: Read more »

All-22: McCoy On Run-Game Changes

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

In the Eagles’ last game against the Giants, LeSean McCoy had by far his best performance of the season, rushing 22 times for 149 yards (6.8 YPC).

In the previous three games combined, he had totaled 120 yards on 53 attempts (2.3 YPC). But on Wednesday, the Eagles’ running back insisted that the Week 6 performance did not affect his confidence one way or another.

“It was obviously a good game and we ran the ball well,” McCoy said. “But I still feel the same way I did before this year or after this year. I feel like we have a good team here. I think we can run the ball well. We have the guys up front to do it and guys in the backfield to also do it. It was a great game, we gashed ‘em. But I always felt the same way before the game, from the 20-yard games to the 150 or 149. It doesn’t make a difference.”

What did make a difference were the wrinkles added by Chip Kelly and the coaching staff. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Leftovers From Kelly

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Below are three leftovers from Chip Kelly’s press conference on Tuesday.

1. You’ll often hear coaches use the term self-scouting when describing their bye-week activities.

What does that mean exactly?

“We just analyze what we did in certain situations,” Kelly said. “We went through goal line, we went through coming out, we went through third-down situations, we went through openers, kind of looked at everything. What we were successful at — kind of looked at it on film — what we weren’t successful at [and] why we weren’t successful at it. Was it personnel? Was it scheme? Was it we weren’t prepared for this? So, you’re kind of looking at everything that you’re doing.” Read more »

Kelce: We’re Trying To Avoid a Setback

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Evan Mathis went on TV Tuesday and said his teammate Jason Kelce was ahead of schedule in his recovery from sports hernia surgery.

Mathis suggested that Kelce had a chance to get back on the field in Week 9 against the Houston Texans. So naturally, the Eagles’ center was asked about that possibility today.

“I really wish he wouldn’t have said that because now it pushes me a little bit harder,” said Kelce. “This is the first day I’ve even been out of practice, and obviously I wasn’t a full participant. I was kind of just out there moving around. I’m still hesitant to put a date on it even if Mathis isn’t. Read more »

Eagles Pass-Rusher Rankings

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

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 »

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