Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Cowboys

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here’s a player-by-player review of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys.

QUARTERBACKS

Mark Sanchez – In a game where the Eagles needed to maximize their opportunities on offense, Sanchez failed to capitalize and made too many mistakes. Although, to be fair, he was far from the only problem.

Overall, Sanchez went 17-for-28 for 252 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Per Pro Football Focus, he was 12-for-13 on throws under 10 yards. On attempts 10 yards or more from the line of scrimmage, Sanchez was 5-for-13. He did not complete a single pass that traveled 20 yards or more from the line of scrimmage and attempted just two. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Leftovers From Chip

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here are three leftovers from Chip Kelly’s session with reporters on Monday.

1. Kelly has been peppered with a lot of questions about the Eagles’ lack of a downfield passing attack.

“I think people are playing us a lot deeper than they did last year,” he said Monday. “That’s very evident. I don’t think anybody really lets us get behind them anymore. People are playing coverage from the top down, as opposed to last year; we saw a lot more press-man last year.

“We are not going to force things in terms of trying to throw the ball deep over the top if they are not going to allow you to run over the top.”

Earlier in the season, the downfield throws were available. What’s happened since then? Read more »

Primer: Eagles Playoff Scenarios

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

With two weeks left and the Eagles currently in second place in the NFC East, we figured you could use a primer on what needs to happen for the Birds to get into the playoffs.

So below is a list of every scenario that would land Chip Kelly’s squad in the postseason. If you think I missed one or have questions, speak up. Note that in these scenarios, I am assuming no ties. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Cowboys, the Day After

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Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Billy Davis usually sets up shop at the exact same spot in the middle of the Eagles locker room after home games.

He always speaks in the same calm, measured tone. You can never tell by his face whether his defense just played well or played poorly, whether the Eagles won or lost.

Players seem to appreciate that about him. And so does Chip Kelly. Davis believes in the process, and having coached in the NFL for more than 20 years, he’s been on the wrong side of plenty of bad losses, contests where the game plan left room for second-guessing and where the coaches didn’t put the players in positions to succeed.

Sunday’s 38-27 loss to the Cowboys was one of those games. Read more »

Making Sense of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Seattle Seaahwks: QB Nick Foles, S Jerome Couplin, DB Jaylen Watkins, C Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl and DL Taylor Hart.

There are two differences from last week. Trey Burton (hamstring) returns from injury, and Maehl goes back on the inactive list. Burton has been a key special teams contributor – both on the coverage and return units – all season long. Also, Couplin replaces Roc Carmichael on the 53-man roster. But he won’t dress. Read more »

Changeup: Eagles Facing More Zone Than Man

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

During the offseason, figuring out ways to beat man coverage seemed like an obsession for Chip Kelly.

He saw how teams played the Eagles in his first season. They singled up receivers and used one high safety all season long. They needed the second safety in the box to help against LeSean McCoy and the Eagles’ prolific rushing attack. And playing man coverage was a simple solution to dealing with tempo.

Whenever the Eagles made an offseason move on offense – releasing DeSean Jackson, trading for Darren Sproles, re-signing Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, drafting Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff – Kelly noted the need for his receivers to be able to beat man coverage.

But there have been changes in Year 2. Most notably, teams have felt comfortable playing more zone. But why has that been the case? Read more »

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