Game Review: Eagles Vs. Panthers

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher - USA Today

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher – USA Today

Because of the short week, we’ll combine the game reviews into one post. I stopped the DVR after the Eagles went up 45-7 in the fourth quarter, so the final drives are not included.

Keeping that in mind, here’s what I saw the second time around. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Panthers, the Day After

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher - USA Today

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher – USA Today

After Marcus Smith was drafted by the Eagles in the first round, but before he had ever participated in a practice at the NovaCare Complex, he received a message from Connor Barwin that gave him a good feeling about his new home.

“He texted me,” Smith recalled. “He texted me and was like, ‘We want to welcome you to the team. We can’t wait for you to be a part of what we’ve got going on.’ Ever since I came in, he took me under his wing and has been teaching me the ropes.”

Barwin has been one of the most valuable signings of the Chip Kelly era. When he first arrived, he helped organize team dinners for the defensive linemen and linebackers. Those are still going strong as the guys get together every Thursday night after practice.

For Fletcher Cox’s birthday, Barwin wheeled over a bike to surprise his teammate at his locker. He knew Travis Long would be sticking around Philadelphia during the offseason, so Barwin got him a bike too.

The 28-year-old’s value can be measured in a variety of ways. By all accounts, he’s the ultimate teammate. And in Billy Davis’ scheme, he’s asked to fulfill a variety of roles – some of which don’t produce numbers in the box score. But on Monday night, Barwin totaled 3.5 sacks and led a defensive charge that completely shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers. Read more »

Sanchez: Chip Helps With Pre-Snap Details

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

Mark Sanchez told a story last week about what Chip Kelly communicated to him before one specific play against the Texans.

“I think at one point Chip said something in the helmet last week like, ‘We’re running such and such play, so you’re reading 99 [J.J. Watt],” Sanchez said with a laugh. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, thanks.’ I just looked over like, ‘Yeah I know.’ So you just get it snapped, cross your fingers and hope for the best.”

Sanchez has spent the last eight months or so getting used to his new surroundings. Eating, sleeping and living in a new place. A faster practice routine. Different teammates. His role as a backup.

But on the field, now that Sanchez is the starter, he has to get used to a new voice in his helmet during games: Kelly’s. Read more »

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Panthers

Mark Sanchez: Franchise savior? | Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj - USA Today

Mark Sanchez: Franchise savior? | Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

Here’s a look at how the Eagles match up with the Panthers.


The ground game was fantastic against the Texans. LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk and Darren Sproles combined to carry 34 times for 184 yards (5.4 YPC). In his last three games, McCoy has rushed 67 times for 349 yards (5.2 YPC). Overall, the Eagles’ ground game ranks 19th, according to Football Outsiders’ ratings. Read more »

Matthews To Watt: ‘Why You On A Knee, 99?’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

NFL Films has released field-level footage from the Eagles’ win over the Texans.

It’s not embeddable, so click here for the link.

Among the highlights:

* Running backs coach Duce Staley sending a message to LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles late in the game.

“We’re gonna finish this game pounding the [expletive] out of the ball,” Staley said. “That’s how we’re gonna finish the game. Alright?” Read more »

Midseason Grades: Eagles Defense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

With eight games down and eight to go, let’s take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand. We’ll hand out grades for performances up to this point and project what’s in store for the months ahead.

Here’s the defense. We’ll get to the offense in a later installment. Read more »

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