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Chip Kelly called it a notebook. Cody Parkey said it was a binder.
Either way, the head coach is impressed with the way his new kicker charts his performance on a daily basis.
“Practice and games, makes and misses,” Parkey said. “I go in and watch what I do good, what I do bad and what I can improve on every day. If I’m having a bad day of kicking, I can go back and say, ‘I went 10 for 10 this day. What did I do here? What I did do on the bad day?’ Compare ‘em so when I come back the next day, I know what I need to do to better myself.”
As part of his daily routine, Parkey now watches all his kicks on film with special teams coach Dave Fipp. In addition to charting makes and misses, he takes notes on mechanical strengths and weaknesses. He’s been doing it since his college days at Auburn and believes the daily evaluation will serve him well at the NFL level. Read more »
Billy Davis is expecting improvement on the defense to come from two separate areas.
One is that players from last year are more comfortable in the Eagles’ 3-4. And two is that he’s now able to add more layers to the scheme.
“Looking at last year, a lot of things we did, we were growing into this,” Davis said. “And it’s nothing more than a progression of growth from the end of last year to again a couple pieces we added and a couple schematic things we added to it and just threw it all at them. We will continue to grow that and hopefully continue to grow that way with both the understanding they have in our scheme and the scheme itself.”
Sunday’s Week 1 win against the Jaguars was a good start. It must be noted that Jacksonville could end up being one of the five worst offenses in the league. But after a couple lapses early, the Eagles’ defense dominated in the second half. Jacksonville was held scoreless on eight second-half possessions: five punts, a turnover on downs, a fumble and the end of the game.
The pass-rush, a question mark going into the season, looked like a strength against the Jaguars’ below-average offensive line. And players like Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks turned in outstanding individual performances. Below is a look at what we saw in Week 1. Read more »
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Back in June, Chip Kelly sat at the head of a conference table at the NovaCare Complex and answered questions from a group of reporters about his coaching philosophy.
With Kelly, it seems nearly everything stems from the way practices are structured. So he went on for awhile about why the Eagles move at such a fast pace.
“The only reason we practice fast is because we want to get more plays in,” he said. “And if we get more plays in, guys will get more reps. The more times they get reps, the better they get as a player.
“We have 90 guys on our team that we’re trying to improve on a constant basis. So how do we improve them or make decisions or evaluate them if we never get a chance to have them on film? I’ve never understood that – in the offseason especially. I hear stories of other teams where the threes don’t get any reps. Well, how do you know if the threes are any good or not? And how do you know why they’re threes? They could be twos if you ever put them on the field and give them the opportunity and put them on film and say, ‘Hey, this guy’s pretty good.’ ” Read more »
During his post-game press conference Sunday, Chip Kelly pointed out that he did not throw any chairs during halftime against the Jaguars.
Eight scoreless possessions through two quarters did not call for any grand adjustments. The Eagles saw what Jacksonville was doing defensively – a heavy dose of Cover 3 – and felt like they had the right answers in their arsenal.
“Halftime wasn’t a major, ‘Hey, we have to overhaul this whole thing. …We took the wrong approach coming into this. They are doing what we didn’t expect them to do,’ ” Kelly said. “Really they played right to the schedule in terms of what they were doing. They played a lot more zone than they played man.
“It’s not like things weren’t there. We had plays. We didn’t change anything. If you watch the game what we did, there wasn’t a huge change from a play-call standpoint in terms of what we were doing in the second half from what we were doing in the first half.”
The tape reflects Kelly’s comments. Cover 3 leaves the seams open, and that’s where the Eagles attacked with their wide receivers and tight ends all game long. But on multiple occasions, Nick Foles had trouble taking advantage. Read more »
The Eagles have added a 10th player to their practice squad: wide receiver Cobi Hamilton.
Hamilton (6-2, 212) ran a 4.56 at the combine in 2013, and the Bengals selected him in the sixth round of that year’s draft. He played his college ball at Arkansas and had a productive career, catching 90 balls for 1,335 yards in 2012 – both school records. Read more »
In addition to the other moves they made today, the Eagles announced a couple changes to their practice squad.
They signed inside linebacker Brandon Hepburn and offensive lineman Tyler Hoover. The team also released LB Colton Underwood from the practice squad. Read more »
Eagles veteran offensive lineman Allen Barbre is expected to have ankle surgery and may not play again this season, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan: Read more »
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Below is a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ defense after having re-watched.
If you missed the first part on the offense, click here. Read more »
The Eagles’ Week 2 matchup features a trip to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Monday night. Here are five things you need to know about the Birds’ next opponent.
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Here’s a position-by-position look at what we saw during the Eagles’ 34-17 win over the Jaguars after having re-watched the game. Read more »