FOXBORO, MASS. — Billy Davis had seen this before.
It happened in 2000 when he was an assistant with the Packers and later in his career when he was the Cardinals defensive coordinator. A top-level quarterback completing pass after pass, dissecting and embarrassing the defense. The ball never hitting the ground.
That was the scene last summer too when the New England Patriots traveled to South Philadelphia to practice against Davis’ unit. But a year later at Foxboro, he noticed a difference.
“It really is a great barometer,” Davis said. “Every place I’ve been, the quarterbacks like [Tom] Brady during 7-on-7, the Kurt Warners of the world, the Brett Favres, 7-on-7 is just them picking you apart. And that’s what he did last year to us. And this year I think we were a little bit better. He’s still who he is, and no rush he’s gonna win more than he loses. But we are so far ahead of where we were, even with how much scheme we have in is so far ahead of where we were a year ago.” Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
FOXBORO, MASS. — Chip Kelly was asked today what he thinks about LeSean McCoy’s chances of gaining 2,000 yards this year.
“I don’t care,” Kelly said. “I really don’t care, and he knows that. And I’ve told him that. All we care about is: Are we winning football games? So we’ve never been driven by individual statistics, and he understands that. But if you ask him if he’d rather win a football game and run for 50 yards… or run for 200 yards and lose a football game, he’ll tell you he’d rather run for 50 and win a game.”
McCoy Tweeted about his quest for 2,000 yards recently, but clarified today that it was just part of a promotional campaign.
“I do a lot of joking with a lot of things,” he said. “I didn’t know it would be this big of a deal. And a lot of it was for Bounce.”
But would you like to hit 2K? Read more »
FOXBORO, MASS. — Because of the forecast, the Eagles and Patriots pushed practice up to 9 a.m. today. Here’s what we saw. Read more »
FOXBORO, Mass. – Bill Belichick said he didn’t study the Eagles’ offense last year. He had no reason to since they weren’t on the Patriots’ schedule.
But he clearly took notice of what his old pal Chip Kelly was able to accomplish – specifically offensively – in his first season as an NFL head coach.
“No, I think Chip is a good coach, does a good job,” Belichick said, when asked if he was surprised that the Eagles were 10-6 and won the NFC East. “They’re a good football team. I think that the play that they got at quarterback last year was real good. I’m not sure that anybody totally saw that coming, but that was a big part of it. They had a lot of explosive plays. They’re very dynamic on offense and created more explosive plays than anybody in the league. They do a good job.” Read more »
FOXBORO, MASS. – The Eagles and Patriots took part in the first of three combined practice sessions today. Here’s what we saw. Read more »
Hang around Chip Kelly enough, and you’ll get used to hearing the number 53 1/3.
That’s the width (in yards) of the football field. Kelly’s offensive philosophy is predicated on making defenses account for every inch of that width, along with the vertical space between the line of scrimmage and the end zone.
Perhaps no play serves as a better example of that philosophy than Y-Cross, a staple of the Air Raid offense, and now a go-to play in the Eagles’ offense.
To break down the concept, we called on our old friend Coach Flinn. Flinn has helped us with the mesh concept, double posts in the red zone and snag. But I’ve never heard him more excited than when discussing Y-Cross. The guy flat-out loves this play. Read more »
Josh Huff’s first kickoff return as an NFL player was not a memorable one.
He took the ball 8 yards deep in the end zone, headed upfield and was brought down at the 13 yard line.
“The first one, I think, he probably could have got back inside,” said Chip Kelly. “It looked like when we look at the pictures there was a hole there.”
Huff looked at the pictures on the sideline too and realized he left some yards on the field. But he would get several other opportunities. And late in the first half, he fielded another kickoff. The Eagles had a different return called this time, but Huff found a running lane, headed for the left sideline and saw he only had one man to beat.
“I couldn’t let the kicker tackle me,” he said. “I would have heard it from the rest of these guys in the locker room and my college coach back at Oregon.” Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Eagles’ defense performed against the Bears, after having re-watched the first three quarters.
If you missed the breakdown of the offense, click here. Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of what we saw out of the Eagles’ offense Friday night, after having re-watched the first three quarters. Read more »