Here’s a position-by-position review of how the Eagles’ defense performed against the Patriots, after having re-watched the game. Read more »
The Eagles got good news on the wide receiver front today as Riley Cooper returned to practice fully for the first time since suffering a foot injury earlier this month.
“I’ve been running routes for about the past week, just vs. air,” Cooper said. “Today was the first day it was actually against somebody. It felt good.
“I’m gonna play this week… kind of just gradually get back into the swing of things. A couple plays to start every series, that’s kind of the routine we’re following.” Read more »
Towards the end of today’s session with the media, Chip Kelly was asked about the future of quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez has gone 18-for-22 for 196 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the first two preseason games. How would the Eagles weigh potentially trading him against keeping Sanchez on the roster as the backup?
“Good question, cause Mark has played well,” Kelly said. “But we haven’t had anybody call or ask us anything. So that’s not something we’re talking about because you’re just spending time on things that could happen, should happen… I don’t know. Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense against the Patriots, after having re-watched Friday night’s game. Read more »
Chip Kelly could have offered a generic answer about the front end and the back end working together.
He could have expanded on how disappointed he was with the penalties, or even just given credit to Tom Brady. But when asked about the issues the Eagles are having on third down, Kelly pointed directly to the guys up front.
“We need to generate a better pass rush,” he said. “I think our defensive line needs to do a better job in terms of what their rush contains are. We had the one play with [Ryan] Mallett where Marcus [Smith II] does a nice job, makes him flush up in the pocket, but we got nobody on that side containing the quarterback, and you let the quarterback scramble for a touchdown.” Read more »
FOXBORO, Mass. — When Eagles players returned to the locker room following their 42-35 loss to the Patriots Friday night, they were greeted by a frustrated and stern Chip Kelly.
“Very strong,” said Cary Williams, when asked about the head coach’s message. “You could tell that he was frustrated. You could tell that he was upset about it. He wasn’t very happy about the way we played.
“He said he’s frustrated about penalties. He said that he wanted us to be better. We don’t practice like that. We shouldn’t play like that. We’ve gotta get our butts in gear and do something about it.” Read more »
FOXBORO, Mass. — Here’s what we saw during tonight’s Eagles-Patriots game: Read more »
Eagles coaches have been clear about what they want from their outside linebackers: rush the passer, set the edge against the run and drop in coverage.
For first-round pick Marcus Smith II, one of those aspects will be more challenging than the other two.
“It’s very fair to say that,” said defensive coordinator Billy Davis when asked if the pass-rush will be the last thing to come. Read more »
FOXBORO, MASS. — The Eagles take on the Patriots at 7:30 tonight in their second preseason game. Below are three things we’ll be watching.
1. Nick Foles - The Birds’ signal-caller got off to a shaky start against the Bears – two interceptions and a punt in three drives. As I’ve said earlier this week, weighing one quarter of preseason football over a 10-start sample size from 2013 is silly. But at the same time, it’d be nice to see Foles bounce back.
That, of course, won’t be easy, considering he’s likely to be without Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. Even if Foles doesn’t light it up, Chip Kelly and the coaches want to see him make good decisions, a hallmark of his standout season a year ago. Read more »
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 »