Eagles-Titans Notes: McCoy Breaks Loose

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LeSean McCoy sized up the lectern quizzically and began fidgeting with the microphone as his postgame press conference began.

“Damn this feels big, tall,” said McCoy as he tried to settle in behind the podium, which is generally reserved for quarterbacks and players that have a big game.

“You haven’t been there in a while,” a reporter cracked, drawing laughs.

“He ain’t lying, though,” said McCoy, taking the jab in stride.
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Inside Voices: Kelly And the Balance Of Power

(Photo courtesy of USA Today)

(Photo courtesy of USA Today)

Jeffrey Lurie designed the power structure so that the proper checks and balances were built in.

When he hired Chip Kelly, he set it up so that both the head coach and general manager Howie Roseman would report directly to him. He decided to give Kelly final say on the 53-man roster to even the scales, he said, which would suggest Roseman had heavy influence over the draft and free agency.

“It made sense to balance the player personnel and head coaching, and empower them both, and force a complete collaboration,” Lurie told the Inquirer last September. “That was the strategy behind it. You didn’t have to force it. Happened naturally.”

Kelly seemed on board with that concept. At his introductory press conference, he said that he wasn’t looking for full control and had little interest in owning various titles.

“I just want to coach football,” he said.

His reach has extended well beyond the x’s and o’s, of course. Kelly watches college film on Saturdays during the season and hits the road (often with vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble) in the offseason. By all accounts, he attends more Pro Days than any other head coach in the league.

Roseman spearheads the draft process and there is a host of quality personnel men searching for talent year-round, but it’s impossible to ignore the Kelly influence over the past two drafts.

“We haven’t really gotten there,” Kelly said, when asked who has final say over draft choices. “I think everybody wants to know that, like really what happens in there. But it never gets to that point. I think we look at it, analyze it and kind of come to the same conclusion. But I haven’t yet sat there and I want him and he wants him and then, you know, are we going to box for it?”

Up until recently, the Eagles’ higher-ups had presented a unified front when it came to the personnel process. But when one of his players came under fire a couple weeks back, Kelly put on the gloves for the first time publicly. Read more »

Eagles-Titans Injury Report

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here’s the injury report for Sunday’s home game against the Titans:

OUT

QB Nick Foles (collarbone)

PROBABLE

DE Brandon Bair (elbow), CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring), C Jason Kelce (thumb), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf, hamstring), WR Jeff Maehl (foot), S Chris Maragos (groin), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), T Matt Tobin (concussion) Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Maclin Closing In On 1,000

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin both speak at the podium after practice on Wednesdays. The player who talks second will often sit inside the media tent and take in the other’s press conference as they await their turn. Maclin was second man up this week, and had a front-row seat for McCoy’s mini-A.I. rant (“What are we sitting here talking about? Am I the same player? That’s for y’all to figure out. Are you crazy?”), which was capped by McCoy walking off in a lather. (“I’m not going to sit here and play that game. Am I the same player. Are you crazy?”)

Maclin walked up as McCoy stormed out and to break the ice a reporter jokingly asked, “Mac, are you the same player?”, drawing  a smile out of the wide receiver.

The answer to that question, by the way, is no: this is the best version of Maclin we have ever seen. Read more »

The Obstacles Facing Zach Ertz

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Zach Ertz said that he was taking the lack of playing time personally earlier in the year. He was extremely hard on himself and was allowing his frustrations to impact him on and off the field. If he had a negative play he would carry it over to the next, and admitted that his attitude wasn’t necessarily as good as it should have been.

Ertz credits his tight end coaches, Ted Williams and Justin Peelle, for helping to adjust his mindset.

“They kind of sat me down and said, ‘Hey, you’re doing a great job. Don’t be so hard on yourself.’ I have two great tight end coaches in Justin and Ted and two other great tight ends in our room in Brent [Celek] and James [Casey], so I’ve learned a lot from them.

“It was a big maturation process for myself, kind of a stubborn 23-year old to a mature 23-year old, 24-year old now.” Read more »

Gardner Steps In For Tobin

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Matt Tobin suffered a concussion against the Packers and sat out practice for the second straight day. Chip Kelly said the injury occurred during the last drive and that Tobin notified the trainers in the locker room after the game.

Andrew Gardner has been getting the first-team reps in Tobin’s absence this week. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sanchez, Act II, Scene III

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The narrative can turn so sharply in a matter of a week in the NFL, and that is part of the reason why this league is king. Sixteen games per team, a million variables and story lines galore based on how each Sunday unfolds.

This time last week, it was all about Mark Sanchez’s redemption. He had survived the difficult times in New York and, now armed with the innovative Chip Kelly as his head coach, was poised to create a second act that surpassed the first. After a blowout loss to Green Bay, such talk has disappeared for the moment and suddenly everyone is scrambling for Nick Foles health updates.
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Frustrated Huff Opens Up

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Josh Huff’s name keeps coming up for all the wrong reasons.

Most recently, he seemed to pin his actions during the Micah Hyde punt return on his coaches, saying: “I just did my job, did what the coaches told me to do. If I would have stuck to what I know, I would have made that play.”

Huff admitted that he let his frustrations get the better of him in the locker room at Lambeau Field Sunday, but also said his comments were misinterpreted to a degree.

“I’m definitely not the one to point fingers for my mistakes. What I was trying to get across was that I always listen to what the coaches tell me and it was to break down before I got to the returner because last week when we played the Panthers I almost had a run-in with the returner, and it would have been flagged if I dropped the ball. Me slowing down as much as I did kind of interfered with my timing that I had with the punt and led me to miss the tackle that I normally would make nine out of ten times.”

That sequence was just another example of a rookie who hasn’t quite found the right balance between mind and body on the field. Read more »

Notes: Davis Considered Pulling Fletcher

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Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch – USA Today

Billy Davis suggested at his press conference Tuesday that he contemplated pulling Bradley Fletcher from the Packers game.

“I was watching him close, waiting one more. What do I do? Do I make a move?” said Davis. “And then you watched him come out and play in the second half. He made those same plays that beat him in the first, he was on it, he played the ball, his press was better. He got better and fought through it, and he is a mentally tough human being. I was very impressed with the way he finished.

“A lot of corners have a lot of outs. They don’t keep fighting and battling. I have a lot of respect for Fletch and how he responded.”

Is he still your guy going forward? Read more »

How Kelly Views the Blowout Loss

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Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly used examples from around the league to help explain why he believes the outcome Sunday does not necessarily speak to a broad divide between the Eagles and Packers.

He referenced the Broncos’ surprising seven-point output in a loss to the Rams Sunday and noted that Tampa Bay, despite getting blown out 56-14 by Atlanta back in September, was favored the next time the two teams squared off.

“Every week is a season in this league, so I don’t think you can look at it that way,” said Kelly, who is not weighing the loss to Green Bay any heavier than the others because it was a blowout.

“If you have a mistake you have to admit your mistake, you have to fix your mistake and then try to not repeat it again. We keep the same formula in terms of what we’re doing. To quantify a loss by too many points or a loss by one point and differentiate between it, it’s not the way we operate.” Read more »

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