Wake-Up Call: Sanchez, Eagles Not Good Enough

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Courtesy of USA Today

The game had morphed into a shootout and it was Mark Sanchez‘s turn to fire.

After a dismal start in which the home team put up exactly zero yards on six plays in the first quarter, the offense clicked in and the Eagles rattled off 24 straight to turn a 21-0 deficit into a three-point lead.

Tony Romo and the Cowboys answered with an eight-play, 78-yard drive capped by DeMarco Murray‘s two-yard plunge that put Dallas back on top, 28-24 late in the third quarter. On the ensuing possession, Sanchez dropped back on 3rd-and-7 and located an open Zach Ertz over the middle. The pass was too far out in front of the second-year tight end, though, and the ball glanced off his outstretched hands and was intercepted by safety J.J. Wilcox. The Cowboys turned that into seven, extending their advantage to 35-24. Read more »

What the Loss Means For the Eagles

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Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

With a home loss to Dallas Sunday night, the Eagles will need some help over the final two weeks of the regular season to make the playoffs.

If the season ended today, the Eagles would be on the outside looking in. Here’s how it breaks down: Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: McCoy Expects Seattle Influence

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Courtesy of USA Today

By the time Sunday night rolls around, the Cowboys will have had 16-plus days to stew over their embarrassing Thanksgiving loss to the Eagles. And because their Week 14 game against Chicago was played on a Thursday, they were allotted nine days to try and come up with ways to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

In order to change their fortunes they will have to have to do better against LeSean McCoy, who busted loose for a season-high 159 yards on 25 carries (6.4 avg.). The Eagles finished with 256 rushing yards in all en route to their 33-10 win.

A heavy-hearted McCoy had a much harder time this past week against Seattle, rushing for 50 yards on 17 carries (2.9 avg.) while losing a key fumble to open the second half. McCoy thinks  Rod Marinelli will apply some of Seattle’s tactics to try and limit the Eagles’ ground attack this week.
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Inside Voices: ‘We’re the Nobodies’

NFL: St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

There’s “V-Doc” (Vinny Curry) and “Fletch” (Fletcher Cox) and “Swamp” (Cedric Thornton, given to him by Jim Washburn who thought he was built like the Swamp Thing). Then there’s “Wado” (Wade Keliikipi) and “B-Bair” (Brandon Bair) and “T-Hart” (Taylor Hart). Those are some of the nicknames you might hear bouncing off the walls inside the defensive line room.

There is also a nickname for the group that the players have embraced in recent weeks.

“We’re ‘The Nobodies,’” said Cox. “That’s us.” Read more »

Video: Foles Making Strides

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

There is still a major hurdle to clear, but Nick Foles is showing signs of progress.

The quarterback has been increasing his activity during training sessions of late, running and throwing and catching passes on the side as the rest of the team practices around him. This week he has jumped into some individual drills, like the one below from earlier today. Read more »

Notes: Dallas Prep, Foles And A New Safety

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It is not all that common to be playing a division opponent twice within the span of three weeks, so many of the questions posed to Chip Kelly Wednesday were about the potential obstacles or unique challenges that such a situation presents.

The head coach didn’t hold anything back the first time around in anticipation of this matchup, he said, and doesn’t intend on drastically changing his approach the second time around.

“Just go play. I think you can paralyze yourself by trying to overanalyze it,” said Kelly. “I would imagine DeMarco Murray is probably going to carry the ball a lot against us in our game. I think they’ll probably try to throw the ball to Dez Bryant in our game. They’ll probably try to find the tight end a lot in probably third-down situations in our game. We’re going to give the ball to LeSean McCoy in our game. It’s kind of similar to what happened the last time. It’s really about going out and executing and which team can execute better and which team can block better and which team can tackle better.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Sanchez And the Deep Ball

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots

The long ball has fallen off some since Mark Sanchez has taken over.

When Nick Foles was at the helm, he threw passes of 20-plus yards 19 percent of the time, resulting in nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Sanchez, meanwhile, has gone deep at a 13 percent clip and has one TD and a pair of picks. He started out with a bang, hitting Jeremy Maclin for a 52-yard pick-up down the middle on his first regular-season snap as an Eagle, but hasn’t connected many haymakers since.

There appears to be two key reasons for the shift in approach. Read more »

Cooper On Criticism: ‘Negativity Sells’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Riley Cooper has been backed by the coaching staff at every turn this season. Whenever his level of play or production is questioned by the media, he receives a strong defense. On Monday it was Chip Kelly. On Tuesday, Pat Shurmur followed suit.

“The last time I checked he only has two drops, right?” asked Shurmur. “Other than that when we throw him the ball he catches it. We don’t have a problem with him. Somebody does, but we don’t.

“We certainly see it different than you do. We’re comfortable with him out there playing and we don’t have a problem like I think some people questioning me do.”

Cooper spent a good 15 minutes or so at his locker with reporters today talking about the public criticism versus the in-house praise. Is the coaching staff as complimentary in the meeting room as they are at the podium?

“Absolutely,” he said. “I have a very, very close relationship with Chip. We talk very frequently. I’m one of the captains of our room, me and Jeremy [Maclin], so we’re always going up to Chip with ideas and things and talking – sometimes not even about football. I’m real close with Chip.” Read more »

Some Thoughts On Where The Eagles Stand

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Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Football is a sport and ours is a world where conclusions are drawn between heartbeats.

That’s why we pull out the measuring sticks and set up our tier systems and sift through our data to try and form something concrete — never mind that the concrete is weeks away from hardening. Read more »

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