Schwartz: ‘That’s Not A Way To Play Football’



With the first preseason game a week away and the regular season inching closer, Jim Schwartz appears to be cranking up the sense of urgency.

Speaking with reporters after practice Thursday, Schwartz took a question about Eric Rowe‘s ups and downs and used it to highlight the spotty play of the defense overall.

“Everyone wants to make him a seasoned vet. He started for about a half-a-year and he is changing schemes,” he said. “But we’re also through our OTAs and we’re through our minicamp and we’re through a little bit more than a week of camp, and we have to start putting those inconsistencies behind us. I’m not just talking about Eric, I’m talking about every guy on defense. You saw what happened today: we’d make a play, give up a play; make a play, give up a play. That’s not a way to play defense. That’s not a way to play football. We’ve gotta be consistent and that’s our challenge. Our challenge is ironing that out.” Read more »

Jenkins, Peters Leave Practice Early

Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Two of the Eagles’ best players, Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Peters, left the practice field early Thursday with injuries.

It’s a hamstring for Jenkins and a quad for Peters, the team revealed afterwards.

Jenkins was covering Jordan Matthews  one-on-one when he pulled up, then walked gingerly to the sideline. He grabbed the back of his leg while talking to a trainer, was examined briefly in the tent and then went indoors. Ed Reynolds replaced Jenkins in the secondary during the team drills immediately following the injury.

Jason Peters, meanwhile, was slow to get up following a run play. He observed practice from the sideline for a while before eventually going indoors. Matt Tobin jumped in at left tackle in his absence.

The fact that it’s his quad has to be a little concerning. That was the listed injury last year when he was in and out of the lineup and unable to round into his usual form. He explained in November that while the pain was in his quad, the root of the problem apparently is in his back.

“I pinched that nerve in my back. Anytime you pinch a nerve, you’re going to go down pretty tough,” he said at the time.

Peters did not speak after practice and we don’t know for sure whether this is related to what he went through last year. We’ll relay any info once we get it.

“Hopefully he’s healthy,” said Lane Johnson. “We’ll see.”

“He’s been playing well, he’s been doing good, he’s been feeling good.”

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Hicks And the Pursuit Of Health

Jordan Hicks. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Hicks. (Jeff Fusco)

Well, carrots are out.

In a quest to learn more about his biological makeup in the name of injury prevention and career longevity, Jordan Hicks spent part of the offseason with a doctor/nutritionist out in California. Blood was drawn and tests run to see if his diet was in any way affecting his body’s performance. It proved to be educational. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Photo by: USA Today Sports.

Photo by: USA Today Sports.

Here’s what we saw at today’s training camp practice at the NovaCare:

8:15 — It finally feels like camp.

After two days stuck in the bubble, the action has moved to the sun-drenched NovaCare fields. Fans are trickling in and set up shop along the sidelines. The players are in pads at last.

Doug Pederson is pacing in front of a group gathered for special teams drills. “Get ready to practice men,” he says, “the bullsh*t is over.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Dorenbos’ Second Act

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Looks like Jon Dorenbos has set himself up pretty well for life after football. Entering his 14th season in the NFL, his star as an entertainer is rising as his career as a long-snapper enters its twilight.

It’s the result of seeds planted along the way in preparation for the inevitable end, which Dorenbos has long been anticipating. Read more »

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