Eagles Wake-Up Call: Defense Turns The Tide

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts
INDIANAPOLIS – It was 3rd-and-9 from the Eagles’ 22 and Andrew Luck was heating up.

The standout QB had never lost consecutive games in his young career and he was fixing to keep that streak alive. A 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by his seven-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Bradshaw put the Colts up 27-20, and he had the offense in position to stretch the lead to double digits with just over five minutes to play.

And then, a remarkable turn of events. Read more »

Kendricks Leaves With Calf Injury

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks exited with a calf injury late in the third quarter and did not return.

Kendricks said after the game that it was just spasms and that he should be fine.

The injury occurred late in the frame on a 2nd-down pass play from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. When the whistle blew, Kendricks was on the ground in the backfield and was immediately tended to by trainers.

He walked gingerly to the sideline and, after having his right leg examined on the trainers table, slowly made his way to the locker room. Kendricks had seven tackles and a tackle for a loss before leaving the game. He was replaced by Casey Matthews.

Inside Voices: How The Training Is Different

Chip Kelly
Under Chip Kelly, the Eagles have quickly become known as an organization on the cutting edge when it comes to the training and maintenance of their athletes.

One veteran after the next last year said that their bodies had never felt better. Soft tissue injuries were down. Stamina was up.

What sets them apart?

To help get a better understanding, we called on some newcomers to explain what differentiates Kelly’s operation from others they have been a part of at their previous stops. Read more »

Chip: Johnson Not Impacted By New Proposal

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots
Player reps could vote on  a new drug proposal Friday that, if passed, would lead to the reinstatement of certain players currently suspended as a result of a failed drug test.

Is Lane Johnson one of the players that would be impacted by the new agreement?

“From what I understand, no,” said Chip Kelly. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Luck-Ertz Reunion

 

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Zach Ertz admits that it was a bit of a “narrow-sighted view.”

The Orange, California native was drawn in by the  L.A. lights and the recruiting capabilities of Rick Neuheisel coming out of high school, and had his sights set on UCLA. His mother had other ideas. Read more »

McCoy On Tips, Sproles And O-line

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The much-publicized 20-cent tip that LeSean McCoy recently left at a burger joint was a topic of conversation Thursday as the running back took his weekly trip to the podium.

McCoy didn’t seem to have any regrets and didn’t walk away with any big life lessons on how a celebrity should comport himself. Rather, he contended he was treated rudely by staff members and tipped accordingly.

“The 20-cent tip was more just kind of a statement. You can’t just disrespect somebody and [expect] them to tip you. I don’t care who the person is. That’s why I left my card, so they could see my name. Simple as that,” said McCoy. 

Charlie Sheen has offered to pay the waiter that received the bad tip $1,000. Asked about that, McCoy jabbed, “That’s cool. I’m happy he’s finally doing something positive.” Read more »

Eagles Bring In Replay Man

 NFL: Preseason-Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Chip Kelly
has brought in a replay man.

The Eagles recently added former ACC senior replay official and Northeast Philadelphia resident Frank Kosman to the staff, according to a league source.

Among other duties, Kosman will apparently be responsible for helping Kelly decide whether to throw the challenge flag on Sundays. That job previously fell to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Read more »

Cary Williams: Rice ‘Deserves Another Chance’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Cary Williams played with Ray Rice for four season in Baltimore. Spent time with him this offseason. Knows his wife, Janay. He says Rice’s actions inside that Atlantic City casino elevator back in February were “contrary to what the guy is as a person,” and believes he should be offered a second chance.

“Obviously Ray made a mistake. I know Ray as a person, I know Janay as a person. That’s not their characteristics. They don’t act like that. It’s a situation where two people made a mistake, and one person was physical in a situation and he regrets that,” said Williams. “I know he regrets it because I spent time with him this offseason and I know who he is as a man and a husband and as a teammate.

“I played with him for about four years and he never showed me that side. He’s been a great dad, a great teammate and I guess a great boyfriend at the time.

“We all make mistakes. We’re not perfect. That’s a situation that is sad. It hurts my heart that he has to go through that because I know he is regretting the situation and I know he is a changed man and if he could he would take those days back or that moment back.” Read more »

Notes: The New-Look Offensive Line

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Pat Shurmur didn’t want to reveal who would be starting at left guard and right tackle this week in place of the injured Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre, but the early portion of practice Wednesday seemed to paint the picture.

Dennis Kelly was working at left guard with the first unit and Andrew Gardner was at right tackle.

“I think we’re better here than in most places I’ve been because we get so many reps in practice, in our training sessions, that the guys that are going to fill in — just like the guys that did on Sunday — have a better opportunity to do so,” said Shurmur. “Everybody deals with it. It’s rare when you have to put two new guys in a game, we’ve all dealt with having to put in one, but the guys that went in did a great job and I think it’s a function of our culture and our practice that they were able to do it so well.” Read more »

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