Eagles Wake-Up Call: Peters Coming On Strong

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders

Jason Peters still remembers the play clearly.

The Eagles faced a 3rd-and-10 from the Chiefs’ 47-yard-line. Peters set up across from outside linebacker Tamba Hali. Hali used a speed rush around the edge, got past Peters, dipped in behind Michael Vick and sacked him to force a punt.


"It bothered me a lot because he really just didn't beat me," Peters recalled Wednesday. "It was bad technique, my hand was kind of bothering me a little bit because I banged it up. After I looked at it, it was just bad technique. I think Mike [Vick] took a five-step drop. And I thought it was a shorter drop - three-step drop. He kind of ran the edge and got me. But it made me better, humbled me to work harder the next week and the week after that."

The Week 3 matchup against Kansas City was a rough one for Peters, but he rebounded nicely and has quietly put together an excellent season.

After injuring and then re-injuring his Achilles' during the 2012 offseason, there were plenty of questions about what Peters would be able to give the Eagles in 2013. But he's been excellent in pass protection and has been a key cog in the league's top rushing attack.

Peters has battled through multiple injuries, but has not had any issues with the Achilles'.

"Like I told [offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland] Stout, he asked me: 'Does it ever bother you?' And I told him: 'No,' " Peters said. "It feels like I never done it. It never gets sore, none of that. I feel good every day I go out there. One thing I do is stretch it a lot. I stretch in the morning, at night, stuff like that, keep it real loose. But it never gets sore or nothing like that."

Peters lost 25 to 30 pounds in the offseason and said he's playing at around 320. He'll turn 32 in January, but like many of the team's veterans, says he feels great going into the final three games.

"I feel strong," Peters said. "We lift a lot. I feel as strong as I ever felt. …Didn't lose nothing by losing the weight. I just got stronger.

"The less weight, the less strain on the Achilles'. So it was good losing the weight."

Several Eagles players have mentioned how working out during the season has benefited them. Peters said he's lifting four times a week, and the changeup has helped.

"Usually I'd be so tired, but now I get it in whether I'm tired or not," he said. "Just make it happen."

The Eagles have had the same five offensive linemen start every game this season. For Peters, a sixth Pro Bowl would be great, but he's got a different goal atop his list.

"If I make it, I make it," he said. "If I don't, I don't. I'll just work harder next year to make it. It ain't no big deal to me. I got a couple under my belt. I'd rather just get to the playoffs and go deep in the playoffs."

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Chris Burke of SI.com has the Eagles seventh in his power rankings:

The Lincoln Financial Field crew had a harder time moving shovels through the snow Sunday than LeSean McCoy did dancing around the Lions.

LeSean McCoy moves up to No. 3 on Dan Graziano's MVP Watch on ESPN.com:

Nick Foles' remarkable performance since taking over as the Eagles' quarterback is getting a lot of attention, and rightfully so. But McCoy's status as Most Valuable Eagle should never again be in question after he single-handedly took Sunday's game from the Lions' hands with a second-half rushing performance for the ages. He did everything but pick up a big pile of snow and shove it down the back of Ndamukong Suh's jersey on his way to the end zone. And Foles finally threw an interception, which proves that he's a human being and not a robot that Phil Knight had created in a lab in Eugene and sent Chip Kelly as a going-away present.

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  • cliff henny

    freak athlete is tossed around alot, not often at tackle though, and Peters really is a just that. the Eagles nor himself ever played up that achilles, but he is a mammoth human being(even losing 30), it had to be huge concern behind the scenes. 99 times out of 100, age matters, but not with JP. need to rework the final yr for 10m, toss some guarentee money over 3 more years. worst case, he switches to guard and with his strength he’d play at all-pro level there too. full off-season in hals’ frankenstein lab and stoutland even Peters will be better in ’14.

    • DirtyWaters

      I totally thought he would never be the same. He isn’t. But, he is still a beast. If seem inevitable that they would have to start looking for a replacement. I think you’re right. Let’s lock him up for 3 more and get him another check.

      • ICDogg

        He’s signed through 2014 season. My guess is he won’t be extended in advance.

    • nicksaenz1

      Never thought about the guard switch but if we picked up or developed a tackle who could replace him after next year and move on from Herremans to buy another year or two w/o having to grab a new G that’d be a great situation.

    • Broadcasting Wisdom

      Has there ever been a pro bowl tackle who has switched to guard late in his career? I don’t want to get my hopes up unnecessarily that this could actually happen.

      • Adam

        Doubt it will ever happen. Some bad team would definitely be willing to pay him as a top tackle still out of desperation. As much I’d love to think Jason Peters would love to take reduced price and role to stick around, it’s not safe to assume at all. These guys need to chase the money.

        • GEAGLE

          Peters is DESPERATE to win…that bodes well for us…like he is really really desperate to win

      • Andy124

        Larry Allen bounced between Guard and Tackle his whole career, finishing as a Guard.
        Something is telling me this isn’t uncommon, but I can’t put my finger on it.

  • G_WallyHunter

    So happy I stopped going to the ESPN NFC East blog, every time these guys post an excerpt from Dan it reminds me why. Saying that Nick Foles is a human being after all after throwing that INT? Acting like that INT wasn’t thrown in any sort of bad weather? I know Nick would have thrown one eventually, but Dan could at least mention the blizzard and 8 inches of snow, and not make it sound like any regular, old interception.

    Non-coincidentally, I stopped reading his stuff at the same time I found this wonderful place, I think since then they’ve change things up over there, and Phil Sheridan is always contributing as well?

    • nicksaenz1

      He led me to this place because he used to post links from Sheil and Tim from this site, so in a way, I thank him for showing me the door. I still had to walk through it. But, once I did, I didn’t look back.

      • G_WallyHunter

        HAHA now that I think of it, same. He would always post links on his “breakfast links” and be like “Sheil over at Birds has this very interesting take on…”
        Boom, our relationship started, and yes I haven’t looked back.

        • Chris

          Haha same for me! Thanks Dan!!!!!

        • IAteLunchToday

          Yep. Same for me. Dan always seemed to hate his job. These guys here are great.

    • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

      I live in CT and the ESPN Radio affiliate has him on the local afternoon drive show all the time and he comes off as a Giants homer every time. Just saying.

      • G_WallyHunter

        That’s what everyone would say in his Tuesday live chats lol, I didn’t read enough of him to get that impression. I stopped going there over a year ago tho

        • BlindChow

          He doesn’t like football. He’s admitted as much. I don’t think he ever cared enough to root for a team (even the Giants–he’s been critical when they’re awful). It would be like covering the AFC South. Would you care who won? I mean, it’s the AFC South, who gives a f?

    • Philip Soloninka

      Yeah, Sheridan covers the Eagles over there now. And that reference at the end about Foles? Stupid, seeing as how Nick was already here when Chip arrived. Stick to being a NYG homer Daniel.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ya, a stupid joke lol, agreed. He should have mentioned Andy rather than mention Phil Knight.

    • TNA

      Journalists like Dan can have opinions but it’d be nice if they did a little more homework. Saying McCoy singlehandedly won the game flies directly in the face of CK’s comment on how success going over the top opened up the run game. They’re interdependent. But I guess not as sexy a narrative.
      That said with the quotes by McCoy and Riley this week as to how awesome of a player they are has me a little concerned. Especially compared to the quotes by Peters, Kelce and Foles.

      • aub32

        I think you are being too literal. Of course McCoy didn’t do it completely on his own. He had blockers. The defense did their part. However, 217 yards in the snow is a pretty dominant performance by one player, and he made a bunch of it happen with jukes and breaking tackles. So I think it’s ok for Dan to figuratively say McCoy did it single handedly.

        • BlindChow

          Yeah, I’m surprised to see people so sensitive. All Graziano’s MVP blurbs are exaggerated and hyperbolic. But McCoy was definitely the difference in the Snow Bowl.

          Besides, after Graziano’s previous statements about Foles, I’m impressed he was able to swallow his pride and type “Nick Foles’ remarkable performance since taking over as the Eagles’
          quarterback is getting a lot of attention, and rightfully so.”
          And I saw referring to Foles as a robot as complimentary, in the same way referring to Calvin Johnson as a robot suggests he’s too perfect to be a mere human being.

          • ICDogg

            Yeah, that’s also my interpretation.

          • Kev_H

            From what I saw, Polk or Brown would have stacked up similar stats in McCoys absence. I have a hard time thinking of McCoy as MVP with his “me and my stats first” attitude over the years. Kelly’s doing a great job of channeling those types of attitudes so they aren’t a detriment to winning like they have been in the past.

          • Dimes

            Have to disagree. Chip made great adjustments and the line did some work, but absent shady those are 15-20 yard runs, not TDs. Shady making the last guy miss broke the game for us. Often the safeties were well positioned or had an angle and Shady just made them look silly.
            I don’t like the “me first” attitude bs, but it seems to be a trait that a lot of elite RBs have.

          • BlindChow

            Got to agree with you on this one. Will posted this on the All-22 post, and the running here was uniquely Shady:

            http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/12-12-2013/OthgNd.gif

          • aub32

            I don’t know about that. Shady wore that defense out and crushed any hope they had of winning that game. At the point where Polk came in it seemed like the most undisciplined team in the league had just given up.

      • Adam

        The run game would have never opened up if the pass game didn’t start working in the beginning of the 2nd half.

        • ICDogg

          Yeah… the Lions D had to respect those long throws, couldn’t just leave guys alone behind their safeties like when Jackson and Cooper were both wide open in the end zone.

    • Adam

      Here’s a great piece from Mr. Graziano that outlines his love for Philadelphia. Pre-ESPN when his colors were really allowed to show.

      Phillies fans are exposing themselves as stupid, drunken morons anyone would be crazy to envy.
      -
      Philadelphia is a gritty, angry town with an inferiority complex obvious to anyone who spends as much as one day in it.
      -
      I think the Philly fan base just has more idiots, and as a result the people who make up that fan base have to wear it, and look in the mirror and do some self-assessment.
      -
      http://web.sny.tv/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100505&content_id=9810840&vkey=9

      • G_WallyHunter

        LMAO, so it comes out, thanks for this.

        And then, he got a job as an “unbiased” NFC EAST blogger…

      • Joe from Easton

        I’m pissed that this asshat has my last name.

        • GEAGLE

          Pissed that he gets publicity on a quality site like this…his opinion is so not worthy of this site. His opinion is just mental pollution….I would love to be able to sit a computer screen and debate that fool. I would make him look so worthless!!!

    • southy

      I used to go there to talk trash with other NFCE fans in the comments until they went facebook on us. Those guys all went over to a site called Spiked Kool Aid that was built for the purpose. Pretty amusing if you like to mix it up with fans of all 4 teams in the division.

  • cliff henny

    drinking morning coffee listening to mike and mike and sportscenter, really have to appreciate how reid and Lurie handled the end. wow, what a dysfunctional mess Washington is. kelly did a great job getting franchise back on track so quickly, least reid didnt rip it’s guts out on the way out of town like Shanarat is.

    • G_WallyHunter

      drinking ur coffee on the beach?

      • cliff henny

        nawh. be surprised how little things are based around beach here. lived in South bay LA, every morning walked dog for hour on strand alongside beach then hit happy hour at beachside bar

      • DirtyWaters

        You kidding? It’s freezing down here today. It might not even get to 60.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ha Ha real funny, as I sit here in 5 degrees, got my Tims this morn, all that matters I guess. I think Canadia land (my territory, anyways) is getting the storm Philly played in, coming this weekend.. add in the momentum from the great lake, something to look forward to.

          Canucks alike, brace yourselves, Canadia land winter is coming.

          • morgan c

            Where in Canada you live? I’m from Toronto, but became Eagles fan through long story… Go Birds.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Yea, I’m a few hours west from there

          • Maggie

            Me too, even further west.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Like another province west?

          • Hugerts

            yay fellow canadian eagles fans im from Mississauga

          • G_WallyHunter

            Look what I’ve done Adam, lured them all out of hiding, let’s form a rebellion

          • Adam

            5 degrees? lucky you.

          • G_WallyHunter

            What celsius are you at? -30? I mean 5 F of course

          • Adam

            Oh whoops, yeah we’re about the same. Little colder with the wind chill.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ah yes, I wondered, I know it gets pretty damn frigid out there, wouldn’t be surprised at -30. I had to convert to F for all these yankee readers as you know, but today is rough, -20C by the end of day.

          • EaglePete

            that cold front was just in Colorado the last few weeks, not fun. Stayed cold for a while too, single digits for 2 weeks. Enjoy. My in laws own a cottage up in Hamilton area. Hittin it up this summer, so so nice. Love that local radio stations with tag line, bringin the wattage to your cottage haha

          • G_WallyHunter

            Do you know what lake it’s on? just curious, Hamilton is right on Lake Ontario, might be there..

            That’s awesome, enjoy ur trip over here. The cottage country up this way is the best in the world (some of the best Musky fishing in the world, just a few hours north, and Walleye fishing is top notch as well, but Musky is world reknown up in the trent-severn waterway, huge tourism market from yankees flying up just to hunt Musky)

            I don’t know the radio station you’re talking about but there are some great ones around, the Wolf and the Moose are big cottage country stations. Dean Blundell show is pretty hilarious, that’s the morning show on the Edge.

          • EaglePete

            Called Loon Call lake.

          • G_WallyHunter

            That’s hilarious, I have a cottage about 20km from Loon Call Lake, jeeze small world. I see it is part of the Kawartha Highland’s Park, very nice area up there. When you said Hamilton I was thinking much more south than that. I’m guessing the radio station you refer to is the moose. Go catch a musky this summer, you are right in the middle of PRIME musky hunting territory.

            Let’s meet up in the summer and talk Eagles lol drink some Canadia beer, Eagles fans are sparse up around them parts..

          • Richard Colton

            what the hell…is going on here?

          • G_WallyHunter

            Whats up RICH? EaglePete and I just discussing Canadia land, the great white north, u know, same old

          • Richard Colton

            whats up G-wally! had no idea there were so many of you

          • G_WallyHunter

            Me neither, I just knew Adam and myself, I seemed to have lured a few more out of hiding. Rebellion time, we be like the whitewalkers coming over the Wall…

          • Richard Colton

            there’s that offbeat Canadian sense of humor, and a GOT throw in. Love it. My only experiences hanging out in Canada were when I was posted to Ft. Drum – we used to drive to Kingston, Ontario on the weekends. Then they made the city off limits to the military ’cause…you know…Americans.

          • G_WallyHunter

            hmmm interesting. There’s a base up in Trenton that’s kind of near Kingston, where’s Ft. Drum? Ah I see Ft. Drum is in NY. Damn, it’s real close to the border, nice.. just a toss across the river there..

            Kingston’s a nice town, did you catch a glimpse of the biggest and scariest penitentiary in all of Canadia land up there? Where Paul Bernardo was? I still haven’t.. It just closed down a few months ago, they were doing tours.
            Where are you at now? you should make more trips up, you’ll realize how amazing it really is, maybe even convert yourself and become a fellow whitewalker.
            Why were Americans banned from Kingston lol, and military members too, odd

          • Richard Colton

            Drum is in Upstate NY near the Canadian border. Closest town is called Watertown. Watertown is home to the ugliest women in America. Buffalo girls go there when they want to feel better about themselves.

          • Maggie

            Where do the Buffalo boys go?

          • Richard Colton

            Vancouver
            …walked right into that one…hehe

          • Maggie

            There are quite a few Eagles fans here, in Vancouver area. Wearing jerseys, caps, hoodies, etc. Two of us go to the same dog park! We are not so far from Whidbey Island, US Navy base. In the 70′s many sailors and airmen used to come to Vancouver for the clubs, partly because no one worried about skin colour. We were just neighbours then. Shopping, going for coffee, visiting parks, etc. Plus all the big acts came through here. Still do.

          • Richard Colton

            you had me until “colour” – I’ll never abandon my imperial weights & measures. And you can keep the superfluous “u”

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya better watch the ^$@# out, we won’t be holding doors for people anymore, that’s for sure. Or saying sorry for anything.
            Hilarious picture, too accurate.

          • EaglePete

            please give me any tips you have on catching muskys never done it and I love fishing. We hike to Crab lake which is just sick fishing, no cars allowed to get to that lake so its pristine (somewhere near Loon Call). Get there at the crack of dawn and catch Bass on every cast. Ive only been up there once but hell ya, would love to have a beer. I got some massive fish on my line that morning and just saw a big silver swoosh go by, my pole was completely bent. Thought I was snagged for a second but nope, reeled in for a about 10 seconds then the line snapped. Maybe it was a musky.

          • G_WallyHunter

            That was 100% a Musky, there are no pike up there, they are invasive species where you are. Sounds like a textbook description of a musky snag to me. A lake with no road access gets me licking my chops, they love the bucktails up there, either regular black/red or a fluorescent green/yellow/orange…. The bass are great too eh, not quite as big as some in the US but they are beautiful looking.

          • G_WallyHunter

            I’ll give you plenty of tips for them by the time you go in summer, Loon Call is right in the middle of a national park, I can’t imagine the size of some of them in there, probably plenty of 50 inchers..
            I’m roughly a 3 hour drive from Looncall right now
            Crab lake looks pristine indeed, hard to say what the musk will be like in there, those are some very small lakes, if you said you snagged one then my guess is there are plenty in Loon Call and Crab. Sounds like there are Musky in Crab anyway, you snagged one in there for sure.
            What boat setup are you dealing with at the in-laws? Tinner with a 9.9 on the back? any depth? or trolling motor?
            Musky are very smart, need to sneak up on them, and depth would help you find some sweet spots near the shorelines.

          • Maggie

            Not where I live. It’s a little west of you. Remember, there are another 3000 miles of Canadia west of Ontario.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya I know lol just saying in the Toronto area I guess and westward, going to be getting hit very hard the next couple days

          • Maggie

            In Vancouver area we had about 1 quarter inch of snow. Raining it away now. Up to 44 F. by Monday. That blizzard crossing the Prairies, headed for Ont and east dumped tons of snow in mountain passes, but not here. I lived in Alberta for 25 years. No more. Never again!

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ah yes, rain town, aunt lives in Burnaby, love it out there

    • nicksaenz1

      Just thought to myself… Does the exit of the Shanarats kill Morris’ production or is he good enough to thrive w/o the zone blocking scheme? (assuming they don’t find a zone blocking OC to replace)

      • cliff henny

        wouldnt be shocked if kubiak gets long look.

        • nicksaenz1

          Good call. Though Snyder is all about as high profile as possible. Might want a sexier name.

          • cliff henny

            love to see nick saban get embarrassed again. see how great of a coach when his 3rds arent better than most teams 1′s. only similar talent is coach by miles, spurrier and richt.

          • nicksaenz1

            Yeah, I think ‘Bama is about throw a stupid amount of money at him not to leave. His revenue generation for them is far too great to not double his salary. I know Texas can afford to give whatever they want to him, but I’d be a little surprised if he didn’t stay. I was thinking a Lovie Smith type, or try to bring Cowher out (won’t happen), or Gruden, etc. One of those types – guys with rings. Don’t think he’d go the college route.

          • cliff henny

            leaving bama for nfl makes some sense, in unfinished business, leaving for texas is just greed and spite.
            .
            feel safe in thinkig whichever way snyder goes, he’ll meddle enough to keep it f’d up. plus, have to get somene in there that rg3 wants, and also willing to be de-programmed, tough combo to find. might just end up right back where they are ith shanarat.

          • nicksaenz1

            The last paragraph just makes me feel confident that we won’t have to worry about them for the next few years. Only thing working in their favor is the lifting of the salary cap restrictions. Maybe Obama steps in and asks Goodell to keep them in place until he changes the name haha.

          • GEAGLE

            If Washngton was smart they would start developing Cousins, cut their losses and force RG3 to play safety lol

          • GEAGLE

            I would be so happy to see Saban as a skin

        • Brian

          If the Eagles make the playoffs, and win two or more games, Pat Shurmur will get some interviews. West coast/Zone blocking scheme would be appealing to Washington.

          • BlindChow

            I doubt it. He’s only one year removed from crashing and burning in Cleveland. No one’s going to want him this soon.

            Besides, if the Eagles make the playoffs, it’ll be Kelly who gets most of the credit, not Shurmur.

          • cliff henny

            along with ‘in howie i trust’…another thing i’d never thought i’s ay 6 months ago is ‘just hope we keep davis above anyone else’.

          • GEAGLE

            Billy ain’t going anywhere before 2017, and when he does, Azz will be promted and be excellent

          • aub32

            Hahaha. Hey Geagle what are the winning lotto numbers? You seem to really think you can predict the future. How about helping a brother out?

          • GEAGLE

            Not the future…just the eagles :)
            My track record says I’m not that bad at it lol….you know any writer or analyst who’s offseason comments turned out more accurate then mine? Seriously do you?

          • G_WallyHunter

            This staff better be loyal, and if not, I hope Chip is keeping the crucial secrets of the SS program to Huls and assistants and ONLY HULS AND ASSISTANTS. Can’t let this stuff get out that easily.
            Hopefully Shurmur wants to stick around, it seems a lot of this staff really enjoys what’s going on here, it seems it would take a VERY GOOD offer to lure some of them away. I hope loyalty was part of Chip’s evaluation process in picking these guys, their likelihood of sticking around. Mind you, it’s not like Chip was predicting this kind of success, or was he

          • OregonDucker

            He predicted it (privately to himself) that’s why he changed his mind about the Eagles. All the player components were here. He just needed a staff to help him execute.

          • G_WallyHunter

            I would not be at all surprised. Chip’s confidence in his methods speaks to that.
            I remember people asking about the SS program and if he was expecting these results… his reply was “Well ya, there’s science behind it, we didn’t just say ‘Hey, let’s try this’, there’s reason for it all”
            That speaks to him knowing what was coming, all around the program, not just SS

          • Adam

            I wouldn’t worry about Shurmur as much as I would Billy Davis.

          • GEAGLE

            Billy,Lazor,Azz, minter, McGovern, these guys won’t consider moving on before 2017…we will get Billy for ATleast 3 more years, and whenever Billy moves on, Azz will step in at DC and be GREAT!!!…Lazor will move up to OC and replace Shurmur in a year or two….that’s what my crystal ball says lol

          • OregonDucker

            Together, these guys KNOW that this team can win a SB. I believe they want the PRIZE. Winning an SB is their ticket.

          • GEAGLE

            My thoughts exactly…Billy,Azz,Lazor young guys who have plenty of times to further their careers,they are getting that RING first!!!

        • BlindChow

          If they go the former coach route, I’d expect someone like Lovie Smith over a coach who just got fired for miserably underperforming in his own city.

          • EaglePete

            if the skins were smart theyd hire Zimmer but its the smart part they have trouble with. Gotta love having Snyder and Jerry in our division. I still think Gmen are biggest threat down the road, they draft well for the most part. Minus Elis inconsistency they are run fairly well. Dont think Coughlin sticks around much longer though at his age.

          • Maggie

            If the Skins (read Snyder) are truly smart, they’ll let the GM and personnel department do their jobs first of all. Then they’ll hire a qualified QB coach, OC and maybe Lovie Smith. He was known more for building defenses, so need some help on offensive side. Like Kelly has done bringing experienced Coordinators.

      • Explorer51

        It was always a total longshot but I was hoping that the ‘Skins would steal a game for us by beating the Cowboys next week; having lived down here in ‘Skins/Ravens territory for the past twenty years, the ‘Skins fans (at least whoever stays on the bandwagon at any given year) truly believe that their rivalry with Dallas is the biggest and most important one in the NFL. Nothing worse than watching local commercials featuring the Hogettes…a dozen fat middle-aged guys in drag wearing pig snouts…singing “Hail to the Redskins.” Pure hell.

        • nicksaenz1

          Nice, I still hope they do. Cousins is auditioning so hopefully he makes the most of it and does us a solid. Unlikely, but gotta keep the faith.

          • GEAGLE

            Make NO mistake about it..I don’t know what happens when Dallas faces the packers, but Washingtons players are going to rally around cousins to make a point to RG3 and Cousins WILL beat Dallas

    • Clamdigger

      Nah, Reid just ripped its guts out through the past 3 or 4 drafts. :)

      • Maggie

        Nor entirely. Some of today’s best players actually arrived here during Reid’s tenure. They just did not get good coaching from Reid and the dreadful line coaches, etc.

        • Clamdigger

          That’s true.

  • Beastmode

    Inside the NFL last nite didn’t show the birds any love.Though the Skins soap opera is consuming a lot of media attention to be fair.
    Not hearing much about them in natl media other than power rankings. Good place to be, flying under the radar I suppose.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Great point. Only place I see them. A big reason why? because the players are keeping their mouths shut and their heads down this year, and that starts with Chip. It’s amazing how tight-lipped the players have been this season, no ME behaviour, we all know why. Praise Chippah

      • GEAGLE

        The only time you will hear one of our players praise accomplishments, is when they talk about their team mates..when our boys talk about themselves, all they talk about is what they still need to improve, it’s amazing!!!

        Not only are they getting coached up, but I get the impression that our guys want to continue working on the details that make you great. We ALL KNOW this team has really put in the work this year and fought their hearts out on the field…no matter what happens they deserve so much respect for bringing FUN back to Eagles football

        • EaglePete

          no doubt, I wonder now if CK and staff are pulling some Belichick angles with how to deal with the media. Hard to know, but they may discuss it at times and if youre winning and everything is gravy then following that line of thinking is not that hard.

    • Sig

      I love when the “experts” all pick the Eagles to lose that week. I always feel so much more confident when that happens. The media can keep writing about teams that have no playoff hopes, or are complete train wrecks. The Eagles will just keep their heads down and go to work each week.

      Fly Eagles Fly

    • Adam

      Shanny’s presser was an epic meltdown, meanwhile Chip is dropping Anchorman references. Love it.

    • BlindChow

      Foles made the cover of SI. If they keep winning, the Eagles will be a huge story come playoff time.

    • GEAGLE

      Dude is swear I just signed on to post how disgusted I was by inside the NFL…it was such a terrible joke..it felt like they purposely went out of their way to not give us any respect, yet they gawk over the bengals as the team no one WANs to play…we would stomp the bengals…what a joke

  • Matt

    I understand the obsession over McCoy right now, coming off his huge game, leading the NFL in rushing, but let’s be honest, McCoy has been here the past 2 years when our seasons when down the tube. The biggest difference is clearly Foles’ play. The snow was a special circumstance, and the run game needed to dominate. But in general, Foles’ play is much more important than McCoy’s when determining the future of this franchise.

    • cliff henny

      in the end, does it really matter if foles is helping mccoy more or vice versa? same goes with is foles production because or kelly’s scheme. mean, who cares, neither of the 3 are going anywhere for a long time. only way to find out is take 1 or 2 away from 3rd…and i have zero desire for that!

      • Richard Colton

        Considering the Eagles can not run the ball with Foles, I’d have to say yes. With anyone else under center, Shady would have had 300+ yards.

    • Matty Boy

      I agree. Not to take away anything from McCoy, he has played amazing football. But in general, quarterback play is more important than runningback play. Let’s not forget this is a full team effort though.

  • Andy

    Graziano’s Nike robot comment doesn’t even make sense. Reid drafted Foles a year before Chip even became coach!

  • DEBO 215

    The further removed he gets from that achillies injury, the better he has looked. The guy tore his achillies twice in one year…The fact that he’s back at all, let alone playing at a pro-bowl level, is remarkable.

  • Richard Colton

    Growing up with the Buddy Ryan Eagles, and watching what our D-line regularly did to opposing lineman, and how our – Mike Shad, Ron Heller, Ron Solt lines of the 80s looked, I always thought O-lines existed to be the Washington Generals of the NFL; they were the playthings of the stars. Tre and Jon were a revelation. Peters was my favorite offensive player of the decade. He was 100% worth the 1st rounder we spent to get him, no matter what else he does with his career.

    However, at 32, and considering the amount of physicality that goes into his play, I’m not sure if even he realizes that his body is breaking down. We heard about him running hurdles in preseason, but he still needed half the year to get into game shape. The underreported story of this offense has been the line. We need to do some estate planning at OT, because the Chip Kelly turnaround, IMO, doesn’t happen with a tomato can at LT.

    • GEAGLE

      Peters will be twice as good next year as he is now. See Demeco Ryan.

      32 in Oline years is like a 28yr old at other positions..I expect peters to be here for two to three more years, but Chip is BUILDING a program, I’m willing to bet in the near future we will have a quality backup in the wings at almost every position. He won’t devalue linebackers of all positions, he won’t go into the season not knowing who his punt returner is..we aren’t going to be a team with strong starters and atrocious backups..Chip I will have a plan A,B,C all the way to Z….there is NO doubt in my mind that Peters is one of Chips guys the next two, three years but I think we can count on a quality emergency plan waiting in the wings…this year Lane is glued to the right side with Barbre coming n for Peters if he gets hurt because they don’t want to put too much on Lanes plate as a rookie, but soon Lane will be the backup LT, and if JP goes down,Lane will slide over and someone will come in at RT…iM also NOT ready to assume that Bamiro and Dennis can’t be long term answers at RT, but I’m not ready to count on them either..

      Our coach knows the importance of bully ball and he will always make sure we are strong in the trenches…in a year or two I expect to be one of the deepest teams in the league if Howie continues to operate the way he has these past two years

      • Richard Colton

        Yeah. Well we both hope that. I just have this sneaking suspicion/terror regarding Peters. It’s the way he plays but won’t acknowledge the injuries “…i’m not finna talking about injuries”

        anyway – I loved the line about O-line years and other positions. You would say that as an Olineman yourself.

        • GEAGLE

          Lol yes sir…I can tell you first hand, if you are going to play that position, constantly playing banged up is a part of it, I literally have played with every finger broke at one point or another with the exception of two fingers lol
          my fingers are so messed up, I can’t even remember which were the two that I didn’t break lol

          ..For him to be able to play the way he has in an uptempo offense so soon in his recovery gives me so much faith in him. Watch Colt, we will get two, three more years at a high level out of him. He is a Runyan like Warrior…leg wise, he only has really had those Achilles injuries. Never tore ACLs or anything like that. His recovery/play THIS year should be up their with AP comeback…Peters will start for us the next few years, but I’m sure we will have a quality backup plan in place, we already do if you ask me…what Barbre has done cold off the bench, with limited first team reps, gives me in the impression we have a poor mans Evan Mathis on our bench already!

          • cliff henny

            thought d kelly played well in horrid situation last year. he has that back, but basically got a red shirt year to get healthy. he was pretty good at purdue in a very similar offense, or at least alot more similar than reids. kelce is young, mathis is football young since he wasnt heavily used till getting here, sure he has 2 or 3 good to great yrs left. Herremann is going to get a pushing next camp. maybe draft a guy 4-6th, find another freak to practice squad.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah we are on the same page

    • Adam

      I get what you’re saying, but let’s not forget the injury.Discounting his age, if you follow the recovery arc that most players face when you get this type of injury, it would seem as though Peters is right where he should be.. getting better each week and back to about 80-90% near the end season. I’ve personally noticed a vast improvement in his play, particularly over the last 5 weeks. Will he ever get back to 100%? I highly, highly doubt that. This might be the best we ever see him and there might be a decline, but even a 70-80% Jason Peters is a highly effective NFL LT. I’d say he has another season in him as an Eagle.

      The contingency play has to Lane. You don’t spend a 4th overall pick on a career RT. Chip has already talked about having him ready to move over. We also saw a 29 year old Allen Barbre come off the streets and look great in relief. I think we’re OK for another year at LT with Jason, then Barbre being the next guy up. If you need to go deeper than that you move Lane over and have Kelly or Tobin play at the right. I thought Bamiro showed some huge raw potential and power in the pre-season so he’s also something to consider.

      The cupboard isn’t bare my friend, and I have faith that Chip/Howie/Gamble have some plans. They won’t be naive enough to think that Jason Peters can be super human forever, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they went with Lane because they had no idea what they were going to get from JP this season.

      • Richard Colton

        Hypothetical for you. You’re Howie Roseman. You get a call from Banner and Jerry Jones tomorrow. You can A) keep the Birds 1st round 2014 draft pick B) Trade it for Josh Gordon or B) Trade it for Tyron Smith.

        Thoughts?

        • GEAGLE

          I wouldn’t dare trade our first round pick…we will make sure we add a first round talent who has high football IQ, is coach able and LIVES for football, and in the hands of these coaches, it’s going to produce a really good player. You and I can identify first round talent…we all know who they are. Howies job has become so easy:
          Chip: “Howie, here is a list of acceptable size and weight of each position..now go find the best athletes at each position that fit the size and speed criteria at each position and let me talk to them and I’ll find out who is the smartest football player”
          ..
          Howie then does some background to find out the guys personality and where football is on their list of priorities, and those players will go on our big board…lack of techinque and stuff like that no longer matters when you can really COACH them UP…..I think Howies job just got so much easier lol

          • Maggie

            All on Howie? Gamble and the new scouting crew don’t count?

        • Adam

          Keep it for sure. Too many strikes against Gordon and I’m fine with lane at LT next year.

          • Maggie

            Let’s not forget the right side either. Herreman is also in his lst year or two of his career.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Peters’ recovery is amazing. To tear the tendon, re-tear it right after surgery and still come back so strongly — I never expected him to be playing at such a high level in 2013.

  • Clamdigger

    This was a sweet jinx article. Peters looked putrid in this game.