What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s what the national media are saying about Sunday night’s Eagles-Bears matchup.

ESPN.com’s John Clayton on what he’ll be watching:

These aren’t the “Monsters of the Midway,” they’ve been puppies against the run. Chicago now faces a Philadelphia team that has a fast-paced running offense. The Eagles lead the league with 152.9 rushing yards per game, and starting RB LeSean McCoy averages 5.0 yards an attempt. If the Bears surrender 150-plus rushing yards, this may be a hard win to come by.

Chris Ryan of Grantland has Chip Kelly as his athlete of the year:

Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia and got Mike Vick eating salads, had everyone else drinking personalized protein shakes, and ran exhausting 11-on-11 practice drills while blasting the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack. The NFL coaching fraternity can be a pretty dour collection of struggle-faced hardasses. One thing that unites the Mike Shanahans, the Mike Munchaks, the Bill Belichicks, Jim Schwartzs, and Mike McCarthys, is a feeling that the presence of the media and even the fans (I know, I’m projecting) is a distraction from their gridiron fight against Satan to pass into heaven and rest at the angel feet of Vince Lombardi. Chip Kelly knows that heaven is a place on Earth, and his offense is the house band. For him, life’s too short, NFL games take too long to start, referees are hilariously too slow, and press conferences are for LOLs.


Chip Kelly didn't do anything athletic all year, but nobody in sports brought me more joy.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com predicts a 31-21 Bears victory:

The Eagles might not need this game to clinch the NFC East by the time they kick off, depending on what Dallas does earlier in the day. The Bears will need it. They are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. But I think Jay Cutler responds with a big day against the Eagles' suspect pass defense.

Andy Benoit of The MMQB previews Eagles-Bears:

LeSean McCoy might be the best outside runner in the NFL, but the Bears, somewhat quietly, have an excellent outside runner of their own in Matt Forte. The sixth-year veteran doesn’t quite have McCoy’s speed or change-of-direction quickness, but he’s sufficient in these realms and has keen patience and vision. Marc Trestman’s system does a good job at manufacturing perimeter rushing lanes, particularly by involving Alshon Jeffery on fake (or “ghost”) reverse action.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com goes with the Eagles, 36-29:

All right, time for some interesting nugs of gold:

» This matchup pits the two players with the most touches in the NFL this season -- Matt Forte (324) and Shady McCoy (314) -- against each other.
» The Bears' run defense has allowed 152.4 yards per game, at a clip of 5.2 yards per carry.
» Nick Foles has 23 touchdown passes and two interceptions this season.
» Alshon Jeffery averages 14.3 yards per touch this season, most in the NFL among qualifiers (he's on pace for 100 touches).
» The Eagles had allowed 21 points or less for nine games in a row -- and then they coughed up 48 to Matt Cassel and Matt Asiata. Matt Asiata.

So basically we're saying this is going to be a shootout. Once the Eagles get a lead, the Bears' run defense will fail to hold the fort ... or even build a fort to begin with. Philly wins.

Doug Farrar of SI.com on the matchup:

The Bears will look to roll against an Eagles defense that was exploited by Minnesota’s choice to use multiple formations, creating blocking mismatches at every turn. Head coach Marc Trestman has used receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey in some very creative ways this season, and Philly’s secondary will struggle to counter when Jay Cutler goes up top and allows Marshall and Jeffrey to win physical battles in coverage.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk goes with the Eagles, 31-24:

Even with linebacker Lance Briggs expected to be back for the Bears, Chicago doesn’t have the defense to slow down LeSean McCoy and the rest of the Philly offense.

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  • GEAGLE

    Chicago will turn it over two or three time..Expecting Eagles to play a clean game, take care of the e rock on the way to clinching the division..,

    Strongly suggest checking out Kyle long on the conference call..PE.com has it in the video section. Great stuff about chip

    • MildEagsFan

      If you think we’re gonna win this game then you’re out to lunch.

      • Adam

        Arent you the guy who thinks Shady isn’t even a top 10 running back?

        • MildEagsFan

          Irrelevant

          • Adam

            Much like your opinion

          • GEAGLE

            Not worth it buddy

          • Andy124

            He’s really not that bad. Not like a certain other individual who has taken a really great community over at IB and made it virtually intolerable.

            At some point, people need to realize that just because a troll behaves civilly doesn’t mean he’s not a troll and doesn’t deserve to be starved.

            Just my opinion.

          • pkeagle

            That’s no way to talk about Tommy!!

          • Andy124

            LOL

          • G_WallyHunter

            Hey now, trollers deserve second chances just as everyone else

          • Maggie

            It’s just that to call some people trolls is to grossly insult the ugly creatures who live under bridges in Norway.

          • theycallmerob

            its tough though, the way he comes across will keep a constant flow coming at /me puckers *butthole* over at IB. He’s one of the best I’ve seen. It would be as if Dutch, instead of disappearing, redoubled his yeasting on this site.

          • Andy124

            You’re absolutely right. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a troll not get fed. Ever.

      • theycallmerob

        Really valuable input, thanks.

      • MildEagsFan

        I’ll make sure to check back in when the Bears drop a 50 burger on our secondary

        • Richard Colton

          amazing. I was worried about the game until you showed up. In your defense, you did cop to being an idiot after your “Shady not a top 10 RB” rant, which I respect. Anything is now possible on Sunday night, except the Bears scoring 50. Based on your track record, I’m calling for a shutout.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Sounds good talk to you then

        • theycallmerob

          burger? who’s talking about mcdonalds?

          • GEAGLE

            Out to lunch? Burger? I conclude this dude is either
            A) a fat obese slob
            Or
            B) he learned to talk smack in the 1930′s
            ….
            Either way, pretty lame lol

      • GEAGLE

        “You’re out to lunch”…. Lol good one

    • G_WallyHunter

      It’s a great thing to listen to, really makes you wish this draft wasn’t so OL heavy and Long somehow dropped to us in the 2nd (even though that would be stupid taking 2 OLs, so I don’t know where I’m going with this, but point is would be great to have him as a culture setter)

      • nicksaenz1

        hard to say it’d be stupid, I think. Herremans would have become first man off the bench for the OL, while Johnson, Long, and Kelce form the foundation of our line. I’d take that ALL day.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ya that’s true, not exactly stupid, maybe just a little questionable.
          It’s not as if we NEEDED a TE, but got a very good one at that.

          • GEAGLE

            I think Ertz has a chance to be really good player..

            I’m gonna take a look at his combine and pre draft measurements and see how they compared to the greats….I thought talking about Ertz was a waste last year, because I would have bet money that he wouldn’t have lasted til round 2,so I didn’t pay attention to his combine or anything because I didn’t think we had a shot at him…

            We used to worry about his hands. Of course we already coached his hands up to where he is making Avant type circus catches….He can become a really technical route running(can’t wait til he becomes A crafty veteran), tall, long, mismatch nightmare, fluid athlete….

            Has anyone paid attention to his blocking recently? I heard it was improving, and getting more snaps then Celek is a damn good sign, but One of these days I wanna skim thru his recent games and see how he is handling himself

      • GEAGLE

        Try to sign him when he is nice and developed(kid is still raw) entering free agency along with Dion….If Chip is the coach and Dion doesn’t get franchised, you know he will try and sign him….chips former players adore him..you heard the Long interview?

        Kiko Alonso!Kyle Long, and Dion Jordan…if we can get ATleast 1 to sign their second contract with us. It would be awesome…chips bond with his former players is an asset. I really hope we take advantage of it during chips tenure…if they don’t get franchised we could take a run at Kiko and Long in 3 years…Meco will play two more years(doubt he has 3 more years like this left in him)

        Did you hear Kyle tell the story about how Chip taught Kyle and Colt Lyeria a screen play? Lol

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ya lol the pizza slices, Ya I was blown away by how Kyle talked about Chip, calling him his uncle and stuff. Really showed who Chip is as a person. Ya I listened to both the Trestman and Long calls, both good ones.

          • GEAGLE

            Right…kind of weird hearing an opponent speak so glowingly about our coach

      • Richard Colton

        We had this conversation during the draft – the hypothetical was this: would you rather have say… A) Dion Jordan and Kyle Long or B) Eric Fisher and Margus Hunt? One of the problems was that the Olinemen we though might last to the birds 2nd pick – Long and Pugh, went in round one.

        In my “wish list draft” I had OT/OG/ILB in rounds 1/2/3. Would I trade Johnson, Ertz, Logan for Fisher/Long/Kiko today? Probably. But Howie did a great job with OT/TE/NT.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ya great way to look at it. We may have missed the chance at Long but I think we’re all happy with the stud Lane, he’s met if not exceeded expectations.
          Then you look at Ertz, I mean this guy could develop into a very good staple TE for years to come, so I’m happy with the way they went. Then Logan? A UDFA out of LSU and he’s just beasting it, that’s great to see, I bet CK was the one who had eyes on him.

          • Richard Colton

            And not to take anything away from Kyle Long, he’s had a great season, but he’s two years older than Lane Johnson. Lane’s only 23 – which according to Geagle is like 15 years old in offensive linemen years.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol exactly….yeah if we are gonna take a raw prospect, lanes age makes me feel much better then Kyles…the dream is to line up Kyle next to Lane in 4years lol

  • Loke1988

    If the Bears need this game and the Eagles only motivation is the 3rd seed (assuming Dallas wins) I have a hard time imagining them meeting the Bears intensity. I hope I’m wrong.

    • evanphilly

      Yeah, Depending on how the Detroit and the GB games turn out (pray for a Lions loss and a GB win), the Bears will need a W here. Need to hope the Redskins win as well, cause in a clinching situation, the Birds will come out flying!

  • cliff henny

    Com’on Redskins! bet Shanarat wants this game so badly he can taste it. nothing would make him happier to get cousins to look like the 2nd coming of elway, out of spite for forcing rg3-10 on him. pull off a coaching masterpiece as he gives Snyder the double middle finger salute on his way out of town. spite/hate/anger can be a strong motivator.

    • GEAGLE

      Cousins is going to TORCH them!!! Kid has a ton to play for, and I believe his team mates will rally around him to try and embarress RGme and send him a message…last week the clearly played with the most energy they played with in weeks. Dallas will come into this game tight and nervous…everyone knows it’s NOT a mentally tough team…

      Scandrick, Claiborne, the safeties…they all REALLY suck!!! Cousins and the skins will come out loose and fired up…just needs to keep the pressure on the cowgirls and they will completely implode….I really really like the skins to win this game…the cowboys are so bad:
      from the coach, to the QB to the defense, soft and not mentally tough…skins will play spoiler, I can feel it

      • cliff henny

        absolutely no doubt Cousins will play well against Dallas, defense just stinks. then have Morris and a defense that will play with energy for london fletcher. the pressure on romo must be crushing. he knows 40 and mistake free football might not be enough to get win. can easily see a spiraling effect and cowboys get destroyed.

        • GEAGLE

          Ooh forgot about the London Fletcher factor..yes sir!!!
          Let the spiraling begin!

      • anon

        Cowboys, 3 years 3 DCs

        • A Roy

          In another month, you can update that to 4-4.

    • Explorer51

      Actually Cliff, losing to the Cowboys would be the thing that would spite Snyder…and maybe finally get Shanahan what he wants…to be fired. The owner and coach are playing a game of “who blinks first” with Shanahan wanting out but refusing to quit and Snyder insisting that he won’t pay out the contract. I’ve lived down here long enough to have experienced the nausea of the Deadskins winning a Super Bowl so I have totally enjoyed the gyrations this disgustingly smug Richie Rich owner has put these bandwagons fans through. And as an aside, for those who have (wrongly) complained about Jeff Lurie, be happy that someone with his perspective owns the Eagles rather than a Dan Snyder or Jerrah Jones.

      • cliff henny

        Snyder is so far up RGME’s back-side, that getting the team to perform better under Cousins would be one big long slap in face knocking out 2 guys at once. think Shanarat’s card is punched, he knows it, they just have to sign the divorce papers. Rat gets to tell his side to the media after every game. you know how much fun he would have if cousins blows up the cowboys, team looks great. you dont get to that level without having ridiculous competitive streak. my guess/hope is all this is used for positive and ‘skins destroy the cowpies.
        .
        if they were going to toss in towell, would have done it against Atlanta already. had 7 turnovers and battled thru that to almost win. no way can dallas get 7 TO’s, McCown was htting dbs between numbers and they dropped them. at least 3 easy ints.

        • Explorer51

          You make some excellent points and I truly hope you’re right! Though I have to say that losing to Atlanta is no biggie; beating Dallas has always been a major deal to Snyder (there are enough pictures of him with a cigar as big as he is after a Deadskins win). As much as Eagle fans think of Dallas as a rivalry, double that for Washington because of the George Allen-Tom Landry/ Joe Gibbs-Jimmy Johnson eras when both teams were successful. Little Danny has been trying to recapture those glory days since he bought the team but his constant meddling has always screwed it up.

      • A Roy

        They could beat the boys 30-0 and Shanny will still get fired.

    • GEAGLE

      Lol why have I never heard Shanarat?

  • BirdSeed17

    “….Head coach Marc Trestman has used receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey in some very creative ways this season, and Philly’s secondary will struggle to counter when Jay Cutler goes up top and allows Marshall and Jeffrey to win physical battles in coverage….”

    Unfortunately, he is right. Fletcher is going to give up at least 3 TD passes this week. And our weak secondary will keep us from going very far in the playoffs (assuming we make it)….But, still this season has been beyond my wildest hopes. You can’t fix EVERYTHING in 1 season..and they tried to fix the secondary bringing in Fletcher, Williams and Chung in FA and drafting Wolf….I’m just gonna enjoy the ride this season and can’t wait to see this team with another draft or 2 getting Chip’s players in here to plug into his system.

    • Nobody Knows Nothin

      so 1 bad game and now our “weak” secondary is going to doom us? Since when does what happen 1 week predict what happens the next? has fletcher been beat for 3 TDs ALL SEASON?

      • G_WallyHunter

        Upvote for the name, so true

      • anon

        We give up the most yards against the pass in the league. That’s not a 1 week stat. This is by far the best WR tandem we’ve faced – probably the best tandem of big WRs in the league.

    • theycallmerob

      Still take fletch over sconces. Not sure why he is the 3 td whipping boy

      • GEAGLE

        I’m bias towards Mr.mDecember/jan/February Fiery sconces…but I wonder how Chip views Brad…i think cHip likes Cary more then fans think, and I believe that in chips mind Cary is the CB next year….That’s how I read it (I could be wrong but I’m confident)….I can’t even come up with a hypothesis for the bRad situation….unless Howie makes a splash and signs Altueran Verner, then both Cary and Brad are going to start next year…

        If Chip sees both Cary and Brad as his starting CBs for the next two or 3 years (which is my best guess), then we won’t draft a CB til rounds 3-5….If Chip can’t wait to replace Brad, then a CB will be drafted higher….either way, whoever we draft isn’t going to be ready to play in front of Brad next year….you can’t play rookie CBs(outside), they suck.

        My guess is Cary and Brad are the starting outside CBs of this new era of Eagles football…and that safety is what will get a serious infusion of talent

  • Johnny Domino

    Dear Chip,

    If you win the toss, please don’t defer.

    Start off running. Don’t stop running until the Bears prove they can stop your run game.

    Thanks in advance,

    John

    • Chris

      “I just kept running.”
      -Forrest Kelly

      • Johnny Domino

        A savant is a savant.

        • Andy124

          An Avant is an Avant.

    • Gary

      I like deferring actually. Agreed on running though.

      • Johnny Domino

        If they opened the game squibbing to Hester, I’d have to shoot myself.

  • GEAGLE

    Man. The USC CB is shutting down the nations leader in receptions devante Adams. Carr needs to step it up, I need that kid to be drafted in the top 10( pushes a stud 1 place closer to us)….
    ..
    People are starting to think devante will enter the draft. I have seen him mocked as high as the first WR drafted. I HATE USC, would love to see Carr start force feeding Adams the ball, come back and see USC blow this 21 pt lead….Trying to hurry up and get true this silly Las Vegas bowl so I can get to the Khalil Mack Bowl, aka the Idaho Potato bowl lol…buffalo vs. San Diego State should be fun

    • Andy124

      Just shows how bad Lane Kiffen really was. Man I wish they’d given him a few more years to turn it around. Or hire him in to the NFCE.

      • GEAGLE

        Could you imagine how happy we would be if we are all sad that the Shannahans got fired and then you read the headline: “redskins hire Lane Kiffin as HC” hahahahah what a day that would be

        • Andy124

          I’d laugh so hard I’d cry.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol

        • EagleDuck

          If that happens (please please please please) drinks are on me.

    • theycallmerob

      sad to see Mack basically taken out of the game, but (1) BUF looked terrible overall, and (2) that is the downside to the NCAA. With a pretty bad supporting cast, SDSU was able to either run away from him or double him all game. I hope some dumb GMs don’t see that and let him slide based on the performance!

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah we saw the downside of being a big fish in a small pond…That kid gets so much attention and double teams every week, it’s amazing the numbers he was able to rack up this year….he has the pass rush potential of a Demarcus ware, but the ability to also develop a Barwin type all around game…take so e serious Lady Luck for us to wind up with him….I like him more then Ziggy

  • GEAGLE

    Nice TD by Marquis Lee…it’s his second TD today…..Nice run after catch

  • Weapon Y

    How great would it be if the Redskins hired Steve Spurrier again, the Cowboys hired Lane Kiffin, and the Giants hired Rich Kotite? Hey, I can dream.

  • Maggie

    Didn’t anybody read the Ryan piece on Chip Kelly? Loved it.

    • Andy124

      Missed it. But if you link it I’ll read it.