What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here’s this week’s roundup of national media coverage.

Peter King of The MMQB chimes in on Lane Johnson:

Pat Shurmur is one coordinator poised to be a head coaching candidate at the end of the 2014 season, Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com notes:

Shurmur didn’t get a full shot as head coach with the Browns as part of the Mike Holmgren group which was shown the door. Shurmur is only 49 but has 23 years of coaching experience and is heavily influenced by Andy Reid and Chip Kelly. If the Eagles’ offense explodes, owners will want the Chip Kelly formula, and Shurmur will be the guy who has it.

Nick Foles was one of the most effective passers on third down in 2013, Chase Stuart of FootballPerspective.com says:

Nick Foles was consistently throwing in unfavorable third down situations (on average, with 8.7 yards to do). Presumably this is because the Eagles were much more likely than other teams to run on third and short, but based on the average distance, Foles was expected to convert just 32.7% of his first downs. In reality, he had a 40.4% rate, which vaults him into the top five.

Be wary of Foles in fantasy football this year, Marcus Grant of NFL.com explains:

Everybody remembers him going deep, hooking up with Riley Cooper, connecting with DeSean Jackson, the seven-touchdown game, but beyond that had some fairly pedestrian numbers. What helped Nick Foles last season is that he kept throwing the ball to his guys, not the other team; just two interceptions. It’s hard to imagine he’s going to do that again this season.

Chip Kelly is one of the most interesting head coaches of 2014, says Kirwan:

He stepped on an NFL field for the first time last season but it was as if he’d been in the league for decades. The former Oregon coach blew up the issues surrounding other former successful college coaches, like Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban, who crumbled when they jumped to the NFL. Can Kelly expand his success by winning the NFC East on again and win at least one playoff game? He developed an offense that was ranked No. 2 in the league last year, then promptly said good-bye to DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant. Those two men accounted for 120 receptions and 12 touchdowns.

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com ranks the league’s tight ends, listing Brent Celek as a “solid starter”:

At age 34, Gates looks like a player about to be bypassed by Ladarius Green. The same torch-passing is going on in Philadelphia with Celek and Zach Ertz.

Sid Saraf of FOXSports.com names Kelly as one of the NFL coaches he’d want to play for:

During his first season as an NFL head coach in 2013, he silenced many doubters who snickered at his new-age approach to building an organization that stressed proper nutrition. All he did was take the Eagles from a 4-12 team in 2012 to a 10-win playoff squad last season. What’s more, players are burying in and why wouldn’t they? Wouldn’t you want to be a part of an offense that can chew up yards and put points on the board?

LeSean McCoy is the face of the Eagles, while Foles is next in line, says Bucky Brooks of NFL.com:

At a time when running backs are seemingly devalued around the league, McCoy is unquestionably the Eagles’ most important player. The NFL’s reigning rushing leader sets the tone for Chip Kelly’s offense with his electric running style, exhibiting exceptional quickness and burst between the tackles. Most important, McCoy is an explosive threat capable of consistently topping the 100-yard mark when given a reasonable workload (seven 100-yard games, including six contests with at least 130 rushing yards in 2013). Given Kelly’s desire to punish opponents with an unconventional running game from spread formations, the Eagles’ offensive success begins and ends with McCoy.

The Eagles don’t need to add another backup quarterback to the mix, John Clayton of ESPN.com believes:

I think they are fine. I’ve heard good things about how Sanchez is picking up the offense. He may be coming off tough years with the Jets, but he’s experienced and Kelly seems to have confidence in him. You may be right about Barkley’s arm strength, but he has had a year in the system. After more than a year on the job, Kelly is in full control of this team. If he felt he needed another quarterback, he would have made that move before the minicamp.

The Eagles’ defenses in the 1990s would’ve been the best in fantasy football, Michael Fabiano of NFL.com writes:

The Eagles defense of the early 1990s was loaded with superstars like Reggie White, Jerome Brown and Clyde Simmons and a terror for opposing offenses. Philadelphia ranked third in total defense (294.2 YPG), second in sacks (443), second in interceptions (199) and third in takeaways (343) during the decade. In 1991, this unit scored well over 200 fantasy points and would have been better than the Kansas City Chiefs of 2013.

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  • myeaglescantwin

    21 TD’s in 11 starts outside of the Oakland game.
    why is everyone is such a rush to downplay foles??

    a third year QB
    a third round pick

    I’d say he’s doing quite alright.

    • B-West

      Right? Take away the big plays/games from any player’s season at any position and see how their stats look.

      • myeaglescantwin

        i don’t understand people.
        This will be his 3rd year in the NFL. That’s usually when a player starts to settle.
        Furthermore, what QB in the history of the league had a year#2 like Foles did? No one outside of Andrew Luck. (foles still had better numbers) & Luck is perhaps the best QB prospect in league history.

        Let the man play.
        This will be the first time since high school he has the same scheme in two consecutive years. Lets see how he progresses before we start talk about moving up for Mariota.

        & even more so, before we try and anoint him the 6 year franchise contracts. This team is still building.
        but i like where we are standing at this point.

    • NickS1

      He only had 10 starts including the Oakland game. He came in for Vick mid 2nd quarter and 2nd half of the first NYG game (2TDs), 4th quarter in Denver (TD) and a play against SD. So in the regular season, 9 starts and 17 TDs outside of Oakland. 10 starts and 19TDs including postseason.

    • anon

      Why waste your time? Haters gonna hate.

      • shady25

        I hate to see what happens when he signs his contract extension. All the haters are going to come out then.

      • NickS1

        Lovers gonna love. I don’t even want, none of the above…

      • peteike

        indeed, and youd think after 90% of them were completely wrong about CK theyd tread lightly, but no. They are consistently wrong about this team and dont bother to retract or care it seems.

        • myeaglescantwin

          ahhahah loving it.

          “foles is out, they need a RUNNING QB. watch for Vince Young to make this team”
          a year later we have 3 slow as dirt QB’s.

          • Andy124

            Yeah, but Kinne is very atheletic. He’d be the real QB if it wasn’t for politics.

          • Maggie

            From a previous posting:
            “8.0% of his passes came on scrambles outside the pocket, above the league average of 5.6%.”
            This was a reference to Foles. Might have been on PFF.

    • NickS1

      To tack on to what I said, we should just remove the first Dallas game too. So really it’s 17TDs in 8 non-concussed starts in reg season, 9 and 19 including post season. Just over 2/game from a second year player. I’ll take it.

      • myeaglescantwin


        this is another time of the year where we just need to ignore any football media.

        • NickS1

          Yeah, averaging what amounts to 34 TDs a season in year 2 is awful. Sell the farm for Mariotta. He faster and can run Chip’s offense.

    • usmcnole

      I rode nicky to the championship last year.

    • aub32

      He was far from pedestrian outside of the Raiders game. Though I am surprised the article did not reference the level of competition. Foles’ numbers will likely go down, but that’s because it will be harder to put up big numbers against the NFCW and Panthers.

      • myeaglescantwin


        I’d say the gap for his int-ratio should close. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 28-35 TD’s with somewhere around 10-15 int’s. They have a full season of tendencies now for Chip and Nick.

    • agreed i think if he didnt play for the eagles he would get more love. thats just my opinion though.

  • kpm

    God Bless Chip Kelly and nick Foles

  • Even if Shurmur left with the Chip Kelly formula…he doesn’t have LeSean McCoy or our offensive line #MainIngredients

    • Shurmer is scared to take a chace, He could not even tell Kelly to challenge all those obvious wrong calls last year because he scared of being wrong, he showed how good a HC he could be in Cleavland .

  • cliff henny

    really hate agreeing with Peter King. Clayton sounds off on his assessment, but who else is out there? this point, Celek stays on right side to help out, run Shady a boatload left, pray Foles stays healthy

    • JofreyRice

      Hearing stuff from Peter King is like making small talk with your neighbor that knows nothing about Football. Just states meaningless platitudes, thinks Brett Favre is still playing, etc. With so much more focus on analysis of the fine details, it’s hard for me to believe that he is like the preeminent football writer in America. Sheil writes circles around him on Holiday weekends. I guess it’s just that he’s got a bunch of connections with ownership groups, agents & players.

      • cliff henny

        only reason I ever paid any attention to him was he must have picked Eagles for 12 or 13 straight Super Bowl appearances during Fat Andy’s tenure. was always good for a mid-summer pick me up. him and SI’s old Dr Z, he had Eagles going every year in late 80’s early 90’s when Reggie was in town.

        • JofreyRice

          yeah, Dr. Z had talent, though. This guy is a buttery hack.

      • peteike

        well to be fair it is like small talk because its a national column and he touches on so many things around the league. Not a detailed one team writer and ya he def gets carried away with certain things he loves. I think hes lost his luster just per being around so long.

        • JofreyRice

          oh, it’s just miserable. I haven’t read him for about 5 years, but half the time he was writing about coffee & the Red Sox and some fabulous train ride he took. Awful!

          • peteike

            ha, totally get that. Or an obscure micro brew that either stinks or nobody will ever try

    • Kev_H

      I don’t get King’ s comment. Johnson is on a rookie deal. He has enormous financial incentive at this stage of his career to use PEDs.

  • Wilbert31

    It’s as if these writers aren’t aware that we also have GJ Kinne. SMH!

  • Token

    This team relies on LeSean McCoy being dominant and Nick Foles continuing to be damn good when you get right down to it. Can you imagine where this team would have been last season without McCoy? There were times when you could literally see him carrying the team on his back.

    • dnabrice

      Its’ true. He helped elevate the status of that OL: McCoy made them look good on numerous occasions, slipping out of defender’s grasp in the backfield. He was so good, there were plenty of times he looked burried back there, but defenders wouldn’t even touch him.

  • Max Lightfoot

    The local radio sports blabbermouth near me (Farmington, New Mexico) will have a field day with Johnson’s suspension. He’s a USC fanatic who hates Kelly and would love to see the Eagles fail. https://www.facebook.com/steven.bortstein?fref=ts

    I think there are lots of national analysts who feel the same. But #*•# ’em if they can’t take a joke.

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  • Kev_H

    I’m not sure the McCoy/Foles thing is so straightforward based on last year. Raiders, Packers, Redskins, Cardinals, and Bears were all buried early with passing, with McCoy used to close out the game.

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