Eagles Wake-Up Call: Foles No. 1 In Jersey Sales

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The last time we checked in on Nick Foles‘ jersey sales was shortly after his seven-touchdown performance against the Raiders in November.

The page where you can purchase a Foles jersey on the team site saw a 25 percent spike in hits following that showing in Oakland, yet sales hardly went up at all. Fans were looking at it, they were thinking about it, but weren’t quite ready to take the plunge.

Now they’re jumping in.

Foles’ is currently the top selling jersey of merchandise purchased through team channels. From March until present, the Foles No. 9 has accounted for 42 percent of all jersey sales. LeSean McCoy is right behind him at 41 percent.

Interestingly enough, Brian Dawkins‘ jersey comes in third at seven percent.

“It is surprising that’s the case, to be the third highest-selling jersey for a fan base as rabid and passionate as the Eagles fans are,” said Dawkins in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7. “The first thing that came to mind was a song that I used to love to listen to by The Five Heartbeats called ‘I’ve Got Nothing But Love For You, Baby,’ and that’s really what we have to be honest with you. I have a strong affection for Philadelphia fans and they have that same affection for me.

“That will never leave. That’s a part of me from here until the good Lord calls me home. I will always have that connection with the fan base.”

Jeremy Maclin and Darren Sproles are among the next best selling jerseys in recent months.

Here’s how it broke down for the same time period last year:

LeSean McCoy     44 percent
Michael Vick        20 percent
DeSean Jackson  19 percent
Brian Dawkins    12 percent
Jeremy Maclin      2 percent

Brent Celek             2 percent

While Foles has a slight edge when it comes to team-sold merchandise, McCoy is well out in front in national sales. His jersey is the 12th-most popular in the NFL. Foles is not ranked in the top 25.


Earl Wolff’s knee, Chip Kelly on the Patriots and more in yesterday’s camp notes.

Why doesn’t Jordan Matthews run more with the ones? Sheil’s practice observations.

A Giant injury, Washington’s “special talent” and more in the NFC East roundup.

Josh caught up with Troy Vincent, who’s making an impact in the league office.

Sheil breaks down a new weapon Nick Foles added to his arsenal.

“I’m still embarrassed about the situation.” Weekend reading.


Josh Huff feels like he’s back at Oregon, writes Matt Lombardo of NJ.com:

For all of his self confidence and previous knowledge of the scheme from his days playing under Kelly at Oregon, Huff pointed out that he needed to recalibrate his knowledge of the offense when he stepped into the Novacare Complex for the first time.

“It kind of caught me off guard,” Huff said of the differences between Kelly’s Oregon offense and the scheme he’s installed in Philadelphia. “But that’s where I had to retool and rebuild my system over. Now that that’s over with, now I can just focus in on the offense and now I feel like I’m back in Oregon.”

After posting 144 receptions for 2,366 yards and 24 touchdowns in four seasons with the Ducks, three of them under Kelly, Huff explained that the biggest adjustment has been the terminology used.

Mark Eckel of the Times of Trenton wonders if the Eagles are using their linemen properly:

“The best player on that defense?’’ a personnel man who watches the Eagles closely, asked. “Well, the guy I’d want the most is Fletcher Cox.’’

“Yeah, if I was grading them, I’d give Fletcher the highest grades,’’ another pro scout said. “He’s their most complete player from what I’ve seen.’’

Trouble is, since the Eagles switched from a 4-3 front to a 3-4, you don’t get to see Cox do as much as he can.

“He can play in a 3-4 and be damn good at it,’’ the personnel man said. “But for my taste he’s a 4-3 tackle, getting inside pressure and creating havoc. I think that’s what he does best.’’


Billy Davis will address the media prior to today’s 11:35 practice at the NovaCare.

Don’t forget to pre-order your Eagles Almanac.

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Josh Paunil contributed to this post.

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  • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

    Dawk still being #3 in jersey sales tells me not only how much we love him, but how much we miss a true defensive playmaker and game-changer who can embody the passion the fans have through his play on the field.

    • Robert Baer

      I miss the passion Weapon-X played with. From time to time I rewatch that speech he gave after the NFCCG in 2004, it’s very motivational.

    • Bill in sc

      If you started watching the eagles in the 90s, there is a really good chance dawk is your favorite player.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      The good thing is that it’s only a matter of time. There will be a stud on D again some day. Be it Kendricks, Smith II or whoever. These things are inevitable. And Philly loves it’s D.

      #92 forever.

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        ’91 D forever…. And yeah, I think/hope you’re right. Need someone to take the reigns sooner than later.

        • TOm W

          funny 91 was bud carson not buddy ryan. stopped blitzing as much. all quickly fell apart after ben smith got hurt, jerome died, reggie bolted, then clyde and seth followed. braman was the worst.

      • UKEagle99 à l’orange

        You’ll never catch me paying homage to that defence :p

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          There’s plenty of love to go around for #92 AND #99 and quite a few others from those years.

          • UKEagle99 à l’orange

            There is indeed. Great times if you love yourself some hard, dominating D.

  • Bullwinkle

    I’d like a Bednarik jersey in Kelly green. It wouldn’t have his name on it of course.

    • Johnny Domino

      Guy Morriss #50 green with the silver and white shoulder stripes.

  • Dominik

    When will the Almanac be released? I pre-ordered it ten days ago or so, I want to read it. :D

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    know it’s only the first pre-season game, but NYG’s OLine is hot garbage. Eli had no chance of completing much more than a screen pass and the RBs were getting met 2 yds in backfield. Jon Jerry is awful, and we’ll see how Pugh handles LT. if i recall correctly his big knock was t-rex arms. what’s he going to do with elite speed rushers going around edge.
    i watched it till Collinsworth proclaimed DCR ‘one of the elite CBs in the league’ or something like that. statements like that make me glad for the mute button.
    EDIT: whoa whoa whoa, should of kept watching, CC is a genius!

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      I couldn’t even bring myself to watch more than 3 plays of that game before I decided I was better off face-timing with family.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        probably better use of your time. it’s been raining for what feels like 2 straight weeks down here, i’m about family time’d out

    • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

      I was thinking the same thing in between hysterical laughter while watching last night. Damn that line looks BAD. Eli making Eli face less than 10 minutes into the preseason is so priceless.

      • moesus

        Supposedly they only have half of the playbook installed. So do you try to install the other half before week 1 or do you wait until the offense has a grasp on this half before introducing the other half. Either way sounds pretty rough. I didn’t think their offense would be able to keep up with the division and after last night I stand by that claim.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          not sure the playbook helps. Buffalo wasnt doing anything special, NYG OL was just getting beat. if they cant block even the basic of plays, going elbow deep into it sure isnt going to help.

    • peteike

      really? I like your negative optimism haha but 6 for 7 and that BC rb looked good. At least on the highlights. Just seems like a better system for Eli to eliminate his INTs which can only be a good thing for them. Even if it is check down city its still way early. Good news about that Oline though, dont let me stop you

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        even Giants fans over on sbnation are freaking a bit. line is really bad. they are hoping for jelling or mediocre vets to come back and solve everything. plus, most of that was against 2nd team defense. they left him in for 3rd series to pad numbers. 1st 2 series were against Bills #1’s, went ugly 3 and out and strip sack fumble with 2 Dl guys blowing by OL and 3rd guy got a holding. stats lie.
        if they don’t block any better, dbs are going to sit short and he wont be going 6/7 often.

  • Tom w

    No wonder foles and McCoy are ranked so high here, they are typically the only jerseys available to buy even at the stadium where I was yesterday. Such a narrow selection …what about smith or Matthews jerseys … How about long term guys like kelce peters Mathis and allpros … Or fan favorites like Barwin and Ryans and Kendricks. Didn’t see any of them available to buy. Just foles McCoy and maclin.

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      Instead of a Buddy Christ statue the Eagles need to make a Buddy Matthews statue.

  • CHRIS – CB with dreads

    TC was awesome yesterday, hope you all were able to make it. A few things I noticed (I was on one of the far ends so it was tough to catch everything):

    -Sanchez looks better than I thought he would. Moves quickly, in shape, made a few nice throw’s with the 2’s. Seems well ahead of Barkely/Kinne
    -Foles looked OK, like he was trying a few things and definitely held the ball too long on a few plays. After each drill he took a page out of Pope’s book and ran to the endzone. Hopefully this helps with the fast-pace/stamina aspect of the O
    -kelce practiced with his jersey up over his gut and it was hilarious
    -WR battle for the 6th spot will be interesting. Momah was in with the 1’s and made a tall catch over Boykin. looks better than when I saw him last year. a few nice catches from the fringe guys – cunningham, pratt specifically.
    -Sproles is FAST
    -They were doing KR drills and the kickers never put it out of the endzone but i’m guess it was by design to give the returners some practice. DJ2 looked bland. Boykin had a nice quick return
    -ertz looked good
    -I personally thought wolff looked quick running around with the safeties but there wasn’t hitting so hard to tell. didnt really stand out in coverage
    -Marsh made a great leaping INT and I had to do a double take to make sure it was actually him
    -fan base was awesome. filled up the entire lower level
    -pope matthews had a few nice grabs. Bigger than I thought he was, and he gets up the field quick. Definitely already a fan favorite.

    • aub32

      I was really hoping to see more from Foles, but at least I can see why there is so much hype on Matthews. Kelce did have his gut out, but the dude looked jacked compared to when I saw him last year. The Shady and Sproles tandem is going to give teams fits. We should try and figure out a nickname for them before the national guys come out with something lame. The writing is on the wall for DJ2. I was more impressed by guys like Pratt than him, and I don’t even think Pratt makes the team.

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        Lightning Strikes Twice

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Sounds great, but use it in a sentence for me so we can see how it works in a game situation.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Yeah I guess the verb really throws a wrench in things. Maybe just “Lightning Twice”…. The Redskins got hit by Lightning Twice in the fourth quarter to seal the game! That’s a little better. But, I’m sure it’s not unilaterally applicable.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I think so, but I was really hoping you’d make it work. I like where that was headed.

            Juke and Jive.
            Zig and Zag.
            Shady and Shadow.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Juke, Jive, & Wail (Polk)

          • Andy Six Score and Four


        • aub32

          Thing 1 and thing 2?

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            This really is a tough one.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Shady & the Funky Bunch…

          • aub32

            If BB were here I’d be into it. I don’t see polk doing much.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        thunder and lightning? 2-headed monster? or have they been used TOO DEATH?!
        Sproles even have a nickname to work with? Shady is such a great one for McCoy. never forget the pic of him at the Pro Bowl just eye-banging the hottie.

        • aub32

          yea I think those are overused. Plus who would be thunder. Neither guy is going to plow through would be tacklers. Shady & Shifty maybe? Looks like we have some homework to do.

          • Always Hopeful

            That has promise…

        • tomw

          Fire and Ice?

        • Bdawk20

          How about “Darren and LeSean, Running Backs for the Philadelphia Eagles and Best Friends Too.” Has a nice ring to it!

      • CHRIS – CB with dreads

        agreed on dj2… I was surprised with cunningham on a few catches too. I’d love to see Benn take that 6th spot but I didn’t really notice him, although I could’ve easily missed something.

        The Shady bunch?

        That would be shady/sproles/Polk (maybe Tucker)?

        I don’t know i’m just throwing darts here

        • aub32

          At this point I am done holding out any hopes for Benn. I haven’t seen him mentioned much on any of the practice reports, and I couldn’t even find the guy yesterday. It’s says something when guys like Marsh, Pratt, Momah, and others all do at least one thing to stand out, and he did nothing.

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        Jock Droppers.

      • Eagles4Life

        Shake & Bake.

        • aub32

          This might be the winner.

          • Eagles4Life

            I love Talladega Nights and it’s applicable here lol

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Dancin’ w/ the Stars??

      • Spaceman Spiff

        – Fire and Brimstone – By the end of the game, the opposing team shall feel the wrath…

      • MagatBrackendale

        Wiley and Roadrunner.

  • I don’t buy jerseys till they show me they love Philly,
    usually not until 5th or 6th year.Lets go birds!

    • aub32

      I’m waiting for guys to at least get their second contract. If Boykin gets an extension, then that’ll likely be my next purchase.

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        That’s the only reason I don’t have my Foles jersey yet. I’m not a big jersey guy as is. I have Dawk and a cheap Vick jersey I bought just to piss off the PETArds when they went nuts that we signed him. But those are all I have. I want the next one to be Foles. Need some long term commitment, though.

        • aub32

          Right. I hate buying a jersey only to see the cut or traded.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Same here. Its an investment on both parts. They show they’re vested & I’ll invest. I have a Shady jersey right now. Had a Dawk but an ex borrowed to wear to work (bartender) & never saw it again.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            And there’s no restraining order on you as a result? You’re a better man than I.

        • Bert’s Bells

          I bought a Roethlisberger jersey to piss out the anti-rape crowd.

  • aub32

    Unrelated note: I didn’t realize how close Shady is to becoming the franchise’s all time leading rusher. He has a legit chance of being #1 before the end of 2014.

    • Javi Echie

      yea without checking the official numbers I believe he’s only about 1100 yards away from that. That should be easily reachable this year.