Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Bears

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of what we saw out of the Eagles’ offense Friday night, after having re-watched the first three quarters.

QUARTERBACKS




* Nick Foles was obviously shaky, going 6-for-9 for 44 yards and a couple interceptions. Early on, he felt pressure, stepped up in the pocket, but was careless with his throw and nearly got picked off by Lance Briggs. On the first INT, a defensive lineman hit either his arm or the ball at the line of scrimmage, causing the pass to float. On the second one, it looked like man coverage. Foles was targeting Ifeanyi Momah, but coverage was tight and the throw was poor.

Even a couple of Foles' completions weren't great. His throw to Momah early was low and caused the receiver to go to the ground. Later, he threw behind Brent Celek on a slant (the play was called back because of penalty).

The good? Foles did a nice job of stepping up and finding Celek for a 19-yard gain on a completion that was negated due to a penalty. He fired in between defenders for a 15-yard completion to Jeremy Maclin, probably his best throw of the game.

Seeing Foles play better vs. New England would be encouraging, but there's no sense in overreacting to one bad quarter of preseason football.

* Regular readers know I have been skeptical about the prospects of Mark Sanchez adequately filling in for an injured Foles if necessary, but Sanchez really played well Friday night. He made a beautiful throw to Zach Ertz down the seam for a 34-yard completion and showed good patience, finding Ertz for an 18-yard gain in the red zone. Sanchez's best throw of the game might have been an incompletion. He delivered a perfectly-placed ball to Jordan Matthews down the seam, but the rookie couldn't hang on.

The Bears defended the zone read by crashing the edge defender at the running back every time. Sanchez handed off to Matthew Tucker anyway on a 3rd-and-3 that got stopped short. On a packaged play down by the goal line, he threw the screen to James Casey when Chip Kelly said he should have either handed it off or run it in himself (Sanchez would have walked in). Overall, 7-for-10 for 79 yards. Of the three incompletions, one was a miscommunication with Arrelious Benn; and the other two were catchable balls to Matthews and Josh Huff. Really encouraging performance overall.

* Matt Barkley went 7-for-16 for 73 yards, a touchdown and an interception in an up-and-down performance. He got into a nice rhythm at one point: finding Matthews for 5 yards on 3rd-and-4; delivering a nice ball to Casey on a deep crosser for 24 yards; and connecting with Will Murphy on a comeback route near the sideline. But his next ball was dropped by Matthews, and Barkley later missed a wide open Casey downfield. The INT looked like a miscommunication between Barkley and Huff. Huff was going deep, and Barkley was aiming for the back shoulder. Barring an upset, Barkley will be the Eagles' third QB.

RUNNING BACKS

* LeSean McCoy had one carry for no yards (another was called back for a penalty). I'm not sure it's necessary to put him out there again until Week 1.

* Darren Sproles had three carries for 11 yards. The highlight was a 9-yarder to the right side in the first. On another zone read play, the edge defender crashed and stopped Sproles after a 2-yard gain.

* Matthew Tucker carried eight times for 40 yards. Good effort on the 4-yard TD, and later he got outside, followed his blocking and picked up 24 yards. The one negative was a third-quarter fumble where he slipped, fell and lost control of the ball. Encouraging performance overall, though.

* David Fluellen had a nice showing too, carrying six times for 25 yards. He also had a 14-yard TD on a screen. Fluellen broke a tackle, spun around and got in the end zone. He did a good job in blitz pickup on that drive too. Henry Josey got into the game in the fourth quarter and did not have a carry.

WIDE RECEIVERS

* Jeremy Maclin got the start and had one catch for 15 yards. The reception was against zone coverage, as Maclin found a hole downfield. On the first play, he got open deep, but Foles opted for Ifeanyi Momah. Maclin was called for a 15-yard facemask penalty, but it looked like a phantom call.

* Speaking of Momah, he's obviously built up some trust from the coaching staff, earning the start in place of Riley Cooper. Momah had a couple grabs for 15 yards. The first was a low pass from Foles, and he showed good hands coming back for the ball on a 3-yard hitch.

* Some good and not-so-good from Josh Huff. He obviously got everyone's attention with the 102-yard TD return. Huff stiff-armed the kicker and showed he has finishing speed. As a receiver, he showed toughness, catching a slant from Sanchez in the end zone before getting sandwiched by a pair of defenders. Huff very well might have had a touchdown there, but the officials ruled he was down before the ball crossed the goal line. On the screen to Casey near the end zone, he did a poor job as a blocker, but Huff later did an excellent job on the cornerback on Tucker's 24-yard run. He had a chance for a big play in the second, but couldn't make the grab on a deep ball down the middle of the field. Not an easy catch, but one he should make.

* Not a memorable debut for Jordan Matthews. He didn't show strong hands on a ball down the seam in the second. Matthews had it at first, but the DB broke it up. Later, he ran a wheel route down the sideline, but couldn't hang on to the ball. Matthews leaped up, but it looked like the ball might have hit him in the helmet. In the third, he had a flat-out drop. The bright spots? Excellent job as a blocker on Tucker's 24-yard run. And Matthews picked up 5 for a third-down conversion. Only one game, but this was one to forget for Matthews.

* Not much to say about others like Brad Smith and Benn. Smith had one catch for 4 yards. Benn did not have a catch.

TIGHT ENDS

Brent Celek was in midseason form. It took six defenders to bring him down after a first-quarter catch that picked up 19 yards, but the play was called back because of an Evan Mathis holding penalty. Celek later made a nice grab on a throw behind him for 13 yards, but that play was called back too. He did a poor job as a blocker on Sproles' run that was stopped for no gain.

* Zach Ertz looked the part. The Eagles started the game with him on the field in a two tight end set. In the second quarter, Ertz got behind the underneath defenders and in front of the safeties for 34 yards. He picked up 18 on the next play and nearly scored. I remembered Coach Flinn's catch/tuck/knife mantra on the play. Ertz caught the ball looking back at the line of scrimmage, tucked it and turned upfield. Ertz showed he can be efficient as an in-line blocker, getting just enough of the defensive end on Tucker's second TD run. Strong performance overall.

* Casey had three grabs for 33 yards. He made a nice grab on a 24-yard deep crosser in the third. Casey later converted a third down. He slipped on a screen down near the goal line.

OFFENSIVE LINE

* The first-team offensive line was sloppy. Jason Kelce gave up a pressure early on, forcing Foles to dance around and nearly throw an INT. In the run game, he did a good job getting to the LB on Sproles' 9-yard run.

* Evan Mathis got beaten badly by Jeremiah Ratliff in pass pro on the first drive. He tried to recover, but was whistled for holding. Mathis later got called for another holding penalty on a McCoy run.

* Allen Barbre got beaten on Foles' second INT. He ended up on the ground as the defender got his hand on Foles' arm.

* The left side of the line did a poor job of picking up a twist on Foles' first INT. It looked like Jason Peters was at fault for letting the defender get through. Peters was later beaten inside in pass protection and called for holding.

* Todd Herremans pulled, but couldn't get to the linebacker on Sproles' run that was stopped for no gain. Later he did a nice job pulling and taking out the DB on Sproles' 9-yard run.

* The second-team offensive line (LT Andrew Gardner, LG Matt Tobin, C David Molk, RG Dennis Kelly; RT Lane Johnson) was a pleasant surprise. Tobin and Molk, specifically, stood out. Both guys flashed athleticism pulling on Tucker's 24-yard run. Tobin manhandled a defender on Fluellen's 15-yard run in the third. Molk did a nice job on the play too. Tucker's 4-yard run went right behind Tobin and Molk. Molk threw the key block on Fluellen's screen that scored.

* Gardner had ups and downs. He allowed the LB to slip right past him on Tucker's' run that picked up 1. Gardner and Tobin led the way on Tucker's second TD.

* Kelly and Johnson seemed to hold up well also.

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  • JofreyRice

    the first team OLine and Foles looked like trash. Hopefully this is just about “the defense being ahead of the offense”. We haven’t seen play like that from Kelce/Peters/Mathis in a long time, and Foles’ decision making was much better last year; didn’t even look like the same QB. Can’t say I’m pumped about how they looked, would have liked to see them come out and march down the field for a score, but gameplanning and Shady change the equation radically.

    I never got too high on Matthews, and I’m not about to kill him for his first performance as a pro. I still think he’s got an Eric Decker ceiling, and has a chance to be productive from the slot in Kelly’s offense. He’s not going to re-write the record books or anything like that, but I think he’ll be solid–much better than what we saw on Friday.

    I was encouraged by Fluellen, he showed off some nifty moves, wasn’t afraid to run inside, and seemed to have a feel for using his blockers.

    • Token

      Foles easily could have thrown 3 INTs on 9 throws. Preseason yes. But decisions are decisions no matter what kind of game. What I want to see from Foles this year is getting the ball out quicker and throwing the ball away when needed. One game down and not seeing the improvements I was hoping to see. Id think its likely he bounces back next week. Foles is just a goofy QB. Even when hes “on” he just doesnt usually look comfortable or in command to me. Which is perfectly fine as long as hes shredding defenses.

      Did you like that improved 4 man pass rush? Yea, sarcasm. A team so desperate for pass rush has Vinny Curry on the roster seeing 5% of snaps. Some things I cant wrap my head around.

      Matthews… yea I was getting hyped up. Just like the kids drive and personality. But his skill set is of a Jason Avant replacement. Theres a reason Chip is keeping him inside. Hes gonna have problems separating. Which means he better get some solid hands and be good at catching with bodies around. Its hard for me to believe he wont force his way into being a solid player. Just probably too limited to become a #1 type guy.

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        I think overall, the defense will be improved. But to answer your point, no. The pass rush has not gotten better. We’ll be talking about it as their defensive Achilles heel all season.

        • Token

          Its gonna end up being a 3-5 year transition to a 3-4. When they probably could have had a half decent 4-3 with solid coaching.

        • John E. Zang

          What’s holding them back is their bias towards Trent Cole and not getting Vinny more reps. They need to practice more of a hybrid defense like Seattle. They have the kind of players for it.

      • A Roy

        Yes, Foles made bad decisions. The most egregious was when he decided to get his arm hit while passing. Let’s wait a month before the “I told you so’s” start.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        You mean “one quarter down” when critiquing Foles with your expert eye.

        • Token

          Get a grip. Lets not wonder down the road of having to be a expert to critique a player. In that case nobody on here would be able to post correct? And im a Foles fan, so please unwad your panties.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Clearly I’m not the one losing my grip. You’re overreacting to one quarter of the first preseason game. Slow down, Dutch.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Nice edit to include “unwad your panties.” Someone just say that to you today and you felt compelled to use it right away?

          • Token

            The koolaid crew has this belief that anyone that dares to speak ill of the great and mighty Eagles must just be a hater or a Cowboys fan. Well, no. Im a Eagles fan, unfortunately, and I am a Foles fan. Point being, just because you are a fan of something doesnt mean you always have to go out of the way to lift it up. You are allowed to be honest about the good and bad. The Eagles are plenty well stocked with PR guys, they dont need you too.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            They didn’t look good. Didn’t deny it. But our fan base has plenty of Negadelphians. Just trying to talk you off the ledge. It’ll be okay.

            EDIT (See how easy it is to denote that): You should spell it Koolaid Krew. It’s cooler. OH YEAH!

          • Token

            Negadelphian is a ridiculous term.

            First off, what gives you such great hope and enthusiasm about the Eagles franchise? What have they done to earn such trust in your eyes that every decision they make will be the right one?

            To me it never made sense to unjustifiable fluff a player or the team. I cant wrap my head around that mindset that some of you have. Id rather have a conversation about what we actually see on the field in front of us. Not projecting 13 wins just because thats what a good positive fan would do. Thats silly. The official forum has enough of that.

            Luckily this place has a small group of people whose opinion I actually find interesting. Whether you agree or disagree with a point I make isnt a problem. Thats the debate. Whats funny is seeing people over and over attack the mere fact of me posting the things I do just because they can be “negative” or not cheerleady enough for your tastes.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            You only find it ridiculous because it’s completely applicable to you and most of your posts. Most of us understand that our team has issues and is not Super Bowl caliber yet…. I have hope and enthusiasm in the franchise because we just witnessed a signifcant turnaround from a 4-12 team, and while we’ll have some bumps in the road, we’re far better off than 2 years ago and all indications point that the general direction of the franchise is up.

            Plenty of us, myself included, question some of the decisions made. Hell, you and I consistently discuss the decision to sit Boykin for half the snaps, so clearly you’re choosing to ignore history to fit your narrative that everyone but you is happy go-lucky, coombayah, we’re going to win the SB every year. Not the case. We’re not a 13 win team, especially with this schedule. 11 at best with all breaks going our way, very likely 9-10.

            People consistently attack you because the sky is ALWAYS falling in everything you post. You might mix in some fair points along the way, but you slant everything as if there’s no hope. You’re this site’s Eeyore.

            EDIT: I think the better question is, if this franchise is always going to be a perpetual letdown, why do you even bother being a fan and watching, let alone taking the time to comment when we always suck as far as you’re concerned?

          • Token

            Why is it interpreted as the sky is falling tho? Its merely telling you what I believe to be true based on what I see. No different then you guys predicting a very good season based on what you see. Some are just more fanatical then others. It hurts you to hear someone saw the team might not be great. Thats why I get these type of responses from some people.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            I don’t think we’re a great team. What aren’t you getting? There were some struggles in the preseason game, at no point has this been denied…. It’s interpreted as the sky is falling because you’re not just negative, you don’t even put in any stock into things like context. It’s a preseason game for God’s sake. You don’t think teams have looked awful in preseason without doing good things in the season, even having a winning season. What good does setting the world on fire in preseason get you? Nothing. They have things to work on and I trust that they will. That simple.

          • Anebriated

            well, in all fairness your posts do come across very negative. You say things like “Negadelphian is a ridiculous term.” and then follow it up with “First off, what gives you such great hope and enthusiasm about the Eagles franchise? What have they done to earn such trust in your eyes that every decision they make will be the right one?”.

            What have they done in the recent past(since Chip arrived) to make you feel they wont keep it going in the right direction? They’ve had a few solid drafts in a row(which didn’t happen the last few years of Andy Reid’s tenure) and turned a 4-12 disaster into a NFC East title. Its a glass half full/half empty type argument.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            He doesn’t think they’re good drafts because none of the players from the lat 3 drafts have been All-Pro. We actually had this argument a few days ago.

          • RIP illa

            Upvote for the edit. Love it.

        • RIP illa

          LOL. He does have a point tho. Plus, he’s not jumping off the deep end in this post. The areas Token mentioned is definitely something, I too, wanted to see improvement from Foles and just will have to wait till the next game to see it. That’s the good thing about Foles tho. When he puts up a stinker…he usually comes back stronger the week after.

          If Chip takes practices as serious as everyone says he does, then I would think that he would take Foles under-performance, in one quarter of preseason, serious too. Foles did not “Win The Day”…or quarter.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Sure, it could have been prettier. However, we don’t have the luxury of knowing what it was that they wanted to accomplish or whether there were specific things they wanted to focus on. Plus a new ref crew completely f’n the flow up. It’s senseless to put any value in it and say stupid things like, “Foles is a goofy QB,” or, “even when he’s on he doesn’t look in command.” He’s inching pretty close to the deep end.

          • RIP illa

            See I didn’t take the part about ‘Foles being goofy’ as an affront on Foles. Hell, the guy is just goofy lookin :-) We call him NaFolian Dynamite for a reason. I can see your issue or point on the “in command” part of the comment tho. And come on son…you know Token lives on the the absolute edge of the deep end. LOL. Yet, I consider this one of him more tamer post. But yeah, what you said before, that makes complete sense too. No one should be “Hide yo kids, Hide yo wife” worried at all.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            He’s like the car on the edge of the cliff where if the weight isn’t redistributed to ground the car, it’s going over. Only he’s permanently doing that with the negative. It’s either we’re going down, or it’s bad enough that we’re real close to going down.

          • Token

            Didnt even think about your last paragraph. Thats a good point. I do hope that even if Foles has a bad preseason and Sanchez has a good one it doesnt get Chips mind churning. Sanchez is a backup QB.

          • RIP illa

            Ok Token…you know that deep end I mentioned? You just dove in head 1st. LOL! I don’t think we have to worry about any of that as of now or anytime in the near future.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            And while Foles did not win the day on Friday, I’d bet Chip has the perspective that it’s not the end of the world.

          • RIP illa

            Truth!!!

          • Anebriated

            He mixes in a few decent points amid a post full of over-the-top statements. Vinny Curry has been a productive pass rusher, so has Brandon Graham. The problem is, as he alluded to, they are both better suited for a 4-3 defense and have work to do in their coverage abilities(Graham moreso than Curry). When was the last time you really saw a defense do anything more than a base defense during the preseason? Chicago threw in a few stunts against us but nothing was all that complex. It seemed to me that our secondary was intentionally playing off coverage to get better at it, these games are about working on what needs to be improved. Most of these guys can play man coverage, let them put in the work elsewhere.

            Matthews as an Avant replacement is kind of amusing considering he was brought in due to his ability to win one-on-one matchups but had issues with his hands in college, Avant meanwhile stayed on the roster because of his sure hands. Matthews is only in the slot because Chip wants a good route runner with size to exploit the smaller slot CBs.

            As for Foles, it would have been nice to see some better play while he was on the field but its hard to do much when every other play had a flag thrown. Decent plays were called back(sometimes by phantom calls) and that will disrupt any QB.

          • Token

            The Eagles played off coverage 90% of the time last year. The fact that they are seemingly sticking with that even in meaningless games tells me we likely wont see the press coverage we all hoped to see more of. Still cant figure out why they feel the need to have tall CBs. They dont use them in anyway where size is a benefit.

          • Anebriated

            I would imagine that was due to the fact that our safeties left something to be desired. We couldn’t afford to get burnt at the line. Still not that confident but Jenkins was a good pickup for what they want to do and letting Chung go is addition by subtraction. Would really like to see Nolan Carroll get on the field a bit during these games to see if he can push for a starting spot, hes looked pretty good in camp.

          • Token

            Yea that was the excuse we went with about the safeties. And maybe they still feel that way. Or maybe they just dont wanna play press? I really dont know. Im not big on Jenkins. Hes simply not been a very good player in the NFL to this point. This 10 yard cushion routine is really hard to watch. Is Carroll likely to be back this week?

          • Anebriated

            Jenkins was a ball-hawk in college as a CB and then the Saints changed him over to a safety. He didnt seem comfortable at first and then as he settled in they happened to have an awful defense around him. Seems to me that Davis wanted a safety who was capable of covering a TE and as a former CB Jenkins fits that bill. In general I think he fits our scheme here better than he did the Saints scheme.

            Carroll sat out with ‘leg soreness’ which I hope is just precautionary and wont be a problem going forward. Probably more that he isn’t used to a Chip Kelly training camp which is a completely different pace than most players are used to. He should be back this week.

            I agree though, I hate the cushion almost as much as I hate the Navy style option offense…

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Something we can agree on.

          • RIP illa

            You must be kinda of new here? Believe me, you’ll know when Token’s over-the-top statements when you see them. This is pretty mundane for him. Me and him get into it all the time, but I give it up to him for standing his ground and going against the masses, no matter if he’s the only one. And for also not being “Sparado-nian”.

            You’ll get no argument from me about your point on Graham. I fully understand that his responsibilities involve more than just rushing the QB. Although it was nice to see him cause a little havoc when we were in a 4man front.
            Curry however, I don’t care what it takes, I don’t care how the D needs to be adjusted, but I need that kid in on nearly every pass rushing situation. As a 4-3 DE, I always liked him, but I wasn’t gonna classify him as special. But as a 3-4 DE/interior rusher…Man the kid is lights out special. Way too quick for most guards and Centers, and with just enough strength too.

            We also stunted, but to your main point on that, sure it was base, but we play off-cov a lot and I don’t think that’s gonna change all that much this year. Talked a little about it yesterday.

            I’m not down on Matthews, but also am not that high on him either. Your point about exploiting smaller slot receivers is a great one. I get where Token is coming from with the Avant comparison…even if that one is overboard. JMatt looked so slow out there during the game. But we have all talked about that already, and he just probably needs to adjust to the speed of the game and let the game come to him instead of thinking too much. Nothing more nothing less. If we get into the regular season and all four of his preseason games have looked similar to this one, then maybe they should think about sitting his butt down on the bench until he learns what’s needed to be an effective slot. I’m in wait-n-see/show-n-prove mode, with JMatt, as of now.

          • Anebriated

            Wouldn’t say I am new but I don’t post with any regularity. Generally just read the stories as thats all I have time for most days. I might have been wrong about him being over-the-top in this post but its not uncommon for him. I guess what I should have used was that his wording is too definitive when we really dont know what we will see. I agree with your wait-n-see/show-n-prove though, only thats the view we need to take for the entire team.

      • Max Lightfoot

        “One game down and not seeing the improvements I was hoping to see.”

        That was not a game.

        Preseason = meaningless practice sessions

        You really should become a Giants fan or something. Why are you still here?

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          Might as well not play the regular season games. That first quarter is what you can expect for 16 games this fall…

        • Token

          And my point is proven yet again.

          • Max Lightfoot

            You have no point.

            You’re just relentlessly negative. Maybe that defines your personality, I don’t know. Nonetheless, have a nice day – if that’s possible for you.

          • Token

            Its funny how the “its only preseason” thing gets used when things dont look great…..

            Maybe I should put a disclaimer at the start of every post so its easier to follow along? Of course its preseason, we all get that….well most of us. We are discussing said preseason game. Join in.

            Whats your thoughts on what you saw Friday night?

          • Max Lightfoot

            “Its funny how the “its only preseason” thing gets used when things dont look great…..”

            Foles, Matthews and the O-line didn’t exactly bowl me over with stellar play, but there were a few bright spots: Zach Ertz, Huff’s runback, and that fireplug rookie nose tackle looked pretty good. All of which you neglected to mention, but maybe that’s your style: carp about any negatives you see, overlook any progress. I wish you well.

            Me, I’ve been an Eags fan since 1967, thick and thin, up and down. Mostly thin and down, to be honest, but still a fan – ’til the day I die, and for several years thereafter. I’ve seen it all, and have a strong stomach and a healthy sense of the absurd. YMMV.

      • JofreyRice

        Every time Curry or Graham are on the field, they pressure the QB. I just can’t understand how a DC can’t find a real role for those guys to change games.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      I like Fluellen too. Just don’t see how there’s room for him on the roster barring some major injuries.

      • RIP illa

        Polk is always injured so maybe we just keep him on the PS and he gets moved up if someone other than Polk gets injured. I like his style, it’s similar too Tucker’s, although his seems a bit more nimble. But it’s usually one cut, turn up field and unload against the oncoming defenders. I’m not feeling everyone’s favorite story…Josey. Everything I saw from his brief breakdowns/highlights was him just running through wide open holes that his line made. Sure he’s quicker and faster than Fluellen, but I don’t think he’s a better back at all. So yup, PS Fluellen and then maybe we don’t have to worry about drafting another back for the next couple years with having Shady, Sproles, Polk, and Tucker ahead of him.

    • Anebriated

      Herremans was the only one on the starting OL who played well. Our offense is built on quick rhythm. I have a hard time saying that Foles looked like trash when there were penalties that stalled the drives while he was on the field.

      As far as Matthews, the kid will be just fine. I would be more concerned if he didn’t possess the work ethic we have seen from him so far. Hands are one of the few things that can be fixed at the NFL level with hard work and dedication to the craft.

      Also of note: Of the receivers drafted ahead of Matthews only Sammy Watkins(0 in HoF game, 3 this week) Brandon Cooks(5) and Davante Adams(2) had more than a single catch so far in the preseason. Benjamin had 1 catch and also had a play where he dragged a DB down to the ground by his dreadlocks mid route. Watkins was held catchless in his first game as was Mike Evans and Marquise Lee. Odell Beckham Jr hasnt even played yet…

      • John E. Zang

        EXACTLY! At least we heard about him meaning he’s getting open. He had the potential to outperform all of those receivers mentioned if it weren’t for drops.

    • ACKID38

      Foles looked exactly the same as he did last pre-season. Its how vick beat him for the starters job. They all have bad drives. every QB,WR,RB,and TE. I’m sure if this was a legit game, adjustments would be made. It was a 15 snap pre-season game. This is all about the back ups and who wins a job. The starters are in place. Some fans take pre-season to seriously. Don’t watch the starters. watch the back ups. The starters/vets know how to correct mistakes.

      • JofreyRice

        Not even close. Foles lost the starting Quarterback competition last year for playing “very good” while Vick played “great”. As I said, the line was garbage, but the decisions and ball placement were all Nick. Not the end of the world, but that’s how it went down.

  • Glenn

    Looks like Jordan Matthews penchant for dropping passes in college has come to fruition. It was one of the reasons why he was not considered elite, and second round material. He catches them well in practice though. I hope this is just a case of rookie jitters. I really love his attitude and work ethic. His drop % was high at Vanderbilt, and hope it doesn’t continue as a pro.

    • Kev_H

      He is related to Jerry Rice, who had the dropsies his rookie year. Walsh was criticized for sticking with him.

      • Glenn

        I’m not so sure he is the second coming of Jerry Rice. Though that would be awesome. Matthews had a bad game, with several bad drops. Hey, every rookie is entitled to one. I love his enthusiasm, work ethic, and attitude. I just hope he is a red light player.

        • Kev_H

          The point isn’t so much that he is Jerry Rice. It is that the greatest receiver ever spent month dropping balls his rookie years.

          Fans want to write stories based on a couple of week’s worth of work. Like you wrote, he is entitled to one bad game..Jerry Rice had 10 bad games to start his career and they stuck with him and the next year he gained 1570 yards with 15 TDs. Everybody struggles at some point. The earliest you can jump to conclusions is probably his 20th regular season game, and that’s still jumping to conclusions early.

          • Anebriated
          • Dan

            This is very true. This is also the reason that the Eagles fans have way to high expectations for him as a rookie receiver.

            It’s also why we are looking at an average-to-below-average receiving corps this year with Maclin and a downright bad corps without him.

  • TXEaglesFan

    One of big flaws from Foles last year was holding onto ball too long. It probably has been a point of emphasis in the off season to get rid of ball quicker. With that having been beaten into his mind the first live game after a summer of wearing the red shirt, and we see the resulting performance. I’m not worried he will bounce back.

  • Rick H

    Seriously, this is ridiculous to make any kind of judgment on the veteran players. It is actually naive. Should the Eagles cut Demeco Ryans because of the TD pass where he didn’t even see the ball?
    The Bears were humiliated by the Eagles last year 54 to 11 (that is horrible!) they ran a couple of stunts on Defense.
    Sanchez’s performance was good for Sanchez but the Bears 2nd team defense was horrendous just like their 3rd team.
    Again I go back to the referees. They were a new group with a new head official. They threw more flags out of panic and emphasis on existing rules then any other game by far.
    The Eagles are all about tempo. I respect Ray Didinger the hall of fame football writer. I listened to him Saturday and watched him on comcast as well. He said the referees took away “ALL TEMPO AND THAT IS THE EAGLES OFFENSE” . Didinger has ZERO CONCERN FOR THE OFFENSE!!!
    Please negative comment guys take a couple deep breaths and go take your kids or wife out to lunch. Be happy!

  • RIP illa

    PFF grades from the game. Not trying to put too much stock in or not put stock into them at all. Just find it interesting. Some guys graded out much better than I thought/remember them playing.
    Unless you’re a Nate Allen Hater…Then Suck It. He’s the greatest Safety of all-time!!! LOL JK.

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Haha that’s great. Do you have a link you can provide or is does it require having paid?

      • RIP illa

        http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2014/8/10/5986369/bears-vs-eagles-preseason-week-1-pff-grades-backup-offensive-line.

        Just got it from BGN. Meant to include is in my post…smh at myself. So it’s not all comprehensive. Maybe good ol’ JR (JofreyyRice) could bless us cheap bastards (mainly me) with them from time to time, since I think he’s linked up to receive them.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          Yeah, it’s an expense I just can’t bring myself to splurge on, especially since I spend enough time as is reading up on fantasy football.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          what? +3.6…what game were they watching?

          • RIP illa

            LMFAO. Did you buy your Allen Jersey yet???

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            no, never. catches a pop up and makes 5 tackles because he’s scared to makea lay on any ball in the air. god i hate him. wantWolff even more now. 3.6, that is such a crock

          • RIP illa

            Ha!!! I blame you, and only you, for getting Bryce traded. So I’m gonna get at you with Allen all year my friend.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            jesus, if i have that kind of pull, we are in serious trouble. though i am taking credit for jordan mathews nickname, pope, know i was 1st to toss that out on here, iggleblitz and bgn.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Beau Allen.

          • RIP illa

            You know I actually might get one if he can play like that on a consistent basis. We’ve seen past DTs shoot the gaps, but it’s been so long since we seen a DT/NT yeasting on a C/G with a push like that…Way too long.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          The Roc Carmichael and caseymatthews grades weren’t surprising. I’d rather see Marsh and Achoo take those roster spots, if it comes to that.

          • RIP illa

            Tell me bout it! There’s just no way that either one of them can/should make the team this year.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Roc needs to be cut yesterday. Last year even.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            roc was, expected -12 or 15. F he sucked

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      HATER RIGHT HERE! what was JAG Allen’s?

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      kruger graded out well, not sure i saw that. obviously loved me some Beau, and Hart, thought he payed well, must have been around a push since not listed. maybe too many pastey white goons, started running all together. eagles might be the whitest team in NFL.
      .
      Tobin, depth, nice to see. been propping him up so good to see numbers back him.
      .

      • RIP illa

        Yeah, I missed Krugs too. Guess that’s what I get for being down on him and talking ish. Think you hit the nail on the head for why Hart wasn’t listed…SMH while LOL’n.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          can trim 3 off list today…caseymatthews, knott and philips. 4, vandervelde.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            5. Roc

          • dnabrice

            Vandervelde’s our only backup C. We got nothing behind him.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          not even mentioning Bair, Mays and Villaneuva. DLine looks like a 70’s hockey team except for logan cox and thornton

          • RIP illa

            Dying laughing. So true.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Broad Street Bullies!

          • dnabrice

            Curry? Square (not sure he makes the team.)?

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    The sky is falling. I am in a glass case of emotion.

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      We probably have no chance at success in any capacity this year because of this first preseason game. No preseason championship = no Super Bowl.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        mccoy standing on sideline 100% makes game success. sure peters and mathis just wanted to get out healthy too.

    • Anebriated

      Milk was a bad choice!

  • xmbk

    Matthews definitely did not have a good debut, but that seam pass was blatant interference, esp with the new emphasis. He got mugged, no excuse for missing that call.

  • Pennguino

    Kelly played well. A little awkward in space but got to the second level. A couple of good run blocks. Got beat once inside when he reached and had his arms knocked down.. Floated back and forth between Milk and Johnson helping and picking up looping defenders.