Zone Read: Eagles-49ers, the Day After

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Surrounded by a group of reporters at his locker, the usually talkative LeSean McCoy appeared to be a man without much to say on Sunday evening.

He first spoke about being embarrassed that the offense accounted for zero points in the Eagles’ 26-21 loss to the 49ers. But then the line of questioning became a bit more specific, focusing on the struggles of the rushing attack.

“I’m not talking about running the football,” McCoy said. “I don’t even want to talk about that. Any other questions?”

There were other questions, but in some form or another, many of them involved the fact that the Eagles had just managed 22 total  yards on the ground on 12 carries (1.8 YPC). Of that, McCoy was responsible for 17 yards on 1o carries (1.7 YPC). Read more »

Wake-Up Call: ‘We Got Whupped Up Front’

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers
SANTA CLARA, CA.. — LeSean McCoy
had 17 yards on 10 carries. The running game managed 22 yards in all. Nick Foles (21-of-43, 195 yards, 2 INTs) completed less than 50 percent of his balls and finished with a 42.3 quarterback rating. The offense — this Chip Kelly offense — got shut out. The head coach wasn’t shy about naming the root of the problem immediately following the Eagles’ 26-21 loss to the Niners.

“We got whupped up front,” he said. Read more »

One Yard Away, Eagles Offense Fails To Finish

Photo Credit: Robert Stanton - USA Today

Photo Credit: Robert Stanton – USA Today

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With 6:35 left in the game, all of a sudden things started to click.

Down 26-21, the Eagles needed to drive 91 yards to take the lead and escape Levi’s Stadium with a fourth straight victory. They were able to pick up 90 of those yards, but faced with two opportunities from the 1 yard line, the Eagles were unable to close the deal.

“We just didn’t execute,” said Nick Foles. “It’s as simple as that. I’m not going to try to break it down or anything. We just didn’t execute the play. In that situation, I have to give the guys an opportunity to make a play, and I didn’t do that. We’ll work toward it so in those situations we have to capitalize and get the ball in the end zone.”

Foles targeted Brent Celek with his first pass, but there wasn’t much there, and the result was an incompletion.

On the second play, Foles rolled to his right and looked for Jeremy Maclin, but he sailed the throw, and the 49ers’ offense got the ball back. Read more »

Williams Penalty Huge As Eagles Fall To Niners

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

SANTA CLARA, CA. – The Eagles’ defense had just come up with a big stand.

The Niners started their third-quarter drive at the Eagle’ 23-yard line after the ball squirted away from Zach Ertz and into the arms of cornerback Perrish Cox. Colin Kaepernick was sacked by Connor Barwin and Casey Matthews on first down, then again on third down by Trent Cole to push San Francisco to the outer fringe of field goal range.

Then down came the laundry. Read more »

Boykin Leaves With Hamstring Injury

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

SANTA CLARA, CA. — Brandon Boykin left late in the first quarter with a right hamstring injury. His return is questionable.

Boykin, the gunner in punt situations, was sprinting down the right side of the field and was given a light shove by Dontae Johnson of the 49ers. Something clearly pulled on Boykin, who took a couple awkward strides before going to the ground.

After a quick trip to the trainers table, he left for the locker room.

The Eagles used a three-safety look in Boykin’s absence, with Malcolm Jenkins rotating into the slot.

Gameday: Three Eagles Leftovers

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

SAN FRANCISCO — As we count down to kickoff, here are three Eagles leftovers to chew on.

1. Nose tackle Bennie Logan is quietly playing really well and has been a key to the Birds’ sound run defense.

Logan leads all Eagles defensive linemen in tackles (18), according to stats tracked by the coaches. NFL.com stats have Logan down for 16 tackles, which ranks third among all defensive linemen.

I asked Logan what the key has been to improving on his performance from a year ago.

“Being able to read and see offensive linemen, their stance, what they’re trying to get to and keeping our linebacker free,” he said. “Make sure ‘Meco [DeMeco Ryans] stays healthy. That’s my biggest thing. If I never get any more tackles, my biggest thing is making sure ‘Meco stays healthy throughout the whole season. He just puts us in situation to be successful. As long as he stays healthy, our defense will stay strong and remain strong. So that’s my main thing. Make sure he’s taken care of when I’m in the game and don’t let the offensive linemen get up on him.” Read more »

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