Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Tennessee Titans: QB Nick Foles, CB Roc Carmichael, DB Jaylen Watkins, C Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl and DL Taylor Hart.

Carmichael takes the place of Earl Wolff on the list. Wolff was put on injured reserve last week with a knee injury. Other than that, the inactives are the same as the previous two weeks. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Will Shurmur Get Another Shot?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

On occasion, Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will discuss the way Chip Kelly runs his program and drop hints about how he’d do things differently if he were given another chance at being a head coach.

Last offseason, Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor left to become the offensive coordinator in Miami. If Kelly’s teams continue to have success, chances are more coaches will get plucked off his staff.

And according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, one of those coaches this offseason could be Shurmur. Read more »

Inside Voices: Kelly And the Balance Of Power

(Photo courtesy of USA Today)

(Photo courtesy of USA Today)

Jeffrey Lurie designed the power structure so that the proper checks and balances were built in.

When he hired Chip Kelly, he set it up so that both the head coach and general manager Howie Roseman would report directly to him. He decided to give Kelly final say on the 53-man roster to even the scales, he said, which would suggest Roseman had heavy influence over the draft and free agency.

“It made sense to balance the player personnel and head coaching, and empower them both, and force a complete collaboration,” Lurie told the Inquirer last September. “That was the strategy behind it. You didn’t have to force it. Happened naturally.”

Kelly seemed on board with that concept. At his introductory press conference, he said that he wasn’t looking for full control and had little interest in owning various titles.

“I just want to coach football,” he said.

His reach has extended well beyond the x’s and o’s, of course. Kelly watches college film on Saturdays during the season and hits the road (often with vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble) in the offseason. By all accounts, he attends more Pro Days than any other head coach in the league.

Roseman spearheads the draft process and there is a host of quality personnel men searching for talent year-round, but it’s impossible to ignore the Kelly influence over the past two drafts.

“We haven’t really gotten there,” Kelly said, when asked who has final say over draft choices. “I think everybody wants to know that, like really what happens in there. But it never gets to that point. I think we look at it, analyze it and kind of come to the same conclusion. But I haven’t yet sat there and I want him and he wants him and then, you know, are we going to box for it?”

Up until recently, the Eagles’ higher-ups had presented a unified front when it came to the personnel process. But when one of his players came under fire a couple weeks back, Kelly put on the gloves for the first time publicly. Read more »

Eagles-Titans Injury Report

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here’s the injury report for Sunday’s home game against the Titans:

OUT

QB Nick Foles (collarbone)

PROBABLE

DE Brandon Bair (elbow), CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring), C Jason Kelce (thumb), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf, hamstring), WR Jeff Maehl (foot), S Chris Maragos (groin), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), T Matt Tobin (concussion) Read more »

Three And Out: Eagles-Titans Predictions

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Jason Kelce

The Eagles’ starting center returned from injury against the Texans, and it looked like the offense was on track to regain its identity as a run-first unit that used tempo to wear down opponents. LeSean McCoy ran for 117 yards in that game and averaged 4.9 YPC.

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The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Titans

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Here’s a look at how the Eagles match up with the Titans.

WHEN THE EAGLES RUN…

LeSean McCoy has carried 35 times for 107 yards (3.1 YPC) in the past two games. He’s second in the NFL with 196 attempts, but is averaging just 3.7 YPC. Against the Packers, the Eagles got some run-friendly looks, but McCoy managed just 88 yards on 23 carries. He and several of his teammates said they felt like the run game was close to getting on track.

“It’s always lately just been something small here, something small there, almost, almost,” McCoy said. “I feel like it’s coming together. I feel like the only time we really get stopped is when we make mistakes – penalties, turnovers, missed assignments, small missed assignments. And that stuff, [you] get that snowball effect and it keeps coming and coming. So I feel like we’re almost there. We’ve gotta learn from this last game, move on and look forward to Tennessee.” Read more »

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