Here’s this week’s roundup of national media coverage. Read more »
Leading up to training camp on July 25, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. We started with the defensive line. Now it’s on to the quarterbacks.
The pressing question: What will Nick Foles do for an encore?
In the coming weeks, you’re likely to see a lot of national pundits make bold statements like: There’s no way Foles can repeat his performance from a year ago.
Of course, that’s not exactly going out on a limb. The Eagles’ signal-caller had 29 touchdowns, two interceptions and posted the third-highest QB rating in NFL history. In all likelihood, there will be some kind of statistical dropoff.
Jason Wood of FootballGuys.com put together a good piece that showed just how rare Foles’ numbers were from last year. Even with some regression, he predicted a 4,065-yard season with 29 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. It might not seem like it given how Foles performed last season, but that would be fantastic production. Read more »
Chip Kelly doesn’t understand the typically accepted definition of the red zone.
“It’s always kind of been humorous to me where the line, the 20, became the official red zone,” he said during a PhiladelphiaEagles.com video last year. “It starts at the 20. And if you’re at the 21, it’s not a red zone.
“The red zone for us is the scoring zone. So what’s the yard to gain for us? And if we don’t score, can we put our field goal team out on the field and kick a field goal? Usually if it’s a good day, no weather involved, it’s somewhere between the 33- and 35-yard line. And that’s where the red zone starts for us offensively. For our defense, it’s the same thing.”
Regardless, one concept Kelly went to when the Eagles reached that scoring zone was double posts – a common red-zone call around the NFL. Read more »
Leading up to training camp on July 25, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. We start with the defensive line.
The pressing question: Can Fletcher Cox make the leap?
Cox has been a productive player and shown off his unique blend of power and athleticism on several occasions. But he’s yet to put it all together. The third-year player has had three different defensive coordinators and three different defensive line coaches in his first two seasons. Now he gets some continuity under position coach Jerry Azzinaro. Cox demonstrated in 2013 that he could indeed play defensive end in a two-gap 3-4 after firing off the ball as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 as a rookie. Read more »
For the next several Sundays, we’ll take a spin around the NFC East to check in on what’s going on with some of the Eagles’ division rivals. Read more »
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Ron Jaworski admitted that he was a cynic when it came to Chip Kelly initially, and that the newcomer proved the old guard wrong.
“I wasn’t sure how this was going to work. I wasn’t a big believer in guys coming from the college ranks, leaving that rah-rah college style and bringing a new style to the NFL. Kelly made it happen. He won me over,” said Jaworski during his show on 97.5 the Fanatic this week.
Jaws did a thorough study of each offense across the league for his 2014 quarterback rankings, which will be released shortly. He walked away even more impressed with Kelly’s scheme.
“Chip Kelly did a great job of getting people wide open. I went through all these quarterback throws [across the league], I don’t think anybody did a better job at getting receivers open than Chip Kelly. When you look at 400-500 throws of each quarterback and I see guys that are making these stick throws into double coverage and all these things, and I plug in Eagles tape and I’m seeing guys running open.”
Jaworski is on board, clearly. But he also sees challenges ahead. Read more »
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LeSean McCoy may not have taken the crown away from Adrian Peterson, but he got a lot of love from his peers and finished fifth in the NFL Network’s rankings of the top 100 players in the NFL.
“His vision. His moves. He’s a nightmare,” said Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. “The first guy is going to miss, the second guy is going to miss and possibly the third guy is going to miss so all 11 guys have to run to the football. Sometimes all 11 guys are going to miss.”
“Modern day Barry Sanders,” added Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on the NFL Network broadcast. “I haven’t seen a guy like that probably since him…You’ve seen your Marshall Faulk‘s and all those guys, these Hall-of-Famers, that’s who he is on his way to being.” Read more »