Press Coverage, Ep. 11: Where Does Chip Stand?

In the latest episode of Press Coverage, Tim and Josh hone in on Chip Kelly’s status after two and a half years, and, more recently, a pair of disheartening home defeats.

They also offer up their Thanksgiving day predictions for an Eagles team limping into Detroit.

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

With a 45-17 loss to an average opponent comes a certain degree of scrutiny, and that much has been felt at the NovaCare Complex in the wake of the Eagles’ biggest loss of the season.

Here’s what’s being said about the Birds, locally and nationally, including players questioning their teammates’ effort, and the fast-heating seat upon which Chip Kelly sits.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Slow Down, Chip

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Tempo is a way of life at One NovaCare Way.

The production is streamlined under the fast-thinking, fast-talking Chip Kelly. Practice, lifting, meetings, meals and of course the offense is about speed and (in theory) efficiency —  getting in and cranking out and reloading for the next explosion of activity.

Not a minute of time is wasted. Kelly even conducts his interviews from a media tent on the edge of the practice field so he can sprint right onto the gridiron the moment his mandated time with the press is over. The players’ schedule is jam-packed but the conveyor belt keeps them moving from station to station so that before they know it, they’re hopping on their hoverboards and heading for the hills.

Kelly did not stumble upon this design haphazardly. He studied high-functioning operations from the military to Fortune 500 companies; carefully built a system that cuts out wasted movement with an emphasis on maximizing output and supporting his Sunday style.

There are advantages to be gained by living in top gear but it isn’t without its drawbacks, particularly when it comes to relationship building. Read more »

Photos: Eagles vs. Buccaneers

Notes: Josh Huff Talks Snaps, Bradford Cleared

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Josh Huff took his first target 39 yards to the house in the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

The second-year wideout didn’t see another target for the rest of the game, however, and he only played 14 snaps the rest of the way.

Much was made of Huff being limited in the 24 subsequent hours after the game ended, but when asked about it Monday, Huff did his best to downplay the significance.

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Eagles Notes: Sam Bradford Returns To Practice

Sam Bradford

Chip Kelly didn’t provide reporters with health updates on his players, after getting Jason Peters‘ status wrong last week, so we were left to our own devices.

T-Mac brings us video of Sam Bradford warming up with his teammates, who was later seen throwing with the Eagles’ quarterbacks.

This means he has progressed through the concussion protocol at least to the point where he can wear a helmet in practice and throw a football, but does not inherently indicate that he is completely cleared for contact just yet.

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Eagles-Bucs, The Day After

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Malcolm Jenkins couldn’t hide his disgust.

The Eagles had just been whistled for 12 men on the field to turn a 3rd-and-4 into a Bucs first down, extending what ended up being a 15-play, 80-yard, 9:47 life-sucking touchdown drive to start the second half. He shot daggers and barked at his teammates on the field, and had plenty of lingering frustration as he spoke with reporters following a 45-17 loss that has shaken public confidence in this regime to its core. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A ‘Very Embarrassing Loss’

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Nolan Carroll stood despondent at his locker after the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers yesterday. Defensive backs coach Cory Undlin approached his cornerback, put his left hand on Carroll’s shirtless back and asked, “You alright?”

“Yeah,” Carroll responded, as if he was trying to convince himself and not only Undlin.

The scene around the rest of the Eagles locker room was quite similar. Lane Johnson sat in a small black chair in front of his locker looking at the ground, saying the Eagles’ offense “imploded.” Connor Barwin stood with his hands on his hips and added that the defense “sh-t the bed.” Read more »

Billy Davis: ‘The Whole Thing Was Awful’

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis’ eyes, big and glassy, told the story after the Eagles’ 45-17 thrashing at the hands of the Buccaneers today.

“Awful,” Davis said after the game, surrounded by a horde of reporters with more questions than he could answer. “All day. Starting with me. The whole thing was awful.”

Tampa Bay piled up an astounding 521 yards on Davis’ defense, the third-most yards allowed by the Eagles since Davis was hired as Chip Kelly‘s defensive coordinator in 2013.

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Mark Sanchez Explains Argument With Sproles

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Late in the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez attempted a bubble screen pass to Darren Sproles, similar to the play that Sproles had turned into a 35-yard touchdown earlier in the game.

Instead of an Eagles touchdown, however, this time Sanchez’s pass resulted in a Tampa Bay touchdown when Lavonte David intercepted the pass and returned it for six points.

After the play, Sanchez and Sproles were spotted arguing as they walked off the field, presumedly about which of the two had made a mistake on the play.

Sanchez explained what happened in his post-game press conference.

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