Instant Observations: Eagles vs. Jets

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ much-needed 24-17 Week 3 win over the Jets:

*A key fourth-quarter interception by rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks helped seal the win. The Jets had whittled the Eagles’ lead down to 10 and had a chance for more midway through the fourth after Ryan Mathews coughed up the ball on a first-down run. With New York set up at the Eagles’ 30-yard line, Brandon Bair got a paw on a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass and Hicks came up with the pick to thwart the drive. Hicks racked up 10 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in his first NFL start. Not bad. Read more »

Open Thread: Eagles vs. Jets

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

The Eagles take on Todd Bowles and the Jets this afternoon in a high-stakes Week 3 showdown. We’ll pop in with some updates and thoughts from time to time. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.

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Eagle Eye: Getting Past Darrelle Revis

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

During the 2014 regular season, the Jets snatched six interceptions. Through two games this year, they already have four.

The biggest difference in their secondary? Bringing back All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis in the offseason.

From Tampa Bay to New England, and now back to New York, Revis has made a living shutting down opponents’ top wide receivers. He’s picked up 24 interceptions through 58 career games, and his return to the Jets’ secondary has made it one of the most formidable units in the league.

“He basically has all the qualities and attributes that you’d want in a corner,” Miles Austin said, “or in any player.”

What, exactly, are those attributes? We talked to Austin, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor to find out. Read more »

Inside Voices: A Message To Marcus Smith

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The back wall of Marcus Smith‘s locker stall is filled with yellow Post-it notes. They are arranged neatly in rows, maybe eight across by six or seven down, each with an inspirational message on it written in black marker or ink. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Offensive Struggles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was candid.

“This is the offense we run and everyone knows that,” he said. “Instead of trying to out-scheme your opponent, put your players in an environment where they can be successful because they understand exactly what they have to do.”

While many try to figure out exactly what’s wrong with the Eagles’ offense and why they’re so predictable, Kelly’s presentation at the 2009 Nike Coaches Clinic reveals how the head coach actually thinks about his offense.

When Tim explained earlier this week how opponents are picking up on Philadelphia’s tendencies, he cited Kelly’s explanation six years ago about why Oregon ran such few plays.

“If you give your players something to hang their hats on, they will perform,” Kelly said. “If they can run the offense with any scenario they may face, you will be successful in running the ball. If they have all the answers to the problems the defense may give them, they will be good.”

However, a few other elements the head coach discussed in his presentation are also interesting to look at in the context of the Eagles’ early struggles. Here are some highlights from that talk and how they relate to 2015. Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Eagles Week 3 Projections

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I know what you’re thinking.

He’s seriously doing a fantasy column this week?! After that awful performance Sunday? These guys don’t even deserve to play for the Eagles, let alone my fantasy team!

While the Eagles’ offense didn’t exactly impress against the Cowboys, there are, surprisingly, a couple of guys worth starting against the Jets (plus a couple of guys worth adding). As always, all projections are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (DeMarco Murray, for example, is projected to run for 0.5 touchdowns). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on.

We’re also trying out a new section this week, in which Malcolm Jenkins gives his sleeper pick on a different team. Jenkins, the self-proclaimed fantasy expert on the Eagles, has started out 2-0 in the Eagles’ defensive backs’ league. Read more »

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