Eagles All-22 Wake-Up Call: Declining Defense

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Surrounded by a horde of reporters in the Eagles locker room, Billy Davis took full responsibility. Just minutes prior, his defense allowed 45 points and 521 total yards to a previously below-.500 Buccaneers team.

Tampa Bay broke several records at The Linc, including the franchise mark for number of players (five) to catch a touchdown pass. They also became the first road team in NFL history to have a quarterback throw five touchdown passes and a running back to rush for at least 200 yards.

“I didn’t see this one coming,” Davis said. “We didn’t do anything well today starting with coaching. We didn’t stop the run and we gave up five touchdown passes. There are no excuses for anybody. It was an awful day.” Read more »

‘As Far As I Know, It’s Mark’

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Straight answers were a little hard to come by in respect to the quarterback situation Tuesday.

Pat Shurmur said that he really didn’t know who would start against the Lions —  stating that it came down to health — and that he was sure Chip Kelly would provide reporters with an update when available. That drew laughs from some members of the assembled media, who won’t meet with Kelly again this week and probably wouldn’t be given the answer even if they did.

Lane Johnson,  a de facto team spokesman of sorts, offered a bit more. Read more »

Johnson: Eagles Don’t Have Home Field Advantage

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

During the Eagles’ 45-17 loss against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Lane Johnson heard the boos and criticisms from fans at The Linc. When asked about it today after practice, he said fans don’t give the Eagles much of a home field advantage.

“If we get down by any significant amount of points or we don’t make any first downs, we’re going to get booed,” Johnson told Birds 24/7. “That’s just kind of how it is. It’s not really home field advantage playing here anymore. Really, that’s the truth. Cats here, they really don’t care.” Read more »

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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