Chip: ‘We’re Not Looking Into Safeties’

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Hours before Nate Allen was beat by John Brown for a game-changing 75-yard touchdown, a report surfaced that the Eagles are looking to upgrade their safety position prior to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Chip Kelly addressed those whispers during his day-after press conference.

“No, I don’t know where that report came from,” said Kelly. “A lot of times the people that float that are the people that want their safety picked up. I may look into that but we’re not actively looking to upgrade. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Cardinals, the Day After

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Still in uniform, a downtrodden Jordan Matthews sat in a folding chair facing his locker stall Sunday evening, replaying the Eagles’ final incompletion over and over again.

He didn’t have many answers, but was trying to come up with a scenario in which he could have caught the game-winning touchdown against the Cardinals.

“There’s no rhyme or reason, no science to it,” said Matthews. “Just gotta find a way. I don’t know what else to say. Just gotta find a way to make a play.”

With one second on the clock, Nick Foles took the snap, backpedaled frantically away from pressure and chucked a ball up for grabs towards the back left corner of the end zone. Unexpectedly, Matthews had gotten free. He leaped, but was met in the air by safety Rashad Johnson, who forced him out of bounds. The ruling was incomplete, and the game was over. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: This Time, Turnovers Costly

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ —  The Eagles were coming off a 27-0 stomping of the Giants, his team was 5-1 heading into the bye and everything seemed right in their world. Chip Kelly, though, stepped outside the glow for just a moment to address one area of concern during his postgame press conference.

“We’ve got to do a better job [when it comes to team turnovers] because you can’t do it at that rate and end up on the right side of the ledger. The turnover differential is really big in this league in terms of being an indicator of wins and losses,” he said.

The Eagles entered Sunday’s game against Arizona minus-5 in the giveaway/takeaway department. Through six weeks, they were the only team out of 12 in the red that had a winning record.

This week, their failure to protect the ball finally caught up with them. Read more »

Eagles Burned By the ‘X’ Plays

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ — One of the biggest things that Billy Davis has stressed to his defense since taking over is the importance of avoiding “X” plays, or plays of 20 yards or more. And through the first six game the Eagles were pretty good in that department, yielding 21 X-plays through the air, good for the eighth lowest mark in the league.

On Sunday in the desert, however, it was the big plays that did them in. Davis’ group surrendered seven plays of 20-plus yards to the Cardinals, including a pair long touchdowns that proved to be the difference in the game. Read more »

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