Midseason Grades: Eagles Defense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

With eight games down and eight to go, let’s take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand. We’ll hand out grades for performances up to this point and project what’s in store for the months ahead.

Here’s the defense. We’ll get to the offense in a later installment. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Texans, the Day After

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON - Jason Kelce decided it was his turn to play DJ.

His linemate, Jason Peters, generally is in charge of the music in the locker room after games. But with Peters in the shower, Kelce took a peek at the playlist, found some 80s rock, blasted it and returned to his stall two spots down.

The Eagles’ center had reason to be in a celebratory mood. He suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 3, had surgery, rehabbed and returned ahead of schedule Sunday against the Texans. Kelce was part of an effort that got the Eagles back to their offensive roots: tempo and the run game.

Running backs LeSean McCoy (23 for 117), Chris Polk (8 for 50) and Darren Sproles (3 for 17) combined for 184 yards on 34 carries (5.4 YPC). The run game lifted the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Texans. Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Defense Vs. Rams

NFL: St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ defense after having watched the All-22 tape.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Fletcher Cox – He was outstanding as a pass-rusher. Cox beat his man cleanly and forced Austin Davis into the Connor Barwin sack in the first. His pass-rush forced Davis out of the pocket on third down later in the quarter. Cox got pressure on third down in the second, but Davis completed a pass to Jared Cook. Cox hit Davis on third down in the fourth, but he completed the pass anyway. For the most part, he was solid against the run also. Cox got blocked on Zac Stacy’s 14-yard run in the first. He and Bennie Logan tackled Trey Watts after a 4-yard run in the first. And Cox blew up a run that gained 1 in the second. Overall, two tackles and two hurries, but he played better than those numbers indicate. Read more »

Gameday: Three Eagles Leftovers

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

SAN FRANCISCO — As we count down to kickoff, here are three Eagles leftovers to chew on.

1. Nose tackle Bennie Logan is quietly playing really well and has been a key to the Birds’ sound run defense.

Logan leads all Eagles defensive linemen in tackles (18), according to stats tracked by the coaches. NFL.com stats have Logan down for 16 tackles, which ranks third among all defensive linemen.

I asked Logan what the key has been to improving on his performance from a year ago.

“Being able to read and see offensive linemen, their stance, what they’re trying to get to and keeping our linebacker free,” he said. “Make sure ‘Meco [DeMeco Ryans] stays healthy. That’s my biggest thing. If I never get any more tackles, my biggest thing is making sure ‘Meco stays healthy throughout the whole season. He just puts us in situation to be successful. As long as he stays healthy, our defense will stay strong and remain strong. So that’s my main thing. Make sure he’s taken care of when I’m in the game and don’t let the offensive linemen get up on him.” Read more »

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