Eagles Roster Analysis: Defense

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

As the Eagles begin their search for a new head coach, candidates will care about the franchise’s new power structure, what kind of owner Jeffrey Lurie is, and what the city of Philadelphia is like. But what they’ll really want to know about is the talent on the roster and the salary cap situation.

Adam broke down the offense, and I’m taking a look at the defense. The position guys play could change based off the scheme the new head coach implements, but we’ll categorize players by where they fit in Billy Davis’s 3-4.

(All contract information is via Spotrac, including the 2016 dead cap numbers.) Read more »

Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Byron Maxwell. (Jeff Fusco)

Byron Maxwell. (Jeff Fusco)

For the first time this season, Bennie Logan (calf) and Byron Maxwell (shoulder) will be inactive for the Eagles. Seyi Ajirotutu (ankle), Thad Lewis, Steven Means, Barrett Jones and Tanner Hawkinson are also unavailable for tonight’s matchup against Washington. Read more »

Fletcher Cox Guarantees A Win Against Washington

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

After being named to his first Pro Bowl last night, Fletcher Cox was surrounded by reporters at his locker today. Cox relayed his excitement about the honor, but quickly shifted his focus to the Eagles’ game on Saturday against Washington.

“Yeah, it was one of my goals [to be a Pro Bowler], but I think the biggest relief will be when we win on Saturday,” Cox said.

A reporter followed up by asking if the Eagles defensive lineman was guaranteeing a win. Read more »

Chip: We Aren’t Considering Shutting Logan Down

Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)

Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)

After Bennie Logan missed practice yesterday, a report emerged that the nose tackle may be shut down for the rest of season because of a calf injury. However, Chip Kelly denied that today, saying it’s “not accurate.”

“He’s day-to-day right now and we’ll see how he is as we get closer to the game,” Kelly said.

If Logan isn’t available on Saturday, Brandon Bair will be active. Kelly added that Beau Allen, Cedric Thornton and Fletcher Cox are capable of playing nose tackle. Read more »

Eagles-Bills Injury Report

DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. (USA Today Sports)

DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. (USA Today Sports)

Here’s the injury report for the Eagles’ game against the Bills on Sunday at the Linc:

[Update]: Jordan Matthews was a late addition to the injury report Saturday with a back injury. He is questionable for Sunday.

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Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)

Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)

FOXBOROUGH, MA — Jason Peters and Bennie Logan will be active for the Eagles’ game against the Patriots today, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report. Miles Austin, Ryan Mathews, Thad Lewis, Denzel Rice, Cedric Thornton, Barrett Jones and Tanner Hawkinson will be inactive. Read more »

Eagles-Patriots Injury Report

Ryan Mathews. (Jeff Fusco)

Ryan Mathews. (Jeff Fusco)

UPDATE: The Eagles added Bennie Logan (knee) to the injury report this morning as questionable for today’s game. The nose tackle was not listed on the team’s practice report at all in the past week and was a full participant on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

According to CSN Philly’s Derrick Gunn, Cedric Thornton (ankle) will not play today. If Thornton or Logan are unavailable for the game, Brandon Bair is likely to be active.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reported that New England’s Danny Amendola (knee) and Jamie Collins (illness) will play.

Here’s the rest of the injury report for the Eagles’ game against the Patriots: Read more »

All-22: Return Of the X-Plays

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Through the first four weeks of the season, the Eagles’ defense allowed less than three X-plays — completions of at least 20 yards — per game. Despite their four takeaways and rigid red zone defense, however, they gave up seven such passes against the Saints.

“We were real excited because we had finally made the top five of the positive in X-plays, and we were excited about [how] we were correcting that and going in the right direction,” Bill Davis said. “And then boom, here it comes.” Read more »

All-22: Washington’s Game-Winning Drive

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Bill Davis wasn’t angry, but as he talked to reporters Tuesday before practice, he did want to clarify that his defense didn’t give up Washington’s game-winning touchdown drive because they were tired.

“I honestly don’t see it that way,” he said. “In talking with the players, we are in great shape. There was nobody talking about being gassed. It’s not an excuse that we’re going to rely on, even though the question isn’t about an excuse. I really believe, guys, that we are in great shape.”

The Eagles were on the field for more than 41 minutes, or nearly 70 percent of the game. Even using Chip Kelly’s preferred method of analyzing number of plays and not time of possession, the Redskins dominated the ball (79 vs. 51).

But if you ask Davis, his three starters — Brandon Bair, Mychal Kendricks and Byron Maxwell — leaving the game with injuries was far more important. Read more »

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