Eagles-Lions, The Day After

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Jeffrey Lurie meets with Chip Kelly after every game.

That’s where he was headed when cameras caught him leaving his box early against Tampa Bay. It’s what he’s done 44 times now — 24 after a win, 20 in defeat, once in a postseason setting. Presumably, that tradition continued on Thanksgiving afternoon in the bowels of Ford Field following a second sound-the-alarm loss in the span of four days.

Hard to think of many questions that could be asked or answers given following such a set of performances that could drill down to the core. Micro issues like specific moments in the game seem like a luxury of the past at this stage. It’s all big-picture stuff now. Lurie is likely more interested to see how the head coach is carrying himself, and how the men he’s charged with leading are responding to him, now that it’s all gone to hell.

The owner’s assignment from this stage forward is to figure out why the operation collapsed on itself so suddenly, and whether Kelly has the capacity and the clout to halt the free fall and resume what at what point looked like a climb toward relevancy. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Davis’ Disastrous Defense

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Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

DETROIT, MI — Billy Davis stood in the Eagles locker room yesterday before a pool of reporters who could’ve just as easily been using their recording devices as pitchforks.

Why is your defense so bad?

How embarrassed are you?

Do you think you’ll be fired? Read more »

Kelly: Davis Will Still Be My Defensive Coordinator

Billy Davis and Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis and Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

DETROIT, MI Chip Kelly quickly dismissed the notion that’d he fire Billy Davis after the Eagles’ 45-14 loss to the Lions. In his post-game press conference, the head coach was asked if Davis would still be his defensive coordinator.

“Yes,” Kelly said, offering no other words on the topic.

Kelly, who explained that he’s “committed” to seeing this season through, added that he thought his players gave full effort. He was also asked if he believes he still has the support of the guys in the locker room. Read more »

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 »

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Billy Davis: ‘The Whole Thing Was Awful’

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Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis’ eyes, big and glassy, told the story after the Eagles’ 45-17 thrashing at the hands of the Buccaneers today.

“Awful,” Davis said after the game, surrounded by a horde of reporters with more questions than he could answer. “All day. Starting with me. The whole thing was awful.”

Tampa Bay piled up an astounding 521 yards on Davis’ defense, the third-most yards allowed by the Eagles since Davis was hired as Chip Kelly‘s defensive coordinator in 2013.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Takeaway Game

Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (USA Today Sports)

Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (USA Today Sports)

“Shots on the ball” will move you up the board.

In Cory Undlin‘s point system — designed to create competition within the defensive backs room — a player is rewarded every time he takes a swipe at the rock.

“So we’ve been punching at the football every single chance we get at practice,” said Malcolm Jenkins. “We’re keeping track of it and those who aren’t doing it we’re calling it out, and we’re also kind of highlighting those who are doing it.

“We keep track of everything. Everybody has a competitive edge to them and wants to be on the top of that list…It just builds the habit of every time you get to the point of attack, you’re going for that football or you’re at least conscious about trying to get the football, and it’s been helping us a lot, obviously.”
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Wake-Up Call: Key Stats On Eagles ‘D’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

For all of the statistical categories the Eagles defense is excelling in, two are of particular interest to Billy Davis.

“We’re really focused on turnovers and points allowed. That’s what we talk about often and that’s what we know the best defenses do,” he said. “Right now, we’re getting turnovers at a high rate and the points are down.”

Thanks in part to three takeaways against  the Giants and seven forced turnovers over the last two games, the Eagles rank second in the NFL in that department (16) behind only the Broncos. And they are currently first in the division and sixth overall in points per game (18.3).

Some other stats of note on the Eagles defense: Read more »

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