Here’s a roundup of what the national and local media are saying about the Eagles this week.
The Giants waited until the home team was off the field before gathering at the 50-yard line at the conclusion of warm-ups, their cleats digging into the Eagles’ logo. Led by Jason Pierre-Paul, a handful of players began stomping up and down on the emblem in a clear sign of defiance.
When Chip Kelly‘s crew returned and the game began, not a sliver more of disrespect was permitted. And it was the Eagles that did the stompin’ on their way to a 27-0 win and a 5-1 record.
“They can do all that,” said Lane Johnson, “but it’s basically whatever happens between the whistles that counts. We did that tonight; they didn’t.” Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ defense after having watched the All-22 tape.
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 »
In the final 18 minutes of Sunday’s win over the Rams, the Eagles’ defense gave up touchdown drives of 79, 62 and 75 yards.
Billy Davis’ unit was a complete mess. The only thing saving this performance from total meltdown status was a stop late in the fourth quarter that ensured a 34-28 victory.
Yet, when Chip Kelly stepped up to the podium for his post-game press conference, he pointed the finger at the guys on the other side of the ball. Read more »
The Eagles forced three fumbles against the Rams and in each instance, an outside linebacker was prominently involved.
Trent Cole‘s caused the biggest boom. He burst past tackle Jake Long with an inside move early in the third quarter and crushed quarterback Austin Davis, forcing the ball loose. Cedric Thornton recovered it in the end zone for his first-ever touchdown. That’s 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles through five games for Cole, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday Sunday. Reports of his demise may have been exaggerated. He has 10.5 sacks over his last 12 games.
“Hey, I’m the type of guy that’s going to make my actions speak. I kind of laugh every time you hear somebody say [my best days are behind me],” said Cole. “I just laugh, and smile and [say], ‘Here you go. Take that one.’ I hear about the heat that y’all bring to me. You’re bad-mouthing me and the next thing you know you’re like, oh s—, you back up. You back up. But that’s alright. That’s what you’re supposed to do. I love it. It’s all part of it. I’ve been doing this for 10 years and I laugh about it because it’s all fun.
“I’m not done. I got some years left in me. I’m not going to say how many but I’ve got some years left in me.” Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ defense Sunday after having watched the All-22 copy. Read more »
Darren Sproles found out about his impending release from the Saints via Twitter.
Three seasons. Over 5,500 yards. Twenty-one touchdowns. No heads up.
“They didn’t call me and tell me nothing,” said Sproles following Thursday’s practice. “I just felt that it was disrespectful, you know what I’m saying? Y’all could have told me first.”
Instead he learned of his fate on social media and quickly contacted his agent. Word was spreading throughout the league as well. Read more »
Here are some highlights from Chip Kelly‘s day-after press conference: Read more »
There were words spoken and a tone set in the locker room at halftime Sunday that helped turn the defense’s fortunes. But they would have to get there first.
“I made some eye contact with some fans running into the tunnel at halftime. Man,” said Connor Barwin. “There was some rough language coming my way.”
“I think everybody was frustrated. I heard a few fans that were frustrated too,” said Chip Kelly. ” Go figure, but they had every right. I was booing myself.”
Once inside, Kelly said the coaching staff wasn’t “throwing chairs or anything” to show their displeasure over the 17-0 deficit. Similarly, the players took a more positive tact.
As we count down to the start of the regular season, Tim and Sheil try to answer some of the big questions facing the Eagles. On Sunday, they discussed life without DeSean Jackson. On Monday, they predicted what’s next for Nick Foles. Tuesday was a look at the offensive line, which faces an early challenge as Lane Johnson serves his four-game suspension. And they checked in on the secondary yesterday. Today, they take a look at the pass rush. Read more »