After the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins Sunday, Chip Kelly was asked for his evaluation of Sam Bradford.
“At times, I thought he looked good,” Kelly said.
After re-watching the game film, however, Kelly may want to amend that answer. Bradford certainly had his costly miscues — including an over-thrown ball to Jordan Matthews and an under-thrown pass to Nelson Agholor — but he registered his best game of the season by completing 15 of his 28 passes for 270 yards, three touchdowns and a 122.6 passer rating.
Perhaps more importantly, he finally showed the arm talent that made Kelly trade for him. As Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Sunday, Bradford made some great throws, and he’s starting to put the Eagles in a position to win.
Does he look like the quarterback many predicted after a phenomenal preseason? No. Bradford did, however, take his biggest step of the season toward that expectation on Sunday.
The year was 2012 — Andy Reid’s last as steward of this franchise. With questions swirling about the head coach’s future, the Eagles pulled out narrow wins in three of their first four thanks to some late-game theatrics, capped by an Alex Henery field goal (and a Lawrence Tynes miss) that lifted the Eagles to a 19-17 win over the Giants on the night they retired Brian Dawkins’ number. They were turning the ball over at an alarming rate and injuries were starting to mount, but the record was the record and the record was good.
And then the wheels came off.
Working with an increasingly-depleted offensive line and a collection of players that just didn’t mesh, Reid’s club proceeded to drop eight straight and 11 of its next 12 games. The flaws were deep-rooted and shattered the illusion before long.
This example isn’t cited to compare the 2015 Eagles directly to the ’12 version — I believe the current team to be in significantly better shape overall – but to shine a different light on Kelly’s day-after press conference comments regarding the current state of affairs. Read more »
After losing to the Redskins, 23-20, yesterday, Chip Kelly spoke to the media today as the Eagles sit at 1-3. He explained why he’s confident in his personnel, whether he’ll make changes at kicker or offensive line and more. Read more »
LANDOVER, MD — The league website came out with a nifty little #NextGen stat this week in respect to distance travelled on the football field. Malcolm Jenkins and Walter Thurmond ranked No. 1 and No. 2 among safeties in distance covered per game, the study found, while Nolan Carroll was third out of all the cornerbacks.
A reporter stumbled while searching for positives to be taken from this stat. (All three are playing well, after all.) Does it speak to hustle? The ability to track and cover a lot of space?
“It could be a positive. It could also mean that we’re on the field a lot,” said Thurmond earlier this week with a laugh. “I mean, that’s what it comes down to, the most distance traveled, so you’re talking about time on the field from a defensive standpoint.”
Thurmond, Jenkins and crew likely added to their lead on Sunday in Washington. The Eagles’ defense faced 79 plays and was on the field for over 41 minutes — 5:39 of which was accrued in the final, defining moments of the game as Washington marched 15 plays and 90 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Read more »
LANDOVER, MD — Here’s what we saw during the the Eagles’ 23-20 divisional loss against Washington:
*The Eagles defense, which was on the field for over 41 minutes Sunday, yielded a scoring drive late. Pierre Garcon absorbed contact and came up with a big third-down catch over the middle to put Washington at the Eagles’ 16. Kirk Cousins went to Garcon again to move Washington to the four-yard line, and found him once again in the end zone moments later to give the home team a 23-20 lead with 26 ticks left. The Eagles offense was unable to get down the field in the waning moments. Read more »
“People talk about, ‘Oh, revolutionizing the offense under Chip Kelly, he’s going to change the game,'” Schlereth said. “You don’t change the game if you don’t block people on the line of scrimmage, and that’s been the biggest issue for them.”
Schlereth said he watched the Eagles’ win over the Jets in Week 3, and realized that Kelly’s offense only has one snap count because Kelly wants to run more plays in a shorter period of time. Read more »
“Our whole way of looking at it is not be satisfied with just 10-6, 10-6,” Jeffrey Luriesaid in March. “It’s to try and go for it. You got to take risks to do that. It’s worth it to take the risk.”
Perhaps the biggest risk Philadelphia has taken so far in Chip Kelly’s tenure is trading Nick Foles for Sam Bradford. Foles threw for 40 touchdown passes, 12 interceptions and 5,054 yards in 21 games under Kelly. Bradford, meanwhile, had only played in seven games in the previous two seasons at the time the deal was made. Read more »
In the fourth episode of Press Coverage, Tim and Josh pose the question: Who’s the top dog in the uneven NFC East? They also look ahead to the Eagles’ Week 4 showdown with Washington and give us some predictions.
Here’s what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
MMQB’s Andy Benoit explored the struggles of Sam Bradford despite the Eagles’ win against the Jets in Week 3.
Week 4 presents a great opportunity for this passing game to get on track. Philly faces a Washington defense that, through three weeks, has been schematically predictable. Unless it’s third-and-medium-or-less, new defensive coordinator Joe Barry has generally employed a straight three-over, four-under zone. (Or that’s how the coverages have ended up, anyway.)
Early in the down, they’ve been disguised as other things, and a big part of the coverages are the built-in rotations defenders take in unraveling their disguises. Bradford must get a handle on those rotations and project where moving bodies are going. Whether he does or not will be the most revealing indication yet of what Chip Kelly really has in his new quarterback.