All-22: On the Eagles’ Run Game Struggles

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Chip Kelly was asked earlier this week whether the win over the Carolina Panthers represented the Eagles’ most complete game of the season.

“No,” he said after a short pause. “We didn’t play well offensively at all.”

Considering Mark Sanchez posted a passer rating of 102.5 and the Eagles put 45 up on the scoreboard, Kelly’s response caught many by surprise. But the truth is the Eagles had trouble sustaining drives, with seven of 13 possessions gaining 10 yards or fewer.

To Kelly, not having an effective run game is like not having a morning cup of coffee. Regardless of what else happens, it’s likely to ruin his day. And on Monday night, Eagles running backs totaled 38 yards on 18 attempts (2.1 YPC). After the victory, the mood among the offensive linemen was different than many others in the locker room. Read more »

Kelly Not Pleased With Offensive Performance

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles scored 31 points on offense, racked up 365 yards on 62 plays and went 4-for-4 in the red zone Monday, all while breaking in a new quarterback. Chip Kelly, though, was not particularly pleased with his unit’s performance.

“No,” Kelly responded when asked if this was the most complete game his team has played. “We didn’t play well offensively at all.”

How so? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Matthews Breaks Out

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline - USA Today

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline – USA Today

While talking about Jordan Matthews at his postgame press conference Monday night, Mark Sanchez joked that he didn’t want too pump up the rookie too much because “he’ll get a big head and his hat won’t fit.”

There were no signs of an inflated ego as Matthews faced the large crowd of reporters surrounding his locker stall, though, and his green Eagles cap with the black brim seemed to fit just fine. He had just busted out on Monday Night Football, snaring seven balls for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help his team improve to 7-2. How did it feel?

“I felt like I was Jeremy Maclin,” said Matthews, drawing a big smile out of No. 18 a couple stalls down. “At the same time, you have to put it behind you. Like I said, I have a bunch of great guys ahead of me who show me how to be a professional. If you take too much time looking at the stats and drinking the Kool-Aid, you lose your appetite. I just try to put it behind me and move forward.” Read more »

Sanchez: Chip Helps With Pre-Snap Details

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Mark Sanchez told a story last week about what Chip Kelly communicated to him before one specific play against the Texans.

“I think at one point Chip said something in the helmet last week like, ‘We’re running such and such play, so you’re reading 99 [J.J. Watt],” Sanchez said with a laugh. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, thanks.’ I just looked over like, ‘Yeah I know.’ So you just get it snapped, cross your fingers and hope for the best.”

Sanchez has spent the last eight months or so getting used to his new surroundings. Eating, sleeping and living in a new place. A faster practice routine. Different teammates. His role as a backup.

But on the field, now that Sanchez is the starter, he has to get used to a new voice in his helmet during games: Kelly’s. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Avant On WR Change-Up

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Jason Avant saw the wide receiver overhaul coming.

He downplayed the drama surrounding the offseason moves, saying Chip Kelly and DeSean Jackson had a good working relationship and that his own comments about “butting heads” with Kelly were overblown. In his mind, the reconfiguration had more to do with dollars and cents and resource allocation.

“You have an emerging [Jeremy] Maclin, you have a receiver draft that is high on talent that year and then you just paid Riley Cooper, so you kind of put the pieces together. Me and DeSean or me and Mac, we knew two of us would be gone,” he said. “We didn’t know which one it would be but you kind of [understand] situations over the years.

“I saw my role and what they had me doing and it just didn’t make sense for them financially to keep me to do some of the things I was doing. That’s no slight at Chip or anyone, it’s just a good business decision. Man, if I was in the business decision I would have looked at it and said: Look, to catch bubbles and to block, we can get a rookie to do that for a lesser price. That’s just a smart move by Howie Roseman and Chip.” Read more »

Kelly On Foles Report: ‘I Control the Roster’

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Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly made it clear today that his voice is the only one that matters when it comes to the Eagles’ quarterback situation.

Kelly was asked about an NJ.com report that suggested some in the organization, including GM Howie Roseman, had “soured” on Nick Foles even before he suffered a clavicle injury against the Houston Texans.

“I don’t know where that stuff comes from,” Kelly said. “I know this, I know I control the roster. And I think you guys can say first-hand, I don’t talk to anybody. So whoever says they have a source in terms of what’s gonna go on with roster maneuvers or people going up and people going down, they never talked to the right person because that comes from me, and that never was the case. Read more »

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