NFL coaches often use the term “self-scouting” when answering questions about their bye-week plans.
With no game to prepare for and players away from the team facility, it’s a chance to evaluate which areas of the team need to be adjusted going forward.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a position-by-position look at where things stand with the Eagles through 11 games and what changes might be on the way going forward. We’ll start with the offense and do the defense in the next installment.
Nick Foles has been lights-out, having completed 63.6 percent of his passes (10th) with 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Foles has made good decisions, looks comfortable in the offense and has connected on downfield throws. He’s averaging 9.59 yards per attempt. To put that number into perspective, since 1957, only two other quarterbacks have averaged at least 9.5 yards per attempt (minimum 150 passes): Kurt Warner (9.88 in 2000) and Chris Chandler (9.65 in 1998). Read more »
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Moments after drafting Matt Barkley, Chip Kelly stole a line from former coach Sam Rutigliano to help explain why he liked the USC signal-caller.
“He used to say that with a quarterback, it’s like a tea bag, you don’t know what you have until you put it in hot water.”
Quarterback is a pressure-packed position, and there’s no way to know what your guy is made of until he is tested in big moments. That is important to keep in mind as we continue to evaluate Nick Foles.
The city is anxious to know whether Foles is a long-term solution for this franchise; whether he can be the guy to lead this team to the top. The answer is that we don’t yet have the answer. We might not even be close to having it. But the next-month plus should get us nearer to the truth.
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The Eagles have company atop the NFC East.
Dan Bailey booted a 35-yard field goal with time running out Sunday to give the Cowboys a 24-21 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Dallas is tied with the Eagles at 6-5, while the Giants fell to 4-7. The Redskins are 3-7 going into tonight’s game against the 49ers.
That means there will be plenty of scoreboard watching in the weeks ahead. Let’s take a look at the Eagles’ and Cowboys’ remaining schedules. Read more »
From Chip Kelly on recruiting to Billy Davis’ personal satisfaction to Eagles playoff scenarios, here are three leftovers.
1. There are probably certain aspects of the college game that Kelly misses now that he’s 11 games into his NFL career. But recruiting is not one of them.
Kelly was asked about how he, personally, is holding up going into the bye. And he made it clear that he prefers the NFL calendar to the college calendar.
“My schedule, the day the season was over, was a lot worse than my schedule here because you’re planes, trains and automobiles recruiting from Sunday night until Friday afternoon and hustling back and practicing, getting a practice in Friday afternoon, practice Saturday, practice Sunday, get back on a plane and fly around the country chasing down recruits,” he said. Read more »
NFL.com has released audio of last Sunday’s Eagles-Redskins game, and their clips focus on Chip Kelly’s relentless hurry-up style. Both Kelly and Nick Foles are mic’d up.
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Welcome to a special bye-week edition of Three-And-Out. Tim and Sheil make their predictions for the final five games.
McManus: LeSean McCoy
As we wrote about this week and discussed on our show Thursday night, McCoy has needed every ounce of his elite talent to keep the ground game up and running over the last several games. The open space that he enjoyed early on when Michael Vick was healthy has been filled with swarming defenders that are selling out to shut McCoy down. No longer concerned about the quarterback keeping the ball on the read option, the defense is able to flow towards McCoy without hesitation.
Recently, the 25-year-old has relied largely on his video-game like shiftiness to get his yards. With a lesser back, this offense might be in a little trouble.
McCoy put a scare into this organization when he grabbed for the back of his leg against Washington. The Eagles need him to stay healthy and fresh. He is on pace for 309 carries this season. His previous high was 273, set back in 2011. Read more »
So, Nick Foles prop bets exist. What were the odds of that at the beginning of the year?
Bovada released some gambling information that might be of interest to Eagles fans. Most notably, they currently list Chip Kelly‘s group as the favorites to win the NFC East. Here’s the breakdown:
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The giddiness in the Eagles’ locker room Tuesday after practice was at an all-time high.
Training camp in July led into the preseason and then 11 straight weeks of practice, game-planning and top-level competition. Chip Kelly’s guys were clearly ready to leave the NovaCare Complex behind for six days and get some free time before they reconvene in preparation for the final five games.
Perhaps no one was more excited to get a break than LeSean McCoy. And for good reason. The Eagles’ running back leads the NFL in carries (213), rushing yards (1,009) and total yards from scrimmage (1,408). Among tailbacks, only Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles has played more snaps, per Pro Football Focus.
While the numbers for McCoy are impressive, this has been a challenging year. He had a four-game stretch where he averaged only 3.4 YPC. Kelly challenged him to dance less and hit the hole more. At times, he was not on the same page as the offensive linemen.
But last week against the Redskins, McCoy was not only the best player on the Eagles’ offense, but his effort in doing the little things jumped off the tape. Read more »
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From @heemy224: Chip was mic’d up n showed lots of personality on inside the NFL imo.What is your perceived take on Chip’s personality so far?
Here is the video if you haven’t seen it.
Kelly, as depicted there, is just non-stop. ”We’ve gotta go, we gotta go, get these guys going.” That’s his mindset in a nutshell.
His press conferences are held outside in a tent on the edge of the NovaCare practice fields. That’s in the name of efficiency (like everything he does), so he can just bounce right to practice as soon as he utters his last syllable, not a second lost. If the horn (indicating the start of practice) blows while the press conference is still ongoing, he’ll leave mid-sentence and sprint onto the field. Read more »
From Connor Barwin’s taste in music to Nick Foles getting some more MVP buzz, here is some reading material to pass along. Read more »