Eagles Wake-Up Call: A ‘Very Embarrassing Loss’

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Nolan Carroll stood despondent at his locker after the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers yesterday. Defensive backs coach Cory Undlin approached his cornerback, put his left hand on Carroll’s shirtless back and asked, “You alright?”

“Yeah,” Carroll responded, as if he was trying to convince himself and not only Undlin.

The scene around the rest of the Eagles locker room was quite similar. Lane Johnson sat in a small black chair in front of his locker looking at the ground, saying the Eagles’ offense “imploded.” Connor Barwin stood with his hands on his hips and added that the defense “sh-t the bed.” Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Through ten weeks, the Eagles are 4-5 and in third place in one of the worst divisions in the NFL. What’s being written about Chip Kelly‘s team after its latest defeat? We compiled opinions and viewpoints from around the internet to get an idea.

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Injury Notes: Bradford Sidelined, Peters Mobile Thursday

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

For the second straight day, Sam Bradford (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (concussion) were held out of practice at the NovaCare Complex.

According to Chip Kelly, Bradford and Mathews have yet to clear concussion protocol, which means they haven’t been able to practice or lift weights this week. While Bradford continues to take in practice from the sidelines, we have not seen Mathews to this point.

Kelly also said that Jason Peters (back) would be unavailable at practice Thursday, but the left tackle took part in individual drills, and Lane Johnson was lining up at right tackle.

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Birds Try Out Long Snappers, Dorenbos Feels Pressure

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After two of Jon Dorenbos’s snaps contributed to a missed field goal and blocked punt Sunday, the Eagles worked out two long snappers to potentially replace him. However, no roster moves have been announced, and Dorenbos said today he still has his job.

“Whatever guys they had, they evaluated and then they said, ‘Let’s stick with Jon,'” Dorenbos said. “That’s all I care about, anything else doesn’t matter. I have another chance to come to work today. I’ve been doing this a long time. You take the bad and kind of digest it and say, ‘Hey, what do I think I did wrong?’ And then you forget it, and you let your body go back to doing what it’s been doing for 15 to 20 years. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Dorenbos has been with the Eagles since 2006, and made the Pro Bowl last season. He said the team told him they would work out possible replacements for him, which he appreciated. Read more »

Report: MRI Confirms Separated Shoulder For Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford

In addition to suffering a concussion, an MRI confirmed that Sam Bradford separated his left shoulder Sunday against the Dolphins, according to Ed Werder.

Although a previous report indicated Bradford may miss the Eagles’ next two games, Werder also noted that the quarterback wants to play this week and will “see how he feels late in [the] week.”

However, Bradford did sit out of practice today, in addition to Ryan Mathews (concussion) and Jason Peters (back). Peters did practice yesterday, leading a reporter to ask Chip Kelly today if Peters suffered a setback.

“I guess so,” Kelly said. “I just know he can’t go today.”

Kelly said Bradford and Mathews, both of whom suffered their concussions in the Eagles’ 20-19 loss to the Dolphins, had yet to be cleared through the league’s concussion protocol, which meant they were not allowed to practice with the team.

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Wake-Up Call: Eagles Look In Mirror After Loss

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Sitting on a stool shirtless in the Eagles locker room after losing to the Dolphins yesterday, Lane Johnson paused to consider the question.

What was the turning point in the game?

The offensive lineman had a plethora of possibilities to choose from. Was it the blocked punt that gave Miami the ball at Philadelphia’s 12-yard line? Or Jarvis Landry’s touchdown catch that bounced off Connor Barwin’s helmet? What about Mark Sanchez’s interception in the end zone?

Perhaps the number of options overwhelmed Johnson, because he struggled to identify one.

“I felt like we had the game won a few times,” he said. “This one slipped away, in a bad way. We had a chance to win that game, and just didn’t. It was right there at our fingertips.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Containing Cam Newton

Cam Newton. (USA Today Sports)

Cam Newton. (USA Today Sports)

Looking at last year’s game, it seems safe to say the Eagles figured out Cam Newton. The Panthers Pro Bowler registered a quarterback rating of just 15.3 against Philadelphia, in part because he was sacked nine times and ran the ball twice for six yards.

But as Newton has led the Panthers to a surprising 5-0 start this season, the Eagles have little reason to reflect on last year — largely because the quarterback had an ankle injury.

“We faced a different Cam,” Chip Kelly reportedly told Carolina media yesterday. “We haven’t spent a lot of time looking at last year just because I don’t think Cam was at 100 percent last year when we played them.” Read more »

Eagle Eye: Jordan Reed Is Breaking Out

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

The third-most prolific tight end in the National Football League isn’t a member of the old guard like Antonio Gates or Jimmy Graham, nor a well-known up-and-comer like Zach Ertz or Tyler Eifert.

Instead, it’s Washington’s Jordan Reed who ranks third in the league in receiving yards by a tight end after three weeks, piling up 19 catches for 241 yards and a touchdown. He’s just three yards behind Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce for second place.

Reed is on pace for an astounding 101 catches, 1,285 yards and five touchdowns if he keeps up the frankly unsustainable pace with which he’s picking apart defenses.
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All-22: Inside the Defensive Line’s Dominance

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ season through three weeks has been a fascinating series of twists and turns. Before the opener in Atlanta, many considered the rushing attack to be a potential juggernaut. After Week 3, however, they rank third-to-last in yards per carry.

The secondary, meanwhile, was considered a potential weakness in the offseason. But after the win against New York, the Eagles’ defense ranks in the top-10 in interceptions, opponent passer rating and yards per throw allowed. Read more »

Notes: Chip And the Offensive Line

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

In the oft-referenced presentation Chip Kelly gave at the NIKE coaches clinic back in 2009, the  head coach declared: “The five offensive linemen are the key to your football team.”

Considering how much he values the run game and offense overall, it’s unlikely that he left that philosophy behind at Oregon. And yet his actions have done little to back that philosophy up since arriving in Philadelphia.

The Eagles did use the No. 4 overall pick on Lane Johnson during Kelly’s first year with the team. However, they have made 20 draft selections since then spanning three years, and not one has been an o-lineman. Read more »

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