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Here’s what they’re saying about the Eagles this week:
How will Connor Barwin fit into Jim Schwartz‘s defense? Dave Spadaro caught up with Barwin to get his thoughts.
One of the players potentially impacted by the addition of Schwartz is linebacker Connor Barwin, who came off the edge mostly as a pass rusher in the team’s 3-4 front. Should the Eagles use more of a four-man front with three linebackers, where would Barwin fit in? Would he put his hand in the dirt and come hard off the edge? Would he use his long arms and frame as a strongside linebacker and cover tight ends at times? Johnson enjoyed some of his greatest success with Carlos Emmons at the SAM position from 2000-03.
“I’m very excited about Jim Schwartz. I remember meeting with him coming out of the (NFL Scouting) Combine. I’ve had plenty of friends who have played for him and obviously I’ve seen the success he’s had in this league, especially the success he’s had as a coordinator,” Barwin said. “I don’t think it will be as different as people think. We ran a 3-4 with (Bill Davis as defensive coordinator) but we were in a 4-3 over 40 percent of the snaps, if not more. I’ll probably be playing defensive end and if I do play linebacker it will probably be up on the line, like I was on first down here.”
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Eagles fans have suffered through an up-and-down season, one that ultimately led to the team missing the playoffs and Chip Kelly getting canned (more here and here). It’s one that many would soon forget.
One of the bright spots for the team has been the work from linebacker Connor Barwin, particularly with his contributions off of the gridiron.
Barwin, who is listed among the nominees for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, was at Smith Playground in South Philadelphia this week to break ground on the next urban park revitalization project he’s spearheading through his foundation, Make the World Better Project, with various partners, including Urban Roots, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and local stakeholders.
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Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)
It was a laughing matter. Literally.
Tim and I explained in last week’s Press Coverage how the Eagles would need to generate a good pass rush and force turnovers against Tom Brady to pull off the unlikely upset over the Patriots. How unlikely? We treated it more as a joke than as something that could actually happen.
But Billy Davis’ unit, after allowing 90 points in the previous two weeks, helped do just that as their four sacks and two interceptions played a pivotal role in Philadelphia’s 35-28 win.
“It’s a tough place to go in,” Davis said. “First of all, I thought the players did a great job. They showed a lot of character, being in the hole we were in the last two weeks and them fighting through it and having that challenge of going in there to beat Brady and Coach [Bill] Belichick in Foxborough is a big deal.
“A big part of it was the three- and four-man rush winning there and the cover guys just holding. We knew we were going to get our share of their passing game. That’s what they do and that’s what their strength is. In the last couple weeks, we were not having much success in that area and the guys stepped up and made a lot of plays.” Read more »
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FOXBOROUGH, MA — A stunner in New England.
The Eagles used a little special teams magic of old and came up with a pair of huge turnovers on defense — including one that Malcolm Jenkins took to the house — to shock the Patriots, 35-28. Here’s what we saw: Read more »
Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)
After allowing 90 points in five days, Malcolm Jenkins told 94.1 WIP yesterday that the Eagles aren’t held accountable for their mistakes. He elaborated on those comments today after practice.
“From a coaching style, I was brought up a little bit different where most mistakes that teammates or players make were brought up more in a team setting,” Jenkins said. “But the approach here is more in the individual rooms and that’s just by design and that’s on purpose. A lot of the times when things happen on the defensive side of the ball if the secondary isn’t play well, the mistakes aren’t necessarily pointed out in front of the entire defense; it’s dealt with in the DB room and so a d-lineman might not know necessarily what the mistakes are or what it is that we need to get better at.
“For me, I’m a bit of a control freak so I like to know what the mistakes are and what we need to get better at. Obviously, Billy [Davis] and the coaching staff feel — that’s not necessarily my place and they’re right and they handle it a lot different than what I’ve been used to.”
Jenkins added that he has brought up his concerns to the coaching staff. Read more »
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 »
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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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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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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 »
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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