Wake-Up Call: Eagles Defense Divided On Future

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

When a coaching change occurs, it initiates a series of falling dominoes. For the Eagles, the uncertainty especially exists because they’re currently a team without a head coach, and thus, without much direction.

Due to the fogginess of who the future coaching staff will be, players are unsure of how they fit, or even what there will be to fit into. But the interesting part of the Eagles’ situation — particularly on defense — is not only do they not know what the future holds, but they don’t agree on what they want it to hold.

“It’s the great unknown that everybody’s getting ready to walk into,” Malcolm Jenkins said. “That’s obviously the process the team is getting ready to go into. Nobody really has the answers.”

One of the most important answers the Eagles have to find this offseason is what kind of defense they want to run. Some critics of Billy Davis — and Chip Kelly — suggest the team’s personnel fits a 4-3 better than a 3-4. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Tyrod Taylor Effect

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LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor. (USA Today Sports)

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported in October that Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whom the Eagles will face this Sunday, wanted a chance to prove himself in Chip Kelly’s offense this offseason.

Instead, Kelly gave a training camp spot to Tim Tebow, who is now out of the league while Taylor is thriving with Buffalo as the fourth-highest-rated quarterback in the NFL.

Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was asked if Taylor would have fit in the Eagles’ offense, and McCoy — while slightly biased as he’s talking about the man handing him the ball each Sunday — was clear in his evaluation.

“He would kill it,” McCoy said.

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Notes: Sam Bradford Expects To Play Sunday

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Standing at his locker after today’s practice, Sam Bradford said he expects to play on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

“I hope so,” he said with a chuckle. “Barring any setbacks, I expect to. But at the end of the day, that’s going to be up to coach and the training staff, if they feel I’m ready to go out there and play at a high level.”

The quarterback fully participated in practice and said he probably could’ve played if the game was today.

Bradford, who was mired in concussion protocol before the Eagles’ loss to Tampa Bay, and still rehabbing his left shoulder before their Thanksgiving defeat against Detroit, could play this weekend for the first time since Week 10.

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Eagles All-22 Wake-Up Call: Declining Defense

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Surrounded by a horde of reporters in the Eagles locker room, Billy Davis took full responsibility. Just minutes prior, his defense allowed 45 points and 521 total yards to a previously below-.500 Buccaneers team.

Tampa Bay broke several records at The Linc, including the franchise mark for number of players (five) to catch a touchdown pass. They also became the first road team in NFL history to have a quarterback throw five touchdown passes and a running back to rush for at least 200 yards.

“I didn’t see this one coming,” Davis said. “We didn’t do anything well today starting with coaching. We didn’t stop the run and we gave up five touchdown passes. There are no excuses for anybody. It was an awful day.” Read more »

Jameis Winston’s Been Saying ‘Fly Eagles Fly’ His Whole Life

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Jameis Winston says he doesn’t know the lyrics to the Eagles fight song, but he knows just about everything else a self-described Eagles fan should.

His favorite player of all-time is Randall Cunningham, and he grew up rooting for “Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse — all the guys that played for the Eagles in the early, mid-2000s.”

And this weekend, he’ll have the chance to play against his childhood team for the first time.

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Three-And-Out: Eagles-Dolphins Predictions

DeMeco Ryans (2)

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PLAYER I’LL BE WATCHING

McManus: DeMeco Ryans

“You can definitely understand his voice when he’s back there; it’s a lot deeper than the younger guys,” joked Cedric Thornton when asked about DeMeco Ryans returning to the mix. “That’s funny you asked, though: today he was back in practice, he called a play and I looked back and I was like, ‘OK, I got you.’ You can definitely appreciate his presence and what he brings to the team, how he gets us lined up and the impact that he has on Sundays…It’s just really good to have him out there.”

The importance of Ryans to this defense gets underplayed due in part to the depth at the position and the fact that he hasn’t looked quite himself since returning from a second Achilles tear. But there’s no denying that the defense has a different feel to it when he’s roaming the middle. Read more »

Notes: Peters Dealing With Pinched Nerve

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Jason Peters has been dealing with a pinched nerve, turns out. The pain is in his quad, but the root of the problem apparently is in his back.

“I pinched that nerve in my back. Anytime you pinch a nerve, you’re going to go down pretty tough,” he said.

That helps explains the scene that unfolded in Carolina, the tackle writhing in pain before being carted off the field. The injury was described as “back spasms” at the time. Read more »

With Hicks Out, Focus Shifts Back To Original Three

DeMeco Ryans

Billy Davis didn’t sugarcoat it.

“It’s a big hit,” he said of the loss of Jordan Hicks. “It’s a shame that it happened. But as soon as I saw the nature of the injury, I’ve seen enough of them, been around enough — especially having a background in linebacker coaching — kind of had an idea that’s what happened.

“Jordan did a great job of bringing himself into the conversation of a main rotation guy…It’s a shame that he only made it halfway through the season, but in the NFL it’s a bad part of what we deal with. Jordan will get everything fixed and then we’ll move on and we’re back to the guys that we originally started with, and they go day-to-day.”

That’s the term he used to describe DeMeco Ryans, who continues to work through a hamstring strain. He had his helmet on but was working off to the side with a trainer at the start of Tuesday’s practice. Read more »

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