With the Birds not playing until Monday night, here’s some links for your Sunday afternoon.
Player I’ll be watching: Mark Sanchez
I’ll take the obvious one this week.
The last time Sanchez started a game was Dec. 30, 2012. He completed 17 of 35 passes for 205 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. The Jets lost to the Bills, 28-9, ending their season.
It’s amazing how much has changed since then. Sanchez missed all of 2013 with a shoulder injury. He turns 28 on Tuesday and how has a chance to make the most of his second opportunity. Sanchez has completed 55.2 percent of his pass attempts in his career and thrown 71 interceptions, compared to 70 touchdowns. Read more »
Here’s the injury report for Monday night’s home game against Carolina: Read more »
Mychal Kendricks admitted that he was scared when DeMeco Ryans first went down. The heart of the defense — his mentor – was unable to get off the NRG Stadium turf, and it shook the young linebacker.
But as Ryans got carted off and reality set in that he was not coming back, Kendricks said something triggered inside of him.
“Just natural instincts kicked in. I went over to Casey [Matthews] and I was like, ‘Let’s f***** go, let’s step this s*** up, it’s time to rise to the occasion. Let’s do this damn thing. Let’s get this win for my boy,’” he said. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Here’s a player-by-player review of how the Eagles’ defense performed against the Texans after having watched the All-22 copy. Read more »
Billy Davis was singing the praises of DeMeco Ryans last week like he has so many times since taking over as defensive coordinator.
One of the big story lines heading into Sunday’s game was Ryans’ return to Houston to play his former team. Davis was asked to speak to what the veteran linebacker brings both behind the scenes and on the field.
“DeMeco is one of the finest men I’ve been around. He’s a relentless worker; you can’t outwork him. He’s a great leader. He’s a very calm leader,” Davis said. “During the game everybody gets amped up and it takes all that you have, every ounce of what you have, to play every snap. Tempers get going and emotions get going, and that’s the way you have to play the game. DeMeco is a calming influence. He plays at that level, he plays with that intensity, but the way he talks to his teammates, the way he coaches them out there, is a very calming effect on the defense.
“He makes good, quick decisions that set our defense up. We have a lot of checks and he gets us in and out of calls based on formation or the quarterback audibling. Without DeMeco, I don’t know if we could do as much as we do.”
At the time, those quotes were about what the Eagles’ defense was fortunate to have. Now they highlight what it has lost.
Here are three leftovers from Chip Kelly’s session with reporters on Monday.
1. A big question this week will be: How does the offense change with Mark Sanchez running the show as opposed to Nick Foles?
At one point, Kelly seemed to indicate it wouldn’t change much.
“We’re going to run our offense the way we run it,” he said. “I think there may be a throw here that he likes better. [Maybe] he likes to throw the 18‑yard in as opposed to the 15‑yard dig or things like that. Little things like that way. But we won’t drastically change anything if he’s in there.” Read more »
Nick Foles will not have surgery but is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, an NFL source confirmed. The quarterback fractured his clavicle in the first quarter against Houston when his non-throwing shoulder was driven into the ground by Whitney Mercilus.
Mark Sanchez replaced Foles under center and went 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. It will be his show for the foreseeable future.
If the timetable holds true, Foles could return to action against Dallas on December 14 at the earliest.
“I feel great about Mark. We’ve felt great about him all along. I always say we need to have two quarterbacks and the chance to get him in here, I think he’s done a great job in our system,” said Chip Kelly. “I thought he played outstanding in the preseason and showed no rust or anything when he got in there yesterday against Houston. We feel real confident. We obviously feel very bad for Nick that he’s out but I feel very confident in Mark if we have to go in that direction.”
In other injury-related news, Howie Roseman said on his radio show that DeMeco Ryans will be placed on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles against Houston. To fill his roster spot, the Eagles will sign former Jaguars safety Chris Prosinski. Read more »
HOUSTON - Jason Kelce decided it was his turn to play DJ.
His linemate, Jason Peters, generally is in charge of the music in the locker room after games. But with Peters in the shower, Kelce took a peek at the playlist, found some 80s rock, blasted it and returned to his stall two spots down.
The Eagles’ center had reason to be in a celebratory mood. He suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 3, had surgery, rehabbed and returned ahead of schedule Sunday against the Texans. Kelce was part of an effort that got the Eagles back to their offensive roots: tempo and the run game.
Running backs LeSean McCoy (23 for 117), Chris Polk (8 for 50) and Darren Sproles (3 for 17) combined for 184 yards on 34 carries (5.4 YPC). The run game lifted the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Texans. Read more »