Hope everyone is having a great weekend. For those in need of a quick fix, let’s take a spin around the NFC East to see what’s going on with the rest of the division:
After staying quiet when Chip Kelly was initially fired by the Eagles, DeSean Jackson opened up a bit to The MMQB’s Robert Klemko about the fate of his former head coach.
“I’m a firm believer that bad karma comes back on you,” Jackson said. “When you ruin a team like that, you do things to peoples’ families, you release people, you trade people, you get rid of good players who build something with the community, with the fans, with the kids—to have a guy come in and change up the team like that, I just believe in karma.
“I don’t have any bad words to say about him as far as what he feels he needs on his roster. But the guys that were on that roster created something special, from Jeremy Maclin to LeSean McCoy to Trent Cole to Todd Herremans and myself and Brandon Boykin; it goes on and on and on. When we were there we were a brotherhood. So for everyone to go their separate ways and to see how it all ended up, it’s a very sad thing.” Read more »
It’s been quite the few days. We’ve been covering Chip Kelly‘s release around the clock, but it’s always good to get other perspectives. Here’s a sampling of what local and national writers are saying about the Eagles.
DeSean Jackson bounced into Washington’s locker room, minutes after beating the Eagles, 38-24, with a gray ball cap resting atop his short, auburn dreadlocks, and a grin spread across his face. His teammates were shimmying and preening for a wall of television cameras and smartphones to Future’s “Stick Talk” blasting from speakers nearby, basking in their newfound division-champion glory.
He didn’t jump in front of the cameras; instead, Jackson bounced over to give handshakes to a few teammates, rapping along to the song, before he was ushered to the podium after Jay Gruden finished talking to reporters.
Jackson didn’t talk very much heading into this matchup, slightly out-of-character for the outspoken former Eagle.
The focus paid off with a win.
Eric Rowe is still kicking himself over a minor mistake he made 12 weeks ago. It was just the second NFL game he had appeared in on defense, and the first time he played more than 15 defensive snaps.
With just 26 seconds left in the Week 4 matchup, Kirk Cousins connected with Pierre Garçon to give Washington the 23-20 victory over Philadelphia. Nolan Carroll was the defensive back covering Garçon, but Rowe wasn’t far away.
“I have better technique now, but I could’ve had a lot better eyes,” Rowe said. “My eyes were all over the place, especially that last play where Pierre Garçon scored in the red zone. I could’ve jumped it earlier.
“I should’ve kept them on the receiver instead of in the backfield. When you look in the backfield and your total focus isn’t on the receiver, you’ll be late in reacting.” Read more »
Jaylen Watkins made his debut in Billy Davis’ defense in the Eagles’ Week 17 matchup with the Giants last season, when the team finished its campaign with the same one-two divisional punch it faces this year.
Watkins stepped in for benched cornerback Bradley Fletcher and performed adequately, if inefficiently. He recorded three tackles and a pass defensed, but Odell Beckham Jr. and Reuben Randle racked up a combined 18 catches and 243 yards, including Beckham’s 63-yard touchdown catch.
But Watkins, who spent the entirety of 2014 on the Eagles’ active roster, said Tuesday his time with the team last season, however limited and unproductive, played a big role in his ability to step into the lineup and contribute against the Cardinals.
The playoffs begin on Saturday; at least, for the Eagles and the Giants, they do. The race in the middling NFC East has reached a crescendo, with the biggest game of the season coming up on Saturday night.
When the Eagles face Washington, the division will hang in the balance. If Washington wins, Kirk Cousins and company head to the playoffs.
If the Eagles win on Saturday, they will have a chance to win the division with a Week 17 victory over the Giants.
For a second straight season, the Eagles’ playoff hopes hinge on a Week 16 matchup with Washington.
As troubling as Sunday night’s 40-17 loss to Arizona was, Chip Kelly‘s boys are very much alive in the NFC East with two games remaining. Boiling it down to its simplest form: If they can pull off a home win on Saturday night, they’ll be in fine position to claim the division. If they lose, they’re eliminated from postseason contention.
It’s the biggest game of the season, in other words, and comes against the same team that helped seal their fate this time last year. Here are three things you need to know about Washington: Read more »
With four games to go, the NFC East’s collection of porous football teams is a scrunched-up mess with a combined record of 19-29. But the division will still send someone to the postseason, which means each team is still striving for a possible seventeenth game.
We’ve collected the latest headlines from around the division for your reading pleasure, and compiled each team’s remaining strength of schedule for reference.
Someone has to win this division.
While the Eagles sat idle, a pair of NFC East rivals lost close games in their Week 8 matchups. Here’s a quick spin around the division before Week 9 begins.
After a fifth straight loss, writes the Dallas Morning-News’s Bob Sturm, Jason Garrett and the Cowboys have dealt with Tony Romo‘s injury in the worst way possible.
When Tony Romo was injured back on September 20, the initial thought in every reasonable thinking Cowboys fans’ mind was simply that the season is likely over. The one thing you simply cannot do in the NFL is to lose your starting QB for 2 months. The math doesn’t work out. It can’t be done.
But, then, the dust settles, and you start to try to figure out a way to break the code. The reasons are obvious. This is not a video game that you simply hit “reset” and start over. No, if you are going to start over in the NFL, it takes a year off everyone’s contract and career and it requires 12 months of waiting. Nobody has time for that. Read more »