Chip Kelly spent about 20 minutes Monday answering questions from the assembled media at the NovaCare Complex.
T-Mac covered some of the main topics already, but here are three leftovers.
1. Don’t be surprised if you hear a lot this week about how the Eagles rallied back from a 3-5 start to win five in a row.
“I expect them to bounce back,” Kelly said. “They’ve bounced back before, so that’s what I’m anticipating happening.
“This game is a tough game to play. It’s a tough game. You never really understand the outcomes. Sometimes it’s tough to try to wrestle with it and justify how did this happen and that happen and whatnot. But we’re on a weekly schedule. We have to get ready for the Bears now. We can’t let the loss to the Vikings affect us for two weeks.” Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position review of the Eagles’ offensive performance against the Vikings after having re-watched Sunday’s game.
* Tough game to critique for Nick Foles. He threw for 428 yards, three touchdowns (one INT) and averaged 8.9 YPA. Normally those are phenomenal numbers. And Foles did have some excellent moments. But I came away thinking he could have closed in on 600 yards. Keep in mind this is without the benefit of the All-22 (not released yet). There were a lot of times where he identified open receivers but was off-target with his throws. Read more »
If the Cowboys beat the Redskins Sunday afternoon, the night time tilt between the Eagles and Bears becomes meaningless in terms of determining a division winner. In that scenario, the NFC East would be decided in Week 17 when the Eagles and Cowboys square off in Dallas.
Would Chip Kelly rest his starters against Chicago if it plays out that way?
“No,” he said. “We’ve got to play. We’re not in a situation where we’ve gotta rest anybody. We’ve got to play, we’ve got to get back on the winning track and we’ve got to be ready to play winning football. Our philosophy has always been, it’s on the line every single time you play, it’s not what goes on outside of there. We need to get better as a football team, everybody needs to play.” Read more »
Going into Sunday’s game against the Vikings, the Eagles appeared to be peaking at the right time.
They had won five straight, were in the driver’s seat in the NFC East and looked like a team capable of making some noise in the postseason.
Less than 24 hours after kickoff, the outlook has changed a bit. The 48-30 loss to the Vikings was either just one bad letdown game or a true reality check of where this team is.
Keeping that in mind, let’s take a point-by-point look at some of the issues that surfaced in Minnesota, debuting The Kapadia Concern Scale. Each issue is given a ranking from 1 to 10. Read more »
Minneapolis — Flags were flying and tempers were flaring and the Viking horn was blowing for score after Minnesota score. The well-oiled machine that had ripped off five in a row broke down on Mall Of America Field.
A defense that had held its opponents to 21 points or fewer for nine games straight surrendered 48 to a Vikings team that was operating without running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. LeSean McCoy, coming off a career day in the snow against Detroit, had 38 yards on just eight carries. The offense overall was choppy.
“A lot of frustration, honestly,” said DeSean Jackson. “We thought as an offense we should have came out there and be able to have a lot more success. We weren’t able to get it done. It was very frustrating, especially after the way we’ve been able to play the last couple weeks.”
The first signs of that frustration came in the third quarter after Nick Foles‘ second interception of the season. Jackson, the intended target, was animated as he returned to the sideline, apparently shouting in the direction of receivers coach Bob Bicknell and later, Jason Avant. Riley Cooper stepped in as mediator and was pushed away by Jackson, who eventually calmed down after a conversation with Avant away from the rest of the team. Read more »
Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 48-30 loss to the Vikings.
* The Eagles’ offense turned in an uneven performance and ultimately couldn’t keep up with the Vikings. Chip Kelly employed a pass-happy game-plan as Nick Foles completed 30 of 48 passes for 428 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He was also the Eagles’ leading rusher with 41 yards on the ground.
* LeSean McCoy carried the ball just eight times for 38 yards – a week after setting the franchise record for rushing yards in a game with 217. Overall, the Eagles called 56 pass plays and nine runs. Read more »
Before we get to Tim and Sheil’s picks, here is the iTunes podcast link from Thursday night’s Birds 24/7 show on 97.5 The Fanatic.
Player I’ll be watching:
McManus: DeSean Jackson
The Vikings rank 30th in the NFL in pass yards allowed/game (282) and have yielded a league-high 29 touchdowns through the air. The Eagles’ passing attack has a chance to go off in this one.
Jackson is currently 10th among wide receivers in receiving yards (1,080). His 65 receptions are already a career high, and he needs just 77 yards to establish a personal best in that category.
The 27-year-old has played indoors seven times since 2010. He has gone over 100 yards in four of those games. This kind of fast track is perfect for his skill set. Read more »
The Eagles punted four times and turned it over once on their first five possessions last week against the Lions.
After each series, when the offensive players ran off the field and towards the sideline, assistant coaches were waiting for them with questions.
They wanted to know what the conditions were like, why certain things weren’t working and what the Lions were doing defensively.
“You don’t even need to wait until halftime,” said guard Todd Herremans. “We get enough breaks during the game where you come off the field. We had a lot of stuff that was based off of the speed of their ends rushing upfield and penetration of their tackles and stuff. We thought we would be able to take advantage of that, use our speed to our advantage. But obviously during the conditions, they just kind of slowed everybody down and it just became more of a power/downhill game.”
The players let the coaches know that they were slipping, that the Lions’ front four wasn’t getting upfield, that it was difficult to change direction and get to runs which required a certain degree of lateral movement.
And so Chip Kelly and his staff decided to implement some changes. Read more »
Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) hands off to running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo | Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s a position-by-position look at what we saw from the Eagles’ offense against the Lions, after having re-watched the game.
* There was good Nick Foles, and there was bad Nick Foles. Obviously, the weather conditions were a factor. Foles started the game 4-for-13 for 35 yards. When he missed, he generally sailed his throws. That’s what happened on the first-half interception. Foles was also off-target on a hitch to Riley Cooper, and he fired a quick throw to Cooper into the ground. Last week, on the same throw, Foles fired the pass over Cooper’s head. Both attempts came with him under center. I think that has something to do with it. That’s an easier throw when you’re in shotgun and can just take the snap and fire. Read more »
Sunday was the first game Nick Foles has played in the snow. He’s practiced in it, he said, but never played in it.
That’s not all that surprising. Foles hails from Austin, Texas and played his college ball in Arizona. Typically when he’s suited up for a home game over his career, it’s been short-sleeve weather.
Given his lack of experience in that department, Chip Kelly was asked a few weeks ago if there’s any way to help get a quarterback prepared to play in the elements.
“We’ve got the weather machine and we crank it up,” Kelly joked. (Though if any team in the league had a weather machine, it would be this one.) “It’s just getting comfortable and getting a feel for it.”
No other way to go through it except to go through it, in other words.
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