Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Division Up For Grabs

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Well, someone’s gotta win this mess, and the Eagles seem to be in as good of position as any to do it.

Though on a bye this past week, their standing within the division got a bump up thanks to an 0-2 performance out of the NFC East. Eli Manning tossed a personal-best six touchdowns but Drew Brees did him one better, tying an NFL record (held in part by Nick Foles) with seven TDs in the Saints’ ridiculous 52-49 win over the Giants Sunday. Meanwhile in Seattle, Dez Bryant returned to the Dallas lineup but was held to just two catches for 12 yards and the Cowboys fell 13-12 to the Seahawks.

And so, through eight weeks, here’s where things stand: Read more »

Eagle Eye: The Well-Studied Drew Brees

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Not too long ago, Malcolm Jenkins and Drew Brees shared a sideline. The two played together in New Orleans for five years, winning a Super Bowl in their first.

Jenkins is a year and a half removed from his time with the Saints now, but the way Brees prepared each week still sticks with him.

He’s never seen anything like it.

“On every single snap in practice, he’ll throw the ball, and then after he throws the ball, he’ll sit there and go through his next couple of reads like he still has the ball in his hands,” Jenkins said. “He does that, play in and play out.

“What he’s doing is preparing himself for the game, so that if his first read isn’t there, he’s gone through it. You’ll see him, in the game, doing the same exact progression. He’ll drop back, and if his first read isn’t there, it’s the next one and the next one, and then the ball’s out.

“He gets the ball out really, really fast. He protects himself from the pass rush by getting it out fast.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Bradford, Brees And A Shot Taken

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

This past offseason, Chip Kelly took a number of shots and left nary a safety net to catch him if he happened to fall.

The biggest shot he took was trading  Nick Foles and picks to the St. Louis Rams for Sam Bradford, a quarterback with a higher perceived ceiling than Foles but plenty of uncertainty surrounding his health and ability to perform in the NFL.

Time and again, Kelly has referred to the New Orleans Saints’ decision to take a similar shot in the dark in the 2006 offseason when they decided to pursue free agent Drew Brees, who was just two months removed from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
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Wake-Up Call: Foles’ Year In Perspective


The Westlake boys met near midfield once the game was in the books. Drew Brees, the elder by 10 years, had just secured the sixth postseason win of his career and was moving on in search of his second Lombardi Trophy. Nick Foles was heading home. That was the reality of the situation.

But that wasn’t the whole story. Foles had just completed a season in which he finished with the third-highest quarterback rating (119.2) in NFL history. He established a record for best touchdown/interception ratio (0.63%) all while leading  the league in yards/pass attempt. He thrived in a system that wasn’t supposed to suit him and helped the Eagles capture a division title.

Foles had two interceptions on the entire season while tossing 29 touchdown passes. Brees had two picks in the first half alone Saturday night. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: It’s Good to Be Home

The Saints are 1-5 in their last six road games, as you may have heard. They certainly have. Drew Brees and company have been bombarded with questions about the slump all week.

The Eagles can relate. They dropped their first four games at the Linc this season, extending the overall home drought to 10 games, and were reminded regularly of their shortcomings. The streak hit double-digits on October 27 with a 15-7 loss to the Giants that dropped the Eagles to 3-5 on the year. Just as Sean Payton joked this week about changing up the Gatorade flavor to flip the mojo, Chip Kelly quipped that maybe he would put the team on a bus and drive them around for a half  hour for home games to simulate the road experience.

Those days seem far away now. The streak was snapped with a 24-16 win over Washington in mid-November, and the Eagles went on to win four straight at the Linc to close out the regular season. Just like that they had regained homefield advantage, and in memorable fashion. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: The Brees-Foles Connection

In his time at Westlake High School, Nick Foles established records for career passing yards (5,658) and touchdowns (56). That’s particularly impressive because the previous owner of those records was Drew Brees.

Foles is 24 years old and Brees is 34. By the time Foles was ready for high school, Brees was already a couple years deep into his NFL career. Though they both grew up in Austin, Texas, they didn’t actually meet until last season when the Eagles played at the Saints.

But that’s not to say that Brees had no impact on Foles’ journey. Read more »