Chip Kelly has a bunch of sayings (“Chipisms” they’ve been called) that he’ll throw out there on occasion to get his point across. A couple examples from Thursday:
On doing things the right way: “Bad habits are like a bed; they’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.”
On the players’ attitudes: “It takes the same amount of time to be miserable as it does to be happy.”
And he’ll deploy an analogy from time to time as well. Like on this day, he compared the quarterback position to golf when discussing the ups and downs of Nick Foles.
“Sometimes that position is a lot like a golfer. You can go one week and be in contention and you’re leading and you have a great round, and the next week the guy doesn’t make the cut, and that’s unfortunate. But what we need out of Nick is consistency, and he understands that.”
So what kind of sample size do you need to properly judge a quarterback? Read more »
The joint press conference last week prior to the Dallas game carried some symbolism with it.
As the quarterbacks were walking off the practice field and towards the podium, they wore a look as if to ask, “Who’s first?” The Eagles’ PR rep solved the problem by waving both of them up.
Nick Foles was coming off the best game of his professional career and looked comfortable as he shared the moment with the vet. Michael Vick heaped praise on the young quarterback and said he would be ready if and when he was called upon again.
Some wondered if this was the passing of the torch. It at least felt like Foles had pulled even with Vick for a lap of the race, and who knows, maybe he can nudge in front with a quality outing against the Cowboys?
Instead, he crashed. And as he did, some Foles detractors/Vick supporters pointed at the wreckage and delivered told-you-sos to those that hitched their wagon to the second-year signal-caller. After a hot debate that raged for a couple weeks in Philadelphia, there was a moment of vindication for those who backed Vick.
But make no mistake: there were no winners as a result of Sunday’s performance. The search for a franchise QB is back at Square One. Read more »
Cary Williams spent a good portion of his Sunday barking at Dallas receivers. Mostly Dez Bryant. The two stood facemask to facemask several times. There was a steady dose of jostling and trash talking throughout the day. Miles Austin was greeted in a similar fashion when he wandered over to the right side of the defense.
This is how Williams conducts his business. Bradley Fletcher couldn’t be any different. He is quiet and soft-spoken and far from an agitator on the field.
Together Williams and Fletcher make up a cornerback duo that is playing a notch above expectations. Read more »
Tony Romo‘s first taste of real NFL action came seven years ago this week. It wasn’t pretty. Going in for the benched Drew Bledsoe in the second half against the Giants, Romo tossed three interceptions — including a pick six — in a 36-22 loss.
The Cowboys’ overall performance was so bad against New York, Bill Parcells felt compelled to ”apologize to the people of America” afterwards.
Romo told Matt Barkley about those early struggles following Sunday’s 17-3 Dallas win over the Eagles to help the rookie gain perspective. The USC product threw three picks in as many drives in his limited time against the Cowboys.
“He’s was kind of smiling and saying his first start he threw three picks,” said Barkley ”and that to learn to pass you’ve got to throw it.” Read more »
Michael Vick‘s renegotiated one-year contract is heavy on incentives. The longer he sits out, the more money he loses. Read more »
Billy Davis has been known to show some old footage of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense from time to time as a teaching tool. When this was brought up to Cary Williams Thursday, the veteran corner had an involuntary reaction upon hearing the Steelers’ name — his body rejecting it like it might some bad salmon.
“Ummm, aahhh…no…I haven’t seen it,” said Williams uncomfortably, before spitting it out. “I hate Pittsburgh, to be honest with you.”
Old habits die hard, especially for someone wired like him. The feisty corner couldn’t help but get worked into a lather when the Patriots stomped all over his grass this summer. Something in him triggered, like it did (in a much more subtle way) this week. Those are his bitter rivals. Or at least they were. Read more »
During the run-up to the NFL draft, Matt Barkley downplayed talk about his ailing shoulder. Same for when the topic came up once he was a member of the Eagles.
On Tuesday, though, Barkley admitted that it was affecting him more than he was letting on.
“I’ve come a long way, come a long way,” said Barkley after practice. “My shoulder — I didn’t think it would take that long to get healthy — but it was really hurting during OTAs at one point. [Training] camp it hurt a little bit, too. But right now I feel it’s the strongest it’s been all year, I feel like I’ve got more power on the ball, more zip. Read more »
With the Eagles facing a 3rd-and-goal from the five-yard line DeSean Jackson lined up on the outside to the right of Nick Foles, locked up one-on-one with Prince Amukumara.
Film study on the Giants during the week revealed a tendency in situations like this, and they decided to try and take advantage.
“All week we kind of noticed in the red zone they do a great job of putting their hands on the wide receivers,” said Jackson, “so we figured if I came out and went in and faked that move he would bite on it. ” Read more »
You may have noticed that all is quiet on the trash-talking front between the Eagles and Giants this week. Suppose that has something to do with the fact that it’s Week 5 and the two teams have just one win between them. Not much room for bravado when you’re licking your wounds.
Plus, a key pot-stirrer has been removed from the equation.
“It sucks because Osi’s not there, so it makes it a little bit different,” said LeSean McCoy of his longtime rival Osi Umenyiora, now in Atlanta. “But it’s a divisional game and it’s a must-win game for both teams. They have tons of good players over there — an o-4 team I don’t really see on tape, and if you look at their offense they’re explosive also. It’s definitely going to be a good game. I think both teams have the mindset where we both need to win.” Read more »
The Eagles’ offense has gained 1,835 yards in four games. That is an average of 459 yards per game, second only to the the team that just throttled them — the Broncos.
Denver only has 97 more yards total on the year, yet averages 45 points per game compared to the Eagles’ 25 points per game. The difference? The Broncos finish. Denver is coming away with a touchdown on 81 percent of its trips inside the 20. The Eagles convert only 42 percent of the time, good for 26th in the NFL.
What is going wrong?
“It’s a lot of things,” answered Chip Kelly. Read more »