Coughlin, Manning Talk Eagles’ D-Line

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The NFC announced its Week 5 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week today, revealing the two will play against each other Monday night as Fletcher Cox tries to repeat Sunday’s dominant performance against Eli Manning and the Giants.

Manning’s first five games of the season have been impressive as he’s amassed a 66.5 completion percentage, 1,417 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions. But Tom Coughlin recognized the Eagles’ good start to the season today and explained why they can be a tough matchup.

“I think they’re physical, and I think there’s improvement all along the line,” Coughlin said. “Each guy’s very difficult to deal with on an individual basis. You have good size at the outside ‘backer positions, which also solidifies that front as you end up with your sub-rushers.” Read more »

Notes: Cox Named Defensive Player Of Week

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Fletcher Cox has been named NFC Defensive Player Of the Week for his dominant performance against the Saints.

Cox had six tackles (one for a loss), three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles Sunday, including this key one in the third quarter that he recovered himself. Read more »

Eagles-Saints, The Day After

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Photo courtesy of USA Today.

The fortress walls were shaking ever so slightly as Chip Kelly stood in front of his team Saturday afternoon.

Theories about pending locker room implosions and Kelly’s imminent NFL demise fell a few clicks west of reality, but this was a significant moment in time for both the head coach and the 2015 Eagles nevertheless. Early October, and the season already at cliff’s edge. A loss here and they would be charged with the very difficult task of trying to climb out of a 1-4 hole while simultaneously fighting to keep the growing outside skepticism about the operation from finding its way in.

Such was the state of affairs as Kelly addressed the players before they headed for the team hotel.

“He always uses analogies, and he had an analogy about [a fighter],” said linebacker Najee Goode. “When you keep getting hit, you keep getting hit, 1-3 right now…the outside looking in, people are thinking, ‘What’s wrong with the Eagles?’ You keep getting hit. But we’re going to throw the last punch.

“Coach Kelly said, ‘We have to throw the last punch no matter what.’ You’ve gotta take it right in the face and just go straight ahead and knock them the f–k out.” Read more »

Instant Observations: Eagles vs. Saints

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Josh Huff. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 39-17 win over the Saints from Lincoln Financial Field:

*Fletcher Cox was a monster. He finished with three sacks, two forced fumbles, a recovery and six tackles (including one TFL). His strip sack and recovery midway through the third set the Eagles up at the Saints’ 13. On the very next play, Sam Bradford found a wide open Brent Celek to extend the Eagles’ lead to 23-10. (Caleb Sturgis missed the extra point.)

Cox’s previous single-high was 1.5 sacks against the Bengals his rookie year. He doubled that up in a huge spot against one of the better quarterbacks in the game. Read more »

All-22: Inside the Defensive Line’s Dominance

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ season through three weeks has been a fascinating series of twists and turns. Before the opener in Atlanta, many considered the rushing attack to be a potential juggernaut. After Week 3, however, they rank third-to-last in yards per carry.

The secondary, meanwhile, was considered a potential weakness in the offseason. But after the win against New York, the Eagles’ defense ranks in the top-10 in interceptions, opponent passer rating and yards per throw allowed. Read more »

Davis Updates Middle Linebacker Situation

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

It looks like the Eagles could be down two of their top inside linebackers for Sunday’s crucial game against the Jets.

Billy Davis that Kiko Alonso, who is believed to have suffered a partial tear of his left ACL, is still in the evaluation process. “We’re crossing our fingers and hoping everything turns out for the best. We’re unsure about him,” said Davis, “but for this week I don’t expect him to play.”

Mychal Kendricks might not be available either. He sat out Tuesday’s practice along with Alonso as he nurses a hamstring strain.

“There is an outside chance we pick him up this week but it will be hard for him to get back,” said Davis. “But I think he has a shot at doing it.”
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What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles.

Grantland’s Robert Mays writes that Chip Kelly’s plan to revitalize Sam Bradford could very well work.

Kelly’s approach this offseason — wheeling and dealing like few personnel people ever have — has looked insane at times. Plenty of coaches with 20 wins in two years would feel comfortable moving forward with a familiar quantity at quarterback. But the thinking behind the move for Bradford was a bold and commendable one — it seems that Kelly was projecting that both Bradford and his offense could be better than anyone imagined.

It’s still (extremely) early, but the factors that could have led a more optimistic person to feel good about how Bradford translated to Kelly’s style have been on display all preseason. The inhuman accuracy from his first two college seasons — when he completed a combined 68.5 percent of his passes — has been there in both of his preseason starts. Bradford’s 10-for-10 line on Saturday was impressive, but seeing him perfectly locate throws to receivers in reasonably tight coverage was even more encouraging.

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Eagles DL Training Camp Preview

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Leading up to training camp on August 2, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. We’ve covered the quarterbacksrunning backswide receivers, tight ends and the offensive line so far. Today, we’ll take a look at the defensive line.

The pressing question: Will Vinny Curry play more snaps?

Last year, Curry was on the field for 32 percent of the Eagles’ defensive plays, yet he still managed to total nine sacks.

Digging deeper, Billy DavisChip Kelly and company clearly viewed Curry as a pass-rush specialist. Per Pro Football Focus, on the snaps he played, Curry rushed the passer 80.9 percent of the time. The Eagles like to stay in base quite a bit, and they want their three main defensive linemen to be two-gappers. In other words, Curry is not going to challenge for a starting spot. Read more »

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