Eagles-Bills, The Day After

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Rex Ryan evoked the name of an Eagles legend when speaking about Fletcher Cox following the Eagles’ 23-20 win over his Bills Sunday.

“That 91 is a good player. I was laughing when I saw him being compared to Jerome Brown,” said Ryan, “but I’m not laughing now. The kid is a pretty good player.”

The kid is becoming a game-wrecker.

Celebrating his 25th birthday Sunday, Cox put forward one of the finest performances of his young career, racking up eight tackles — two for a loss — and a sack while helping to limit LeSean McCoy to just 11 yards on eight attempts in the second half.

McCoy’s totals took a big hit with six and change left in the game, when Cox broke into the backfield and corralled him for a 10-yard loss. Read more »

All-22: How Billy Davis Confused Tom Brady

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

It was a laughing matter. Literally.

Tim and I explained in last week’s Press Coverage how the Eagles would need to generate a good pass rush and force turnovers against Tom Brady to pull off the unlikely upset over the Patriots. How unlikely? We treated it more as a joke than as something that could actually happen.

But Billy Davis’ unit, after allowing 90 points in the previous two weeks, helped do just that as their four sacks and two interceptions played a pivotal role in Philadelphia’s 35-28 win.

“It’s a tough place to go in,” Davis said. “First of all, I thought the players did a great job. They showed a lot of character, being in the hole we were in the last two weeks and them fighting through it and having that challenge of going in there to beat Brady and Coach [Bill] Belichick in Foxborough is a big deal.

“A big part of it was the three- and four-man rush winning there and the cover guys just holding. We knew we were going to get our share of their passing game. That’s what they do and that’s what their strength is. In the last couple weeks, we were not having much success in that area and the guys stepped up and made a lot of plays.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Things

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Good morning. Your 5-7 Eagles are in first place.

Well they’re in virtual three-way tie for first, anyway, with Washington and the Giants in the godforsaken NFC East. In case you didn’t stay up for a sleeper of a game that got fun late, DeSean Jackson went 22 yards in the wrong direction on an ill-fated punt return and eventually fumbled it away, leading to a Dallas score. He briefly found redemption with a game-tying touchdown grab in the corner of the end zone, but Washington left 44 seconds on the clock and that proved enough time to set up a 54-yard Dan Bailey field goal to lift the Cowboys to their fourth win of the season.

Suddenly Dallas is just a game out, the rest of the division is tied at two games under .500, and the Eagles control their own destiny with four to play. God Bless America. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Patriots Predictions

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Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

PLAYER I’LL BE WATCHING

McManus: Fletcher Cox

The Eagles’ defense is obviously faced with a gigantic challenge this week. Coming off a pair of dreadful performances against the Bucs and Dolphins in which it yielded five touchdown passes apiece to Jameis Winston and Matt Stafford, Billy Davis‘ unit now braces for arguably the greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady. Granted, he is missing some key weapons because of injury, but Brady has a knack for elevating the players around him. No matter what group he’s been surrounded by over the last 15 years seemingly, he’s still been able to carve it up. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Fletcher Cox’s Versatility

Fletcher Cox. (USA Today Sports)

Fletcher Cox. (USA Today Sports)

Before the season even started, Chip Kelly made a bold statement about Fletcher Cox.

“Fletch can play any position on the defensive line in any system in the National Football League,” he said.

Playing as a 4-3 defensive end is very different than life as a 3-4 nose tackle, but on the surface, the statement makes sense. It’s just a head coach going a bit overboard in praising his second-team All-Pro defensive end.

However, as Cox has dominated through seven games this season, he continues to prove Kelly’s words aren’t actually far-fetched. Read more »

Eagles Weekend Reading: Future Considerations

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Hope everyone is enjoying this Halloween weekend. Some links to pass along for your reading pleasure:

Domo talked to Joe Banner, who says the Eagles have some financial decisions to make when it comes to their defense.

The Eagles picked up Cox’s option for 2016, which means that unless he signs a new contract, his salary-cap number will jump from $3.3 million this year to $7.8 million next year.

As things stand now, he will be one of seven defensive players with a cap number of at least $4 million next year. The others are cornerback Byron Maxwell ($9.7M), linebacker Connor Barwin ($7.3M), safety Malcolm Jenkins ($7.2M), linebacker Brandon Graham ($5M) and linebackers Mychal Kendricks ($4.6M) and Ryans ($4.5M). Read more »

All-22: How the Eagles Limited Odell Beckham

Odell Beckham Jr. (USA Today Sports)

Odell Beckham Jr. (USA Today Sports)

The first drive of the game Monday night couldn’t have gone much better for the Giants. They traveled 80 yards in eight plays and finished it with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Odell Beckham Jr.

Manning completed all five of his passes to four different receivers for 59 yards.

The Eagles answered by going three-and-out, before the Giants again drove the ball into field goal range. Then, DeMeco Ryans intercepted Manning, and New York went scoreless the rest of the game.

“I love the way our guys respond, to be honest with you,” Bill Davis said. “I’ve been a lot of places where those miscommunications happen and people turn on each other and there’s a huge argument, and our guys are really together.

“It’s a tight unit because they knew a mistake was made and they were real mad that a touchdown happened. We got to the sideline, we solved it and it didn’t happen again, and it won’t happen again. But, it’s really a testament to the camaraderie we have and the chemistry we have on defense right now.” Read more »

Coughlin, Manning Talk Eagles’ D-Line

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

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 »

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