The Departed: Maclin Shines For Chiefs



A pair of former Eagles playmakers faced off on Sunday when LeSean McCoy and the Bills battled Jeremy Maclin and the Chiefs in a fight for playoff picture relevancy. Maclin and Kansas City prevailed, 30-22, on the back of an impressive outing from the wideout.

Maclin caught nine passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, propelling the Chiefs’ offense, while McCoy had 101 total yards and a receiving TD.

“[Maclin] made the Bills pay for their decision to single-cover him early in the game,” ESPN’s Adam Teicher writes. “He caught a 37-yard pass to set up Kansas City’s first touchdown and scored their second one on a 41-yard catch. He finished with nine catches and a season-high 160 yards.”

Maclin now has 57 catches for 772 yards and three touchdowns this year. He has over 140 receiving yards more than the Eagles’ leading pass-catcher, Jordan Matthews, and has already eclipsed Kansas City’s leading receiver from last year, Dwayne Bowe.

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The Departed: Nick Foles Benched For Week 11

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Nick Foles. (USA Today Sports)

Monday afternoon, the inevitable became the reality. Jeff Fisher benched Nick Foles as the Rams’ starting quarterback in favor of Case Keenum after nine underwhelming games from Foles, the quarterback they traded for this offseason and extended before the regular season began, writes ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.

“We’re going to go ahead and go with [Keenum],” Fisher told reporters Monday, per Wagoner. “This is my decision. Nobody came down the hall and said, ‘This is what we need to do.’ The lack of offensive production is a collective effort and coaching. But we need more production, and it starts with that position.

“I don’t expect Nick to like it,” Fisher continued to tell reporters. “He’s competitive, but he understands, and we’re gonna move forward here. I’m not saying this is week-to-week, but this is what’s best right now for our team as we move forward, from a production standpoint offensively.” Read more »

The Departed: Jeremy Maclin Sidelined Sunday

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Jeremy Maclin. (USA Today Sports)

Jeremy Maclin suffered a concussion in the Chiefs’ loss to the Vikings in Week 6, leaving the game in the fourth quarter after hitting his head hard on the turf.

According to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that Maclin had passed the concussion test by Friday of Week 7, but the team held him out as a precautionary measure.

“There’s a lot of layers to this thing, and we felt as a group it was best to hold him,” Burkholder said, according to Kerkhoff. “That’s what we do as a medical staff in the National Football League. We’re charged with protecting these players and along with coach (Andy) Reid, Jeremy and our docs, we made a decision to hold him.” Read more »

The Departed: LeSean McCoy Returns

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images.

When Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was bugged by injuries in late September, early reports suggested he would miss the entire month of October recovering.

But on Sunday, McCoy was in the lineup for the Bills as they faced the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals stayed undefeated with a 34-21 victory, but McCoy had his best game in the blue and red, taking 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.

“McCoy was back to his cut-on-a-dime ways Sunday, leaving Cincinnati defensive linemen gasping for air on multiple runs,” wrote Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News. “He busted loose for 33 yards on his first carry.” Read more »

The Departed: Foles Gets Roughed Up

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

After a sturdy first quarter of the season in St. Louis, Nick Foles came crashing back down to Earth when the Rams trekked to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Foles and the Rams only lost by two touchdowns, but Foles was hit and rushed all afternoon long, and he threw four interceptions, completing just 11 of his 3o pass attempts. He was also sacked thrice, and knocked down nine more times.

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Mark Schlereth Rips Chip Kelly’s Offense

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Mark Schlereth joined Joe DeCamara and Adam Caplan on 97.5 the Fanatic on Friday to talk Week 4 football, and he held no punches when discussing what he despises about the way Chip Kelly is utilizing his offensive linemen this season.

“People talk about, ‘Oh, revolutionizing the offense under Chip Kelly, he’s going to change the game,'” Schlereth said. “You don’t change the game if you don’t block people on the line of scrimmage, and that’s been the biggest issue for them.”

Schlereth said he watched the Eagles’ win over the Jets in Week 3, and realized that Kelly’s offense only has one snap count because Kelly wants to run more plays in a shorter period of time. Read more »

The Departed: Mathis, Herremans Struggling Early

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

While the Eagles’ offensive line has struggled with technique issues and execution through the first two weeks of the regular season, another former player is having similar troubles out west.

The Broncos have pulled out two dramatic wins to start the year, but the offensive line in front of an aging Peyton Manning, including former Eagle Evan Mathis, has been less than stellar, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck writes.

“The addition of Evan Mathis, an all-pro performer, was supposed to stabilize the group,” Renck writes. “The Ravens and Chiefs are stout up front, but the Broncos shouldn’t have this many mistakes and missed blocks.” Read more »

DeMarco Murray On McCoy’s Comments: ‘It’s Funny’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Two days after GQ published comments from LeSean McCoy saying he doesn’t view DeMarco Murray as one of the best running backs in the NFL, Murray responded to the former Eagle.

“At some point, you have to move on with your life and career,” Murray said today after practice. “It’s funny.” Read more »

The Departed: Checking In On Former Eagles

Nick Foles. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

As the Chiefs and Rams faced off in the final week of the preseason, Andy Reid and Jeremy Maclin were both asked about St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles, whom Reid coached and Maclin caught passes from during their careers in Philadelphia.

ESPN’s Nick Wagoner writes that the two had nothing but positive things to say about the former Eagles quarterback, who was jettisoned to the Rams this spring in exchange for Sam Bradford.

“You are asking one of Nick Foles’ biggest fans,” Reid said. “He is smart, he has good accuracy, and he is a big body. A big strong guy, and he is young. He is going nowhere but up here. He is surrounded by good coaches and good skill players. I think he will do fine. He has to get back into this system. And it is just a matter of time.” Read more »

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