Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Here’s a player-by-player review of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys.
Mark Sanchez – In a game where the Eagles needed to maximize their opportunities on offense, Sanchez failed to capitalize and made too many mistakes. Although, to be fair, he was far from the only problem.
Overall, Sanchez went 17-for-28 for 252 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Per Pro Football Focus, he was 12-for-13 on throws under 10 yards. On attempts 10 yards or more from the line of scrimmage, Sanchez was 5-for-13. He did not complete a single pass that traveled 20 yards or more from the line of scrimmage and attempted just two. Read more »
Billy Davis usually sets up shop at the exact same spot in the middle of the Eagles locker room after home games.
He always speaks in the same calm, measured tone. You can never tell by his face whether his defense just played well or played poorly, whether the Eagles won or lost.
Players seem to appreciate that about him. And so does Chip Kelly. Davis believes in the process, and having coached in the NFL for more than 20 years, he’s been on the wrong side of plenty of bad losses, contests where the game plan left room for second-guessing and where the coaches didn’t put the players in positions to succeed.
Sunday’s 38-27 loss to the Cowboys was one of those games. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of national media predictions for Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys game.
Player I’ll Be Watching
McManus: Bradley Fletcher
Dez Bryant was kept in check for the most part in the first Eagles-Cowboys matchup, finishing with four catches for 78 yards. Outside of a 38-yarder over the top of Fletcher in the first quarter, Dallas did not have any pass plays over 20 yards until its final drive in garbage time.
Credit goes to the pass rush (four sacks, five QB hits) for making life tough on Tony Romo, who seemed hampered by his bad back on Thanksgiving. But Fletcher and Cary Williams held their own, combining for five passes defensed and an interception. Bryant left that game flustered and claimed that the Eagles were being “kinda cheap.”
By the time Sunday night rolls around, the Cowboys will have had 16-plus days to stew over their embarrassing Thanksgiving loss to the Eagles. And because their Week 14 game against Chicago was played on a Thursday, they were allotted nine days to try and come up with ways to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
In order to change their fortunes they will have to have to do better against LeSean McCoy, who busted loose for a season-high 159 yards on 25 carries (6.4 avg.). The Eagles finished with 256 rushing yards in all en route to their 33-10 win.
A heavy-hearted McCoy had a much harder time this past week against Seattle, rushing for 50 yards on 17 carries (2.9 avg.) while losing a key fumble to open the second half. McCoy thinks Rod Marinelli will apply some of Seattle’s tactics to try and limit the Eagles’ ground attack this week.
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Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense against the Seahawks after having re-watched the game.
Mark Sanchez – He obviously struggled throughout. Sanchez became the second QB this season to attempt at least 20 passes and total fewer than 100 yards in a game. The other was Andy Dalton. Overall, Sanchez went 10-for-20 for 96 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The thing about facing a defense as good as Seattle’s is there are not going to be a lot of chances to make plays in the passing game. You have to make the most of your opportunities. And Sanchez did not do that.
On the first play, he stepped up, targeted Jeremy Maclin and was nearly intercepted by Richard Sherman. Sanchez threw short of the sticks to Jordan Matthews for a 6-yard gain on 3rd-and-10 on the first drive. Good decision to pull the ball and fire to Maclin for the 1-yard TD. Good throw on boot-action to his left, finding Matthews for a 17-yard gain in the first. Bad-looking deep ball intended for Cooper on the post against what I believe was Cover 3. He threw short of the sticks incomplete to Matthews on 3rd-and-9 in the second. Sanchez has had trouble on screens to the slot. He fired one high to Maclin in the second, which threw off the rhythm of the play on an incompletion. Read more »
A few sharp-tongued members of the Seattle defense let it fly in the locker room following a dominant performance against the Eagles’ highly touted offensive attack.
Linebacker K.J. Wright called the Eagles “a pretty simple team.” Defensive end Michael Bennett said the Philadelphia police should be notified because Mark Sanchez is “trying to impersonate a good quarterback.” And Richard Sherman took a shot at the Eagles’ receiving corps while throwing some love in the direction of his childhood friend, DeSean Jackson.
“I think they miss him tremendously. He was an incredible threat — still a threat in this league,” said Sherman of Jackson. “A player like that a defense has to account for. You have to be worried about where he is at all times. Right now we can stand up across the board and play.”
The defending champs had room to criticize after holding the Eagles to just 139 yards of total offense en route to a 24-14 win Sunday. That’s the lowest offensive output in Chip Kelly‘s six years as a head coach.
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There was pain in LeSean McCoy’s voice as he addressed the media early Sunday evening.
He spoke very quietly, often closing his eyes or taking a deep breath as he mustered a response to questions about his fumble or the rushing record or the Seahawks’ approach, all of which likely seemed a lot less important than it normally would.
“Today I didn’t play well at all. It was probably one of my worst games to date since being here,” he said.
“I didn’t feel focused. I just didn’t feel focused.”
While the standout back didn’t make any excuses, this has been a trying time for McCoy and his family. His cousin, Terrell Harris, was killed in a car crash earlier this week. The two were very tight, even living under the same roof when they were kids.
“I really wanted to play great in his name today. I didn’t. I kind of let him down today,” McCoy told Birds 24/7 as he made his way through the tunnel and towards the exits. “That was one of my goals today to really play hard for him. I didn’t.”
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