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Paunil: Eric Rowe
Tim, you should’ve seen Billy Davis talk about the rookie cornerback after Sunday’s game in Foxborough. When a reporter mentioned Rowe, Davis’ eyes lit up and he acted just like a proud father. Of course, that’s understandable as Rowe allowed just four completions on 12 targets in 61 snaps of pass coverage. Read more »
Chip Kelly stood before reporters at the NovaCare Complex yesterday defending a trade he made back in March.
The deal — sending LeSean McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for Kiko Alonso — couldn’t have turned out much worse for the Eagles so far. Out of 46 running backs who have the qualified number of carries, McCoy ranks 12th in yards per rush this season, while Alonso has battled injuries and struggled.
“I think we did the right thing at the time,” Kelly said yesterday. “We traded an outstanding running back for a linebacker. But we also traded $700,000 for $11.9 million. I think with all of those situations, there’s money involved. One of the things we had was, we had a lot of players who were older and at the ends of their contracts that were making big money.” Read more »
In the latest episode of Press Coverage, Tim and Josh dissect what they learned from the Eagles’ big over Tom Brady and the Pats, and discuss whether those lessons can be applied to the final four games of the regular season.
They also offer up their predictions for the highly anticipated return of LeSean McCoy this Sunday.
In this installment of Opposition Research, we spoke with Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News about what the Eagles should expect Sunday against the Bills.
What are Buffalo’s strengths and weaknesses?
“Strengths of the team? Number one is the corner back position — not necessarily the secondary as a whole — when Stephon Gilmore is healthy and playing, but the expectation is he’ll miss Sunday’s game. Ronald Darby is having a Defensive Rookie of the Year season and Gilmore has played really well. He’s played up to the expectations to when they made him a first round pick. Read more »
The back-and-forth drama between Chip Kelly and LeSean McCoy, dormant for months since McCoy’s last comments about the trade that sent him from Philadelphia to Buffalo, was rekindled this week.
On Wednesday, McCoy told Philadelphia reporters in a conference call that he didn’t want to shake Chip Kelly’s hand before the Eagles face the Bills on Sunday.
Before Thursday’s practice, Kelly was asked about McCoy’s comments. Kelly launched into a two-minute spiel on what he believed went wrong with the trade this past spring, and why he understands McCoy’s point of view.
Below are Kelly’s comments, when asked about McCoy’s saying he didn’t want to shake hands.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported in October that Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whom the Eagles will face this Sunday, wanted a chance to prove himself in Chip Kelly’s offense this offseason.
Instead, Kelly gave a training camp spot to Tim Tebow, who is now out of the league while Taylor is thriving with Buffalo as the fourth-highest-rated quarterback in the NFL.
Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was asked if Taylor would have fit in the Eagles’ offense, and McCoy — while slightly biased as he’s talking about the man handing him the ball each Sunday — was clear in his evaluation.
“He would kill it,” McCoy said.
The drama surrounding LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray has pushed Herm Edwards to his limit. Tremendous rant.
Here’s what the media are saying about the Eagles this week:
Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia continues to be polarizing, but he deserves another year to flesh out his ideas, writes Yahoo! Sports’s Charles Robinson.
The Philadelphia Eagles are giving the one-or-the-other argument plenty of ammunition in 2015. One moment the Eagles are getting plowed under in losses to the Detroit Lions or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the next they’re beating the defending champion New England Patriots on the road. So the pendulum of opinion swings – Chip is the next Steve Spurrier, Chip is the next Jimmy Johnson.
Neither is a fair estimate at this point. Forty-five meaningful games have passed and it’s still too early to say what Kelly is, good, terrible or mediocre. Nearing the final stretch of his third season, Kelly has lived inside all three of those boxes. Determining which represents him best requires a larger sample size. And that means one thing at this point for ownership: making the correct determination on Kelly means letting this season and next play out.
Ryan Mathews returned to practice today for the first time in four weeks since sustaining a concussion against the Dolphins. Mathews, who leads the Eagles in rushing touchdowns despite missing the last three games, is hopeful he’ll play on Sunday.
“I’m feeling good,” Mathews said. “Just got to take it day-by-day and do what I can. I want to play; I’m really optimistic about it, but it’s just whatever the coaching and training staff has planned for me. That’s it.”
Mathews said he was a full participant in practice, although his legs were “a little rusty.” He was also cautious so he wouldn’t “mess anything up,” and didn’t know how many concussions he’s had. Read more »