Some news and nuggets (mostly of the running back variety) heading into Eagles-Bills. The latest:
When LeSean McCoy returns to town on Sunday, the Eagles will be looking to carry momentum over from their monumental win over the Patriots last week. Will it last? Or will McCoy have the last laugh? Predictions, from local and national writers, await.
PLAYER I’LL BE WATCHING
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.