McCoy On Mariota: ‘We Want To Win Now’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

During a recent appearance on NFL Network, LeSean McCoy was asked what’d be going through his head if the Eagles mortgaged their future to trade up and land QB Marcus Mariota.

“I’m not sure,” McCoy said. “Because the thing is, we want to win now. I think we have the right players in the locker room to win. Knowing how coach [Chip] Kelly thinks, he wants to win at all costs. So, you never know. He’s a good quarterback, but I think we have a good quarterback with Nick [Foles]. That’s something that we have to wait and see. That’s not my call. I think every situation is different. Some of those other teams like the Redskins, they gave up everything to get RG3. And if things don’t work out like you plan, then what? Who is to blame? There are a lot of questions going into those types of situations where you want to give up a whole draft for just one player.” Read more »

McCoy Grabs Foles’ Back

Photo Credit Kelley L. Cox - USA Today

Photo Credit Kelley L. Cox – USA Today

Nick Foles received a vote of confidence from a key member of the offense Friday amid speculation that the Eagles might be moving in a different direction at quarterback.

LeSean McCoy, during an appearance on the NFL Network, was asked if Foles can be “the guy” for Chip Kelly‘s offense.

“I think so. I like Nick,” said McCoy. “The person and the player that everybody thought he was, he is. There were a lot of injuries this year — Nick obviously got injured. He gets all the blame and he shouldn’t. I think Nick is a good quarterback, he is the leader of this team, and things just didn’t work out for him this year due to injury. But we’ve got his back.” Read more »

McCoy To Sit Out Pro Bowl

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Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

LeSean McCoy will not play in the Pro Bowl due to injury, according to the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.  McCoy sustained a left knee injury in the fourth quarter in the regular-season finale against the Giants and did not return.

“He asked to go back in on the last series, so from a severity standpoint, I don’t think it’s very severe,” said Chip Kelly immediately following the game.

The decision to sit out the Pro Bowl is likely a precautionary measure. Read more »

An Eagles Slant To the Wild Card Round

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Like many of you, I spent the weekend watching four playoff games and fell into the habit of viewing many things through an Eagles lens.

Keeping that in mind, here are five thoughts, along with a flurry of observations. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Giants, the Day After

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Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Note: Because Chip Kelly is addressing reporters early Monday morning (8:30 a.m.) and we’ll have news from the players as they clean out their lockers, this is an abbreviated version (now updated!).

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With 4:40 left in the fourth quarter and the Eagles backed up deep in their own territory, LeSean McCoy took a handoff to the left and was tackled after a 4-yard gain.

He hit the turf at MetLife Stadium, landed awkwardly, and the game was stopped as Eagles medical personnel helped McCoy to the sideline. He turned out to be fine, and Chip Kelly said afterwards that McCoy could have even gone back into the game. But after an Eli Manning interception virtually secured an Eagles victory, there was no need for him to return.

At that point, as he watched the final seconds of the 2014 season tick off the clock, McCoy said he wasn’t thinking much about his future. But afterwards, at his locker, the 26-year-old fielded multiple questions about whether he’d return in 2015.

“I don’t know how they think,” McCoy said. “I just know that as a player, they know what I can do, what I’m willing to do. They know what type of production I’m gonna bring, so we’ll see. I really can’t control it. I can’t. [Drew] Rosenhaus can’t. The only thing I just think is honesty, that’s all. It’s hard to get in this business, but just honesty. We’ve got great people upstairs, from Howie [Roseman] to Coach Kelly and Mr. [Jeffrey] Lurie for sure. So I’m just waiting to see how it plays out. I’d be lying if I said it never flashed in my mind cause it happened to Jacc [DeSean Jackson] off his best year, so you never know. But then he went somewhere and got paid.” Read more »

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Giants

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Photo Credit: Troy Taormina – USA Today

Instead of doing a true Eagles-Giants scouting report, we’ll take a look at the offseason/future with this week’s piece.

WHEN THE EAGLES PASS…

Turnovers have been the issue all season. The Eagles have given the ball away on 18.2 percent of their drives; that’s the worst mark in the NFL. Quarterback play has been a problem throughout.

Mark Sanchez is completing 64.1 percent of his passes (13th) and averaging 7.79 YPA (sixth). But his 3.7 percent interception rate is fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 200 passes. Only Kirk Cousins, Josh McCown, Blake Bortles and Geno Smith have been worse.

Asked how Nick Foles’ injury clouds the offseason outlook at quarterback, Chip Kelly said: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll sit down and thoroughly evaluate everything. But it’s no different than any other position when you look at it. You just tell us what we have available right now we’ll take a look at it, let’s detail it, let’s go through the film again, let’s put our heads together, let’s get everybody’s opinion on it and make valid decisions. I don’t think we can look back and say this clouds this, this doesn’t cloud this. It doesn’t matter how much it clouds or doesn’t cloud. That’s the reality of it. He got hurt, so we have to make decisions moving forward in terms of what we’re going to do.” Read more »

Five Eagles Named To Pro Bowl

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Five Eagles were selected to this year’s Pro Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. They are: Jason Peters, LeSean McCoy, Connor Barwin, Jason Kelce and Darren Sproles for his contributions on  special teams.

Cody Parkey, Evan Mathis, Chris Maragos, Jeremy Maclin and Fletcher Cox were named alternates.

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