Eagles Wake-Up Call: McCoy Expects Seattle Influence

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

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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Kelly On Mariota: ‘He’s Everything You Want’

Kirby Lee / USA Today

Kirby Lee / USA Today

On Saturday night, there’s a pretty good chance that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will win the Heisman Trophy.

To the man who recruited him and coached him for two years, that’s not really a surprise.

“I had nothing to do with Marcus. When he was a freshman, I remarked, ‘This kid’s gonna win the Heisman,’ ” said Chip Kelly. “He’s a special young man, and he’s a hell of a football player, and he deserves it. But I don’t think it was any impact that I had. The type of kid that he is, he had an impact on everybody that got to coach him. I’m sure Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost will tell you the same thing. He’s just a special young man and very deserving of the award.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kiper Talks Quarterbacks

USATSI_7542610_168380503_lowresMel Kiper, Jr. held his first conference call to discuss the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday. He touched on several topics that may be of interest to Eagles fans.

Let’s start with the quarterbacks:

Kiper thinks that there could be as many as six QBs taken in the first round (assuming the listed underclassmen come out). And they are: Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota  (Oregon), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Brett Hundley (UCLA), Derek Carr (Fresno State) and Zach Mettenberger (LSU). Read more »