Observations: Giants 15, Eagles 7

mccoy_400102613Here’s what we saw during today’s Eagles-Giants game.


* The Eagles’ offense is in a rut, having scored a total of three points in the last two games. They had six punts and three turnovers today against a Giants team that came in with a 1-6 record.

* Michael Vick lasted four possessions, but clearly wasn’t close to 100 percent and was pulled in favor of Matt Barkley late in the second quarter. Vick went 6-for-9 for 31 yards. He was intercepted on the Eagles’ first possession, looking for Brent Celek. And on the next possession, Vick had James Casey in the flat, but held on to the ball and fumbled.

* Matt Barkley came into the game on the Eagles’ final possession of the half. He drove them down the field, completing six of seven passes for 55 yards, but fumbled in the red zone. The Eagles had a 1st-and-goal from the 2 and called a pass play. Barkley rolled to his left, and instead of throwing the ball away, was stripped and turned it over. It was his fourth turnover in four possessions as the Eagles’ quarterback. Overall, Barkley was 17-for-26 for 158 yards and an interception. Read more »

Barkley Enters Game For Vick

Matt Barkley replaced Michael Vick under center late in the first half against the Giants.

Vick was clearly not himself. This was his first game back since injuring his hamstring in New York on October 6. Though he practiced in full this week, the 33-year-old did have his normal burst and was unable to elude pressure. He finished 6-of-9 for 31 yards with an interception.

As the first half wore on Vick was getting more and more attention from the trainers on the sideline. He spent one defensive series on the stationary bike as Barkley got a few warm-up throws in, but re-entered the game. Chip Kelly pulled the plug on the following series.

Barkley entered with 2:24 remaining in the half. Read more »

Chip Updates Status Of Vick, Foles


Chip Kelly confirmed what most suspected: Nick Foles has a concussion.

“I saw Nick after the game last night. He seems like he is doing well,” said Kelly at his day-after press conference. “There is a protocol and a system that you go through before he’s cleared but he says he feels good, so we’ll see how it goes as the week progresses.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Romo’s Words For Barkley


Tony Romo‘s first taste of real NFL action came seven years ago this week. It wasn’t pretty.  Going in for the benched Drew Bledsoe in the second half against the Giants, Romo tossed three interceptions —  including a pick six — in a 36-22 loss.

The Cowboys’ overall performance was so bad against New York, Bill Parcells felt compelled to  ”apologize to the people of America” afterwards.

Romo told Matt Barkley about those early struggles following Sunday’s 17-3 Dallas win over the Eagles to help the rookie gain perspective. The USC product threw three picks in as many drives in his limited time against the Cowboys.

“He’s was kind of smiling and saying his first start he threw three picks,” said Barkley ”and that to learn to pass you’ve got to throw it.” Read more »

Where the Eagles’ QB Situation Stands


Chip Kelly needed just three words to properly sum up the play of Nick Foles Sunday afternoon against the Cowboys.

“He was off,” Kelly said, before expanding.

“I guess that’s what I would say. At times we had guys open and we didn’t put the ball on them. But there were other times where we didn’t help him either.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Matt Barkley Comes Clean


During the run-up to the NFL draft, Matt Barkley downplayed talk about his ailing shoulder. Same for when the topic came up once he was a member of the Eagles.

On Tuesday, though, Barkley admitted that it was affecting him more than he was letting on.

“I’ve come a long way, come a long way,” said Barkley after practice. “My shoulder — I didn’t think it would take that long to get healthy — but it was really hurting during OTAs at one point. [Training] camp it hurt a little bit, too. But right now I feel it’s the strongest it’s been all year, I feel like I’ve got more power on the ball, more zip. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Chip KellyHere’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

SI.com’s Don Banks offers 20 bold predictions, including one on the Eagles/Chiefs:

The Eagles’ Chip Kelly, with his fast-break football on display in Philadelphia, will be the most exciting and talked about new coach among the eight offseason hires in the headset fraternity. But it will be “Big Red,” now wearing red in Kansas City, who gets the last laugh. Former Eagles coach Andy Reid was the only guy to jump from one full-time gig in the NFL coaching ranks to another this offseason, and he’ll show that experience really does count for something, leading the talented and vastly improved Chiefs from 2-14 to an AFC wild-card berth.

Gregg Easterbrook of ESPN.com is high on Matt Barkley:

Regardless, TMQ is putting his chips on this wager — not only will Barkley win the Eagles’ starting job sooner rather than later, he will be the top quarterback of the 2013 draft class. But it’s hard to see Barkley operating a zone-read action. The compromise might be Barkley running a quick-snap spread. Under Andy Reid, the Eagles rarely went four wide, favoring conventional West Coast sets that focus on intermediate routes. Kelly could install four-wide looks with the dig-or-go passing routes favored in the current college game.

Easterbrook also rips Chip Kelly:

In the most recent academic year, Oregon cleared a $31 million profit on football, according to Department of Education data, while graduating just 49 percent of its African-American players. Exploiting young black males without conferring education ought to shame Chip Kelly, the University of Oregon alumni and trustees and the NCAA. Jon Anderson, why haven’t you apologized in public for Oregon’s terrible record of failing to graduate African-American football players? Meanwhile attending the University of Oregon costs $23,352 a year for a state resident and $42,702 for out-of-state students. What might parents paying these fees, or students borrowing to meet them, think of Oregon’s new four-star, athletes-only dining facility?

Ben Muth of Football Outsiders writes about the Eagles’ offensive line, and specifically Evan Mathis:

While Mathis doesn’t have the overwhelming strength of an Iupati, he looks more consistent because of two things: balance and tenacity. For the most part, everyone plays hard in the NFL, so when someone’s effort really stands out, I consider it a skill just like speed or strength. Mathis is one of those guys.

Michael Silver of NFL.com has the Eagles 19th in his “32 questions” column:

If Chip Kelly and Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones were locked in a kitchen with a blender, would they create a personalized smoothie with secret sauce?

Judy Battista of NFL.com offers 48 things to watch this season, including a couple Eagles-related items:

The speed. The secrecy. The soundtrack. Chip Kelly’s offense with the Philadelphia Eagles has it all, with a dash of Michael Vick thrown in for good measure. Can Kelly’s warp-speed approach — don’t look down or you’ll miss the next snap — work in the NFL? And how quickly will other teams try to copy it if it does?

When it comes to Chip Kelly, there probably hasn’t been a more heralded coaching arrival in the NFL since Jimmy Johnson. No pressure, Chip; you’re merely expected to usher in an offensive revolution while winning in Philadelphia, one of the league’s pressure cookers.

Michael Vick is set to end his bankruptcy, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch:

He is now ready to scratch another goal off his list: He will soon emerge from bankruptcy, having made arrangements to pay back the last of nearly $20 million in debts to dozens of creditors.

It is an unusual accomplishment in bankruptcy circles to fully repay debts in a Chapter 11 case, according to legal experts, and Vick’s case was anything but usual.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com asked five league executives whether the read-option is here to stay. Four of the five said yes. From one of them:

“I don’t see it going away any time soon. Several different teams had success running it last year and I’m sure a few more will incorporate it this fall. I’m really looking forward to watching the Eagles’ offense this year. I think Chip Kelly is going to throw caution to the wind and run more of his Oregon offense than people think. If it works, and he keeps his quarterback healthy, the NFL will quickly follow his lead.”

John Madden talks to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times about what he’s expecting from Kelly:

“I think Chip Kelly is going to have as much influence on the game and the way it’s played now as anyone,” Hall of Fame coach John Madden said. “If for no other reason, just the pace of the game and the number of plays.

“Everyone talks about it: Can Chip Kelly do what he did in college? Probably not in its entirety, but he can do a lot of it. Not only that, everyone else is going to do a lot of it.”

Four out of five ESPN.com experts pick the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East. That includes Adam Schefter:

Kelly will have this offense flying; the question is whether someone can prevent the defense from sagging.

SI.com’s Peter King catches up with former Eagles fullback Kevin Turner:

“The year after Green Bay won the Super Bowl, I was on the Eagles, and we played them in Philly. I remember the opening kickoff, and then I remember, maybe late in the first quarter, going up to our backup quarterback and saying, ‘You’ll think I’m crazy, but are we in Green Bay or Philly? And how are we doing?’ He went and got a doctor. Turns out I had played a bunch of plays on automatic pilot. The doctor said, ‘Remember these words,’ and I couldn’t. And he gave me the test three or four times, and finally I think it was the fourth time, I remembered the words and they let me back in the game. You can’t imagine the fit I would have thrown if they wouldn’t have let me back in the game.”

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