When asked during the week about Nick Foles’ confidence, Chip Kelly said he didn’t think it was an issue, but admitted it was tough to gauge because of the difference between practices and games.
After Foles’ 7-TD performance in Oakland, Kelly praised the second-year quarterback for his preparation and the way he rebounded.
“That’s what I think we all expected, the guys that are around him every day,” Kelly said. “So maybe he showed some other people, but I think what happened in the Dallas game was really kind of the exception and not the rule for him. And I think he’s a guy that really spends a lot of time preparing and it shows. And today was a prime example of it. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Oakland Raiders: QB Michael Vick, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Jake Knott, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly and WR B.J. Cunningham.
The Eagles’ roster is at 52 so they only have six inactives today.
Vick is inactive for the second time in three weeks. He tried playing last week against the Giants, but re-injured his hamstring. Matt Barkley will back up Nick Foles. James Casey is the emergency QB. Read more »
Chip Kelly has a bunch of sayings (“Chipisms” they’ve been called) that he’ll throw out there on occasion to get his point across. A couple examples from Thursday:
On doing things the right way: “Bad habits are like a bed; they’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.”
On the players’ attitudes: “It takes the same amount of time to be miserable as it does to be happy.”
And he’ll deploy an analogy from time to time as well. Like on this day, he compared the quarterback position to golf when discussing the ups and downs of Nick Foles.
“Sometimes that position is a lot like a golfer. You can go one week and be in contention and you’re leading and you have a great round, and the next week the guy doesn’t make the cut, and that’s unfortunate. But what we need out of Nick is consistency, and he understands that.”
So what kind of sample size do you need to properly judge a quarterback? Read more »
DeSean Jackson is dealing with an ankle injury and was a limited participant at practice for the second straight day.
“Yeah, he hurt his ankle,” said Chip Kelly prior to Thursday’s session. “We’ll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he’s going today.”
Michael Vick (hamstring), Donnie Jones (left foot) and Casey Matthews (hip) were also limited. Vick will not play this week.
Damaris Johnson missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury but was listed as a full participant today. Jake Knott (hamstring) was the only player unable to practice Thursday.
Patrick Chung (shoulder), Jon Dorenbos (groin), Nick Foles (concussion), Jason Peters (shoulder, finger), Chris Polk (shoulder) and Cedric Thornton (knee) were all full-go. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. We posted some links on Monday too, in case you missed them. Read more »
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From aerelorn: If we don’t see any improvement from Foles/Barkley this year, but our pick is too high for the top 2-3 QBs, what’s the plan?
I think the Eagles are going to be very aggressive in pursuit of a quarterback this offseason.
If Chip Kelly didn’t know it coming in, it’s ultra clear to him now that you are toast in this league if you don’t have a franchise quarterback. Might sound oversimplified, but it’s proven true time and time again (with a few exceptions along the way). No matter how brilliant the coaching mind or innovative the scheme, your team will have a hard time rising above mediocrity without a capable conductor. Read more »
When Chip Kelly was questioned about his decision to run a bootleg with rookie Matt Barkley on 1st-and-goal from the two yard-line Sunday against the Giants, the head coach said that it was all about familiarity.
“It’s a play we’ve run, we’ve practice continuously here six or seven weeks since the beginning of the season in the red zone,” said Kelly following the game, adding on Monday: ”That’s the first play we’ve run since day one here. We’re going to go to kind of what we know the best, what everybody should understand is what we’re going to go to. If you ask everybody on our team, they know what we were going to call in that situation.”
Barkley was asked on Tuesday how many times he ran that play personally in practice.
“I never got a rep of that play,” he said. Read more »
Nick Foles has been medically cleared to return to action and was back at practice Tuesday as the Eagles begin their preparations for the Raiders.
Foles was first up in the passing drills at the beginning of practice, indicating that he is atop the depth chart to start the week. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said that he and Matt Barkley would split the reps 50-50 for now.
“We’ll get a feel for where Nick’s at,” said Shurmur. “He had a good day of meetings, he’ll practice today and we’ll see where we’re at. Read more »
With eight games in the books, here are position-by-position grades for the Eagles’ offense.
During this exercise, it’s important to remember that we’re handing out grades based on everything we’ve seen in the first half of the season. In other words, what you won’t see here is: The offense has stunk it up the last two weeks. Everybody gets an F!
I would say the Eagles got above average QB play against the Chargers, Giants and Bucs. They were OK against the Redskins and Broncos. And they were flat-out bad against Kansas City, Dallas and the Giants (the second game). The way I see it, that puts them at just about average.
Michael Vick has completed just 54.6 percent of his passes, but averaged 8.6 yards per attempt and was good as a runner before injuring his hamstring. Nick Foles played well in the second half against the Giants and again in Tampa, but delivered a clunker vs. the Cowboys. And Matt Barkley is about what you’d expect. Read more »
Following Sunday’s loss to the Giants, Jason Avant gave his take on why the offense has stalled of late after finding success early on.
“One thing about this league is that it’s some of the smartest guys in the coaching ranks, some of the smartest players, some of the best players,” he said. “There is going to come a time where they have looked at all the film and evaluated every play that you a have done and it’s going to give you a breakdown. It’s going to give you a breakdown that says, ‘This percentage of the time, this play is a higher’…they’re going to do all that.
“As the season progresses it’s a chess match. And you’re constantly going to get better. Our coach is definitely going to get better at that, and all of our coaches and all of our players are going to get better at all of those things, and we’re going to start winning those chess matches and also start winning our one-on-ones as players.”
To boil all that down, the receiver seems to be implying that opposing defenses have gotten a beat on Chip Kelly‘s offense and are currently getting the better of the in-game strategic battles.
Has this offense been solved? Read more »