Game Review: Eagles Defense Vs. Titans

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles

Here’s a player-by-player review of the Eagles’ defense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Titans.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Fletcher Cox – Another solid game out of Cox. The coaches credited him with one tackle, one sack and one hurry. Cox stopped Shonn Greene after a 4-yard run in the first. He disrupted a run play that gained 3. Good rush late in the first half, but Zach Mettenberger reset and completed a pass. Got some help from the coverage in the back end, slipped inside the offensive lineman and sacked Mettenberger in the second. Cox batted a pass on the next play. Drew a holding call on a run play in the third. Fought off defenders and stopped Bishop Sankey after a 4-yard run in the third. He played 62 percent of the snaps. Announcers made it a point to mention how much Chip Kelly praised Cox during production meetings. He’s had a great season. The Eagles need him to be disruptive against Dallas. Read more »

Eagles Injuries: Updates On Tobin, Kelce, Kendricks

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Matt Tobin (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, but Andrew Gardner continued to take reps at right guard with the first team.

Here is the injury report (all full participants):

DE Brandon Bair (elbow), CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring), C Jason Kelce (thumb), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf, hamstring), WR Jeff Maehl (foot), S Chris Maragos (groin), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), T Matt Tobin (concussion). Read more »

Gardner Steps In For Tobin

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Matt Tobin suffered a concussion against the Packers and sat out practice for the second straight day. Chip Kelly said the injury occurred during the last drive and that Tobin notified the trainers in the locker room after the game.

Andrew Gardner has been getting the first-team reps in Tobin’s absence this week. Read more »

Midseason Grades: Eagles Defense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

With eight games down and eight to go, let’s take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand. We’ll hand out grades for performances up to this point and project what’s in store for the months ahead.

Here’s the defense. We’ll get to the offense in a later installment. Read more »

How the Loss Of Ryans Impacts Kendricks

Kendricks

Mychal Kendricks admitted that he was scared when DeMeco Ryans first went down. The heart of the defense — his mentor – was unable to get off the NRG Stadium turf, and it shook the young linebacker.

But as Ryans got carted off and reality set in that he was not coming back, Kendricks said something triggered inside of him.

“Just natural instincts kicked in. I went over to Casey [Matthews] and I was like, ‘Let’s f***** go, let’s step this s*** up, it’s time to rise to the occasion. Let’s do this damn thing. Let’s get this win for my boy,’” he said. Read more »

Why Isn’t Kendricks Making All the Calls?

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals

When discussing DeMeco Ryans, Eagles coaches have always mentioned his value in getting the defense lined up before the snap.

For every game since the start of the 2013 season, Ryans had served as an extension of Billy Davis on the field. He watched film, he studied, and everyone on that side of the ball trusted him. Ryans had the helmet with the headset that connected to Davis, and the process went smoothly on a weekly basis.

But with the Eagles’ leader sidelined due to an Achilles’ injury, the coaches now have to come up with a new plan for who will make the calls. Mychal Kendricks is the only three-down inside linebacker on the roster, but he’s not going to take over full play-calling duties. Read more »

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