Eagles Wake-Up Call: Replacing DeMeco

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

Billy Davis was singing the praises of DeMeco Ryans last week like he has so many times since taking over as defensive coordinator.

One of the big story lines heading into Sunday’s game was Ryans’ return to Houston to play his former team. Davis was asked to speak to what the veteran linebacker brings both behind the scenes and on the field.

“DeMeco is one of the finest men I’ve been around.  He’s a relentless worker; you can’t outwork him.  He’s a great leader.  He’s a very calm leader,” Davis said. “During the game everybody gets amped up and it takes all that you have, every ounce of what you have, to play every snap.  Tempers get going and emotions get going, and that’s the way you have to play the game.  DeMeco is a calming influence.  He plays at that level, he plays with that intensity, but the way he talks to his teammates, the way he coaches them out there, is a very calming effect on the defense.

“He makes good, quick decisions that set our defense up.  We have a lot of checks and he gets us in and out of calls based on formation or the quarterback audibling.  Without DeMeco, I don’t know if we could do as much as we do.”

At the time, those quotes were about what the Eagles’ defense was fortunate to have. Now they highlight what it has lost.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Leftovers From Chip

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Here are three leftovers from Chip Kelly’s session with reporters on Monday.

1. A big question this week will be: How does the offense change with Mark Sanchez running the show as opposed to Nick Foles?

At one point, Kelly seemed to indicate it wouldn’t change much.

“We’re going to run our offense the way we run it,” he said. “I think there may be a throw here that he likes better. [Maybe] he likes to throw the 18‑yard in as opposed to the 15‑yard dig or things like that. Little things like that way. But we won’t drastically change anything if he’s in there.” Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Texans, the Day After

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON - Jason Kelce decided it was his turn to play DJ.

His linemate, Jason Peters, generally is in charge of the music in the locker room after games. But with Peters in the shower, Kelce took a peek at the playlist, found some 80s rock, blasted it and returned to his stall two spots down.

The Eagles’ center had reason to be in a celebratory mood. He suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 3, had surgery, rehabbed and returned ahead of schedule Sunday against the Texans. Kelce was part of an effort that got the Eagles back to their offensive roots: tempo and the run game.

Running backs LeSean McCoy (23 for 117), Chris Polk (8 for 50) and Darren Sproles (3 for 17) combined for 184 yards on 34 carries (5.4 YPC). The run game lifted the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Texans. Read more »

Chip: ‘We’re Not Looking Into Safeties’

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Hours before Nate Allen was beat by John Brown for a game-changing 75-yard touchdown, a report surfaced that the Eagles are looking to upgrade their safety position prior to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Chip Kelly addressed those whispers during his day-after press conference.

“No, I don’t know where that report came from,” said Kelly. “A lot of times the people that float that are the people that want their safety picked up. I may look into that but we’re not actively looking to upgrade. Read more »

Kendricks, Sproles Limited Again

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and Darren Sproles were listed as limited participants for the second straight day Thursday.

Kendricks once again lined up alongside DeMeco Ryans during individual drills, but sat out for a spell and stood alongside a trainer with his helmet off before rejoining the action.

“He won’t play this week,” said one of the defensive players. Others weren’t as sure.

Kendricks has not addressed the media this week.

Jason Kelce (hernia) and Evan Mathis (knee) were also limited. DeMeco Ryans (groin),  Jaylen Watkins (wrist) and Chris Polk (hamstring) practiced in full.

There have been no indications that Matthew Tucker will be called up from the practice squad. One teammate we talked to expects Sproles to be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, Polk will be the primary backup and Trey Burton will be the emergency back as he was against the Giants.

Mathis Returns; Sproles, Kendricks Limited

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Evan Mathis showed off the large brace caging his left knee at his locker stall Wednesday afternoon. He gave the black contraption a smack and lifted his leg this way and that to demonstrate that he had good range of motion. The All-Pro guard had just wrapped up his first practice since suffering an MCL injury in the opener against Jacksonville, and was clearly pleased with how it went.

“It felt great. I was really looking forward to getting back out there and was trying to go into it with the mindset like I wasn’t hurt and not try to favor anything, and it held up as good as it could hold up,” he said. “I didn’t feel any instability, I didn’t feel any weakness. Counting this week I have three full weeks of practice before I have to play so I think that’s going to be ample time to get back to right where I need to be.” Read more »

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