Wake-Up Call: A Look At the Safety Position

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders
The safety picture may not be complete, but it is starting to come into focus.

The Eagles signed Nate Allen to a modest one-year deal Monday, bringing the number of safeties on the roster to five. Allen, who is entering his fifth NFL season (kind of hard to believe, isn’t it?), joins Malcolm Jenkins, Earl Wolff, Keelan Johnson and Chris Maragos.

That looks pretty different from the 2013 group, which included Allen, Wolff, Patrick Chung, Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman.

It appears that the Eagles have upgraded the position, if only because Chung is out and Jenkins is in. Read more »

Eagles Bring Nate Allen Back

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Nate Allen surveyed the landscape, and after four years characterized by change, he decided he wouldn’t mind some familiarity in 2014.

“I was just playing the waiting game,” Allen said after signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Eagles. “I really wasn’t trying to get all worked up and stressed out about free agency. I knew the Lord had a plan for me and I just kind of sat back and let everything fall into place. There was a couple other teams I talked to. At the end of the day I knew my heart was here in Philly and this is where I wanted to be, especially with the one-year thing going on.” Read more »

Offseason Outlook: Safeties

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This week, we’ll continue to offer offseason outlooks for the Eagles, position-by-position. Each day, we’ll answer a pressing question and rank the position on the priority scale. First up was quarterback. We covered running backswide receiverstight endsoffensive line, defensive lineoutside linebackers, inside linebackers and cornerbacks. Now let’s look at the safeties.

PRESSING QUESTION: Should the Eagles make a splash in free agency at this spot?

Kapadia: The signals coming out of the NovaCare Complex in regards to free agency so far have been fascinating. The company line (and take that for what it’s worth) is that the team is not looking to go big in free agency. They’ll follow the same methods as a year ago: see how the market plays out, add some mid-tier guys who fit the scheme/culture and are willing to compete, and go from there.

But I think safety has to be an exception. Read more »

Crystal Ball: Nate Allen

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have eight players that are set to become unrestricted free agents: Jeremy MaclinRiley CooperMichael VickNate AllenDonnie JonesKurt ColemanColt Anderson and Clifton Geathers.

Tim and Sheil will look at one free agent per day and give their take on what should and what will happen with these players. They’ve already covered: Maclin, Cooper and Vick.

Today’s focus is on Allen. Read more »

Allen And the Safety Situation

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Howie Roseman
began waxing nostalgic when the safety position was brought up to him once again on Monday.

“You know, it’s amazing, Brian Dawkins was at the game and when you see a guy like that, you really appreciated him when he was here but the longer he’s away, you really get more and more of an appreciation for what a great, great player he was,” said Roseman. “A Hall-of-Fame caliber player at a position that is so hard to find. Man, we were spoiled for a long time with Brian Dawkins.”

The safety spot is starting to become Roseman’s — really, the organization’s — white whale. Read more »

Why They Believe In Chip

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

When asked why he was so confident that his program could work in the NFL, Chip Kelly offered a somewhat surprising response.

“I wasn’t confident,” he said. “I had a system and a plan that we were going to go in, but I didn’t know what the outcome was going to be until it was all finished. But I think we played sound fundamental football, and I think that’s what we preach on a daily basis to our players. I think it’s still a game of 11-on-11, and I think a lot of things we do schematically match up 11-on-11. It’s a fundamental game, and I think that’s what our coaches teach. I thought we brought in a bunch of really good teachers that could implement the plan that we had in place, and we felt this would be the best plan for us this year going forward.”

Going into next season, new faces will be added, but many of the core players from the 2013 squad will remain the same.

Keeping that in mind, I posed one simple question to the players earlier this week as they cleaned out their lockers:

What did Kelly do in Year One that makes you believe he can lead this franchise to greater heights going forward? Read more »

Setting Up the Eagles’ Offseason

Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper. Photo | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Minutes after Chip Kelly watched Shayne Graham’s 32-yard field goal split the uprights with time expiring at Lincoln Financial Field, he stood before a roomful of reporters and was asked to reflect on what his team had accomplished in his first year as the Eagles’ head coach.

“You’re probably right that it’s probably a little too soon for that,” Kelly said. “I thought we were going to be a good team when I met these guys for the first time because I know how hard they worked and how hard they wanted to invest in this. And then I watched it first-hand – them come to work every day and really invest in this whole process. It’s just disappointing right now. But I don’t think us winning the division or getting to the playoffs was a surprise to us. I just think everybody is really disappointed that we’re not moving forward.” Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Defense Vs. Dallas

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Here’s a position-by-position review of the Eagles’ defensive performance against Dallas after having watched the coaches tape.

DEFENSIVE LINE

* This group limited DeMarco Murray to 51 yards on 17 carries (3.0 YPC). Cedric Thornton probably had the best game of any of the linemen. He combined with Bennie Logan to stop Murray after a 3-yard run in the first half. In the third, Thornton and Brandon Boykin dropped Murry for a 4-yard loss, putting Dallas in a tough third-down spot. Thornton finished with two tackles.

* Fletcher Cox was quiet – one tackle, no sacks, no hurries. Logan had three tackles. He pressured Kyle Orton and helped force him into a bad throw in the second.

* All three starting defensive linemen jumped early once, drawing flags. Read more »

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