Eagles Wake-Up Call: Where Wolff Stands

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Earl Wolff suddenly finds himself in a pretty precarious position.

There was some optimism surrounding the second-year safety heading into the season. Chip Kelly noted back in the spring how Wolff was back to “flying around” the field after being hobbled by a knee injury down the stretch of the 2013 campaign. “Right now we’re really excited about Earl,” he said.

The head coach’s tone was much different leading into the Texans game.

“Earl’s been okay. I think he needs to be a little bit more consistent from [a training] standpoint. But he’s okay,” said Kelly. Wolff started that week in place of the injured Nate Allen and was up and down. The next day the Eagles signed safety Chris Prosinski when DeMeco Ryans was placed on injured reserve. Seven days after being plucked off the street, Prosinski was active and Wolff was on the outside looking in.

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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 »

Shurmur: This Is A QB-Friendly System

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mark Sanchez has looked pretty comfortable at the controls of this Chip Kelly offense in the few times he has taken it out for a test drive. He opened some eyes during the summer with his fluid play and quick decision-making even though the system was foreign and the speed lighting-fast. While there were some mistakes, he seemed at home in relief of Nick Foles on Sunday in Houston as well.

While the real grading begins now, it appears that he has a pretty firm grasp of the offense despite not being around it for very long. Foles and Michael Vick picked it up pretty fast as well.

Is there something about the system that allows for a quick development out of the quarterbacks?
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All-22: On Davis, Allen And the Talent On Defense

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Billy Davis made sure he spoke with conviction. He knew hesitating for even a split-second would allow the public to draw its own conclusions.

Asked if he’s still confident in Nate Allen, the Eagles defensive coordinator responded quickly: “Absolutely confident in Nate Allen. No question.”

Davis was grilled earlier this week about the big plays the Eagles’ defense allowed against the Cardinals. He offered a passionate defense of Allen, sticking up for the veteran safety who had been blamed by many for the Eagles’ second loss of the season.

The specific play in focus was the 75-yard touchdown to John Brown. The Eagles were in quarters coverage, meaning Allen and Cary Williams were dividing the top half of the field; each was responsible for a quarter. Read more »

Ready Or Not, Wolff Could Get His Shot

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Earl Wolff is running with the first team and is expected to start if Nate Allen can’t get past his hamstring injury in time for Sunday. Asked how Wolff has been progressing in practice over the last few weeks, Chip Kelly didn’t exactly sing the young safety’s praises.

“Earl’s been okay. I think he needs to be a little bit more consistent from that standpoint. But he’s okay,” said Kelly.

Wolff did not seem to agree with the idea that he’s been inconsistent. Read more »

Chip: A Lot Of It Is Up To Herremans

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

The pads were on Wednesday and Todd Herremans was out there, a large wrap around his left arm to protect his torn biceps.

He lined up with the first team once again and was listed as a full participant on the practice report. The 10-year vet will try to push through the pain in hopes of playing Sunday.

“A lot of it will be Todd’s determination and what he can and can’t do,” said Chip Kelly. “We’ll just sit down and visit with him at the end of the week and make a determination of what he can and can’t do. From a guy like him, a veteran like him that understands himself and has been through a lot, a lot of that is on him and our [medical] staff. None of it is my call. I don’t make any calls on who plays and who doesn’t play, it’s really our medical team making a decision of can he play, and then Todd’s decision of if he can play.” Read more »

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