Here’s what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Here’s what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles this week:
Sam Bradford has played well as of late, and with leverage firmly on his side, he will determine his fate as a potential free agent this offseason, writes ESPN’s John Keim.
By giving up Nick Foles and a second-round draft pick in 2016 for Bradford with no conditions regarding a contract extension, the Eagles surrendered any leverage. It was an oversight borne of Chip Kelly’s new role as de facto general manager and his broken relationship with ousted GM Howie Roseman.
At the very least, according to an NFL executive with experience in such negotiations, the Eagles had the opportunity to renegotiate the terms of Bradford’s 2015 contract. Bradford’s incentive to lower his salary would have been the opportunity to move on from St. Louis and avoid a trade to a less desirable team (the Cleveland Browns were also interested in Bradford, for instance). Read more »
The back-and-forth drama between Chip Kelly and LeSean McCoy, dormant for months since McCoy’s last comments about the trade that sent him from Philadelphia to Buffalo, was rekindled this week.
On Wednesday, McCoy told Philadelphia reporters in a conference call that he didn’t want to shake Chip Kelly’s hand before the Eagles face the Bills on Sunday.
Before Thursday’s practice, Kelly was asked about McCoy’s comments. Kelly launched into a two-minute spiel on what he believed went wrong with the trade this past spring, and why he understands McCoy’s point of view.
Below are Kelly’s comments, when asked about McCoy’s saying he didn’t want to shake hands.
Here’s what the media are saying about the Eagles this week:
Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia continues to be polarizing, but he deserves another year to flesh out his ideas, writes Yahoo! Sports’s Charles Robinson.
The Philadelphia Eagles are giving the one-or-the-other argument plenty of ammunition in 2015. One moment the Eagles are getting plowed under in losses to the Detroit Lions or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the next they’re beating the defending champion New England Patriots on the road. So the pendulum of opinion swings – Chip is the next Steve Spurrier, Chip is the next Jimmy Johnson.
Neither is a fair estimate at this point. Forty-five meaningful games have passed and it’s still too early to say what Kelly is, good, terrible or mediocre. Nearing the final stretch of his third season, Kelly has lived inside all three of those boxes. Determining which represents him best requires a larger sample size. And that means one thing at this point for ownership: making the correct determination on Kelly means letting this season and next play out.
A pair of former Eagles playmakers faced off on Sunday when LeSean McCoy and the Bills battled Jeremy Maclin and the Chiefs in a fight for playoff picture relevancy. Maclin and Kansas City prevailed, 30-22, on the back of an impressive outing from the wideout.
Maclin caught nine passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, propelling the Chiefs’ offense, while McCoy had 101 total yards and a receiving TD.
“[Maclin] made the Bills pay for their decision to single-cover him early in the game,” ESPN’s Adam Teicher writes. “He caught a 37-yard pass to set up Kansas City’s first touchdown and scored their second one on a 41-yard catch. He finished with nine catches and a season-high 160 yards.”
Maclin now has 57 catches for 772 yards and three touchdowns this year. He has over 140 receiving yards more than the Eagles’ leading pass-catcher, Jordan Matthews, and has already eclipsed Kansas City’s leading receiver from last year, Dwayne Bowe.
Monday afternoon, the inevitable became the reality. Jeff Fisher benched Nick Foles as the Rams’ starting quarterback in favor of Case Keenum after nine underwhelming games from Foles, the quarterback they traded for this offseason and extended before the regular season began, writes ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.
“We’re going to go ahead and go with [Keenum],” Fisher told reporters Monday, per Wagoner. “This is my decision. Nobody came down the hall and said, ‘This is what we need to do.’ The lack of offensive production is a collective effort and coaching. But we need more production, and it starts with that position.
“I don’t expect Nick to like it,” Fisher continued to tell reporters. “He’s competitive, but he understands, and we’re gonna move forward here. I’m not saying this is week-to-week, but this is what’s best right now for our team as we move forward, from a production standpoint offensively.” Read more »
After nine weeks, both the Eagles and the Rams — two teams that swapped quarterbacks this offseason — stand at 4-4.
But Sam Bradford and the Eagles topped division rival Dallas in overtime on Sunday night to improve to that record. Nick Foles and the Rams, on the other hand, fell to the Vikings in overtime in a high-stakes NFC matchup.
In the loss, Foles looked average at best, and listless at worst, the St. Louis Dispatch’s Benjamin Hochman wrote Monday morning.
As the Eagles rested during the bye week, plenty of former Birds around the league picked up wins, including one European victory.
Here’s an update on the Eagles’ offseason departures. Read more »
Jeremy Maclin suffered a concussion in the Chiefs’ loss to the Vikings in Week 6, leaving the game in the fourth quarter after hitting his head hard on the turf.
According to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that Maclin had passed the concussion test by Friday of Week 7, but the team held him out as a precautionary measure.
“There’s a lot of layers to this thing, and we felt as a group it was best to hold him,” Burkholder said, according to Kerkhoff. “That’s what we do as a medical staff in the National Football League. We’re charged with protecting these players and along with coach (Andy) Reid, Jeremy and our docs, we made a decision to hold him.” Read more »
When Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was bugged by injuries in late September, early reports suggested he would miss the entire month of October recovering.
But on Sunday, McCoy was in the lineup for the Bills as they faced the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals stayed undefeated with a 34-21 victory, but McCoy had his best game in the blue and red, taking 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.
“McCoy was back to his cut-on-a-dime ways Sunday, leaving Cincinnati defensive linemen gasping for air on multiple runs,” wrote Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News. “He busted loose for 33 yards on his first carry.” Read more »