Three-And-Out: Eagles-Giants Predictions

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

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Kapadia: Nick Foles

Sometimes, it’s OK to go with the most obvious guy.

Foles is clearly working through some things right now. He’s turned it over four times (three interceptions, one fumble) in the last two games. He has morphed into one of the worst deep ball throwers in the NFL (2-for-16 on passes of 20+ yards the last two weeks), and he looks jittery in the pocket. Read more »

Has the League Figured Out Chip Kelly, Nick Foles?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The candidacies of Chip Kelly and Nick Foles for Man of the Year in Philadelphia took a bigger hit this week than the SRC.

Indeed, grades are being placed on Kelly and Foles — and this after the Eagles won a game last Sunday over the St. Louis Rams. The win made the Birds 4-1 on the season, and gives them a chance to build a huge line of credit with a win over the New York Giants on Sunday that would take them into their seasonal bye having won five of their first six games of the NFL season,

So here’s what the people are now suggesting: The rest of the league has quickly caught on to and conquered Kelly’s innovative ways, while Foles is no better than an average quarterback who’s playing scared and unconfident. (Somewhere, Buzz Bissinger, the journo-provocateur whose spring Philly Mag profile of Foles suggested such, is grinning and spitting out canary feathers).

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All-22: The State Of the Eagles’ Offense

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After Sunday’s win against the Rams, Chip Kelly discussed the process of feeling out opposing defenses early in games.

“Just try to loosen them up,” Kelly said. “A lot of times as we play teams, it’s figuring how they decide to defend us. They were in a big man scheme, different than some of the other teams we face. Trying to get a feel for what they are going to do from a defensive standpoint.

“They have done a good job of playing zone and man. Just what are they going to choose to play us in, and they chose to play us in a lot more man today than we had seen. Even any of the other games we had played, I think Jacksonville and San Francisco played us in a ton of zone. These guys, their choice was to play us in man. Just have to do a better job with some of our man beaters. We had some guys there, but we have to do a better job. We knew what we were getting. We just have to execute.”

For the second week in a row, the offense looked shaky, managing two touchdown drives while turning the ball over three times. Read more »

Philadelphia to Bissinger: Buzz Off

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Philadelphians have responded to Buzz Bissinger’s request for an apology with a definitive “Shut the Fuc* up” you “narcissistic moron.” Those quotes came from a couple of the kinder comments and tweets directed at Bissinger following his desperate and needy appearance on WIP radio.

Before I share more responses to Buzz, a little background:

After Nick Foles was leveled by a cheap shot from 325-pound Washington Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker, a vicious hit that would have knocked a lesser man out of the game, the Eagles quarterback got up and led his team to victory in one of the gutsiest NFL performances of the year. The next day I wrote that Buzz Bissinger owed Nick Foles an apology. Bissinger wrote a cover story on Foles for Philadelphia magazine where he called the quarterback “soft” and “chicken shit.”

Bissinger waited until Foles had a less than stellar performance to respond and then called in to the Angelo Cataldi radio show to say it was Philadelphia who owed him an apology for giving him such a hard time about the article. And then Bissinger doubled-down on the Foles hate, again calling him “chicken” and claiming he doesn’t have what it takes to win in the NFL.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Foles Riding the Wave

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

At this point last season, Nick Foles was preparing to make his first start under Chip Kelly.

It was Week 6 and Michael Vick had injured his hamstring against the Giants the game prior and Foles, after losing the quarterback competition to Vick that summer, was about to get another crack at it. He did well in Tampa that week, tossing three touchdowns and no picks en route to a 31-20 Eagles win. Any optimism that came from that performance was quickly squashed in the following game when Foles stumbled hard against Dallas. He left that dismal outing with a concussion and zero assurances that he would start another game for the Eagles. Many analysts and fans alike were convinced that the quarterback of the future was not on the roster.

Then came Oakland and up rose Foles. His seven-TD afternoon was the start of an eight-game string that opened some eyes, set some records, and convinced some souls that Foles was the real deal.

If we take a step back and look at the stock chart, that’s the way it’s gone since Foles arrived in Philly as a third-round pick in 2012. There have been big spikes in both directions, and fan sentiment has followed in kind. Right now he’s in an ebb, and there is concern about what his inconsistent play means when it comes to the long-term stability of the position. Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Rams

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Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Rams.

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Nick Foles - He’s not playing well. Foles is missing throws, making questionable decisions and looks jittery in the pocket. Overall, he went 24-for-37 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Foles turned the ball over a second time on a fumble while scrambling. Read more »

Buzz Bissinger Claims Vindication on Nick Foles

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Picture of Buzz Bissinger by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, via her Twitter feed. @SabrinaRErdely

Once upon a time, Buzz Bissinger didn’t seem to think much of Nick Foles. That time was July, and Buzz was writing for the cover of Philadelphia magazine:

But unless he stops being chickenshit and goes into the middle, he will never guide the Eagles to the place that only tantalizes us. We are tired, Nick. We are already dependent on you. So man up to be the man.

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