Peters, Baker Fined For Fight

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Jason Peters
and Washington defensive lineman Chris Baker were both fined for their involvement in the fight Sunday during the Eagles-Redskins game.

Peters was fined $10,000 for unnecessarily striking an opponent in the head after the play was over, while Baker was fined $8,268 for grabbing an opponent by the facemask. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Foles Keeps On Ticking

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles

Whenever asked about Nick Foles‘ toughness, Chip Kelly always points back to the beating Foles used to take when Oregon and Arizona faced off.

“I think you’ve got to respect Nick.  I’ve said it all along.  I saw him do it in college.  We hit the heck out of him when we were at Oregon and he played at Arizona,” said Kelly, “and he just kept getting up and throwing and standing in there.”

In the three games where Kelly’s Ducks met Foles’ Wildcats, Foles was sacked eight times. And that only begins to tell the story.

“He got hit a lot. I hit him quite a bit,” said Casey Matthews. “I actually hurt my neck I tried to hit him so hard. He was facing away and I hit him and I felt my neck crunch. He got up from it. The ball went down, he got up, no big deal. But it kind of kills your morale a little bit. That’s just Nick, though. He’s going to try and stay in the game no matter what.”
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Chip Disagrees With NFL Over Baker Hit

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly still believes that the Chris Baker hit on Nick Foles was illegal even if the NFL does not.

On Tuesday Troy Vincent,  the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said that Baker “didn’t do anything wrong with that hit,” and would not be fined, noting that Baker did not strike Foles in the head or neck area.

But there are other things to consider when it comes to that sequence, Kelly argued. Read more »

Buzz Bissinger Owes Nick Foles an Apology

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline - USA Today

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline – USA Today

Long before the cheap shot on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles by Washington Redskins 325-pound nose tackle Chris Baker, Buzz Bissinger launched his own cheap shot at Foles. Baker attacked Foles’ body; Bissinger attacked his character.

Bissinger penned the cover story on Foles for the July issue of Philadelphia magazine. Bissinger, frustrated that Foles refused an interview, lashed out like a petulant child. In the article he called Foles a “one-dimensional choirboy caricature.” He said Foles has “fragility embedded into everything.” Bissinger, always Mr. Class, even called Foles “chicken shit” and said he needed to “man-up.”

But of all the quotes in the article, one paragraph stands out as especially foolish now that Foles has bounced back from a hit that would have sidelined most quarterbacks.

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Zone Read: Eagles-Washington, the Day After

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Nick Foles walked slowly and gingerly from his locker to the podium in the media room at Lincoln Financial Field.

He had removed his jersey and shoulder pads and cleats. But he hadn’t showered yet and still was in his game-worn pants, pads protecting his thighs and quadriceps.

If Foles hadn’t realized it before, he found out with about 9:56 left in the fourth quarter that as a quarterback in the NFL, it’s always wise to keep your guard up because you never know when the next hit is coming.

Foles had let up after it looked like Washington defensive back Bashaud Breeland was down on an interception return. But behind him to his right came 325-pound defensive lineman Chris Baker with a leveling blow that lifted Foles off the ground and put him in a daze, sparking a melee on the Washington sideline.

“No I didn’t,” Foles said, when asked if he saw the hit coming. “He got me pretty good. I did not see him. …I thought the guy was down so that’s why I wasn’t looking for anyone. The next thing I know I’m just obliterated, so I don’t know.” Read more »

‘Let’s Make Them Pay For This’

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

All hell broke loose early in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.

An already chippy game devolved into a flat-out melee after Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker crushed Nick Foles on an interception return, drawing the ire of Jason Peters.

“I got up off the ground and I saw Jason in a sprint after somebody and I was like, ‘Oh, no. This isn’t good,’” said Todd Herremans. “But I just think he was doing what he gets paid to do: protect Nick.

“I thought about stepping in the way, but I just would have gotten murdered.” Read more »

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