Shurmur: This Is A QB-Friendly System

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Leftovers From Chip

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Here are three leftovers from Chip Kelly’s session with reporters on Monday.

1. A big question this week will be: How does the offense change with Mark Sanchez running the show as opposed to Nick Foles?

At one point, Kelly seemed to indicate it wouldn’t change much.

“We’re going to run our offense the way we run it,” he said. “I think there may be a throw here that he likes better. [Maybe] he likes to throw the 18‑yard in as opposed to the 15‑yard dig or things like that. Little things like that way. But we won’t drastically change anything if he’s in there.” Read more »

Foles Out 6-8 Weeks; Eagles To Add Safety

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj - USA Today

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

Nick Foles will not have surgery but is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, an NFL source confirmed. The quarterback fractured his clavicle in the first quarter against Houston when his non-throwing shoulder was driven into the ground by Whitney Mercilus.

Mark Sanchez replaced Foles under center and went 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. It will be his show for the foreseeable future.

If the timetable holds true, Foles could return to action against Dallas on December 14  at the earliest.

“I feel great about Mark. We’ve felt great about him all along. I always say we need to have two quarterbacks and the chance to get him in here, I think he’s done a great job in our system,” said Chip Kelly. “I thought he played outstanding in the preseason and showed no rust or anything when he got in there yesterday against Houston. We feel real confident. We obviously feel very bad for Nick that he’s out but I feel very confident in Mark if we have to go in that direction.”

In other injury-related news, Howie Roseman said on his radio show that DeMeco Ryans will be placed on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles against Houston. To fill his roster spot, the Eagles will sign former Jaguars safety Chris Prosinski.  Read more »

Chip: Foles Has Crack In Clavicle

Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly confirmed that Nick Foles has a “crack” in his clavicle. An MRI this afternoon will help determine whether the quarterback needs surgery and how long he will be sidelined.

It is Mark Sanchez‘s show for the time being, and Kelly told reporters at his day-after press conference that he is very comfortable with the veteran quarterback at the controls. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Texans, the Day After

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON - Jason Kelce decided it was his turn to play DJ.

His linemate, Jason Peters, generally is in charge of the music in the locker room after games. But with Peters in the shower, Kelce took a peek at the playlist, found some 80s rock, blasted it and returned to his stall two spots down.

The Eagles’ center had reason to be in a celebratory mood. He suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 3, had surgery, rehabbed and returned ahead of schedule Sunday against the Texans. Kelce was part of an effort that got the Eagles back to their offensive roots: tempo and the run game.

Running backs LeSean McCoy (23 for 117), Chris Polk (8 for 50) and Darren Sproles (3 for 17) combined for 184 yards on 34 carries (5.4 YPC). The run game lifted the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Texans. Read more »

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