Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘It’s My Fault’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When asked to assess the play of Riley Cooper through four games, Chip Kelly noted that statistically Cooper is ahead of where he was at this point last season. And that’s pretty much true. Cooper has 15 catches on 26 targets for 125 yards with no touchdowns. Last year at the quarter mark, Cooper had eight catches on 18 targets for 93 yards and a score.

The 27-year-old went on to have a breakout season, finishing with 47 grabs for 835 yards and eight TDs. In theory, this campaign could follow a similar trajectory. But there’s certainly no guarantee that it will. And the fact that this slow start is a notch above last year’s slow start doesn’t erase this fact: Cooper’s performance to date hasn’t been good enough, and he knows it. Read more »

Inside Voices: How the Eagles Tipped Their Hand

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that suggests the Niners’ defense was picking up on the Eagles’ tells Sunday, which helps explain why a normally potent attack was shut down and shut out.

Matt Tobin said after the game that there were times when the San Francisco defense seemed to know exactly what was coming. David Molk echoed that sentiment on Thursday.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say the Niners as a group, but certain players within that group. I don’t know how they knew but they just [did],” said Molk.

Safety Antoine Bethea was one such player. His secret? He decoded a Nick Foles signal. Read more »

Chip On State of the Receivers

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

A frustrated Josh Huff told reporters yesterday that he has been ready to play for the last week-and-a-half. Not so, says Chip Kelly. 

“He wasn’t ready to go physically or mentally last week. He knew that. We talked to him on Friday, told him what his status was and that he wasn’t going to be active on Sunday,” he said. “Last week was his first full week practicing, and then didn’t actually practice all through Wednesday, took a shot and was out for a couple plays. We have to make sure that he is 100 percent healthy physically and mentally to go play.” Read more »

All-22: Dissecting the Eagles’ Offensive Issues

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David Molk seemed somewhat surprised to see a group of reporters waiting by his locker Tuesday afternoon.

“Molk! Molk! Molk!” chanted DeMeco Ryans, sporting a giant smile a couple stalls down.

“C’mon ‘Mec,” said the Eagles center. “Partner interview. I need some veteran help.”

The scene served as a good reminder of the twists and turns of an NFL season. A year ago, Molk was helping out his high school team, after having been cut by the San Diego Chargers. As recently as July, it looked like he would be battling for one of the team’s final roster spots.

But now, with Jason Kelce sidelined, Molk is a starter. On Sunday, that meant making the calls and setting the protections for an offense that was shut out against the San Francisco 49ers. Read more »

What’s Up With Nick Foles?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The numbers aren’t pretty for Nick Foles. 

He walked off the field Sunday having completed just 21 of his 43 pass attempts (49 percent) for 195 yards with a pair of interceptions. His 42.3 quarterback rating against the Niners is his worst under Chip Kelly — even lower than the one that accompanied his disastrous outing against Dallas last October.

Through four games, his 57.8 completion percentage ranks 29th in the NFL and his 81.7 QB rating 25th. It’s pretty plain to see that, outside of the Washington game, the 25-year-old hasn’t been firing on all cylinders. As the San Francisco game showed us, there are multiple reasons for that.
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Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. 49ers

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched.

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Nick Foles – He followed up a tremendous performance in Week 3 with another uneven outing in Week 4. Foles went 21-for-43 for 195 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He again took some big hits, but when Foles had opportunities to hit on plays downfield, he didn’t capitalize. The Eagles managed just one completion of 20+ yards all game long.

It looked like the gameplan early was to go with the quick game. Foles completed his first pass to Jeremy Maclin and then went right back to him and misfired. Later on the drive, he overthrew Brent Celek on a corner route that could have resulted in a 25+ yard play. He then overthrew Zach Ertz on the same route to the other side of the field, although it looked like Ertz might have been held on the play. Chip Kelly referred to four overthrows. The third was to Maclin on a deep post in the second. FOX analyst Troy Aikman mentioned that Foles could have probably maneuvered in the pocket before delivering. Foles’ fourth overthrow was to Riley Cooper on another deep post. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-49ers, the Day After

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Surrounded by a group of reporters at his locker, the usually talkative LeSean McCoy appeared to be a man without much to say on Sunday evening.

He first spoke about being embarrassed that the offense accounted for zero points in the Eagles’ 26-21 loss to the 49ers. But then the line of questioning became a bit more specific, focusing on the struggles of the rushing attack.

“I’m not talking about running the football,” McCoy said. “I don’t even want to talk about that. Any other questions?”

There were other questions, but in some form or another, many of them involved the fact that the Eagles had just managed 22 total  yards on the ground on 12 carries (1.8 YPC). Of that, McCoy was responsible for 17 yards on 1o carries (1.7 YPC). Read more »

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