Foles On Maclin: ‘I Think He’s Better’

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During one portion of 7-on-7′s Tuesday the first-team offense showed a four-receiver look. From left to right it went: Riley Cooper, Josh Huff, Jordan Matthews, Jeremy Maclin. There were different personnel groupings throughout the day but that one stood out, maybe because it contained the receivers on which the most hope is pinned.

On the outside, two veterans that come with both accomplishment and a caveat. Cooper’s is that he has just one truly productive NFL season under his belt. Maclin’s is that he is coming off major knee surgery.

On the inside, a pair of first-year players who will be the exception rather than the rule if they have standout rookie years.

In the middle of it all, a quarterback in Nick Foles who seems just fine with the weapons he is working with — including the green ones. Read more »

It’s About Time For Musgrave, Foles

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

Bill Musgrave doesn’t exactly have a major project on his hands here.

He is inheriting a quarterback in Nick Foles that finished with the best touchdown/interception ratio in league history in 2013 and a league-high 119.2 QB rating. Still, there is room for improvement, and the coaching staff has identified a couple specific areas for Foles to focus on as he prepares for the upcoming season. Much of it has to do with self-preservation. They want him to “ditch the ball earlier in the down” and reduce the number of hits he is taking in the name of staying healthy.

 Pro Football Focus tracks the time it takes a quarterback to get rid of the ball, from snap to pass attempt, while operating in the pocket. Foles had the highest average (2.88 seconds) in the NFL last year by their calculations. (Russell Wilson was second at 2.82). Similarly, his average time from snap to sack (4.69) was longer than any other signal-caller in the league.

When Foles held onto the ball for 2.5 seconds or less, he was sacked twice. The other 26 came when he held it for 2.6 seconds or more.

Some work to be done, then, for the seasoned coach and the budding QB, and they’ll continue that work during the team’s three-day minicamp, which starts today. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘People Are Going To Listen To Him’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Nick Foles is in a different spot.

He doesn’t want to admit it, but it’s the truth. Last year at this time he was in a battle with Michael Vick and faced an uncertain future. This year, things have changed. He’s the man and has been handed the keys as the Eagles look to improve on last year’s mark and make a playoff run. Read more »

Three Thoughts On the Eagles’ Offense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Below are three leftover thoughts on the Eagles’ offense.

1. The Jordan Matthews hype has reached epic levels recently. At this point, anything short of a 100/1,700/20 stat line may seem like a disappointment.

I hate being the cold water guy, but there are a few factors worth mentioning. Most relevant is the fact that rookie wide receivers historically have a tough time bursting onto the scene in their first year. In the past decade, four rookie wide receivers – Michael Clayton, A.J. Green, Keenan Allen and Marques Colston – have had 1,000-yard seasons. Five – Eddie Royal, Clayton, Allen, Dwayne Bowe and Colston – have had 70+ catches. Read more »

Photos From Eagles OTAs

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Foles Unfazed By Kaepernick Deal

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Nick Foles had to know the question was coming.

After finishing up a conversation with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie at the end of Monday’s practice, Foles made his way to the podium to meet with reporters.

What went through your mind when you saw the Colin Kaepernick deal?

“Nothing,” Foles said. “I was just happy for him. He’s played really well. I followed him in college when he was at Nevada, and I thought he had a great college career, so I was excited to see him be able to provide for his family and do great things with it. So I was happy in that aspect.” Read more »

All-22: Close-Up On Kelly’s Use Of the Mesh


Chip Kelly went into his first year unsure of exactly how opposing defensive coordinators would match up with the Eagles.

What he found out fairly quickly was that the most common strategy was a ton of man coverage. Crowd the box against LeSean McCoy, play with one deep safety and force the Eagles’ passing attack to make plays over the top.

For the most part, Kelly had answers. The offense set franchise records for yards, points and touchdowns. The Eagles also led the league in pass plays of 20+ yards. And one of the most popular concepts the Eagles employed against man coverage was the mesh.

To break down the mesh concept, we called on Villanova wide receivers coach Brian Flinn. Flinn has studied Kelly’s offensive concepts for years and was kind enough to go over the intricacies of this particular one with Birds 24/7.

Meanwhile, Kelly did a film series with and talked about this play at various points throughout the season. His explanations are also mixed in. Read more »

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