Eagles Wake-Up Call: Belichick On Kelly, Foles

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Washington Redskins

FOXBORO, Mass. Bill Belichick said he didn’t study the Eagles’ offense last year. He had no reason to since they weren’t on the Patriots’ schedule.

But he clearly took notice of what his old pal Chip Kelly was able to accomplish – specifically offensively – in his first season as an NFL head coach.

“No, I think Chip is a good coach, does a good job,” Belichick said, when asked if he was surprised that the Eagles were 10-6 and won the NFC East. “They’re a good football team. I think that the play that they got at quarterback last year was real good. I’m not sure that anybody totally saw that coming, but that was a big part of it. They had a lot of explosive plays. They’re very dynamic on offense and created more explosive plays than anybody in the league. They do a good job.” Read more »

Notes: Maclin Holds His Own Against Revis

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

FOXBORO — Following Friday night’s game in Chicago, Jeremy Maclin was asked for his thoughts on squaring off against Darrelle Revis this week.

“He’s one of the best. One of the best to ever play,” he said. “I’m excited about that. Another opportunity to get better, another opportunity to go up against one of the best, and I think I’m ready for it.”

Maclin got more than his fair share of work against the five-time Pro Bowler during Tuesday’s joint session with the Patriots on the practice fields just outside Gillette Stadium, and acquitted himself fairly well. Read more »

Photos: Practice At Franklin Field

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Photos by Jeff Fusco

Camp Notes: A Day At Franklin Field

Chip Kelly
As Chip Kelly made his way into historic Franklin Field, a fan in the stands a stone’s throw away screamed out, ‘Hey, Chip!’ The coach shot a quick look up and saw a shirtless man with arms spread wide, eager to show off an Eagles tattoo just below his neck that ran shoulder to shoulder.

Later, Kelly went to the edge of those stands as Eagles chants rained down, taking extended time to shake hands and chat up the crowd. He autographed a couple jerseys on his way out and posed for some photos and a little conversation with those that requested it before hopping onto the team bus on 33rd street. The players followed suit.

Some 28,000 fans turned out for Sunday’s practice to see a memorable blending of present and past. It was the most intimate setting for a training camp practice that we’ve seen since Kelly was hired and the scene shifted from Lehigh back to Philly. Read more »

Kelly Talks Foles, Sanchez And the Offense

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

The word Chip Kelly used to describe his team’s offensive performance Friday night was sloppy.

The starters stayed in the game for three series, and the results were ugly: two turnovers and a punt.

“The second one was 2nd-and-4,” Kelly said, when asked about Nick Foles’ interceptions. “We didn’t get a great seal. It was a naked [bootleg] play. Those are the times where we’ve just gotta make the decision to throw the ball away. Let’s not force it in there. We’re in real good field position on their side of the ball. On the other one, I think there was a twist up front. There was some pressure. Again, they were playing zone defense. We’ve just gotta be smarter with the football.” Read more »

Foles, First-Team Offense Struggle

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
CHICAGO — Not a great start for Nick Foles and company.

The first-team offense played three series in the preseason opener against the Bears. Two ended in Foles interceptions and the third a Donnie Jones punt. Not the end of the world, but certainly not what Chip Kelly was hoping for out of his starters.

Foles finished 6-of-9 for 44 yards and a pair of picks. Read more »

A Big Moment For Barkley

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The dynamics have shifted a good deal in the short time Matt Barkley has been a member of the Eagles.

When he was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, the quarterback position was still up for grabs. There was Nick Foles and there was Michael Vick and there were questions about both. At that time Chip Kelly‘s depth chart was written in sand and with that came possibility, especially for a signal-caller that the head coach hand-picked.
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