As the Eagles prepare to wrap up the 2016 regular season on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, let’s take a look at some of the best stories from around the web from the past week. Read more »
Just last month, Jim Schwartz was still being called a “hot head coaching candidate” for 2017. The Eagles’ defense ranked in the top-3 in points allowed per game, and Schwartz’s unit was good enough to keep Philadelphia in games even as the offense struggled to score.
Flash forward to Week 13, however, and Schwartz may not even get interviews now for head coaching jobs in the offseason. The Eagles are still 10th in points allowed per game, but the defense’s play has been in a sharp decline over the past few weeks.
“We’re in a three-game slump. We had good games and bad games in that nine-game stretch early. Some games we played better than others, but these last three, we’ve been in a slump for a lot of different reasons,” Schwartz said. “We’re in a slump, and it didn’t matter what we were calling. A couple (months) ago when I was up here, we were talking about Minnesota and I said, ‘It didn’t matter what I was calling, they were all working.’ In this [Bengals] game, it didn’t matter. Didn’t matter what we were calling, it wasn’t working. Read more »
The Eagles’ 24-15 win over the Falcons furthered one inescapable fact about Philadelphia this season: They’re a completely different team at home than they are on the road. They’re 4-0 at the Linc, but 1-4 in away games as their average point differential shifts from +17 per game to -1 outside of Philadelphia.
“When you’re on the road, you try to press just a little bit,” Doug Pederson said. “You try to get that quick, early lead and take the crowd out of the game. You do some things that are a little uncharacteristic of what you do at home. We just can’t do that. We got to stick to the game plan. We got to approach it much like a home game and trust the players, trust the plan. Let the game come to us a little bit, as opposed to trying to make something happen.
“We got to handle the crowd noise better. There are quite a few factors we’ve got to address and clean up going into these road games.” Read more »
Some position-by-position thoughts on the Eagles’ defense after watching the All-22 coaches film from their 24-15 win over the Falcons:
*Jim Schwartz turned in another terrific game calling the shots, and while the Eagles have plenty of talent on defense, he’s a big reason the Birds rank third in the NFL in points per game allowed, sixth in yards per game allowed and sixth in takeaways. Against Atlanta, Schwartz’s unit held the Falcons to season lows in points (15), yards (303), first downs (11), offensive plays (48) and time of possession (21:50). Before the game on Sunday, Atlanta ranked first in the NFL in points per game (33.9) and second in the league in yards per game (429.2). Read more »
After exiting the Eagles’ 24-15 win over the Falcons in the second quarter with a head injury, Nolan Carroll is now going through concussion protocol, Doug Pederson announced Monday afternoon. However, Pederson added that the Eagles aren’t planning on making any personnel changes despite Carroll possibly being out this week and Leodis McKelvin’s lingering hamstring injury.
With Ron Brooks out for the season with a quad injury, the Eagles’ only other cornerbacks are rookies. Jalen Mills has played significant snaps, but C.J. Smith and Aaron Grymes have combined for only one NFL snap. Read more »
Some final position-by-position thoughts on why the Eagles’ defense dominated in their 34-3 win over the Steelers after watching the All-22 coaches film:
*It’s safe to say Antonio Brown made his presence felt as he compiled 140 receiving yards on 12 receptions. However, Jim Schwartz did a nice job of limiting Brown’s impact in the red zone by shading Malcolm Jenkins toward the Pro Bowl receiver, which is why Brown didn’t score a touchdown. Here’s one example of how much Jenkins shifted toward Brown before the snap: Read more »
The Eagles travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts at 7 p.m. tomorrow night. Here’s what I’ll be watching for: Read more »
Here are some of the top Eagles stories so far this week:
First, an update on Joe Walker:
PITTSBURGH — The Eagles beat the Steelers, 17-0, in their second preseason game. Here’s what we saw: Read more »