All-22: Sanchez’s Interceptions, Receiver Rotation

Mark Sanchez. (Jeff Fusco)

Mark Sanchez. (Jeff Fusco)

It felt like the aftermath of the Dallas game all over again. Lavonte David, who had just intercepted Mark Sanchez twice on Sunday, explained that his pick-six was a result of the Eagles predictability problem.

“It was just play recognition,” David told NJ Advance Media in the Buccaneers locker room. “I knew exactly what they wanted to do. It’s the same thing they were doing all game. I knew that on the drive before they were hitting us a lot with screen passes. So, knowing that, all I needed to do was read and react.

“When I saw the alignment coming out … [Darren] Sproles came out earlier and the alignment came out after. I was able to get a beat on the ball and was able to jump the route.” Read more »

The Astounding Arrogance of Chip Kelly and Pat Shurmur

Photos | Jeff Fusco

Pat Shurmur and Chip Kelly. Photos | Jeff Fusco

The hold Chip Kelly had on the sports fans of Philadelphia has become weaker than the grip of a grandmother.

Part of it is Chip’s arrogance in press conferences, which he apparently doesn’t understand projects mightily to his fan base. But most of it is the coaching. Kelly’s team going into Sunday’s home game with Tampa Bay is 4-5. With a win over the Buccaneers on Sunday, the Birds would actually be leading the NFC East (tied with the Giants but ahead on the tiebreaker protocol). But the fan base here has abandoned this coach like the GOP abandoned Bobby Jindal.

Face it, his coaching hasn’t been stellar, to say nothing of his personnel management. His press conference comments are insulting to any fan with half a brain. Riley Cooper has been open? Our outside receivers haven’t been a detriment and we have enough talent there to win? Read more »

All-22: Why Sam Bradford Isn’t Playing Well

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After struggling in his first three games while throwing more interceptions than touchdown passes, Sam Bradford finally showed why Chip Kelly traded for him. Against Washington, he tallied three touchdowns, 270 yards and a 122.6 passer rating.

Since then, however, his performance has declined each week, bottoming out with three interceptions against the Giants. After the game Monday night, Bradford was asked if he was happy with his performance.

“No, no. It’s not even a question,” he said. “It was just inconsistent, missing throws. There was some good, there was some bad. But I know for us to be where we want to be, I have to play much better.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Evaluating Agholor

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Asked about Nelson Agholor‘s slow start, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur pointed to the early portion of Jordan Matthews‘ rookie campaign to help explain why it’s premature to be overly concerned.

“I think there’s a lot of similarities to his game if you compare it to Jordan Matthews a year ago,” he said. “You know, he was kind of grinding it out and we were all asking questions, ‘When is it going to happen? When is it going to happen?’ And boom, he had a game where he had a good bunch of production.”

To Shurmur’s point, Matthews was held to three catches on eight targets in his first two games. The breakout occurred in Week 3 against Washington — this week’s opponent. Matthews had eight catches for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns to kickstart what proved to be a very productive rookie year.

“I think Nelson can do even better than me,” said Matthews. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB offers thoughts on Evan Mathis.

I think the biggest surprise of the Evan Mathis release is that the Eagles couldn’t recoup some value for him via trade. The $5.5 million salary must have been a non-starter, but his price tag could creep pretty high for interested teams in free agency. The fact that Chip Kelly made the move nonetheless, proves how committed he is to doing things his way.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Shurmur Vouches For Bradford

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Pat Shurmur was Sam Bradford‘s offensive coordinator when the quarterback claimed Rookie of the Year honors back in 2010.

He left St. Louis the following season to become head coach of the Browns. But that year shared between Shurmur and the former Heisman winner proved valuable to Chip Kelly as he weighed whether to pull the trigger on a trade.

“I was able to give some insight to him: how he prepared, how hard he worked, what he was like as a quarterback behind center, what he was like as a leader, all the things that I think he is really, really good at,” said Shurmur.

“I certainly have a strong, good opinion of Sam and what he can accomplish. Had he been able to stay healthy, then he wouldn’t have been available for us. When the deal was getting made I kind of had my fingers crossed in the background that it was going to get done.”

Fans are now the ones with their fingers crossed, hoping that the assessments of Shurmur and company are spot on. Read more »

Source: Shurmur To Interview For Raiders Job

Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur talks to media

Pat Shurmur has been granted permission and will interview for the Raiders’ head coaching job, according to a league source.

Shurmur has spent the past two seasons as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly. Prior to that he was the Browns’ head coach from 2011-12.

“I’m never going to stand in a coach’s way when they have an opportunity to kind of get what they consider a better job. It’s really their decision, not my decision,” Kelly said Monday when asked about the possibility of losing members of his staff to other teams. “I’ll weigh in on it if they want me to give advice.  But I would anticipate as openings happen around the league and there could be openings in college where people want to go to a college job. But that’s always done on an individual basis and you never know. We finished the season last year, we didn’t have anything, and then three weeks later, the Miami thing started happening with Bill [Lazor].  So we’ll cross that bridge if it happens, but I would anticipate it. We do have some really good coaches here.” Read more »

Changeup: Eagles Facing More Zone Than Man

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

During the offseason, figuring out ways to beat man coverage seemed like an obsession for Chip Kelly.

He saw how teams played the Eagles in his first season. They singled up receivers and used one high safety all season long. They needed the second safety in the box to help against LeSean McCoy and the Eagles’ prolific rushing attack. And playing man coverage was a simple solution to dealing with tempo.

Whenever the Eagles made an offseason move on offense – releasing DeSean Jackson, trading for Darren Sproles, re-signing Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, drafting Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff – Kelly noted the need for his receivers to be able to beat man coverage.

But there have been changes in Year 2. Most notably, teams have felt comfortable playing more zone. But why has that been the case? Read more »

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