Zone Read: Eagles-Titans, the Day After

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline - USA Today

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline – USA Today

Ever since Josh Huff played for Chip Kelly as a true freshman at Oregon in 2010, his head coach has asked the same question on the field before games.

Are you scared?

“He always asked me that before every game,” Huff said. “And every game I tell him the same answer: No I’m not scared, and I’m ready to make a play. And that was evident today.”

Huff was 7 yards deep in the end zone when he fielded the opening kickoff against the Titans. He said he knew regardless of where he received it, he was going to bring it out. And so he did.

Key blocks from James Casey, Trey Burton and Zach Ertz sprung Huff as he headed towards the right sideline. He delivered a stiff-arm to Titans kicker Ryan Succop at the Eagles’ 37 yard line and kept the ball in his right hand.

Near the Tennessee 20, he delivered a second stiff-arm, throwing a Titans defender to the ground. Huff crossed the goal line, faked a spike and tossed the ball behind him as his teammates began celebrating.

As he returned to the sideline, he got a handshake from Bryan Braman, a congratulatory headbutt from Chris Polk and a hug from his position coach, Bob Bicknell.

Then Huff met Kelly – his head coach for four of the last five seasons. They embraced for a few seconds, and Kelly had some words for the rookie wide receiver. Read more »

All-22: The Offense With Sanchez At the Helm

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During the days leading up to the Eagles-Texans game, Brent Celek spent part of his film-watching sessions focusing in on J.J. Watt.

For some tight ends, that might seem unusual. For Celek, it was not.

“When you watch him on film, he lined up at every single position,” Celek said. “So I knew there was gonna be times where I was gonna line up against him, and then it happened.”

Since Chip Kelly took over, the 29-year-old tight end has entered a new stage in his career. The days of catching 70+ balls (like Celek did back in 2009) are over. Instead, he spends more than 50 percent of his snaps as a run blocker. And on Sunday, that meant occasionally getting matched up against Watt. Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Rams

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Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Rams.

QUARTERBACK

Nick Foles - He’s not playing well. Foles is missing throws, making questionable decisions and looks jittery in the pocket. Overall, he went 24-for-37 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Foles turned the ball over a second time on a fumble while scrambling. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Rams, the Day After

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

In the final 18 minutes of Sunday’s win over the Rams, the Eagles’ defense gave up touchdown drives of 79, 62 and 75 yards.

Billy Davis’ unit was a complete mess. The only thing saving this performance from total meltdown status was a stop late in the fourth quarter that ensured a 34-28 victory.

Yet, when Chip Kelly stepped up to the podium for his post-game press conference, he pointed the finger at the guys on the other side of the ball. Read more »

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 »

Chip On State of the Receivers

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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 »

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