Zone Read: Eagles-49ers, the Day After

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Surrounded by a group of reporters at his locker, the usually talkative LeSean McCoy appeared to be a man without much to say on Sunday evening.

He first spoke about being embarrassed that the offense accounted for zero points in the Eagles’ 26-21 loss to the 49ers. But then the line of questioning became a bit more specific, focusing on the struggles of the rushing attack.

“I’m not talking about running the football,” McCoy said. “I don’t even want to talk about that. Any other questions?”

There were other questions, but in some form or another, many of them involved the fact that the Eagles had just managed 22 total  yards on the ground on 12 carries (1.8 YPC). Of that, McCoy was responsible for 17 yards on 1o carries (1.7 YPC). Read more »

One Yard Away, Eagles Offense Fails To Finish

Photo Credit: Robert Stanton - USA Today

Photo Credit: Robert Stanton – USA Today

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With 6:35 left in the game, all of a sudden things started to click.

Down 26-21, the Eagles needed to drive 91 yards to take the lead and escape Levi’s Stadium with a fourth straight victory. They were able to pick up 90 of those yards, but faced with two opportunities from the 1 yard line, the Eagles were unable to close the deal.

“We just didn’t execute,” said Nick Foles. “It’s as simple as that. I’m not going to try to break it down or anything. We just didn’t execute the play. In that situation, I have to give the guys an opportunity to make a play, and I didn’t do that. We’ll work toward it so in those situations we have to capitalize and get the ball in the end zone.”

Foles targeted Brent Celek with his first pass, but there wasn’t much there, and the result was an incompletion.

On the second play, Foles rolled to his right and looked for Jeremy Maclin, but he sailed the throw, and the 49ers’ offense got the ball back. Read more »

Gameday: Three Eagles Leftovers

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

SAN FRANCISCO — As we count down to kickoff, here are three Eagles leftovers to chew on.

1. Nose tackle Bennie Logan is quietly playing really well and has been a key to the Birds’ sound run defense.

Logan leads all Eagles defensive linemen in tackles (18), according to stats tracked by the coaches. NFL.com stats have Logan down for 16 tackles, which ranks third among all defensive linemen.

I asked Logan what the key has been to improving on his performance from a year ago.

“Being able to read and see offensive linemen, their stance, what they’re trying to get to and keeping our linebacker free,” he said. “Make sure ‘Meco [DeMeco Ryans] stays healthy. That’s my biggest thing. If I never get any more tackles, my biggest thing is making sure ‘Meco stays healthy throughout the whole season. He just puts us in situation to be successful. As long as he stays healthy, our defense will stay strong and remain strong. So that’s my main thing. Make sure he’s taken care of when I’m in the game and don’t let the offensive linemen get up on him.” Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-49ers Predictions

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: David Molk

The Eagles have suffered several injuries so far this season, but the loss of Jason Kelce is one that could prove to be devastating. Kelce set the protections, was very good in the run game, solid in pass pro and one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the league on screens.

Those are big shoes to fill for Molk, who was out of the league last year and will be making his first career start. Against Washington, Molk struggled, but he’s now had a chance to practice with the first team all week long. The Eagles don’t need him to Kelce, but they need him to be adequate. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: McCoy’s State Of Mind

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The numbers don’t seem to add up.

LeSean McCoy is averaging 2.9 YPC through three games. He has one run of 20+ yards and has only found the end zone once.

Yet somehow, the Eagles are undefeated, one of three teams in the NFL sitting at 3-0 going into this weekend.

“It’s hard to really say because when you watch a team on tape and you see other teams run the ball on them, they may play a different style defense to that team than they do to us,” said McCoy, when asked why the Eagles can’t seem to get the ground game going. “The first thing you look at to try and stop us is the run, which was obvious Sunday. So I really can’t call it, just gotta keep fighting and getting at it, and hopefully that passing game opens some things up. And now that’s a threat where people can back off a little bit.” Read more »

All-22: Maclin Gets Loose On Jailbreak Screen

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In Chip Kelly’s first game as an NFL head coach against Jim Haslett and Washington last season, he used a look in the second quarter that we would see pretty much on a weekly basis throughout the year.

It featured stacked receivers to both sides and a single back. Read more »

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