Lurie On Foles, Kelly And Roseman

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The message from Jeffrey Lurie was clear Wednesday afternoon: He likes the direction his franchise is headed, but he’s not ready to make any grand proclamations.

Speaking to reporters on the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex, Lurie touched on a variety of topics like Chip Kelly’s second year, Howie Roseman’s role with the organization and Nick Foles’ promise.

“He spent the whole year with our players, with the organization, with the NFL, and he’s a guy that’s always thinking, always asking why, analyzing,” Lurie said when asked how Kelly has evolved. “It’s more information for him to be better himself. And it’s a lot easier when you’re in your second year of any situation where everyone has expectations of the way you’re gonna operate – the players, his staff, everyone… in terms of you’re not installing nearly as much. You’re able to just execute. So on both ends, I think he has much more information, and he’ll use that to the best of his ability because he’s smart. And everyone around him will understand better exactly what he was trying to accomplish.” Read more »

All-22: Snag, Tempo And the Eagles

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During the early part of every Eagles practice, the robotic voice that emanates from the speakers at the NovaCare Complex announces a period called RVA, or routes versus air.

Five quarterbacks in red jerseys stand side by side in the middle of the field. Wide receivers, tight ends and running backs set up in one of five lines – three to one side, two to the other. The balls are snapped simultaneously, the receivers run their routes, and the passes are delivered without any defenders.

During one of the reps, the No. 1 receiver (closest to the sideline) takes off on a slant, but turns around at about 5 yards and faces the quarterback. The No. 2 receiver runs a corner route – upfield and then angling towards the sideline. And the No. 3 man (closest to the formation) shuffles towards the sideline near the line of scrimmage, keeping his eyes on the QB the entire time.

It’s a common passing concept called the snag – one that is utilized by teams across the league on a weekly basis.

To break down how the Eagles use it, when it works and when it doesn’t, we called on our old friend Coach Flinn, who explains this stuff as well as anyone out there. Read more »

McNabb On Foles: Be Ready For the Boos

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Donovan McNabb thinks the Eagles will repeat as NFC East champs, but he believes expectations for Nick Foles might be a tad high going into 2014.

“I’m just a little worried if he can do it for a full season,” McNabb said during a roundtable discussion on Fox Sports 1. “I’m just worried about that aspect, not so much of his health, but can you be consistent like what we saw last year? We’ve seen so many quarterbacks give us one  year of greatness, and then all of a sudden they can’t live up to the expectations. I’m not saying he can’t do that in that offense, but I think expectations are a little bit too high for Nick Foles. Read more »

Maclin: I Won’t Get Caught Up In Numbers

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There’s no doubt that the bar has been set high for Jeremy Maclin.

The Eagles are counting on a number of players to fill the void left by DeSean Jackson, but Maclin is at the top of that list. Earlier this offseason, Howie Roseman invoked Adrian Peterson’s name when discussing Maclin’s ability to come back strong from an ACL tear. And Chip Kelly brought up Maclin when asked how the Eagles would replace Jackson’s downfield ability.

“I’m just excited to play football again,” said Maclin Friday afternoon. “I had to watch last year from the couch, from the sidelines. It wasn’t very fun for me.”

As Maclin watched, he undoubtedly pictured himself in Kelly’s offense. Jackson, Riley Cooper and LeSean McCoy all put up career numbers. Maclin was a free agent this offseason and settled for a one-year contract, but with a strong performance, he’ll be looking at a big payday – either in Philadelphia or somewhere else. Read more »

Johnson Provides Little Detail On Suspension

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As Lane Johnson walked up to the podium outside the NovaCare Complex, a reporter asked him how he was doing.

“I’ve been better,” said the Eagles’ second-year offensive tackle.

Johnson’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy was announced earlier this week. Today was the first time he could tell his side of the story, but Johnson opted not to provide many details.

“It’s something I didn’t get cleared up with [head athletic trainer Chris] Peduzzi and something I didn’t really think about,” he said. “I got the paper back probably the first of May, mid-May. So I knew it was coming. It was just a long, drawn-out process. It’s something I’ve gotta deal with for four weeks. Read more »

Three Chip Kelly Leftovers

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Before I head to the NovaCare Complex, here are three Chip Kelly leftovers we’ve been meaning to get to.

1. A popular theme last summer regarding the Eagles was: How will Kelly adjust to the NFL game?

Considering Kelly was making the leap from college to the pros with four total years of head coaching experience, the question was a valid one. He has said on multiple occasions that he didn’t enter the NFL with any preconceived notions or expectations. Now that Kelly’s been in Philadelphia for a year, he was asked what the biggest difference was from college.

“I don’t know,” he answered. “I don’t think it’s as big a difference as people think it is. There’s subtle things, but it’s still the game. It’s still 11 on 11. We all have no say. It’s all dictated by television. It was the same way in college as it is in the NFL – when we’re gonna play or when a game’s gonna be scheduled. I don’t think that it’s that drastic.” Read more »

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