Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 43-24 win over the Titans. Read more »
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Player I’ll be watching
Kapadia: Jason Kelce
The Eagles’ starting center returned from injury against the Texans, and it looked like the offense was on track to regain its identity as a run-first unit that used tempo to wear down opponents. LeSean McCoy ran for 117 yards in that game and averaged 4.9 YPC.
Here’s a look at how the Eagles match up with the Titans.
WHEN THE EAGLES RUN…
LeSean McCoy has carried 35 times for 107 yards (3.1 YPC) in the past two games. He’s second in the NFL with 196 attempts, but is averaging just 3.7 YPC. Against the Packers, the Eagles got some run-friendly looks, but McCoy managed just 88 yards on 23 carries. He and several of his teammates said they felt like the run game was close to getting on track.
“It’s always lately just been something small here, something small there, almost, almost,” McCoy said. “I feel like it’s coming together. I feel like the only time we really get stopped is when we make mistakes – penalties, turnovers, missed assignments, small missed assignments. And that stuff, [you] get that snowball effect and it keeps coming and coming. So I feel like we’re almost there. We’ve gotta learn from this last game, move on and look forward to Tennessee.” Read more »
Matt Tobin (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, but Andrew Gardner continued to take reps at right guard with the first team.
Here is the injury report (all full participants):
DE Brandon Bair (elbow), CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring), C Jason Kelce (thumb), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf, hamstring), WR Jeff Maehl (foot), S Chris Maragos (groin), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), T Matt Tobin (concussion). Read more »
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Billy Davis pointed out during the summer that part of the reason the Eagles play a two gap 3-4 is because it’s the most effective scheme against a lot of the things Chip Kelly likes to do on offense.
And as we all know, Kelly likes to run the football.
So almost every week, when the coaches are game-planning for their opponents, they emphasize stopping the run. A rare exception was last year’s playoff game against the Saints when Davis decided to guard against the pass. But the Eagles defensive coordinator did not make that same exception for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
“I don’t think he came out with any intention to run the ball to start with,” Davis said. “I was anticipating some running game coming.
“I think a lot of people try to establish the run early. Green Bay has really worked for a balanced attack. A balanced attack means you run a little bit more than they did. But it wasn’t long until you knew right away they were going pass, pass, pass. He was checking into some runs, I think, but I think they were looking at our presentations, so it makes us have to have a little broader plan against them. Again, I could have done better with the plan, too.” Read more »
LeSean McCoy has stood in front of reporters once a week all season long and addressed many of the same questions about the Eagles’ run game.
Against the Packers, he carried 23 times for 88 yards, averaging 3.8 YPC.
Today, McCoy was asked whether he’s still the same player who led the NFL in rushing last season.
“Man, listen, I don’t care what’s out there,” McCoy said. “I’m not even gonna address am I the same player. I won’t address that. For what? What are we sitting here talking about? Am I the same player? That’s for y’all to figure out. Are you crazy? I am the same player. I’m not gonna sit here and play that game, like am I the same player.” Read more »
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Win or lose, Chip Kelly believes in keeping the same routine every Tuesday.
The players arrive at NovaCare in the morning, and the day starts with a team meeting. They then split up to review film from the previous week’s game. And lastly they head onto the field to go over corrections.
“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember and I do and understand,” Kelly is fond of repeating.
After Sunday’s 53-20 loss to the Packers, there were plenty of corrections to be made on this particular Tuesday.
“I think the point is you don’t dispose of anything quicker,” Kelly said. “A loss is a loss, whether it’s a one‑point loss or a 21‑point loss. It’s about the same mechanics of what we do. It’s common sense that if you have a mistake, you’ve got to admit your mistake, you’ve got to fix your mistake, and try not to repeat it again. We keep the same formula in terms of what we’re doing. …But to quantify a loss by too many points or a loss by one point and then differentiate between it, it’s not the way we operate.” Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player look at what we saw from the Eagles’ offense Sunday, after having watched the All-22 copy.
Mark Sanchez – The final line reads 26-for-44 for 346 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sanchez actually played pretty well in the first half, but he was a mess down the stretch.
Early on, he stepped up and hit Riley Cooper for 11 yards. Sanchez did a good job of resetting his feet off a play-fake in the first and finding Jeremy Maclin for 20 yards downfield. On the first sack, Sanchez got hit helmet-to-helmet. He may have injured his hand on the play. On tape, you can see Matt Tobin tries to help him up, but Sanchez is reluctant to put pressure on his hand. Later on third down, Sanchez had Jordan Matthews wide open, but he was looking for Darren Sproles against a linebacker. The Eagles botched their protection, and he took a sack. Good throw in a tight window to Matthews over the middle for a first down in the first. Excellent throw on the swing pass to LeSean McCoy in the second, hitting him in stride for an 18-yard gain. On the first red zone trip, he might have had Brent Clek for a TD, but Clay Matthews didn’t bite on the play-fake and sacked him. Good ball to Matthews on a corner route on third down in the first, but the rookie dropped it. Great job stepping up and delivering to Matthews for 40 yards at the end of the first half. Still not sure why the Eagles didn’t call timeout after that play. Read more »
The Eagles have placed safety Earl Wolff on injured reserve with a knee injury, meaning his season is over.
Taking his place on the roster is cornerback Roc Carmichael. Read more »