Coaching Candidate All-22: Gase’s Adaptability

Adam Gase. (USA Today Sports)

Adam Gase. (USA Today Sports)

Much has been made about Adam Gase’s adaptability. Whether you talk to his former players or media members who have covered him, it’s one of the first things they’ll mention.

Sure, he helped the Broncos win a playoff game with Tim Tebow starting, but how much can you actually attribute that to the quarterbacks coach? Peyton Manning had the best statistical season for a quarterback ever when Gase was his offensive coordinator, but wasn’t Manning probably most responsible for that?

And now, as the Bears offensive coordinator, Gase helped Jay Cutler achieve a career-high passer rating, but Chicago ranked just 17th in offensive points per drive this season, per Football Outsiders.

To get a better feel of how, exactly, has Gase adapted, and how much praise he deserves for his quarterbacks’ successes, we took to the film and pulled an example from his time with three of his most recent quarterbacks.
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Observations: Eagles vs. Jets

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 24-18 loss to the Jets Thursday in the preseason finale:

* Matt Barkley got the start and went 4-of-9 for 45 yards with an interception (20.4 QB rating). He was wild early, throwing several balls high and off the mark. Barkley was intercepted on his second pass of the night, as his offering to Josh Huff down the right sideline was short and picked by Darrin Walls.

After a pair of misfires on the second series, Barkley absorbed a heavy hit from linebacker Trevor Reilly and delivered a strike to Trey Burton for a 21-yard pick-up. That drive ended in a Kip Smith field goal. Cody Parkey continues to nurse a groin injury and did not play. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Final 53-Man Roster Projection

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have until 4 p.m. Saturday to trim their roster from 75 to 53. Here’s my second and final attempt to project what the the initial 53-man will look like.

Quarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow.

Matt Barkley is expected to start on Thursday, and has been the first man in over Tebow in each of the exhibition games. Does he have the edge? Or is he being showcased? It’s hard to ignore all the trade buzz that has surrounded Barkley over the last several months. Maybe they get something for him, maybe they don’t, but the fact that the Eagles appear to be exploring trade avenues suggests that they’re comfortable with Tebow being their third QB. Tuesday evening, Ian Rapoport wrote that it seems Tebow “has a very good chance to make the Eagles.” We’ll say that he does.

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Chip: Matt Barkley Will Start Against Jets

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Matt Barkley will get the start Thursday against the Jets, Chip Kelly confirmed. He’ll be first up as he and Tim Tebow square off one last time for the rights to the third quarterback job.

“Our opinions aren’t formed,” said Kelly, when asked how much weight this game carries in the evaluation of the two quarterbacks. “It’s one more time for a game opportunity. Especially with the quarterback position, practice is different just because they’re wearing red jerseys and they’re not hit. I think when you get them out there in a game it’s another opportunity to get a legitimate evaluation of them. There is a lot of weight in it.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Tebow’s Two-Point Attempts

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When debating whether the Eagles should keep Matt Barkley or Tim Tebow, the pro-Tebow crowd often points to how Chip Kelly could use him in goal-line or short-yardage situations. Well, Tebow was put in for just that reason—twice—against the Packers Saturday for two-point conversions.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Remaining Roster Battles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Roster trimming is underway. The Eagles released 12 players — including G.J. Kinne and Kevin Graf — on Sunday, leaving the count at 78 (or 76 if you factor in pending injury designations for JaCorey Shepherd and Emmanuel Acho). That number needs to be at 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday and 53 by Saturday afternoon.

“I think we have more depth, so I believe we’ll cut some players that will make other rosters.  I’m hoping,” said Chip Kelly prior to Saturday’s game. “But it is going to be difficult and we’ll have to sit down long and hard after this Packer game and ‑‑ when it’s difficult to get to 75, I think from a coaching standpoint that’s a good thing, but there is still a human factor that gets involved with cutting somebody, and that part is not a lot of fun.”

There are some tough decisions ahead in the coming days. Let’s take a position-by-position look at potential roster battles heading into Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jets. Read more »

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