As we count down to the start of the regular season, Tim and Sheil try to answer some of the big questions facing the Eagles. On Sunday, they discussed life without DeSean Jackson. On Monday, they predicted what’s next for Nick Foles. Tuesday was a look at the offensive line, which faces an early challenge as Lane Johnson serves his four-game suspension. And they checked in on the secondary yesterday. Today, they take a look at the pass rush. Read more »
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Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
We recently took the pulse of the Eagles’ locker room, asking a simple question: Which of your teammates has impressed you this summer and is primed for a big/breakout season?
Some players couldn’t name just one or two. Others identified half the roster. We removed those responses and were left with 19 answers. They are listed below. Read more »
Heading into Thursday’s game, Billy Davis was asked if it is frustrating that two of his top pass-rushers — Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry — are not natural scheme fits and therefor must see a limited amount of snaps.
“I don’t think anybody’s a full‑time player. When you’re talking d‑line to me, I don’t view full‑time and part‑time players. There are different two‑gap schemes and gap-penetrate schemes where we’re rushing, they all fit. Those pass rushers fit,” he said. “It’s just different sections of the scheme that we use. I’m very impressed. Those are two good pass rushers you’re talking about.”
There has been plenty of talk about how long Curry and Graham will remain in Philadelphia considering that they are both edge 4-3 rushers playing unnatural positions in a 3-4. Curry is undersized to be a pure two-gapping defensive end, and Graham isn’t fluid enough in space to be the type of versatile outside linebacker that this system craves.
What they can do is rush the passer, maybe better than anyone else on the team right now. Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position review of how the Eagles’ defense performed against the Patriots, after having re-watched the game. Read more »
FOXBORO, Mass. — When Eagles players returned to the locker room following their 42-35 loss to the Patriots Friday night, they were greeted by a frustrated and stern Chip Kelly.
“Very strong,” said Cary Williams, when asked about the head coach’s message. “You could tell that he was frustrated. You could tell that he was upset about it. He wasn’t very happy about the way we played.
“He said he’s frustrated about penalties. He said that he wanted us to be better. We don’t practice like that. We shouldn’t play like that. We’ve gotta get our butts in gear and do something about it.” Read more »
Last year, Vinny Curry said he ate everything under the sun.
He was moving from an edge pass rusher to a two-gap end in a 3-4, and was trying to bulk up in order to handle double teams in the trenches. He felt slower and sluggish and joked with reporters that his gut reached “from here to your microphone.”
His weight is down just a notch this season (he currently weighs in at 277 pounds) but looks leaner and more well proportioned. As we saw on Friday in Chicago — like when he recorded the team’s lone sack on the night — Curry is explosive off the ball and can get in the backfield quicker than any of his line mates. He has been steadily building a case for why he should be featured more prominently in Billy Davis‘ attack.
While there is a chance that happens, the reality is that Curry may never be granted anything more than a specialty role in this system. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
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A lot happening on the Eagles front. Let’s get right to it.
@Tim_McManus Tim what do you think of the Sproles trade?
— kevin colwell (@irish4343) March 13, 2014
I like it. The Eagles dealt Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick to New England for a fifth-rounder, and used that to acquire Darren Sproles. Seems like good value to me.
More than that, I think he can be very effective in Chip Kelly‘s scheme. Read more »