For the second straight day, Chip Kelly met with the media before practice. Here is a quick rundown of some of the more important topics he covered. Read more »
At the end of Chip Kelly’s press conference Thursday, he was asked about reports that the Eagles are looking to deal left guard Evan Mathis.
Kelly didn’t confirm or deny the reports, but his response provided some further insight into what’s been a hectic offseason.
“In the last week, I think every person on this team was talked about on the trade block,” he said. “We’ve had discussions with everybody about everybody and everything. As we put together models, there wasn’t anybody that was untouchable. If we were willing to trade LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, then I think everybody on this team… we had very hard discussions on who we could lose, and if we lost ‘em, what would we do to replace ‘em, and how we would use that money?” Read more »
Today’s question comes from Silvio on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page:
Two of our best young defenders (Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham) are better fits for a 4-3 scheme, and we are underusing them and risking losing them. Also, Trent Cole and probably Fletcher Cox are more suitable to a 4-3, while only Connor Barwin is a true 3-4 player. If the target is maximizing your talent, does it make any sense keeping this odd front?
Thanks for the question, Silvio. I actually think the job the coaching staff has done with the front seven in the past two years has been the biggest success story on defense. Read more »
We’ll knock out two questions today because they are linked by a common thread.
The first is from reader Hassahn, via e-mail:
My biggest fear is Brandon Graham leaving and Trent Cole getting cut. Those moves would decimate the position. In that scenario, I think Marcus Smith II would be in line to start. My question is, what are the chances Vinny Curry is asked to make the switch to OLB?
And the second one comes from Twitter:
— John Intindolo (@JBrown99RIP) February 5, 2015
Both questions obviously involve current Eagles switching positions (ignoring the jersey question for now, of course). So let’s tackle them one-by-one. Read more »
There’s “V-Doc” (Vinny Curry) and “Fletch” (Fletcher Cox) and “Swamp” (Cedric Thornton, given to him by Jim Washburn who thought he was built like the Swamp Thing). Then there’s “Wado” (Wade Keliikipi) and “B-Bair” (Brandon Bair) and “T-Hart” (Taylor Hart). Those are some of the nicknames you might hear bouncing off the walls inside the defensive line room.
There is also a nickname for the group that the players have embraced in recent weeks.
“We’re ‘The Nobodies,’” said Cox. “That’s us.” Read more »
Let’s check in with the Seahawks to see what their players and coaches are saying heading into Sunday’s heavyweight fight: Read more »
Here are five things to know about the Eagles’ Week 11 opponent, the Green Bay Packers.
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One of the most pleasant surprises for the Eagles through the first six games has been their ability to consistently generate a pass-rush.
In the last three games specifically, the defense did an excellent job of keeping Eli Manning, Austin Davis and Colin Kaepernick uncomfortable in the pocket.
And the way they’ve done it has been impressive. The Eagles don’t have a premiere pass-rusher whom offenses have to game-plan for every week. Instead, Billy Davis has done a good job with his calls, sometimes dialing up pressure and other times using the illusion of pressure to create one-on-one matchups.
Below is a look at how individual Eagles have performed. Read more »
Following the 27-0 demolition of the Giants Sunday night — in which Eli Manning was pressured on nearly half of his dropbacks —Brandon Boykin offered the following analysis:
“I felt like at one point [Manning] was more concerned with the pass rush than he was looking at his receivers,” said Boykin.
Consider that statement for a moment. Heading into the season, the pass rush was one of the biggest concerns surrounding this team. The early portion of the schedule did little to alleviate those worries, as the Eagles were blanked in the sack department in two of their first three games. Since then, an out-and-out explosion. The Eagles have generated 16 sacks in their last three games, including eight during their shutout win over the Giants on Sunday night. Suddenly, they rank second in the NFL with 19 takedowns.
Leading the charge is Connor Barwin, who is celebrating his 28th birthday today. The five-year pro has a team-leading six sacks — all of which have come over the last three games. Read more »