Biggest Game Ever

Posted: August 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 142 Comments »

NFL history will change tonight when Chip Kelly unveils the Eagles newest weapon…the Wishbone offense. Kelly has been secretly working on this for weeks. His goal is to have Nick Foles rush for 1,000 yards this year.

Okay, so nothing that dramatic is likely to happen tonight, but it is good to have football back, even if the starters will play very little. We do have to keep a few things in mind. The first preseason game can be a bit of an anomaly. Last year Fletcher Cox looked awful in the game. He went on to have a good season. Clay Harbor had a good game, but didn’t even make the team. Bryce Brown looked very good. He was up and down during the year.

This is the first game of the year. Some guys are going to be rusty because of that. Others will be sloppy because they are still learning the scheme/playbook and just aren’t comfortable. That was Cox last year.

Don’t make too much of this game, good or bad. It is the least meaningful of the preseason games.

Here are some quick thoughts on players.

QB – I want to see how Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley look. Sanchez is a veteran and Barkley is in Year 2 of this offense. They should play well, assuming they get solid protection.

RB – We get to see Darren Sproles in action. Starters will only play 10 to 15 snaps and my guess is that will apply to Sproles as well. I’ll be happy with seeing 1 or 2 touches by him. Matthew Tucker will get a lot of work. He could have a big night. Henry Josey is the backup I’m interested in watching.

WR – Jordan Matthews.

TE – We know Celek and Ertz. James Casey will probably get a lot of snaps. Rookie Trey Burton is the guy I want to watch. He’s only about 230 pounds. I want to see how he blocks. It would be great if we could see a couple of passes go to Blake Annen. He’s been up and down in camp with catching the ball.

OL – I’ll be focused on LT Andrew Gardner and LG Matt Tobin on the backups. We need one of those guys to step up and show they can play. It would be great if both played reasonably well. Kevin Graf is the LT on the #3 team. I’m curious to see how he does. And I’m excited to see C David Molk with the 3rd team. I loved him coming out of Michigan. Can he play?

DL – Everyone is excited to see Beau Allen and Taylor Hart. They have played well this summer. I’m also curious about DE Brandon Bair and NT Damion Square. Bair is a #2 DE on the depth chart, but we haven’t heard a word about him this summer. Has he quietly played well or is he just there because he’s ahead of rookies? And Square should be bigger/stronger this summer. I want to see if he’s able to play with better power. Joe Kruger has not impressed anyone this summer, but I still want to see what he does in a game setting.

OLB – Marcus Smith time. Can’t wait to see him in action. The big thing I”m looking for is athletic ability. Does he look as quick and agile in the NFL as he did in college? I also want to see if Brandon Graham looks better this year. He’s now been a LB for 15 or so months. I’m hoping for progress. Travis Long is another guy I’m curious about. I’m hoping he is quicker than he was last summer.

ILB – Who will be on the #2 unit beside Najee Goode? I’m guessing Emmanuel Acho, but the coaches still like Jake Knott. They might not play him with the backups since he has the 4-game suspension coming up. Jason Phillips makes his Eagles debut tonight.

S – How will the 10 to 15 snaps rule apply to Nate Allen and Earl Wolff? Will they split reps in the 1st half? Neither guy has established himself as the starter so I hope they both play. We need to what kind of progress both players have made. I don’t know what to expect from rookie Ed Reynolds.

CB – With Nolan Carroll out, there is less excitement about the backup CBs. It will be interesting to see if Curtis Marsh has truly gotten better. We do get to see the NFL debut of Jaylen Watkins, which should be interesting.

STs – Alex Henery will be as scrutinized as any Eagles player. He needs a strong performance to keep fans and the media off his back. I’m excited about seeing Chris Maragos and Bryan Braman in action. There is no live STs play in camp. Tonight will be the first chance for these guys to go hit and really show what they can do. It will be interesting to see how returns kicks and punts and how they do. Sproles might lead for both jobs, but there is room for someone to step up.

The biggest key to the game is staying healthy. Do that and the Eagles will be winners, regardless of what the scoreboard says.

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In case you don’t know a player or number, Chip Kelly will tell you that depth charts can be an invaluable resource. Here is the one that he painstakingly did to get Eagles fans as well-informed as possible. Chip believes that football coaches shouldn’t be measured by wins and losses, but rather by the quality of the depth charts they put together.

Kudos, Chippah.

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  • ICDogg

    Just get through with no injuries! Anything more is a bonus.

    • GEAGLE

      Amen

  • jtre

    Dolphins running the exact same offense as us. Just went down the field with ease on their first drive. Bill Lazor didn’t change very much. It weird just watching it.

    • GEAGLE

      Irrelevant… They don’t practice like us, so I doubt they can run their offense like us… They may be able to run it effectively in spurts, but their entire organization isn’t geared to their offense the way ours is

      • jtre

        I agree, just saying how weird it was to see another team run our plays. Chip’s influence will be all over the league in a few years.

  • Dominik

    Thanks, Tommy. This got me pumped up even more. I’ll watch re-live in a few hours (it’s very late at night here), but I damn sure can’t wait to see our young guns in action.

  • shah8

    Gotta watch other teams, so have to follow this thread.

    No injuries, please. Indy had bad enough luck.

  • GEAGLE

    Eagles brought “slip n slide” to Novacare so FOles can work on sliding…

    A decade of NFL play and not a single coach could think of slip n slide as a fun way to teach that dope Vick how to get down?

    • ICDogg

      Interesting approach, though I have heard that slip n slides are not recommended for adults or even teenagers because of the greater risk of injury.

  • GEAGLE

    Enjoy the games boys…let’s have an injury free game. Cheers I’m ghost

  • LAEaglesFan

    Excited to see Jordan Matthews in action. Although all the hype has been surrounding him he was able to hold his own and win some against Boykin when playing against the 1s. We just seem to have forgotten that Matthews is a rookie and well Boykin was arguably the best slot corner in the game last year. FLY EAGLES FLY this should be a good season!

  • SteveH

    bah, nfl.com’s preseason coverage is the bears local stream.Guess the home team’s stream gets used.

  • jtre
  • Dragon_Eagle

    Man, I have missed football.

  • shah8

    Watching the scores…what happened on the INT?

    • Crus57

      Ball got tipped by a D Lineman just beside Foles I think

      • shah8

        Better than some scenarios I can envision

      • Dragon_Eagle

        Sure looked like it. Time to remind Nick about getting rid of the ball fast – a point of emphasis I thought.

        • Crus57

          True, but hard to do that on 3rd and 18 when the DL gets pressure

  • Crus57

    If you’re unsure if which player is which, remember you can check out the roster sorted by jersey number at http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/team/roster.html?sort_by=2

    • Crus57

      (This is probably more relevant in the second half than right now, admittedly.)

      • SteveH

        Momah was out there with the first team, that was shocking.

        • Crus57

          From what I read of the training camp coverage he’s done that a few times since Cooper and Maclin were banged up

  • SteveH

    OL a little shaky to start, Mathis with the hold, pressure on 2 other pass plays. Hopefully this is all just part of the gelling process.

  • Corry

    Wow, they’re sloppy. I mean that’s to be expected, but WOW.

    • SteveH

      Yeah man, that was putrid.

    • Crus57

      Seriously. 3 holding penalties and a facemask on the O in the first 5 minutes?

  • Anders

    To people who gets pissed Eagles OL wasnt ranked no. 1 by some, the OL has just had worst start ever

  • Insomniac

    This ain’t practice “first stringers”

  • Dragon_Eagle

    OK. Get out the bubble wrap and sit Shady.

  • SteveH

    lol, the down is correct, it is 4th down… preseason for the refs too I see.

  • Insomniac

    Ced doing what he always does. Pay the man.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Nate Allen piles on.

  • iceberg584

    Though I acknowledge that the O-line has looked shaky, it does seem a bit excessive that there’s seemingly been a flag or two on every play.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Was that 2 plays in a row without a flag?

  • Corry

    Refs are going to need ice for their shoulders after throwing all these flags.

  • Crus57

    That was a nice block alshon jeffrey just threw while the ball was in the air

    • shah8

      Reid found out about that last year…

      • Crus57

        I naively thought that running into a DB such that he staggers back 2yds was OPI, more fool me.

  • SteveH

    Early impressions: Our OL not off to a good start, our pass rush still an issue, run defense is strong. the officials are super flag happy.

    • Anders

      And Ryans cant cover

      • SteveH

        I thought he had very good coverage there, Cutler just back shouldered him.

        • Anders

          Not just on that play

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Were last night’s preseason games also flag fests?

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Huff is not a KR.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Oops.

  • Corry

    Hey that flag wasn’t on us! yay!

  • Crus57

    Nice catch by Momah

  • Insomniac

    MOMAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • shah8

    It just took four men to take down Bryce Brown. He broke two tacklers but good. Next run, almost took it to TD. The third run TD.

    Dude is totally going Bo Jackson this preseason game.

    • shah8

      And I *do* mean Bo Jackson. That TD run, he stuffed his intended tackler and drove him back into the end zone.

      • Insomniac

        I hope it’s highlighted

        • shah8

          Wrong dude, fullback dixon drove for the TD.

          Be good if that first run was highlighted.

          • shah8

            In general, Buffallo has had an awesome rushing day. Only disappointment is Fred Jackson.

            Seantrell Henderson is doing a good job as a rookie lineman

            Derek Anderson was accurate, and took off for first downs–surprising play from him given what he was like in Arizona.

            EJ Manuel did alright, nothing too flashy, but efficient.

            error correction. Brown did drive someone back almost to TD. He was ruled to be down inches before TD. Fullback then finished it off. Preseason and keeping up with stuff.

          • shah8

            scoreboard is incorrect, I believe wrt to Brown and Dixon carries.

          • shah8

            And there’s a couple no where to go, E-W runs from him, as well…

          • shah8

            And goes out of bounds third down inside the two minute warning… Gotta concentrate!

          • shah8

            And one quality play before the half with reception, fall to the ground, and TO for last minute FG attempt.

          • SteveH

            So flashes of bigtime potential, mixed in with frustrating outside runs and mental lapses? Sounds like bryce ;).

          • shah8

            still doing that, yeah, third and one, he danced instead of doing that dive. Came up slightly short.

          • anon

            Appreciate the bryce brown updates my fave ex-eagle. really pulling for him.

  • Corry

    Foles just matched his INT total for last year (they don’t count, but yuck).

    • Crus57

      That was a weird one, two receivers in the same area. He threw behind on a crossing pattern, same problem he’s been having in camp so far.

      • Crus57

        On the replay, Momah dragged his defender across into the path of the throw to Ertz.. somebody ran something wrong I think.

        • Anders

          Ertz was open if he had kept running a corner route instead of stopping

        • Corry

          yeah that whole thing looked weird.

  • SteveH

    blechhh.

  • Bob Brewer

    Eagles miss DeSean. Offense is a failure without him.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Beau!!!

    • Insomniac

      Warpig!

  • ICDogg

    Vinny Curry time

  • TommyLawlor

    Ugly game so far. Starters looked very rusty. But tonight is much more about the backups.

  • Insomniac

    Vinny’s hungry. Watch out Cox.

    • Anders

      I much rather Curry-Thornton-Cox, should still be very good against run and much better against pass

      • shah8

        No.

        Ha-el no.

  • Corry

    The refs are confused. Good to see they’re in midseason form.

  • Insomniac

    Tucker looks very unimpressive so far.

    • Mitchell

      The whole offense looks unimpressive lol.

      • Insomniac

        Momah looks good

        ……..

        compared to where he was at last year

        • Mitchell

          Absolutely. He was the only one catching passes againt the fist team defense.

  • Crus57

    Brandon Graham looks a bit ugly in coverage

    • Corry

      He looks soooo much better as a 4-3 end.

      • Crus57

        Looks better rushing the QB too!

      • Dragon_Eagle

        Agreed. We need to trade him for something.

  • Mitchell

    Holy shit Nate just got an int!

  • Insomniac

    Marcus looks great so far. Recognizes plays and hustles.

    • Mitchell

      He looked fast off the edge on that int

  • ICDogg

    Ertz and Ertz

  • SteveH

    Curry and Graham are too good for backup OL to handle.

    • Anders

      Problem is both seems too good against 2nd string, but not quite good enough to be full time starter in a 3-4

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Give that TD to the left-side of the OL.

    • Crus57

      Good drive from Tucker too

      • ICDogg

        Tobin pushed Tucker into the end zone

        • shah8

          ah

          • Crus57

            Yeah, I meant in the “good job keeping your feet moving and pushing forwards” sense of good drive

      • shah8

        whut? stats shows that Ertz and Sanchez had a big play

  • iceberg584

    Gotta love the suggestive cut to Foles on the sideline after that Sanchez touchdown.

  • Crus57

    Henery’s kicks still hook to his left after about 30yds.. that still worries me.

  • Corry

    Maragos just popped the return man.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    They have got to get Curry on the field more this year. I know he’s playing 2nd string, but he’s in the back field every play.

    • Crus57

      Seriously, he was across the line in half a second that play

  • SteveH

    our personnel on DL is so much more suited to the 4-3. Curry and Graham would be monsters if they were 1 gapping the 4-3.

  • ICDogg

    Tucker with a 24 yard run

  • ICDogg

    Matthews with his first catch

    • Dragon_Eagle

      1,550 to go.

  • Insomniac

    Tucker should have cut right.

  • Corry

    Sanchez didn’t look too bad. your move Barkley.

  • SteveH

    Despite the 24 yard run, I see nothing compelling about Tuckers game. Average size, speed, vision, power… could do worse for a 3rd string back but I’d be looking to upgrade.

    • ICDogg

      Yeah, he’s nothing special.

      • shah8

        Polk hurt?

        • Corry

          yes.

        • ICDogg

          Cooper, Maehl, Carroll, Vandervelde, Knott, Logan and Polk.

  • Insomniac

    Huff got lucky. He knows it.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Was that a Henery touchback?

  • ICDogg

    I know it’s just backups but Beau Allen looks pretty impressive.

    • SteveH

      Agreed, I’m surprised how good he looks for a 7th rounder.

      • Corry

        yeah he’s really holding his ground. Seems to be getting off blocks fairly well too.

        • ICDogg

          Gets under the center and pushes him up and back again and again

  • SteveH

    lol, who fell down on that pass play?

    • Crus57

      Marcus Smith in coverage I believe

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Smith. But he had better coverage the next play.

      • Dragon_Eagle

        and it is Soldier field. Might as well play in the snow.

      • SteveH

        Yeah he made up for it, but it was still funny.

  • Crus57

    I’m thinking Roc Carmichael may not make the cut this year, unless he gets a lot better

    • Dragon_Eagle

      You were saying?

    • ICDogg

      ya think?

  • Corry

    So we still can’t cover TEs.

  • ICDogg

    H. R. Huffnstuff

  • shah8

    Jordan Palmer is not good. What part of our depth is doing terrible?

    • SteveH

      Zach Miller is murdering us. Trouble covering TE.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    I retract my earlier statement re Huff as a KR.

  • Corry

    why does Henery hook EVERY field goal attempt?!

  • Insomniac

    Jeff Maehl caught up to him. I don’t know how I should feel about that.

    edit: ok it was Braman nvm.

    • Crus57

      Byran Braman was stride for stride with him too

      • jpate

        Braman is a freak athlete

    • ICDogg

      Maehl is scratched today

      • Insomniac

        Yea I couldn’t find any other guy with long hair besides Cooper to think of.

  • Mitchell

    Holy shit our special teams DID SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!

  • ICDogg

    well, that was ugly looking

  • SteveH

    Mathews had great strength on that near catch; was fingertip grab, but still almost held on despite the DB hacking his arms.

  • TommyLawlor
  • homerunjrg

    Jason Phillips sucks