Thoughts on Chip’s Thoughts

Posted: September 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 297 Comments »

I love Chip Kelly. I believe in him and think he is a brilliant football coach. So I was interested to get his reaction to Sunday’s debacle. has his press conference.

I agree with a lot of what he said. The biggest problem on Sunday is that there wasn’t just one problem. The offense was like Whac-A-Mole. Solve one thing and the next thing goes wrong. There were literally only a handful of plays all day when all 11 offensive players did their job correctly at the same time.

The OL took turns missing blocks.

Shady and the TEs missed blocks.

Coop dropped the TD catch.

There were 2 fumbles.

Foles made bad decisions.

Foles made poor throws.

Who on offense had a legitimately good game? Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews might be the only 2. Clearly that isn’t a formula for success.

Kelly talked about how he thinks things can be fixed, and I think he’s right. The offense has been erratic this year, but was the #1 scoring group in the NFL going into the game. Let’s not act like yesterday’s struggles have been happening all year long. I know the offense has been sloppy, but there is a big difference between sloppy and awful.

I do disagree with Chip in regard to one specific area. He talked about how the running game was struggling no matter who was in the game. He said this was due to poor blocking. I don’t think anyone disagrees with that. Just look at this pick from Fran Duffy’s All-22 breakdown for and you can see the issue.


That said, McCoy is still a dancer by nature. Sproles hits the hole hard and is a natural N-S runner. I do think it would be wise to mix in more runs with Sproles. I’m not telling you that Sproles is going to get 5 yards a carry, but he might get 3 to 4 yards more consistently. And you just mix him in a bit. Shady is still the starter and key RB.

One other area I wish someone would talk to Chip about or that he would expand on is getting the ball to Shady in space. The Eagles have tried to throw him screens and even quick screens to the outside, but defenses can see these plays coming a mile away right now. Just line Shady up outside and let him run a vertical route. Line him up outside and bring him around on a fly sweep. Hand him the ball or fake to him. Line Shady up in the slot and see if he can get open on a drag route.

As much as you want to run the ball, you really want to feed it to McCoy since he is your best offensive player. If you do move him around creatively, that let’s you mix in Sproles at RB some more.

I do give Kelly credit for trying to be creative during the game. He ran from under Center and from the Pistol in the 2nd half. McCoy looked more effective since he was more downhill in those formations.

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Jimmy Bama decided to rip on Riley Cooper. This is completely fair. Coop has dropped some passes this year and in the past. He must deliver better results. I don’t think he’s in trouble of losing his job to Jordan Matthews quite yet, but Coop needs to get going. He started slow last year before heating up. Maybe that will happen this season as well.

It better for his sake.


297 Comments on “Thoughts on Chip’s Thoughts”

  1. 1 the guy said at 10:27 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Riley Cooper is basically the WR version of Alex Henery with extra unpleasantness thrown in to the mix. It would be nice if Huff could manage to steal his job, as unlikely as it seems right now.

  2. 2 mtn_green said at 10:34 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Tommy, we need to get you an intern that can make fancy screen shots with arrows and circles, maybe a female college girl that likes football, is Megan Fox an eagles fan?

  3. 3 RobNE said at 10:44 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Tom Brady sucks too with a terrible OL. hahaha

  4. 4 Henly125 said at 10:52 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Jason Kelce’s brother is a beast.

  5. 5 D3FB said at 12:13 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Always has been

  6. 6 Anders said at 4:11 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I be honest, Kelce was the TE I wanted last year.

    Also the fact that he was a Bearcat TE just sealed the deal

  7. 7 D3FB said at 9:58 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Yea, I’m with you. I saw him as the natural successor to Celek, with Casey already on board to play the F-TE. Plus Flex TE’s can be found later in the draft as role players. You just don’t find Y-TE’s who have both plus blocking and receiving skills.

  8. 8 Mitchell said at 12:24 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Actually liked him a lot in last years draft. He’s like a bull in a china shop on tape.

  9. 9 anon said at 10:52 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    just watched KC’s NT play fullback in a play action goal line play. I think CK had a bad game as much as anyone else. Would be interesting if we put allen and big benny logan in as full back and got 2 yds that way. Feels like something CK would do and something that is being done around the league.

    Reids offense looks very CK tonight.

  10. 10 Insomniac said at 11:23 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Poe is a freak athlete though.

  11. 11 Anders said at 4:42 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Reids offense looks very great when working. I really do not get the hate for him, guy can coach with the best of them.

  12. 12 Media Mike said at 5:31 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    The kicking of dirt on Reid’s grave seemed to indicate people only remembered him from 2011 and 2012.

  13. 13 Bleedgreen said at 9:00 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Key phrase: when working. If Andy’s first 15 plays work, all is good. When it doesn’t, he doesn’t know how to adjust.

  14. 14 daveH said at 11:09 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    -he paid himself amongst the top 5 in the league. hardly backed it up. (his win/loss is a hair above rich kotite)
    -he paid himself at the top rate constantly low balled his players
    -his record wasn’t all that great. goole it. approx. 7 wins over all his years keeping him a hair above the most hated rich kotite
    -he was both GM and Coach..and that situation has never really worked for us the fans.
    -his pal Mike Holmgren got RIPPPED to Shreads by all time great Jim Brown for RIPPING OFF the Browns franchise
    -he down played recievers yet demanded 50+ pass attempts from Donovan McNabb every game
    -he assumed the nastiest attitude in every press conference and thus snubbed us the fans ..and we don’t have to like it and kiss his fat dum bass at all
    -the wide 9
    -he rode the coat tails of great Jim Johnson
    -his has more felons in his family than any other nfl employee
    -he had a drug addict in preseason camp, covered up the cause of his sons death..he paraded the entire nfl world to funeral for sympathy instead of keeping it private which it shoud have been.
    -he let Trotter go over money. he let Dawkins go over money
    -he flushed his linebacking group every single year
    -his 2012 eagles dubbed “the DUMBEST team in nfl” ..gooogle it
    -he lied to us in press conferences
    -his sons were amongst the nastiest surburban predators you can imagine and that reason alone to hate his presence

  15. 15 Tumtum said at 12:38 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Damn Andy signed the checks and wrote the contacts too?

    No wonder it didnt work out at the end. Guy needed some help!

  16. 16 Anders said at 12:42 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I also didnt knew Reid owned the team or just had a blank check he could fill with what he wanted.

  17. 17 daveH said at 6:26 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    not an owner .. oh I see I typed it too casually. got ya.
    any how, he had the influence. was always under the cap and let trotter go because of a few bucks. same with dawkins/didn’t even call dawkins (according to the internet). paid himself a raise. didn’t pay TO. TO amazing player for us/ sick Super Bowl performance.
    blah blah over it. no im not.
    im the dope im still watching despite andy.
    go chip.

  18. 18 Tumtum said at 12:40 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Also in general your post is pretty LoL bad.

  19. 19 Anders said at 12:41 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I was about to wrote a very long post until you I read the part about his sons and decided just to ignore you from now on

  20. 20 xeynon said at 2:25 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I usually don’t directly attack other posts, but this is a bad comment and merits being called out. It’s nothing but a mix of personal attacks, unsubstantiated accusations, and outright falsehoods.

    I had my issues with Reid and he ultimately didn’t succeed in winning us the Super Bowl but he did a lot for this franchise so this level of vitriol is inexplicable in addition to being uncalled for. If you actually HATE Reid, you should probably get some help.

  21. 21 daveH said at 5:44 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I didnt make any of this up .. whats unsubstantiated?? its all true, maybe too casually written-took me about 45 seconds to type it all.
    thers a lot more reason to dislike him also.
    I was also in the “joe must go” camp. I respect Mitch WIlliams amazing effort 1993 season. 1 bad pitch when his arm was spaghetti.
    there for you for reference .. not a fan of Jim Fregosi. not scared to be on his bandwagon.

  22. 22 daveH said at 5:46 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    NOT be on his bandwagon.
    Its not personal.
    actually he lived near me so that’s would’ve been personal if … ahh ill spare ya the reality check,

  23. 23 Julescat said at 12:43 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    his play clock mismanagement was on full display again last night.

  24. 24 GEAGLE said at 1:19 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    “Andy can coach with the best of them”… I respect the heck out of Andy especially the first half of his era…but the wording on that statement makes it debatable. I will never forget how shocked the panel of NFL network analysts were when Marshall Faulk read Andy’s record against top coaches out loud…his record is rather bully-ish… Stomp all the average to bad teams, and a Not so impressive track record against the other top teams/coaches,,,…

    I will say, that offensively, last night was one of the best called games I have seen Andy associated with in years,,,.he was stellar last night head to head against Belliceks defense. I was blown away by the game Andy was calling…. Smith also looked sharp at times. He still did his normal majority dinking n dunking attack…but I saw him throw some decent balls in small windowns to Bowe last night…. Weird how 5 for like 80 yards has become a good game for Dwayne bowe,,. His stats were supposed to go thru the roof when ass happy Andy arrived. Instead he took a nose dive

  25. 25 Anders said at 2:24 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    you dont get to 5 NFCCGs if you cant coach.

  26. 26 daveH said at 5:50 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    thnk you Donovan McNabb! Thank you BRian Dawkins. THank you Jim Johnson. cant give it all to andy

  27. 27 daveH said at 5:49 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    fair & reasonable. wish I had seen Marshall Faulk !!!

  28. 28 shady25 said at 1:31 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I was saying the same thing during the game. If your OL isn’t getting it done in short yardage put Logan or Allen there. We only needed 2 yds. Hope he takes that into consideration next week if we get in the same situation.

  29. 29 GEAGLE said at 1:36 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Rather see us go unbalanced line and stick Jason Peters between Lane and Herremans and run behind those 3… Stick Celek over there too if you want

  30. 30 Gary Barnes said at 10:53 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Nice to see Reid & the Chiefs showing what good offense looks like…

  31. 31 Mitchell said at 11:04 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    You do realize our offense was in first place prior to yesterday?

  32. 32 Insomniac said at 11:22 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    You do realize that you can’t assume anything about this team anymore right?

  33. 33 Mitchell said at 11:23 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    You do realize that I’m stating a fact and not assuming anything, right?

  34. 34 Anders said at 4:12 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    You do know your fact was wrong right? Falcons was above us in points

  35. 35 Mitchell said at 10:00 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    W/e. First, second…. The OP acted like we dnt score points. The Falcons were above us in yards and points starting week 4?

  36. 36 Anders said at 12:44 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I know points, not sure about yards.

  37. 37 Sean Stott said at 10:54 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Can’t wait for Huff to get better and play. Get him and Jordan as the #2 and #3 WRs, don’t care how they do it. Just get Riley Cooper out of the starting lineup.

    Why did this guy get paid so much?

    I’m more forgiving of the Saints game 3rd down drop than his drop yesterday.

  38. 38 Media Mike said at 5:32 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Cooper really isn’t paid that much. You’ll see him here again next year for another $5 million and then his deal is easy to cut with only appx $2 million of dead money on the 2016 cap. It was a VERY team friendly deal in terms of structure.

    Worst case scenario Cooper is the 2015 #4 WR and goes back to being a contributor on every special team.

  39. 39 Gary Barnes said at 11:01 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    The problem with Chip is he is throwing the OL under the bus and they are not the total issue with our offense….plus Howie and Chip are the ones who PICKED these OL and Chip told us over & over how they got just as many snaps as the starters and would be ready when they played..yea not quite….

    Foles and McCoy are really struggling and have been since Game 1…not Game 4 when the Ol is banged up…they struggled in the first half vs the Jags terribly when the OL was only missing Johnson…

    And Chip is struggling as the play caller as well…defenses are obviously loading up tp stop McCoy/Sproles and DARING Chip & Foles to beat them via the pass. Chip keeps going with the same core group of plays and the defenses know what is coming before the snap…we’ve now heard this after several of the games from Eagles offensive players…and the 49ers clearly knew.

    Chip better a handle on this, this is HIS offense and if he is the genuis everyone thinks he is, it certainly has been an inconsistent and erratic start so far.

  40. 40 anon said at 11:16 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    SF has a couple of pro bowlers in that front 7 — luckily they weren’t at full strength. You can’t expect guys getting their first starts against SF to play well. It’s not like they’re playing Dallas. SF is a really good team.

    its a team loss. there were plays but no one on the team was playing well.

  41. 41 Insomniac said at 11:19 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    No Bowman or Aldon Smith. This would have been horrifying to watch if they were playing.

  42. 42 Anders said at 4:44 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    No Bowman or Smith versus no Mathis, Kelce and Johnson?

  43. 43 Media Mike said at 5:34 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    And no “Spooky”, Glen Dorsey, Ricky Jean Francois, etc.

    This is not the 2012 Niners D by a mile. Our backups failed against their sub-standard fill ins and backups.

  44. 44 Anders said at 6:00 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Spooky is a downgrade compared to Ian Williams.

    Justin Smith, Willis, Brooks, Williams is still 4 very good to great front 7 players and rival that of most teams in the NFL.

  45. 45 Gary Barnes said at 11:56 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    But as I said it was NOT just this week the offense was inconsistent and it was NOT only when we had several backup OL playing…Game 1 we had every starter except Johnson and the first half the offense stank like dead meat…yes they rebounded in the second half, but have struggled in every game since…

  46. 46 shady25 said at 1:35 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Chip needs to open up that playbook and start getting creative. Nobody is scared of this team offensively. If there is no rhythm then the offense stalls. Get Foles under center some more. Every running play doesn’t have to be out of the shotgun.

  47. 47 holeplug said at 11:50 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    49ers kept their safeties deep most of the game. Had only 6 in the box on several 1st downs. Back up lineman just can’t block.

  48. 48 Gary Barnes said at 11:59 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Well, Chip helped pick those lineman that cannot block and supposedly had them ready for the game so….instead of throwing them under the bus perhaps he should take some accountability as well.

  49. 49 Media Mike said at 5:35 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    That seems to be the case, so can every member of the team and reporters who fluffed Tobin and Molk all pre-season please be subjected to a public shaming and/or beating?

  50. 50 GEAGLE said at 10:44 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Tobin not being able to handle Justin smith in his first start doesn’t exactly mean the kid can’t be successful..

    I don’t know about you, but I hoped Tobin could survive, but no matter how he played on Sunday, I highly doubt his first NFL action would show the best this kid has to offer.

    If Tobin is a legit young NFL player! then we will see him improve with every game he gets under his belt. 3 games from now, I would expect him to be a lot different than the player who got dominated by Justin smith Sunday….we haven’t seen his best yet…. I’m not really sure what his ceiling is yet… Can he grow into a capable starting NFL Guard? Maybe, maybe not…. But I am confident that he has what it takes for Stoutland to at the very least, mold into a servicable Barbre type backup.
    Molk actually has game, and he is said to have a capable NFL brain to handle playing center at this level…but the question with him was always all about if he could survive with his lack of size…and if he can’t, is he capable of getting big enough to make it work?

    I try to go by the players mantra of it’s never as great as it looks or as horrible as it seems, so hopefully these kids can look better than they did on Sunday…I will say, that this was the first time that I really felt like Molk had no chance with his lack of size… would be awesome if Molk can grow into Kelce’s backup of the future???but that looks far from a lock at this point..
    We may have to look towards Oregons Hroniss Grasu come draft time after all

  51. 51 daveH said at 11:14 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I remember TObin f’ing something up last year .. a key missed block at the goal line vs Saints I think
    he is a blocker and he missed his 1 block of the game. thanks bud.
    ..maybe it was a flag also

  52. 52 GEAGLE said at 1:00 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Huh? Why would Tobin play last year when our 5 OL were healthy all year? Why would we put tobin in a playoff game? Jason peters left for a play or two last year but Barbre replaced JP

  53. 53 Anders said at 1:07 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    daveH is just making shit up, Tobin didnt play a single snap last year

  54. 54 daveH said at 5:34 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I think he literally played like 1 or 2 snaps only ..

  55. 55 Mr. Magee said at 1:49 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Well done. Some people to forget what a blowout this game actually was: SF offense, 26, Eagles, 0.

  56. 56 Mitchell said at 2:13 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    But it wasn’t a blow out. The final score was 21-26 right? Its not like its offense verse offense.

  57. 57 Mr. Magee said at 12:12 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Actually it is a blow out when you consider that birds’ had not one but two STs TDs, plus a pick 6. Don’t know what the odds are of something like that occurring in a single game, but they are very, very low. Losing a game under those circumstances is even more improbable, and highlights how lopsided the rest of the game really was.

  58. 58 Michael Winter Cho said at 1:48 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    If those TDs didn’t happen, the O would have had a chance to put up more numbers and TOP.

  59. 59 Anders said at 4:43 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    How is he throwing them under the bus? He said the truth and as Tommy said, the OL wasnt the only problem, Kelly said it was blocking, not the OL

  60. 60 Gary Barnes said at 8:39 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Chip said they “got whupped up front” meaning the OL got pushed around and could not make room for the run game or protect Foles well…and yes all those things were true, but what was also true was Foles stunk even when he had time, McCoy could not make any yards even when there was space and Chip called a bad game – not to mention that he never adjusted to what the 49ers were doing all game and found other ways to get the ball into his playmaker’s hands.

  61. 61 GEAGLE said at 10:30 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Did You watch the tape? It’s really bad…
    Justin smith throwing Tobin out of the way like he was a child
    Ian Williams pushing Molk into FOles lap all day

    Ray McDonald splitting out initial combo blocks on our zone read..
    offenses simply can’t function when the OL is being consistently manhandled… That’s just a fact.

    it’s possible to see an OL play a great game but the QB was just off or WR just dropping balls or couldn’t get separation…. But you aren’t going to see many cases where the OL is getting manhandled but our QB is able to play a great game….

    Everyone on offense had a hand in the loss…but our OL was the insurmountable problem. They didn’t just lose the battle. They were thoroughly outclassed..and QBs aren’t able to overcome lines getting so ourclassed

  62. 62 Anders said at 12:45 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    There is different between throwing them under the bus and stating facts. Its kind of refreshing having a coach not sugarcoat it completely or you can watch Reid’s pressers with the Chiefs and its the same as 14 years here.

  63. 63 Henly125 said at 11:13 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    Watching Tom Brady struggling the way he is should send us all a message that there are rough times in this league.

  64. 64 anon said at 11:15 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    he’s got o line troubles too

  65. 65 Michael Winter Cho said at 11:14 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Tom Brady has been declining for several years. He may just suck now. Old age gets us all…

  66. 66 daveH said at 11:16 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    it didn’t get fan favorites Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez and Barry BOnds

  67. 67 RobNE said at 11:17 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I can never really tell. The OL is awful. They were in the AFC championship last year. They often make something out of almost nothing.

    To me it’s like the Friday the 13th movies. Until the Pats are officially out of the running (lose in the playoffs or somehow don’t make it), I’ll always think they aren’t really done.

  68. 68 Jernst said at 11:16 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    A few thoughts on our last few plays for the lead at the end of the game. Foles makes an amazing throw on a frozen rope through 3 defenders that hits Cooper cleanly in the hands. And…he drops it by doing what I’ve seen him do a bunch this year…jumping when he doesn’t have to just as he’s about to catch the ball. Ugh. He jumps up and the ball hits him in the stomach area…no need to jump, use your body and shield the defender while concentrating on the catch. Jumping as you try to catch a ball you don’t need to extend for is a rookie mistake.

    Shady gets a carry on second down from the 7 yard line and you’ll notice the entire 49ers team dropping into zone. Shady has a free run to the endzone with one 48er defender coming like a heat seeking missile. They make contact at the 1.5 yard line and Shady gets zero inches further because he’s off balance and already falling and going down before the contact. If he keeps his feet under him and drives forward with power he scores on that play…ugh. Add some physicality to your game Shady, you can’t dance and juke in every situation. Shady is too in love with his Barry Sanders like ability. Sometimes adding a power element, especially in that situation is necessary.

    On third down, Shady has been getting killed in the media for missing the block. I disagree. Shady makes a conscious decision to drive the rusher wide which he does perfectly. Foles has a completely clean pocket. If he steps up like a veteran QB and throws the ball like a man he completes that pass no problem. Instead he takes the shotgun snap at the 6 yard line, Shady rides his man super deep and Foles, instead of stepping up, retreats like a panicked child and finally throws the ball under duress while falling off his back foot, pirouetting and spinning 180 degrees turning his back completely to the player he’s throwing this. He releases the ball from the 14 yard line. Ugh! If Foles steps up like he should have, he has a completely clean pocket, Maclin wide open over the middle 3-4 yards in front of him, Celek coming wide open in the left corner and a free run to the endzone with no one to stop him if he decides to keep it and run up the middle. 3 easy TDs at his disposal and instead he runs backwards like he’s scared and throws off his back foot while ducking and turning his back to the play 12-13 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Terrible QBing.

    On 4th down, watch the LBs. They all, except for one, know it’s a pass and drop into coverage to immediately cover the 3 WRs on the sprint out. The lone LB in man coverage on McCoy gets caught up in the crossing patterns. If McCoy got the hand off there was a clear road to the endzone between Peters and Tobin…ugh. There’s no where to go with the ball initially as Foles sprints out. However, by the time the routes develop, the trailing defender is still yards away from Foles, and all three options are open enough that a well placed ball and a good catch will end with a TD and an Eagles win. Finally, if Foles had even average foot speed, he uses Casey as a blocker and walks into the endzone untouched. Unfortunately, Foles double pumps waiting for someone to come opener and eventually sails an uncatchable ball out the back of the endzone while flying horizontal through the air. Ugh.

    Kelly called 4 plays in a row that worked as designed and should have resulted in TDs. Hard to blame him. Cooper drops a perfect throw by Foles. Maybe even the best throw Foles has ever made in his short career. Shady runs like a pussy instead of powering through to the endzone and then Foles let’s the moment get to him and plays scared falling away from the play while ducking and not trusting his arm to place a ball to the corner where Maclin was open.

  69. 69 anon said at 11:24 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    when you get pressure on the qb he gets those happy feet.

  70. 70 Jernst said at 11:44 PM on September 29th, 2014:

    yea i guess this all comes back to the oline. Once the QB doesn’t trust his Oline he starts to develop bad habits of bailing on the pocket and running backwards instead of moving forward and climbing the pocket. So he starts bailing even when they do block well and establish a nice pocket. It’s just against all your instincts to move towards all those big guys trying to kill you. But, it’s exactly what you need to do. Watch that 3rd down play again and see how much space Foles would have to set up if he planted his foot at the 10 yard line and moved forward instead of running backwards. Easy TD if he moves up. Foles has had one game where he moved forward in the pocket and set his feet and that was against Washington. Every other game his bad throws come on plays when he’s moving backwards and trying to throw.

  71. 71 bill said at 8:22 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    True, but simply put, Foles has to be better than that. He gets some slack because he’s really just starting his second season in number of starts, but he must get better, because even with a great OL, he’s going to take hits in this system. While it is a run-based offense, the passing element doesn’t involve a lot of max protect and uses a lot more “long read” patterns than teams like SEA or SF use. That’s one of the reasons Kelly always talks about durability being an important aspect of a QB, and why his compliments about Foles often center on how tough he was/is. If he continues with the Kolb-like happy feet, we’ll see Sanchez sooner rather than later. Not going to get too bent out of shape about this game – it’s still early in the season, nothing was working on offense at all, and Foles just came off an emotional game where he took a beating behind a patchwork line, then traveled to the West Coast to play a very physical, well-coached SF team. Not surprising that he developed some happy feet. But it’s legitimate to be concerned about it going forward.

  72. 72 Maggie said at 2:30 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Very well presented.

  73. 73 GEAGLE said at 9:43 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    After shady ran the ball down to the one, the play ended with like 6 Niners players on the ground, if Chip wanted he could have hurried everyone up at the line and snapped the back quickly hand it off to shady before the defense could get set like we did earlier in the year on 4th down with Sproles… Instead Chip slowed us down wanting to kill clock… He got greedy and figured he could score and kill the clock…

    Hind site we should have just rushed everyone to the line and ran the ball in before the defense could get set, they didn’t have any timeouts to stop it… Then we would have hoped our defense could stop the Niners on a two minute drill…. The way our defense played, we should have let them win the game for us instead of being greedy and killing the clock..

    But it’s just silly hind site.. In reality, fans would have complained that the college coach left too much time on the clock if he would have rushed us to the line to score catching them off balance

  74. 74 daveH said at 11:21 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    wow! nicely done …scrolling way way up to see who you is … nice job Jernst! like your insights a lot!

  75. 75 suthrneagle said at 12:00 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Brady was blocked , got a flag…can`t wait to hear the NFL say how that was an illegal hit , but not the one on Foles , which was far worse.

  76. 76 D3FB said at 12:09 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Buck and Aikman brought it up Sunday. The ref got the call correct on his weekly grade, that the head of officiating does. How can it be the correct call per the head of officiating but not Troy Vincent?

  77. 77 suthrneagle said at 12:24 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    tirico said they got this call on brady correct and the call on foles wrong.
    this is what i want to hear, the explanation as to why Brady`s call was correct , yet not the hit on foles.

  78. 78 suthrneagle said at 12:34 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    the head of the officiating, per rules written about a qb in transition because of a turnover being off-limits,got the call wrong. just because he has the position he does, doesn`t mean he can`t be wrong,which he was , and if he upholds the penalty on the hit on brady, then it just goes to show how wrong he is.

  79. 79 D3FB said at 12:36 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Troy was wrong, Nick was not in a defensive position. The head of officiating got it right. I’m going to go with the one who has done it professionally for 30 years over the former player turned league lapdog.

  80. 80 suthrneagle said at 12:53 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    guess they write rules to be ignored
    RULE 12, SECTION 2
    Article 7: Players in a Defenseless Posture. It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in
    a defenseless posture.
    (a) Players in a defenseless posture are:
    (7) A quarterback at any time after a change of possession (Also see Article 8(f) for additional restrictions against a
    quarterback after a change of possession);
    Penalty: For unnecessary roughness: Loss of 15 yards and an automatic first down. The player may be disqualified if
    the action is judged by the official(s) to be flagrant.

  81. 81 D3FB said at 12:54 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    You literally just proved my point. It was a flag on Baker.

  82. 82 suthrneagle said at 1:04 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    there was no flag for an illegal hit on foles,there was no 15 yard penalty nor was there a 1st down given to the eagles.
    the major complaint was the lack of punishment dished out to Baker, and the ruling that came from the nfl office spokesperson(Vincent) was that it was a legal hit, which it clearly was not, in response to a request bt the eagles for an explanation.
    yet lady brady got the protective flag thrown in his favor…totally un-equal calls for a simalar(but not the same as foles was far more malicious).

  83. 83 suthrneagle said at 1:13 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    the flag on Baker was for his retaliatory fight with Peters

  84. 84 Anders said at 5:31 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    No it wasnt, Baker was ejected for the hit, Peters was ejected for the fight

  85. 85 suthrneagle said at 10:24 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    so if Baker was ejected for the hit why was the rule on the play itself not enforced?(yards, 1st down)

  86. 86 Anders said at 12:47 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Because Peters flag off set it, like most common rule.

  87. 87 suthrneagle said at 3:07 PM on October 1st, 2014:

    doesn`t explain why, if he was flagged for an on the field infraction, that he, and his the team were not penalized for said violation(flagged).
    So the refs erred twice, 1st by not calling an incompletion initially, and secondly by not following the rule book, if,as you say, Baker was flagged for the hit on Foles.

  88. 88 Anders said at 12:47 PM on October 2nd, 2014:

    In live and dead ball fouls can off set, not sure what the problem is?

    Baker got flagged for hit on Foles and Peters got flagged for punching Baker, fouls on both teams off set.

  89. 89 Mr. Magee said at 1:38 AM on September 30th, 2014:


  90. 90 RobNE said at 8:27 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    is there someway (email?) we can ask the NFL? I know this isn’t Roger’s specific job, but this is another reason why I hate upper NFL management. Our QB got absolutely crushed on a play that the NFL is clearly trying to eliminate, either after the play or clearly as the play was all but over. Have the balls to tell us officially whether it was illegal or not under the rules, and explain it to us.

    If Troy’s explanation was official then I am wrong and it’s been done. But it shouldn’t just be the Eagles asking the NFL, and maybe we fans find out or not.

  91. 91 Mr. Magee said at 1:44 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    NFL looks so out of control on some of this stuff it’s not even funny. I don’t think Troy Vincent knows what he’s doing, and he appears to be completely unsupervised.

  92. 92 daveH said at 11:30 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    completely agree !! hitting QB is not legal, hitting fiancĂ©e is. the Refs are tossing flags so wrecklessly. making bad calls, making incongruent calls, making non calls, making debatable calls! and more calls than ever! they don’t even know whats legal any more.
    ..undermines everything. nfl is a wreck with relentless injuries constantly robbing the league of its top talent..the retarded idea of 18 games!!!!!

  93. 93 Mr. Magee said at 12:01 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    18 games, what a joke. They’ll be drafting people out of the stands before the season is over, lol. The way it’s going – between rule confusion and injuries – they’re gonna have to designate a certain # of games every year as “7 on 7, two-hand touch, 5 Mississippi” (so called 7/2/5 games).

    Speaking of rules, my absolute favorite has to be those surrounding the phrase “football move.” It has to be the most nonintuitive, nonsensical, arbitrarily applied “rule” in the history of sport. You see a guy with 2 hands on the ball get it knocked out (for example), only to be told that he really never had it in the first place because he did not make a “football move.” Say what?! Did my eyes just deceive me??

  94. 94 daveH said at 12:23 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    “They’ll be drafting people out of the stands ” ha I love it!!!
    imagine every game ther is a ‘walk on’ section

  95. 95 TXEaglesFan said at 12:09 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Watching the replay…Celek looks like he is struggling to hold blocks. McCoy just doesn’t look like the same player, not as explosive coming out of his cuts. The 49ers D looked like they knew what play was coming a lot of times. Penalties on the offense killed momentum on a few drives just as they got a couple of positive plays.

  96. 96 anon said at 12:23 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    agree with all that. celek is a shell of himself, maybe it was all those pops he took in pre-season. maybe it’s sf has a really good defense.

  97. 97 Media Mike said at 5:36 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Celek has been in a slow decline for a few years. It wouldn’t shock me if his salary leads him to be cut going into 2015.

  98. 98 iceberg584 said at 9:20 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Especially since the team likes Burton so much.

  99. 99 PeterAkkies said at 12:10 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Tommy, good article as always. What do you think about the idea that LeSean might not be 100% healthy? Does he seem less shifty/shady to you at the moment?

  100. 100 Kirk said at 12:38 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    How many deep balls did Nick overthrow in this game? While watching it live it seemed like he missed 4 or 5. How many of those were his fault?

  101. 101 anon said at 12:45 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    they were all mac’s fault for not being as fast as djax.

  102. 102 Mitchell said at 1:20 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    All you DBZ fans: did you catch the banner at the top of the page? Battle of the Gods is finally releasing in ‘Merica. The creator said he may start a whole other series of DBZ and this movie is the launching point. You’re welcome for making your day!

  103. 103 SuPaFrO said at 1:40 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Around Two months ago it was out on theaters for a few days.

  104. 104 Mitchell said at 2:11 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Yeh, but no where that I could see it. I watched some of it subbed though.

  105. 105 D3FB said at 2:09 AM on September 30th, 2014:


  106. 106 GENETiC-FREAK said at 2:28 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Yeah man watched it earlier in the year.. Actually forgot it was subtitled.. Kinda used it though watching other Japanese anime.. Gotta admit pretty bs that ultimate Sayan holding hands n shit lol

  107. 107 Mitchell said at 9:57 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Yeah I agree but it’s dbz so anything Akira makes is gold.

  108. 108 Maggie said at 2:33 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I have a different banner. Talking about non-renewable resources. (Oil)

  109. 109 RobNE said at 8:24 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    that’s the Canada banner

  110. 110 RTP210 said at 3:01 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    What happened to the RB wheel route?

  111. 111 CrackSammich said at 9:01 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Kelly uses those to expose weak linebackers. SF’s, even without Bowman, can’t be considered that.

  112. 112 GEAGLE said at 9:36 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    whiteholt isn’t a weak ILB? Lemonhead replacing Aldon should never be able to runs with shady

  113. 113 RTP210 said at 1:17 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    My point is that I don’t recall running it a single time this season. Not even against the Skins, a team we burned with it last year.

  114. 114 Anders said at 4:14 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Matthews isnt taking Cooper’s job as an outside WR because Kelly drafted Matthews to be the slot WR. Huff might take Cooper’s job on the outside, but remember Kelly played Avant a ton last year on his blocking alone

  115. 115 GermanEagle said at 5:42 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I am not sure if a agree. Just don’t see Huff over Matthews on the outside, at least not long term.

  116. 116 Henly125 said at 10:28 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Huff will be in the slot.

  117. 117 bill said at 8:08 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I’m not sure about Huff, I still have my money on him being a gadget guy more than a traditional WR. But I think you’re right that Kelly wants to keep Matthews in the slot, and that plus blocking from WRs is more important to Kelly than it is to the fanbase at large. And Riley’s been subpar there so far this year, too, though he’s had some flashes. Put all that together, and that’s why we’re seeing more of Maehl and Smith lately.

  118. 118 RobNE said at 8:24 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I don’t think Kelly drafted Matthews to be the slot WR, he drafted him b/c he liked him, then decided he would play the slot in year 1. I don’t think Kelly knows what that means for year 2+.

    I could see Matthews going to the outside and Huff taking over the slot. I mean, why pick Huff so early if you never thought he could start.

    But I don’t think Kelly has a firm plan. If Cooper is good outside, great. If not, here’s another option to consider.

  119. 119 xeynon said at 4:33 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Huff looks like strictly a slot guy. Matthews can play either. I think the long term plan is to move Matthews outside as Huff grows into an NFL receiver.

  120. 120 GermanEagle said at 4:37 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    What if we kept DeSean over Coop…just saying.

    Would have been a dangerous combo/trio, with Matthews in the slot. Oh wait, I forgot DeSean was too small. Thankfully Coop is making all the contested catches in the world. *sarcasmoverandout

  121. 121 Avery Greene said at 9:05 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    How’s Jackson doing this year in Washington? That’s right about as well as Cooper. *dontneedjackson

  122. 122 anon said at 9:13 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    hahhahahaha no bias in that statement at all.

  123. 123 Avery Greene said at 9:14 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I’m not sure if he was serious, because I hear this a lot. He can’t block, he has one route that he runs, and he can’t beat good corners (hence his big game against us).

  124. 124 anon said at 9:16 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    runs a lot of good routes 1400yds and 9tds worth. he also catches the ball. we don’t need djax specifically but we also don’t need riley cooper as an outside wr.

  125. 125 Avery Greene said at 9:20 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I think Kelly helped him more than the other way around. On film he leaves a lot to be desired if he’s not getting the ball. He has like 3 or 4 big games a year against bad defenses/secondaries – but that doesn’t help when the defense can lock him down with one CB (ala Saints). That said, Cooper started slow last year so I’m hoping it’s the same thing this year. If not, he won’t be on the team next year. I was never a big fan of his anyway, and I think he also benefits from Kelly.

  126. 126 anon said at 9:25 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    everyone benefits from kelly. cooper started slow because vick was in, as soon as foles came in he had numbers, now he has drops.

  127. 127 Avery Greene said at 9:30 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    LOL – can we make a meme out of that? “Last year he had numbers, this year he has drops…”

  128. 128 Mr. Magee said at 11:37 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Agree with the 2nd part, but as to his running good routes, I’d say that’s a stretch.

  129. 129 Henly125 said at 10:27 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    DJax has a TD at least lol

  130. 130 Mac said at 9:43 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    If we wanted a big tough receiver, why didn’t we go get Steve Smith or Anquan Boldin?

  131. 131 anon said at 10:00 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    boldin wasn’t an option. and steve smith is just a much better djax. chip isn’t going to take a guy with a history of punching his teammates.

  132. 132 Chris said at 12:23 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    How quickly into TC would he have punched Cary Williams? 3rd practice?

  133. 133 Anders said at 1:06 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    You mean Cary Williams right?

  134. 134 xeynon said at 4:35 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Disagree about Steve Smith. He’s a complete receiver, unlike DJax. The dude may be short, but he’s built like a tank. He runs through tackles, fights for contested balls, and blocks in a way Jackson never could even if he was willing to try.

  135. 135 BobSmith77 said at 10:08 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    It was foolish and this offense misses his capabilities and what he brought to the table.

  136. 136 xeynon said at 4:37 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Right, they miss him so much they are just as productive offensively this year in terms of both yards and points as they were last year. The offense had games like Sunday’s with DJax last year as well (Dallas, NYG, playoff game to an extent).

  137. 137 BobSmith77 said at 4:43 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Those 2 games they either had a hurt QB (Dallas) or an inadequate QB who stunk up the place (NYG with Barkley).

    We’ll see where they stand at the end of the year and to me it was really comparing the overall passing yards/production especially with the WRs.

    Cooper has been one of the biggest disappointments on the team so far.

  138. 138 GEAGLE said at 9:21 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    If what I think holds,true, we are In for a big week on offense and a win.

    After every 4 games, Chip self scouts the team, tweaking plays that he ran too much the previous 4 games… Basically every 5th, 9th and 13th week we unleash new plays on our opponents… If you look at our trend since Kelly arrived, the eagles are undefeated during the first game of every quarter…this tells me that Chip does a great job of honestly self scouting the previous 4’games, he knows what the opponents are seeing, and he knows what adjustment to make to take advantage of the opponents studying the previous 4 games of game film… This is big, because all coaches breakdown the season in quarters and typically When you are getting ready to scout a team you usually just pay attention to the most recent 4 games…
    Chip honestly scouts his own team and his own play calling..
    He looks at it from an opponents point of view, he has a good idea of what the opponents will see when they scout us, how they wil
    Attack what we see, and Chip does a masterful job of anticipating how the opponent will play what he saw on tape, and comes up with the right adjustment to take advantage of the opponent…

    Last year:
    First quarter: won against the skins on opening day, then lost the next 3 games…After the 4th game he self scouts our previous 4 games, makes adjustments and the first game of the new Quarter is the Giants game, chips offense explodes for a 36-21 win…

    Second quarter: win the first two games against giants and Tampa then loses to Cowboys and the giants… Chip self scouts those 4 games, makes adjustments that lead to a 49-20 offensive explosion against the raiders in the first game of the new quarter…and we went on to go undefeated during this quarter…

    3rd quarter, once again we win the first game of the quarter and end up going undefeated during this quarter..

    4th quarter…. Trend continues and we win the 1st game of the quarter…
    First quarter of the 2014 is in the books, if this trend holds true, Chip will do a great job of self scouting our past 4 games, he will put himself in coach fishers shoes and do a great job anticipating how fisher will want to attack us after he studies our last 4 games..and he will anticipate fishers adjustments, and tweak our plays to take advantage of how the rams defense us…

    So far Chip hasn’t lost a 1st, 5th, 9th, 13th, 1st game of 2015 game… If this holds true regardless of our issues Chip will anticipate Fishers moves and design a gameplan that takes advantage of it, and the Eagles win the 5th game and Chip remains undefeated in the first game after self scouting our previous quarter of games..

  139. 139 Avery Greene said at 9:25 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I also think this team should be playing mad against the Rams. They let a winnable game slip away and the Rams are the first team they play against to fix their issues.

  140. 140 GEAGLE said at 9:27 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    To add, if we are going to take that next step and be a serious contender, we should make it a team rule that we NEVER lose two games in a row..,..a loss is one thing, but you have to nip that in the but and shut it down right away. Rebounding with a win, so that one loss doesn’t turn into a slump or losing streak… If we never lose two in a row, we won’t ever have to overcome negative momentum….not being allowed to lose two in a row is an attitude…bet you There would be hell to pay in Seattle locker room if they ever lose two in a row… If we are going to be a contender, we need to demand this of ourselves

  141. 141 Avery Greene said at 9:29 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    This would be key for any playoff team. That was the big stat when we went to Indy, that they’ve never lost two in a row with Luck. If the defense plays the rest of the season the way they played in San Fran, we can hope for 12 wins.

  142. 142 anon said at 9:31 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    first time we had a big lead — think d is meant to play with a lead

  143. 143 GEAGLE said at 9:48 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Agreed… I been trying to warn people that our defense is going to be better than it looks right now, but like anon points out, we don’t get to see our real defense unless we are playing with a lead….we saw our defense get more than enough pressure on Kapernick! and our boys had to beat some quality offensive lineman like Joe staley to get that pressure…
    Continuing with the break the season down into quarters theme, win 3 of 4 games in each quarter and we reach 12-4..: I’ll take that all day

  144. 144 Avery Greene said at 9:53 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    12-4 should give us a bye too. I’d take that all day too.

  145. 145 anon said at 10:01 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    yeah nfc is weak

  146. 146 GEAGLE said at 10:22 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Quarter #2:
    @ cardinals
    @ texans..

    3-1 is perfectly doable, especially with the bye week
    Quarter #3:
    @ Packers
    @ Cowboys
    3-1 is doable
    Quarter 4
    @ skins
    @ Giants

  147. 147 Henly125 said at 10:25 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Panthers, Packers, ‘Hawks and the ‘Boys will be tough. Playing St. Louis this week should be a bit easier on the team to get the offense in sync.

  148. 148 GEAGLE said at 1:08 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Cant wait for the cowboy games,,,.. I’m not at all worried about playing them at home..the thanksgivingday games worries, but more so because of the short week…
    Keep in mind there is a good chance we have Kelce back for both Cowboy games and we should have Mathis back for Cowboys @ Philly, philly @skins and Philly @ Giants….
    I don’t at all care how good the cowboys look in September. I’m also not impressed with beating the saints at home…saints are a putrid road team during regular season… No matter how good cowboys look in September, if we have Kelce and Mathis, I would be confident to face any of our rivals….and we are catching a major break that the schedule makes it so that the giants game in two weeks is the only division game we will probably play without Kelce and Mathis….they should both be back for the rest of the division games..tho Mathis could miss the thanksgiving day in Dallas, but I hope to get him that week so he can get the rust off, then have a 10 day break to get ready for Seahawks traveling to philly

  149. 149 anon said at 9:30 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    i agree with what you’re saying but i dont think it has anything to do with wins / losses. First quarter we lost to 3 playoff teams. second quarter the giants were terrible at that point in the game. The cowboys / giants losses had nothing to do with scheme. oakland is a terrible team i’m sure kelly self scouted but everyone is blowing them out.

  150. 150 suthrneagle said at 10:36 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    wasn`t oakland favored for that game?

  151. 151 GEAGLE said at 10:52 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I remember their D was ranked at that point…Bucs D was ranked when we beat them too..

    Speaking of the Raiders….WTF is the point of having players go thru an entire offseason program of mini camp and training camp, preseason, if you are just going to fire a coach 4 games into the season?..
    They add like 20 free agents and have a few rookies playing, it doesn’t take a genius to know that they probably would need more than 4 games to gel…why would you make so much roster change, if you aren’t willing to give the coach a long enough leash to give all those new players time to gel…

    If you weren’t going to give Dennis Allen more than 4 games, you should have fired him after last season..

    Why fire him now? If anything, he was doing a half decent job with the rookie QB.. Might be a good idea to give a rookie QB some type of stability…Khalil Mack hasn’t even gotten it going yet… When will that franchise stop being such a joke

  152. 152 RobNE said at 11:06 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I thought the current GM kind of got it – was ok being bad for a couple (more) years while they shed all the bad contracts. So I thought they kind of had a plan. But yes, I agree, this seems odd. Like you expected 3-1 at this point?

  153. 153 anon said at 11:12 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    how the gm doesn’t go is beyond me

  154. 154 Mr. Magee said at 11:33 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Interesting theory. If there’s any truth to it, I’d suggest Chil adopt more of a continuous process, thereby preventing the sort of staleness (dare I say stubbornness?) that we witnessed last week in SF.

  155. 155 Sean Stott said at 2:09 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I disagree. With CK’s offense, it isn’t about outsmarting the other team. It’s about executing your plays well enough that you beat the opponent. There isn’t magic to it, they only run a handful of plays. When your #1 play, the IZR is not working at all, to me that reeks of poor execution. Fix the execution and you’ll fix the offense.

  156. 156 GEAGLE said at 2:36 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Don’t feel like getting into it again, but look up Kapadia’s all 22 of last season, how teams saw that we kept running that route were our players would cross past each other and slap hands to not let anyone between them.. When it was time to self scout Chip saw that we had been running that a lot, anticipated that defense would be ready for it and cheat to either side anticipating the crossing patterns, so he switched to a different variation where Ertz would pivot away from the side he was supposed to cross to, and it ended up working beautifully for us,..

    Chip isn’t trying to trick you… He is trying to anticipate what you will see, how you will defend it, and alter the play to take advantage for how you are prepared to stop it,,, like in this case, pivoting away from the side defense antipitaed and would cheat to… I think the Carfinals game was when this particular example paid off.. ..
    No trickery involved..ljnst anticipating how you will defend us and have the proper counter waiting to take advantage of your adjustment

  157. 157 RobNE said at 9:39 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I just saw the reply of the Brady interception TD, where Brady gets blocked. Was that a flag? I mean, c’mon. Brady was only maybe 5 feet from the runner, he could have clearly been in the play. If that is somehow illegal, yet Foles’ hit is legal, I just don’t understand how that can be.

    I’d really like the NFL to explain this to us.

  158. 158 anon said at 9:42 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    are you surprised brady gets special treatment? once foles starts doing uggz commercials maybe he’ll get calls.

  159. 159 Mr. Magee said at 11:30 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    The thing is, they can’t. There’s mass confusion, and guys like Troy Vincent are running amuck, unsupervised. Don’t expect anything but more confusion and contradiction, and you won’t be disappointed.

  160. 160 CrackSammich said at 9:43 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Kelly needs to retire the play where they do a fake wide receiver screen to the left and the RB/TE screen to the right. That one hasn’t worked in weeks, and Foles tried to force it to Ertz last week for a near pick 6. There at least has to be a third downfield option for when both options aren’t there.

  161. 161 anon said at 10:05 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    it’s been getting used multiple times since the pre-season.

  162. 162 Mr. Magee said at 11:28 AM on September 30th, 2014:


  163. 163 botto said at 12:33 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    it worked once to Ertz against the niners for about 11 yards, but i agree also. that play aint so great.

  164. 164 xeynon said at 4:41 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Step 1:)Run the same play, but have one of the blocking receivers “miss” his block and release downfield.
    Step 2.)Pump fake to the screen guy to bring the defenders up
    Step 3.)Throw over the top to the released receiver
    Step 4.)Profit.

    I expect Chip will realize this play has been sniffed out and build on it. He’s too smart not to.

  165. 165 GEAGLE said at 9:57 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    This is a good week to find out about our coaches and backups.,

    Matt Tobin getting destroyed by Justin smith doesn’t really tell us much about what we have in the young man. I believe the kid will be a solid player and has a future here…I’m just not sure in which capacity.. I think he has a chance to grow into a starter, but worst case scenario he should be able to grow into a servicable Barbre type of backup…getting out classed by Justin smith in your first NFL start probably isn’t the end of the world..but it’s important for a kid like him to take big steps forward every week as he gains more and more experience..

    A lot went wrong against the Niners..of course most of the problems are all intertwined anyway, since football is the ultimate game, one chink in the armor can set off a chain reaction of problems…especially when you are getting handled in the trenches,,, There is a lot that needs to be fixed from the Niners game.. Coaches will have their hands full this week, and I’m really curious to see how much they can manage to fix in one week…of course getting Lane back is HUGE. It solidifies us at two positions, RT and RG with Herremans moving back where he belongs. Todd at guard also helps that weak interior line and can give Molk a hand against Brockers or Aaron Donald

  166. 166 GEAGLE said at 10:05 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Have to get shady n Sproles going this week. Like Tom points out, get creative and start throwing to them on drag routes if need be. Just get them the ball with enough space to get jiggy with it….

    But we have to figure out a way to jump start our run game… As good as the Rams DL is they rank 30 against the run…they also play a 4-3 which isn’t as effective against the run as the 3-4 we been facing.,.

    Lane is back, so ATleast the right side will have enough chemistry to hold their initial combo blocks long enough so one out our guys can control the DL, and our other OL peels off and goes hunting for linebackers at the next level..
    But get creative with Lane if you have to…… If Tobin isn’t helping Jason peters enough on the left side, than go unbalanced line and stick Lame Johnson next to peters.l.if the best back in the league can’t get yards behind Petes and Lane then might as well waive the white flag.

    This is also only Tobins second game…Dennis Kelly is one big MOFO and he has been playing for weeks now… He also seemed to have held up better than the other backups….wondering if Dennis can play LG better than Tobin right now? We need our tempo attack more than ever so we can’t play Wade smith, but I hope we are busting his ass every day to try to get him In eagle shape to where we can play him and still play at our tempo….could be a nice boost if a veteran like him is in good enough shape to play two weeks from now.

  167. 167 Henly125 said at 10:33 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I think Tobin has the edge on D. Kelly as a run blocker.

  168. 168 GEAGLE said at 10:53 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Does Kelly even have any experience playing Guard on Tobins side?

  169. 169 Henly125 said at 11:16 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Yeah he played there for a bit when Mathis went down and Tobin hadn’t returned from the ankle injury.

  170. 170 Henly125 said at 10:15 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Would like your opinions on this article. I don’t agree with #1, 4, 5, 6, and 10…. What do you guys think?

  171. 171 D3FB said at 10:22 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    It’s a click bait piece.

  172. 172 RobNE said at 11:18 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    then I’m not clicking!!

  173. 173 BobSmith77 said at 10:15 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I do wonder who healthy Foles will be this week. He held his left side a few times last week (sore ribs, abdomen) during the game and then had that right knee sleave put on his knee in the 3rd quarter. Doubt he 100% this week.

    As for McCoy, backs who had his kind of career year always have a bit of a decline but I still think he had a concussion in the Skins game that has lingered a bit. It would be nice though if he just hit the hole & went when the Eagles do run plays between the tackles. Charles did that last night perfectly even though he didn’t have a bunch of big plays we was effective in moving the ball.

  174. 174 GEAGLE said at 10:18 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    He definitely isn’t healthy… I’m sure he looks at it as, deal with it for two games and then the much needed bye week arrives..

  175. 175 mksp said at 10:29 AM on September 30th, 2014:


    If the Nick Foles we have seen weeks 1-4 (inconsistent, not accurate, peppered with some very good throws and sustained drives) is the same Nick Foles we get for the rest of the season, what do you do this offseason?

    Record doesn’t matter, the Eagles can win when Nick plays poorly, this is purely based on performance.

  176. 176 anon said at 10:41 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    low ball him right now. he was leading league in passing yds in the first 3 games.

  177. 177 mtn_green said at 2:50 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    3winsx4=12 wins
    Pay him.
    If QB plays just well enough to win 4 of four games. Pay him BIG.

  178. 178 Anders said at 3:31 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    What if the team is winning despite of the QB? See Alex Smith or Andy Dalton? (I didnt think they should have been paid)

  179. 179 mksp said at 4:21 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    What if we won 21-20 yesterday?

    QB wins are a lot like pitcher wins….

  180. 180 BobSmith77 said at 10:46 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Two things that haven’t been discussed:

    – Way too many turnovers for this team. They have 9 already this year (4 INTs, 5 fumbles) which is t-31st in the NFL. They had 17 all last year. One of the biggest differences was between Vick/Barkley and Foles was that Foles didn’t turn the ball over. It hasn’t been the case this year though.

    I don’t expect Foles to suddenly become Dan Fouts and hit those deep routes especially given the WRs the Eagles have. I do expect him though to make better decisions and do a better job of holding on to the ball. I’m hopeful Foles will starting this week.

    As for the defense, they have just 5 takeaways (3 INTs, 2 fumbles). Last year they had 31 takeaways (t-3rd). This is an area where there is a lot more concern because this isn’t a defense with playmakers at LB or the secondary except Boykins and possibly Kendricks. Boykins is only the nickel back though and on the field for less >50% of snaps a game too.

    None of the LBs is a threat to pick the ball really except Kendricks and they don’t really strip the ball well either. As for the secondary, Fletcher is a guy who has stone hands and C. Williams is just so-so.

    Jenkins has been a really pleasant surprise so far with the 3 INTs but I have to thing he reverts to his career norms and goes back to being a guy who doesn’t pick the ball with any kind of frequency either.

    Given the lack of playmakers on this defense and their mediocre at best pass rush, I don’t really see the Eagles’ defense ability to force turnovers improving all that much.

    – The other issue has been penalties. Eagles are averaging 9.0 a game right (29th) in the NFL. Last year they averaged just under 6 (5.8) and were 11th in the NFL.

    Way too many stupid penalties so far including flags before the whistle for false starts, etc. Expect some of the holding calls with the makeshift line but this team really needs to cut down the number of penalties too.

    This is a talented and well-coached team but one that is not nearly talented enough to overcome a negative turnover differential and being among the league leaders in penalties this year.

  181. 181 BobSmith77 said at 10:54 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    For all the pissing and moaning about Foles yet again this week (3 out of 4 weeks now) and the run game, this defense is still the much larger issue.

    They have had 1 half of football this year where they dominated and that was against arguably the worst offense in the NFL with a backup veteran starter & very depleted skill personnel.

    Yeah Kendricks is out but that is just 1 starter. Jenkins has been an upgrade at S but this is a defense that hasn’t been nearly as sound against the run and is a QB’s dream to throw balls against. Teams are crazy if they don’t challenge C. Williams at least 2-3 times deep a game especially if Allen is safety help and Fletcher can be picked on all day especially if teams are willing to dink and dunk him.

    At best, it seems like the defense will be opportunistic, force some turnovers, and keep the opposing team to 17-20 pts. At worst, it seems like this offense will have to put up at least 27-28 pts to have a decent shot to win.

  182. 182 Henly125 said at 11:06 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Our secondary, aside from Jenkins and Boyking, is a big soft spot on this defense. Being “Tall and physical” doesn’t ammount to much when you’re Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher.

  183. 183 Michael Winter Cho said at 11:21 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Before this week, the defense was rated 9th in the league by Football Outsiders. That’s solid and good enough if the O reaches near its potential.

  184. 184 xeynon said at 4:45 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Too early in the season for DVOA to have much meaning though. Small sample sizes and opponent adjustments haven’t been applied yet (playing a crappy offense like Jacksonville in your first four games is likely to produce a significant positive skew in your results).

  185. 185 Henly125 said at 10:55 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Mind blowing.. the Chiefs had 38 rushing attempts to 26 passing attempts last night. Big Red has come a long way.

  186. 186 GEAGLE said at 11:00 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I had Jamaal Charles and I needed 14 points to win… I’m a big Andy fan today 🙂
    After the fantasy draft I was pissed that I ended up with Jamaal Charles instead of shady and AP…..then I was even more pissed when Charles got hurt… NFL seasons are so whacky…few weeks later and AP can’t pay because he is accused of abusing kids, and Shadys OL is in shambles, while Andy is running the ball like he is Bill cowher lol..
    NFL is crazy

  187. 187 Henly125 said at 11:20 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Lol agreed. Nobody would’ve thought AP would be out of the league and McCoy would be struggling the way he is.

  188. 188 CrackSammich said at 11:17 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Except for the first few minutes when nobody had scored, they were leading the entire game. Andy is stubborn, not stupid. You run the ball when you’re winning.

  189. 189 Mr. Magee said at 11:24 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    No, Andy is def stubborn AND stupid. If he’s found religion in KC, good for him.

  190. 190 Sean Stott said at 2:00 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    No he’s also stupid. The end of the 1st half was Philly Reid all over again.

  191. 191 BobSmith77 said at 10:56 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Celek has been MIA this year so far and Herremans is a guy who looks shot and a particularly a poor fit for this offense given his agility and mobility. 2 guys I am suspect will show much improvement as the season progresses either.

  192. 192 McNabbulousness said at 1:41 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    to be fair it seems like foles misses celek at least two times a game when he’s wide open. sure he isn’t the player he used to be but his production would be a lot better if foles was more accurate.

  193. 193 xeynon said at 4:46 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Celek has also dropped just about every catchable ball Foles has thrown him this year. Those two are clearly not on the same page.

  194. 194 RobNE said at 11:14 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    looking at all the posts, we need a new QB, RB, G (Todd), TE (Celek), 2 new CB’s, a replacement for Meco, a new NT like Wilfork (but younger), I almost forgot an upgraded WR2 (assuming Maclin is a real WR1, let’s assume so for now so as not to be greedy). Oh let’s definitely upgrade Allen too ok, and Wolff is in the tub all the time so we need a new guy. I almost forgot the rushing OLB!!

    that’s 11 new starters we need upgraded (and a new sub to replace Casey Matthews, which seems to be half the crowd’s number one goal). We’re going to need more draft picks.

    Wow, Chip Kelly must be awesome to be 3-1 with this group.

    over/under of responses that will focus on Casey Matthews: 3.5

  195. 195 Tom33 said at 11:18 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Nice summary, although to be fair it’s only 10 starters since you can’t count Allen and Wolff!

  196. 196 RobNE said at 11:19 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    no it’s 11, I just meant we need to replace Allen and it won’t be Wolff.

  197. 197 Tom33 said at 11:20 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    Ahh – you’re right. I missed the rushing OLB thrown in at the end. Can’t we just get 2 while we are at it and make it an even dozen?

  198. 198 Henly125 said at 11:31 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    I can’t deny that I’m against our starting cornerbacks lol

  199. 199 Bert's Bells said at 11:42 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    But the Eagles got Parkey so they got that going for them.

  200. 200 Mitchell said at 11:54 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    The God-Parkey!!!!!!!!!

  201. 201 Mitchell said at 11:51 AM on September 30th, 2014:

    For real, we need at least one new corner cause the 2 we got…. ewwww

  202. 202 McNabbulousness said at 1:38 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    just imagine our secondary if we didn’t have jenkins

  203. 203 GEAGLE said at 1:24 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Sounds about right… And this is all after 4 weeks ago, these same posters were talking about how deep our roster was because we had to cut players they liked like Henry Jose!!.. We went from so deep that there be rent enough spots for the players we liked to needing like 11 new starting players in 4 weeks….. Lol life as a Philly fan,,,,,

  204. 204 P_P_K said at 3:48 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Looking at all the posts, we might need a more rational fan base.

  205. 205 BobSmith77 said at 4:03 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    They certainly will be looking to upgrade at G (given Mathis/Herremans age and contract status, TE (Casey is a FA and Celek’s contract is a bit large), CB (obvious), and ILB (Ryans age).

  206. 206 Henly125 said at 12:05 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    According to Peter King, there’s a good chance we may have to play a game in London next year.

  207. 207 Avery Greene said at 12:10 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I hope it’s not a home game.

  208. 208 RobNE said at 1:10 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    another reason I hate the NFL (and Peter King). That is such BS.

  209. 209 McNabbulousness said at 1:34 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    both are wankers

  210. 210 Crus57 said at 1:55 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Well, at least us poorer european fans might stand a chance at seeing them live.

  211. 211 xeynon said at 4:48 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I’m fine with that as long as it’s not a home game.

  212. 212 botto said at 12:37 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    i know it seems like we are better then last year but i was wondering, if our schedule was the same what would our record be?
    skins, chargers, chiefs, broncos? this year?

  213. 213 anon said at 12:47 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    it doesn’t seem like we’re better than last year.

  214. 214 botto said at 12:48 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    i thought it did i guess just because we are 3-1.
    we looked awful against the chiefs, and broncos though last year. i think we are a bit better then those performances no?

  215. 215 anon said at 12:51 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    but we looked great against skins and chargers, i don’t think the offense has clicked that well. st is obviously better. but we’re still inconsistent on offense. defense is better but still…..

  216. 216 Anders said at 1:07 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    2-2 most likely.

  217. 217 botto said at 1:17 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    who did we beat?

  218. 218 Anders said at 2:06 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Skins and Chiefs.

  219. 219 Insomniac said at 3:14 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Chargers and Broncos would hang points on us. Chief’s defense would make Foles look like Vick again behind that OL. Skins is still a toss up considering a few weeks ago.

    We improved in some areas but took a few steps back.

  220. 220 Tumtum said at 12:43 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I have always disliked Cooper and was irked by his flukey performance last year because I knew he was going cash it in here. Now that we are stuck with him, he is doing exactly what was expected.

    Now that I want him to do well and he is doing terrible, I hate him even more.

  221. 221 Mitchell said at 8:11 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    After 4 games I really dnt like Riley Pooper anymore either.

  222. 222 BC1968 said at 1:01 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    What’s with all these destruction games on the primetime games. Jeebus.

  223. 223 GEAGLE said at 1:42 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    With Lane Johnson back! watch Chip used unbalanced lines to get the run game jump started… We used to stick Lane between JP and Mathis… Now we will have to stick JPP between Lane and Todd, and just pound it behind those 3… Stick Celek or Casey over there too if you need to! just get shady to that second level so he can start breaking LB and DB ankles again!!!!
    Too many backups sprinkled all over our line, so go unbalanced line and stick the 3 starters next to each other so you have a 3 man wall of elite blockers who won’t make mistakes and let’s get this damn run game going…leave Molk and Tobin on the weakside away for the play… Or have shady go that way, then cut back to the unbalanced side…

    It’s clear we aren’t going to run the ball our normal way, so we have to switch it up and get shady involved…Lane getting back should be BIG!

  224. 224 anon said at 1:51 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I’m surprised we didn’t use it this time to at least get Peters and Herremans together or move the pocket to give us more room for a play on the other side. I think the biggest thing Lane will bring is athleticism and getting Herremans back in the guard spot.

  225. 225 Mike Roman said at 2:33 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    As pissed as I still am about Sunday’s game, I’m trying to put some things into perspective. Nick Foles still only has 20 career starts under his belt. I can give him the benefit of the doubt for looking so shaky thus far this year. It’s hard to get too down on him when he’s playing behind that offensive line, with absolutely no running game to help him out. Maclin has been his only consistent receiver this year. You got a good game from Matthews last week, and a couple from Ertz, but Cooper’s giving you nothing. Celek is giving you nothing.

    I trust that Chip will find a way to get the ground game going again. Shady is too good to be shut out forever. I think the offense will start to get back on track. I know they want to keep Matthews in the slot, but I’d really like to see them put him outside since Sooper Cooper is mediocre. Let’s get Ertz more looks in the slot. Having Ertz on the field at the same time as Celek / Casey. That gives you three weapons in the passing game, and a good blocking TE should you choose to throw.

    The defense is the defense. I pretty much expect more of the same this year. I believe they’ll do okay against QBs who aren’t quick decision makers and get carved up by the Kirk Cousins of the world. They’ll be largely average but make plays here and there as needed to keep the team in the game.

    I do worry about this Sunday’s game though. We should be pretty pissed about the way we lost the game on Sunday, but I’m afraid we’ll be drained after two very physical and emotional games. The Rams are coming off a bye week too. I think we absolutely have to find a way to win the next two games, even if it is ugly, and get to our bye week. We definitely don’t want to drop a home game to the Rams, but I don’t think this will be easy.

    Btw, who told Jason Garrett that they’re actually allowed to run the football? Here I thought we’d have zero competition for the division but I guess I was wrong. I guess I just have to hope that the Dallas defense and Romo’s back can’t hold up forever.

  226. 226 GEAGLE said at 2:42 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Perspective: anointed franchise QB Cam Newton has 50 games worth of experience and everyone seems sold on him… Does he really look 30 games of experience better than Nick?

    Bad games for most young QBs are like 150 yards, 3 INTs and a fumble…. Nicks “bad games” are never THAT bad,,, if Nick FOles ever had a Kapernick bad game, or an RG3 bad game, he would have been kicked out of the city of Philadelphia…

    Even when things around him break down, and he is having a bad game, a bad game for him is just innacurate, and some indecision.. Even when it’s bad, you never really see him unravel..

  227. 227 anon said at 2:53 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    he was just 195/2. i see what you’re saying. i dont know if cam looked that bad, given what he has. 3starting rbs out, and he’s got a te and a rookie to throw to. they decided to spend all their money on defense and it’s not working out.

  228. 228 Mike Roman said at 3:07 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Totally agree. He’ll have some ups and downs this year but there’s a lot going on around him right now. I think he’ll settle in and be okay. And to answer your question, no, Cam definitely doesn’t look 30 games of experience better than St. Nick.

  229. 229 EagleEyeNebula said at 3:41 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    The problem is people seem to ignore the high variability game to game in football. The assumption seems to be that performance will be approximately their career average, however, the distribution is rarely normal and relying on an average alone ignores the interdependence of all players on the field (both teams), coaching staffs, and the natural variability in all individual performance. I believe eagles rewind last year did a nice job showing how non-normal the distributions of qb’s and the breadth of the Gaussian standard deviation if Gaussian statistics can be assumed.

  230. 230 anon said at 4:33 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    tell that to people who hate djax

  231. 231 EagleEyeNebula said at 4:55 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Actually, the argument goes both ways with him, or any player for that matter. I can use the exact same argument to shred him or praise him. If you want to discuss statistics properly, you have to include all aspects of the distribution, for example if using an average, that includes standard deviation, mode and median. Then there is a question of value, and which measure you think will more greatly impact a given game/season. It is a very complex problem with no correct answers per say.

  232. 232 SteveH said at 2:41 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Jesus, at least we’re not the Patriots. I didn’t watch the game what the hell happened last night?

  233. 233 mtn_green said at 2:42 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Their QB was ‘off’

  234. 234 anon said at 2:47 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    we are the patriots. both have make shift o-lines. qbs are off. limited run game. porous defense. no production from wrs.

  235. 235 CrackSammich said at 3:02 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    More OL issues than us, Gronk isn’t 100%, and they don’t have any solid WRs. Their defense also isn’t good enough to win a game on their own, either. They might figure it out by the playoffs. They might not need to, with the state of the rest of that division.

  236. 236 RobNE said at 3:16 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    they started two 4th-5th round rookies on their OL because there veteran tackles have fallen off the cliff. At least we have guys coming back. It’s been a problem all year.

    Without a good OL, their cheapness at all other non-QB offensive positions (besides Gronk, who they paid) becomes that much more of an anchor around their necks.

  237. 237 GEAGLE said at 3:52 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Patriots played the shit out of Tom Brady! Lol

    Got him to give them major discounts thinking they would build a winner..instead they took away his boy Welker, took away his favorite OL Mankins lol… Brady is getting played for a sucker…can’t believe they are wasting what time he has left trying to save a couple bucks

  238. 238 anon said at 4:01 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    i think they decided they were missing a defense payed some people on that side of the ball thinking tb could carry the team. you know what they say about the best laid plans.

    that said pats are automatically in the playoffs so they have all year to figure it out.

  239. 239 GEAGLE said at 5:42 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Lol @ bellicheat starting Chung at safety

  240. 240 GEAGLE said at 2:48 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Huff said he has Been ready to go for a week or two, and he just hasn’t been active,,, it’s not a case of him being injured…
    Atlanta,Falcons lost their starting Center… Have fun overcoming that loss..,going to be another example of how important that position is

  241. 241 botto said at 2:58 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    huff not only needs to be active, he needs to be on teh field going off on people. this guy is going to be a good weapon i believe.

  242. 242 GEAGLE said at 3:24 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Crazy how everyone gets on Chip for the “oregon bias”, when our two draft picks from Oregon, Huff and Hart haven’t dressed a game yet…

    Old man Papa Bear(Bair) was inches away from blocking his second FG on Sunday…that Wiley old bastard is going to block ATleast 1 more FG this year…mark my words,,.

  243. 243 Allen3000 said at 4:59 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Uh…That actually looks bad for Chip. Huff was a 3rd round pick. That’s actually quite alarming if you can’t even get a skill position player you drafted in the 3rd round on the football field.
    Hope I’m wrong, but I never liked that pick. Definitely thought we should have gone OL depth or defense (except DL).

  244. 244 GEAGLE said at 5:38 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Plenty of second and third round picks aren’t dressing yet,.

    Everyone’s favorite predraft WR Cody Latimer, second round pick wasn’t even dressing when Welker was suspended.. CB Jean Baptiste hasn’t dressed yet…..
    What a rookie has done or hasn’t been able to do up until this point really doesn’t mean anything…

  245. 245 Insomniac said at 8:03 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Apples to oranges. Broncos have one of the best receiving groups in the league.

  246. 246 GEAGLE said at 8:40 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Not really.. Denver uses 3-4 WRs all the time…Welkers suspension could have been an opportunity for the kid
    … BUT IF that example doesn’t work for you,I can name like another 15 examples off the top of my head if you’d like…

    Lol Author brown was drafted last year by the ravens and he is still inactive lol… Yet they aren’t willing to trade him…which shows you being inactive isn’t some scarlet letter to identify someone who can’t play

  247. 247 Insomniac said at 3:24 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    He’ll be ok. He didn’t show anything in preseason besides that kickoff return where he wasn’t touched. Cooper on the other hand has to go and Huff doesn’t need to do too much to prove that he needs playing time over him.

  248. 248 anon said at 3:31 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    surprised he can’t get maehl off the field. but considering all of the rbs have key roles as do the tes it’s going to be tough to get another wr on the field.

  249. 249 Insomniac said at 8:19 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Cooper is one game away from being benched if he keeps up his butterfinger act. Maybe we should have kept Momah.

  250. 250 anon said at 3:44 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    center and right tackle

  251. 251 GEAGLE said at 3:16 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Desean vs. Maclin

    Shamed to admit I was always a Jaccson guy! self tacklin Maclin annoyed me,.
    But Maclin over D-Shawn was the right choice. Deseans playing for the redskins was typical Desean..he got his Homerun, some solid catches, finished with his “numbers”…’that was a close game, crunch time, D-Shawn was no where to be found but he got his stats..,

    Maclin is stepping up when it matters, in crunch time, extending crucial drives with monster catches against teams #1 CB, catching key go ahead TDs in almost every game…not only is Maclin doing it, but he is stepping up and doing it in the clutch…that’s what #1 WR do… Last drive, game on the line, QB has to be able to trust you to make big catches to extend drives…what Maclin is proving to be able to do, is what kept Desean from being a legit number 1 WR…
    We haven’t been in any blow outs this year..we had to deal with adversity in the second half of each game…Maclin isn’t dissapearing, it’s when he is stepping up and making his most impressive catches.,

    Running like a Beast after catching screens, instead of that self tackling fellow we used to know,..blocking down field like a beast…

    Chip seems to have Finally gotten Maclin to reach that level we were starting to doubt he would ever reach.,… That’s going to be huge for us going forward once we get our run game back, Maclin should really go off on teams.

  252. 252 P_P_K said at 3:47 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Desean is also continuing to disappear for games. In two of their four games this year, he has one catch/game.

  253. 253 GEAGLE said at 3:49 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    He disappeared in crunch time against us, while Maclin made key catches in crunch time to help us win…

  254. 254 BobSmith77 said at 3:57 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    False choice though and it was whether Cooper would start this year and would they better off down the line after they dumped his salary.

  255. 255 RobNE said at 3:20 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Like Mike Roman below, I am having trouble letting go of the game and my beef is that they didn’t rush to the line at the one and call a freakin run play.

    Or call timeout, set up trips or doubles or whatever on each side, so you can throw the screen to the guy in back, then run the ball when the D has to send 5 guys outside.

    that play calling just really bothers me.

  256. 256 Insomniac said at 3:28 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Chip just doesn’t have the experience to deal with last week’s situation. He had the Cowboys game from last year and I doubt he couldn’t score in college.

  257. 257 GEAGLE said at 3:31 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    What’s with all the beat reporters running around speculating about a hidden injury of shady? Either his toe, ankle..some have speculated he has looked different since Amerson hit him in the head,.,, when I watch him fail, I just chalked it up to having no where to go…at no point did he look injured to me, but he vaguely admitted something was hurt, Chip said he want on the treatment list…

    Should get a good idea against the rams crappy run defense,,
    This is a major treat for me…can’t wait to go back and watch every play of the heavyweight battle between the mighty Robert Quinn and Hall of Fame Jason Peters… One of the juiciest individual battles of the year!

  258. 258 Anders said at 3:31 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    He had a minor turf toe in the pre season and turf toe do not normally go away quick

  259. 259 botto said at 3:36 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    i thought he has looked different since the hit to the head. when he came back in he looked different and last weak too.

  260. 260 Pennguino said at 6:38 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I watched the coaches tape of the San Fran game. That defense was spot on in their scheme. They did a great job dissecting Ck’s offense. The thing that stood out the most was their tackling. First guy made the tackle every time. I didn’t study it, just watched it. So I went back to the WAS game. Shady hasn’t broke a tackle in the last two games. There are one arm tackles that are bringing him down now.
    That helmet to helmet shook him. Next time he went up the middle he saw the tackle coming and lowered his shoulder and did a little shuffle of his feet bracing for impact. He almost came to a complete stop before the tackle occurred.

  261. 261 GEAGLE said at 8:26 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Vic vangio is said to know chips defense really well

  262. 262 RobNE said at 3:42 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Bengals get no respect only 1 pt favorites over the Pats. I know it’s in Foxboro but still.

    are Saints bad, or just bad away from home? I can trust them in my knockout pool this week right? 10 pt favorites over Tampa.

  263. 263 anon said at 3:44 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    that’s tough if game is in nola i’d go with saints on a bounce back statement win. if in tampa i’d take tampa — saints d can’t stop anyone.

  264. 264 GEAGLE said at 3:48 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Saints are pathetic on the road, I’m sure they are still formidable at home.. I wouldn’t trust them to win a division game by more than ten points.. Especially since I think Glennon can play and he already started to weaponize Mike Evans,,

  265. 265 RobNE said at 3:56 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    knockout pool is without the spread.

  266. 266 GEAGLE said at 3:59 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Oh..yeah if they are home, they are prob safe bet after being embarressed .. Sure Jimmy Graham will score once or twice at home

  267. 267 anon said at 3:59 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    no evans for 2-4 weeks. take saints in a must win game.

  268. 268 jshort said at 6:21 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I always take a home dog getting 1.5 or less. ….usually do okay.

  269. 269 EagleEyeNebula said at 3:51 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Is anyone tracking facemasks against Sproles? It seems like defenders grab his facemask at least once per game if not more… And he scored touchdowns after 2 of them.

  270. 270 GEAGLE said at 3:58 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I was starting to get uncomfortable with all the national hype the eagles were getting.,. Had we beat the Niners it would have gotten crazy..
    I would rather be 4-0 of course, but I have to admit I’m enjoying everyone hopping off our bandwagon,,

    Last week ESPN had us ranked as high as #2… Now we aren’t even in the top 5, even better is the fact that a lot of the national dopes are starting this cowboy over the eagles trend!!! Love it,, Fly under the national radar as long as we can… Hearing Golic say the cowboys have jumped ahead of the eagles put a giant smile on my face

  271. 271 Mitchell said at 4:11 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I agree. Sometimes you get too comfortable too, like,”O, we can win games in the 4th no problem.” Now maybe the Birds will get their act together and come of the gate strong on offense.

  272. 272 GEAGLE said at 4:01 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Honestly…WHAT difference do the raiders expect tony Sparano to make instead of Dennis Allen? Did the owner just wake up bored this morning? What is the point of this…

  273. 273 Avery Greene said at 7:56 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Isn’t it the son? I guess he’s as crazy as his dad. Forget speedy wide receivers, we will hire all the coaches.

  274. 274 BobSmith77 said at 4:08 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Per ESPN Stats:

    “Nick Foles was 0-of-10 with two interceptions on passes more than 20
    yards downfield Sunday, the most attempts without a completion in ESPN
    Stats & Info’s dataset (since 2006).”

  275. 275 Mitchell said at 4:10 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Man, it seems like you are really down on this team right now. Jeesh!

  276. 276 RobNE said at 4:11 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I think that one to Cooper in the end zone was over 20. Foles should have dropped that in better, so Cooper didn’t have to improperly jump for it.

  277. 277 Mitchell said at 8:03 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Not sure if kidding cause that throw was one of the best u have seen.

  278. 278 RobNE said at 9:10 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Yes kidding.

  279. 279 BobSmith77 said at 4:19 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Que? I said yesterday that the loss at SF really didn’t mean anything. Tough game on the West Coast against a tough opponent. Expecting a ‘L’ there before the season and before the game.

    Just pointing out a stat.

  280. 280 anon said at 4:23 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    there was so much foles love that now i feel like “realists” are taking the opportunity to point out he’s not what a lot of people thought he was (the next tom brady). he’s having bad games, that’s ok.

  281. 281 BobSmith77 said at 4:27 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Kind of a bogus comparison though. Brady is a HOF QB.

    To me the question this year was could Foles avoid too many mistakes (sacks, turnovers) and finish in the Top 10 in most QB categories again.

    If Foles could do that, he is a ‘franchise QB’ then. He is middle of the pack in most categories but they have only played 4 games.

  282. 282 BobSmith77 said at 5:04 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Running Back A:

    41 G, 641 Att, 3215 Yards, 5.0 Y/C, 20 TDs/122 Recs, 848 Yards, 7.0 Y/R, 1 TD, 4063 Total Yards, 10 fumbles

    Running Back B:

    78 G, 1219 Att, 5665 Yards, 4.6 Y/C, 40 TDs/282 Recs, 2191 Yards, 7.8 Y/R, 10 TD, 7856 Total Yards, 11 fumbles

    Both have been very productive running backs with Running Back B have better production in the pass game but Running Back A having better run production. I would give a slight edge to Running Back B due to his greater versatility and lower fumbles totals.

    I really hope that Team A doesn’t continue to realize that if they utilize Running Back A and their offensive line to suit the strengths of their team that they will be a much better team overall.

  283. 283 ACViking said at 5:12 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I’m guessing DeMarco Murray.

    The way you phrase your last paragraph smacks of Jerry Jones-itis.

  284. 284 BobSmith77 said at 6:34 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Yeah it is the OL:

    “Opposing defenses have blitzed Foles on only 16 percent of his
    dropbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That’s the
    second-lowest rate in the NFL. But Foles has been under pressure on 39
    of his pass attempts, the most in the NFL. Bottom line: Defenses are
    getting more pressure while using fewer pass-rushers, and that is
    affecting Foles’ confidence and timing.”

  285. 285 botto said at 6:44 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    i would imagine that affects everything possible when passing.
    damnit Mathis! damnit Kelce!

  286. 286 A_T_G said at 6:45 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Agreed. I think people are over thinking this. We were dcimated on the OL, and suddenly the offense is poor. Shady doesn’t have a super-secret concussion, Foles doesn’t suddenly suck, we just have a bad line.

  287. 287 GEAGLE said at 8:32 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Absolutely… It’s extremely rare to see a OL blatantly losing the battle yet an offense still functioning well…. It just doesn’t happen.

  288. 288 Mitchell said at 8:01 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    That is a hell of a stat!

  289. 289 GENETiC-FREAK said at 6:59 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Jake Knott back in the squad!

  290. 290 Avery Greene said at 7:54 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Just saw that. I like this pickup.

  291. 291 anon said at 8:02 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I think that’s not great for marcus smith ILB.

  292. 292 CrackSammich said at 8:52 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    It’s not. But it’s probably worse for Acho/Matthews. Smith has a year or two of good will due to his draft price to flounder.

  293. 293 GEAGLE said at 8:36 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Weird… I was convinced he was done with us, when Maragos and his family took over his apartment…happy to see him back
    Lol Casey Mathews knew Knotts suspension was about to end lol went out and got his only career sack

  294. 294 GEAGLE said at 8:28 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Dolphins signed lamicheal James to practice squad.. Didn’t realize he had Practice squad eligibility..weird that we wouldn’t place him on PS

  295. 295 GEAGLE said at 8:29 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    I know we lost…watching the film… I got giddy seeing how well our young DL played against a big, bully OL of the Niners

  296. 296 anon said at 9:02 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    was zach martin starting he’s terrible? Our front 7 performed admirably given they were on the field so long.

  297. 297 Insomniac said at 10:16 PM on September 30th, 2014:

    Jonathan Martin?