This article was contributed by Emile Velocovic.
Any way you slice it, Week 4 of the NFL regular season did not go exactly as planned for the Philadelphia Eagles. They were unable to really get anything going against the San Francisco 49ers, and fans of the franchise were certainly frustrated. In fantasy football, people are starting to actually panic in regards to the play of Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy. Now that we are a quarter of the way through the regular season, what type of production should people expect?
Anyone with realistic expectations knew that Foles would not be nearly as efficient with the football this year as he was in 2013. It simply is impossible to not be picked off for such a long period of time. This season, he was able to look a little bit better than normal to start off the season thanks to tearing apart mediocre at best defenses such as Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Washington. San Francisco is one of the better teams on defense, so a poor outing is not th…
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed linebacker Jake Knott and tackle Kevin Graf to the practice squad after releasing linebacker Brandon Hepburn and lineman Tyler Hoover.
#Eagles sign T Kevin Graf, LB Jake Knott to practice squad, release LB Brandon Hepburn, OL Tyler Hoover. Knott served 4-game PED suspension
— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) October 1, 2014
Knott’s PED suspension ended after this past weekend’s games, even though he was unemployed. He can start practicing tomorrow.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) October 1, 2014
Knott is a player that could be on 53 soon. Strong special teams player and upgrade on D over Casey Matthews
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) October 1, 2014
Knott, who is back from a four-game suspension, is a talented linebacker who was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013 out of Iowa State
There’s no secret that Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy’s productivity is down. Few other than he expected an exact repeat of last year’s rushing title effort, but to be placed 46th out of 48 in yards per carry among those with 20 or more carries was not expected either.
Through 4 games, McCoy is producing at less than half of what he was at this point last season. In 2013, McCoy had 78 carries for 468 yards and 2 TDs, while this year’s totals are at 70 carries for 192 yards and 1 TD.
McCoy ran for 217 yards and 2 TDs on 29 carries against the Lions last season.
One could offer that these statistics are a result of the improved passing game through Nick Foles in comparison to last year’s first 4 games being under the QB play of Mike Vick. But the difference in passing is only 69 yards.
Where these numbers get down right weird and potentially alarming is that this year’s down Shady production yielded a 3-1 record, while last year’s McCoy break out only supported a 1-3 start.
Is it time for the Philadelphia Eagles to panic? No, probably not just yet. Should they be worried? In a word, yes. On October 2, 2011 the Philadelphia Eagles took a 20-3 halftime lead into the locker room at Lincoln Financial field against the visiting San Francisco 49ers. In the second half, they slowly and painfully watched that lead evaporate, eventually losing the game 24-23 after only mustering a field goal in the second half. Sound familiar? It was at that very moment the two franchises headed in opposite directions. The Eagles on their way to an 8-8 season and the 49ers to within a field goal of playing in the Super Bowl. In the NFL, a season and a team’s fortunes can change in an instant. Sunday’s game may again represent a crucial turning point for a Philadelphia Eagles team that, going into last weekend, seemed poised to challenge the Seattle Seahawks for NFC supremacy. Although the Eagles weren’t technically supposed to win on Sunday, anyone who watched the game could se…
Hey Eagles Addicts, this is a guest article written by a die-hard Eagles fan who has a strong desire to become a sports writer. Please welcome Rob Kelly, he may become a regular contributor to the site!
Eagles’ Embarrassing Loss To 49ers: What The Talking Heads Won’t Tell You
By Rob Kelly
If you are an Eagles Addict or a long suffering Eagles fan you know how to watch your team lose. But this week’s loss to the SF 49ers was more than a loss, it was an unnecessary embarrassment.
An embarrassment because how can a team that is 3-0 suddenly show up with an offense that cannot even score a single point in the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, or 4th quarter. Not one point in an entire game ! Now that is embarrassing.
Unnecessary because the one person most responsible for Sunday’s shameful defeat never touched the football or played a single down. Yes, I am talking about our coach Chip Kelly.
Okay, I hear you. You’re saying that Chip is a brilliant coach. You’re tel…
As if the Philadelphia Eagles loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday wasn’t bad enough, this tweet by @FauxJohnMadden put a stamp on the defeat.
Here is the tweet that nailed both Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy in one shot:
Nick Foles quarterback rating today lower than what LeSean McCoy tips a waiter.
— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) September 28, 2014
The Eagles offense didn’t throw a touchdown as Foles posted a 22.00 quarterback rating.
You have to give credit where credit is due. That’s a good one. Maybe the Eagles will be able to win next week against the St. Louis Rams and laugh it all off.
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A couple of weeks ago I asked a sort of tongue-in-cheek question in a column: is Riley Cooper the worst wide receiver in the NFL?
At the time Cooper was playing pretty bad and Pro Football Focus had him graded lower than anybody else at his position. I wrote it off as a slump that he was bound to snap out of, but since then Cooper’s play has only gotten worse and he’s once again ranked dead last by Pro Football Focus in the wide receiver grades.
That’s right. Out of the 110 receivers in the NFL who have played significant snaps this season, 109 of them are playing better than Riley Cooper.
Riley Cooper whispering plaintive N-words to himself pic.twitter.com/5K7RcwEWAr
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) September 28, 2014
So what’s the issue? Cooper is not injured. He is not limping around and his movement does not appear restricted in any way. Any player can have a bad couple of games but at this point it’s now a matter of confidence. Cooper is suffering between the ears and there’s no excu…
I tried to put the “coulda shoulda” of the 49ers game out of me mind last night by sitting down in front of the Turner Classic Network airing of “Gone With The Wind” (1939).
Oh yes I was definitely guilty of switching my “back” to the MNF broadcast of the pasting the Chieves were giving to Tom Brady and the Patriots…
But I had never watched the complete 3-hour saga of “Gone With The Wind”…and I became mesmerized by the production values of the movie.
Needless to say, I found parallels between Chip Kelly and Scarlett O’Hara…
Both of these characters were running their respective shows…and both were done in by their situational failures to adjust to the curve balls the current game of the week was throwing at them…
The league is on to Kelly’s offensive play-calling just like Captain Rhett Butler was on to Scarlett’s unrequited love for Ashley…
The league’s defensive coordinators are catching on, and telling us in so many words, “Frankly, Chip, I don’t give a damn…”
The Philadelphia Eagles gained just 22 yards on the ground in Sunday’s 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy had 10 carries for just 17 yards. Quarterback Nick Foles was 21-of-43 for 195 yards with two interceptions. “We’re not very good up front right now; we’ve got a lot of guys banged up, and that’s not an excuse, that’s just the reality of it,” Kelly explained after the game Sunday. “[Left tackle] Jason Peters was the only guy who was playing the position he started the season at. Todd moved out, we’ve got three new guys. “When you play against a front like that, with [defensive end] Justin Smith, one of the best players in the game, and [linebacker] Patrick Willis, [defensive tackle] Ian Williams, [defensive end Ray] McDonald, that group – we got beat. And when your front can stop the run game and generate a pass rush, then you can sit back and play zone and not give up a lot of big plays, and that’s kind of been their M.O.” Darren Sproles
Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles offense could get nothing going against the San Francisco 49ers.
With the many questions surrounding what this Philadelphia Eagles team is and what it isn’t heading into the fourth game of the season, there was never a question about the offense. The 3-0 start showed that, regardless of the start, the Birds would and could generate points in a variety of ways. Of course they can–that’s Chip Kelly’s hallmark.
Enter the trip across country to San Francisco to face the 49ers on Sunday, a game that flipped the script of the Eagles’ season so far. Yes, there were highlights, one of which you’ll see below. Even with the offense’s inability to get anything going, the game was within grasp until the last moments of the game. But Philadelphia just couldn’t finish. A 91-yard drive starting at 6:35 in the fourth quarter could have gotten the lead and probably the game for Philadelphia. They got within in 1-yard of the goal line, but they couldn’t seal th…
Yesterday the Philadelphia Eagles came in to Levi’s Stadium to play the 49ers as five point underdogs. But to hear Philly twitter tell it, you might think that the Eagles were favored by three touchdowns and blew a huge lead in the fourth quarter in a pivotal division game.
As Tyler said earlier today, there’s no reason to panic. The 49ers needed to win to avoid falling into a 1-3 hole in the most brutal NFL division, and the Eagles were just hoping to pad their lead. All things being equal, the team that needs to win more is going to win usually (particularly if they’re at home.)
So while there’s no cause to panic there are some hard lessons to take away from the loss. Here’s four of them.
1. Philly really misses Mychal Kendricks
I know, you’re probably thinking something like “thank you Professor Obvious, now will you explain why it’s dark when the sun goes down?” It may be obvious but it’s worth mentioning.
When any team loses their inside linebacker it’s always a heck of a blow….
The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t supposed to win in San Francisco yesterday. They were coming off a tough, emotionally draining division win, and traveling across the country to play a supposedly pissed of 49er team that dropped two straight.
And yet there they were, down six points late in the fourth quarter, with first-and-goal from the six yard-line, in position to win the game.
With how poorly the Eagles played all day, there’s no way they should have been in that scenario. But they were, and that’s a sign of a good team.
With the way Eagles fans reacted post-game, you would have thought the team hadn’t won a game all year. I saw fans calling for quarterback Nick Foles to be benched. I saw others questioning what linebacker DeMeco Ryans brings to the defense.
This man should b n a good mood after the # Tide Rolled! Get those Skins tomorrow @DRyans59 #Eagles #ROLLTIDE pic.twitter.com/dZADrDzLn8
— John Frazier (@Eaglefan12) September 21, 2014
Are you kidding me?
The offense playe…
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy led the league in rushing last season. But after racking up just 17 yards on the ground in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers, he wasn’t too happy about the team’s performance. “I’m embarrassed,” he said. ”It sucks. We had so many plays we could have made but we didn’t. I thought we were going to pull it off like usual,” via NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks. But this particular matchup didn’t end in the same fashion that others did. The offense gained only 128 total yards before the final drive, and faced with a first-and-goal situation late in the game, they could not punch the ball in for the go-ahead touchdown. Although, McCoy still doesn’t think he’s struggling—even though the RB has averaged only 2.9 yards per carry thus far…
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin made an incredible catch on a fourth quarter offensive drive during Sunday’s game in San Francisco. On 3rd and 14, Maclin laid out and got his left hand on the ball, then cradled it underneath him while staying in bounds to make a first down and keep the Eagles drive alive.The Eagles drove down to the 1-yard line, but couldn’t punch it in, and they lost to the Niners 26-21. H/T NIS.
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The Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) came up short on Sunday, losing to the San Francisco 49ers (2-2)—the 26-21 final score felt much closer than the actual game. All 21 of Philadelphia’s points came on special teams and defense, as the offense could never establish any sort of rhythm until late in the fourth quarter.
The Philadelphia offense fell uncharacteristically stagnant, gaining just 213 total yards. The danger of the no huddle offense reared its head, as the 5-for-13 third down efficiency led to multiple 3-and-outs that left the defense on the field for 42:17. If Cary Williams was tired after last week, I’d hate to imagine what he’s feeling now.
The offensive line finally broke down to the level most expected; Nick Foles went 21-for-43 with 195 yards and 2 INT. Many plays resulted in linemen peeling Foles off of the turf after hits. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper still put up decent numbers despite the offensive struggle, providing 68 and 54 yards respectively. LeSean McCoy and the runnin