Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has a new-school approach to coaching and an innovative offensive philosophy. But when it comes to talking to the media, he seems to favor the traditional “less is more” approach. This was exemplified when he was recently asked about why he’s so meticulous about his players’ habits, but hands-off when it comes to injuries. He responded by saying that it’s not something he can control[...]
It doesn’t take long for the pressure to mount in the NFL. Just seven weeks into the 2014 season, plenty of people find themselves under the microscope, trying to answer questions about their most-recent performance.
Who is in that spot? Here are five on the hot seat this weekend:
5. Chip Kelly
This guy is a genius? Really?
For all the hype surrounding his offense, the Eagles have struggled on that side of the ball, at least in terms of scoring points, in three of the past four games. And they’ve only managed to post a 1-2 record thus far on the road. Thus, their road game this week against a good Houston defense will be a test. Can the Eagles avoid a two-game losing skid? Only if Kelly’s much-ballyhooed offense kicks it into another gear.
Heat Index: 3 – The Eagles are a legit contender in the NFC East, so there’s no reason to push a panic button; but Kelly’s offense needs to be more consistent
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It’s hard to believe the 2014 NFL regular season is already halfway over. We now have a sufficient sample size to hand out the fake hardware, so let’s do it. Comeback Player of the Year: Von Miller, Broncos Runner-up: Jeremy Maclin, Eagles Miller suffered an ACL tear in Week 16 last year and now ranks second in sacks. Even though no one should’ve had much doubt of Miller’s return to dominant status, it still counts. Jeremy Maclin may ride the human-interest angle to the award—coming back from both…
The Philadelphia Eagles have a few key injuries as they prepare to face the Houston Texans in Houston on Sunday.#457140190 / gettyimages.comRunning back Darren Sproles was at practice Tuesday and felt close on Sunday, but his status won’t be clear until he gets more full practices.Sproles said he was full practice participant today, was close Sunday, hopeful this week but won’t know until he gets more full practices— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) October 28, 2014 Guard Todd Herremans was injured in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but was at practice on Tuesday, lining up in his normal position. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur described Herremans’ condition as “fine” after practice, though it’s worth noting that Eagles coaches have downplayed various injuries all season. Herremans’ status will continue to be evaluated throughout the week.Center Jason Kelce was also a participant in Tuesday’s practice. Kelce hasn’t played since September 21st and has been trying to r
While his misplay may have played an integral role in the blown coverage that led to John Brown’s 75-yard game-winning touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, safety Nate Allen is doing his best to move on and no one should be worried…Read More
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Imagine how great this Philadelphia Eagles offense could be if for just one game they could have their whole starting five on the front line intact. It seems like that’s bound never to happen this season.
Case in point: last night I was searching for stories to write about and I got very excited when I stumbled across this update from Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Also hearing that it is pretty much a certainty that Jason Kelce will start at center for the #Eagles on Sunday.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 28, 2014
Finally! Jason Kelce back at center where he belongs. And Evan Mathis not too far behind. For about a fraction of a second I was foolish enough to think that the Eagles offensive line might finally be at full strength one day soon.
But then reality came in with its cold, clammy hands and ripped it all away.
Right guard Todd Herremans apparently suffered a torn bicep in Sunday’s game:
Report: Todd Herremans suffered torn biceps against Cardinals http://t.co/fuA2sHJF6B
Today the Philadelphia Eagles will work out former Wyoming safety Chris Prosinski. Prosinski was a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider · 10h10 hours ago Former Jacksonville Jaguars safety Chris Prosinski is visiting the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, according to a league source Prosinski was a senior […] The post Eagles will work out former Jaguars draft pick Chris Prosinski today appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds.
There’s plenty of criticism to go around for the Philadelphia Eagles following Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The referees gave the Cardinals some questionable calls, LeSean McCoy was held to just 83 yards while Nick Foles threw 62 passes, and the Eagles once again had trouble scoring in the red zone.
Cartoonist Rob Tornoe of the Philadelphia Inquirer made head coach Chip Kelly’s playcalling the subject of his satire yesterday:
ICYMI Chip Kelly needs to freshen up his play-calling http://t.co/sanDPNUlHO #Eagles pic.twitter.com/Ji6SoxI5qA
— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) October 27, 2014
Kelly’s “best coast” offense thrives on using a variety of options and threats, but has gotten bogged down when the field gets short. In fact, the Eagles are scoring fewer touchdowns than any other NFL team in the red zone, coming up with six points less than 35 percent of the time.
What do you think the problem is?
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The Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) came up on the losing end of an exciting but frustrating game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (6-1). While turning the ball over twice inside the opponent’s 20-yard line is annoying, what made this game truly frustrating was the number of penalties that made me hesitate to believe any big plays would stand without some yellow on the field; 21 accepted penalties totaling 198 yards made me wonder whether or not a 4:05 start time was going to run into the beginning of the World Series’ game 5. Aside from the sloppiness in penalties, the Eagles were sloppy taking care of the football, a continuing trend amplified by the thought that the team had a bye the week before to work out situations causing so many turnovers.
Players of the game
Jeremy Maclin – 12 catches for 187 yards and 2 TDs with the added stress of leaving the game and entering the locker room to treat a bleeding ear and get a concussion test made him the most valuable piece to the Eagles in the game.
Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals was definitely a punch to the gut for Eagles fans. The Eagles outplayed the Cardinals for most of the game, but offensive sloppiness in Arizona territory doomed what should have been a solid win over a quality opponent. Thankfully, the Dallas Cowboys softened the blow last night by losing to the hapless […]
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While most of the Philadelphia Eagles 2014 season has been about pleasant surprises and positive vibes, not everybody has hopped on board Chip Kellyâ€˜s upbeat express.
Rookie wide receiver Josh Huff has had a difficult adjustment to the NFL so far (as many undersized rookie receivers are known to do), but the way heâ€™s handling the adversity does not bode well for long term success in the league.
First Huff complained about playing time once he recovered from his pre-season shoulder injury, then on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals he fumbled in the red zone.Â Fumbles happen. Even in the red zone. Itâ€™s part of the game. But what Huff did next will blow your mind. After the game he went on Twitter to proclaim the loss was no big deal.
They hate you when you lose and love you when you win. **** happens, it’s called life. We will bounce bck.
â€” BirdGang_11 (@Huff_Era_1) October 27, 2014
You can guess how well that went over with the Eagles faithful. Then Huff went off the deep end and said he doesnâ
PE.com did a sweet infographic on the good stats and nice developments that came out of a tough loss to the Cardinals— you can see the full-size infographic by linking to
Infographic: Maclin’s Career Day
Maclin had 12 receptions for 187 yards and 2 TD’s against the Cardinals. He’s scored at least 1 TD in 5 of the team’s first seven games.
Best of all, I no longer hold my breath when Maclin takes a tumble or gets knocked around on the field of play. I now am convinced his rehab (from two serious knee injuries in his career) has been complete.
In fact, I am downright thrilled by Maclin’s progress in the Kelly offense, and while I cannot yet ordain him a bona fide #1 receiver, if he maintains this kind of production, he’s going to be paid a lot of money in his next contract as maybe the best #2 wideout in the league.
So I take away a good feeling about Maclin from the loss to the Cardinals. You just hope he stays healthy all year long. He’s obviously prepared well for the duration.
In yesterday’s rough loss to the Arizona Cardinals the Philadelphia Eagles had a whole lot of opportunities to seal the game. One of the most crucial moments came in the fourth quarter when Chris Polk was stopped at the goal line by the Cardinals defense.
Or was he? Check out this still photo from Sunday’s game:
Chip Kelly needs 2 fire his Replay Analsyt! @1ChrisPolk clearly had a first down!Would have been 1st & Goal. pic.twitter.com/bc4kHwGs2p
— Chris from VA (@CLeeOaktonVa) October 26, 2014
I don’t know if he went over or not to be honest and my angle at the bar where I was watching was not ideal. I do know that a lot of Eagles fans are not happy about it and many think head coach Chip Kelly should have challenged the spot. What do you think?
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Eagles HC Chip Kelly mentioned Monday morning that he doesn’t expect them to be heavily involved in trades leading up to Tuesday’s deadline.
“The trade deadline overblown,” Kelly said, per Les Bowen. “I don’t anticipate doing anything. I’m very happy w team we have right now. I love the way they can compete.”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reported Sunday that the Eagles are looking to add a “starting-caliber” safety to their roster.
According to Florio, the Eagles are happy with free safety Malcolm Jenkins. However, they are reportedly looking to upgrade their strong safety position and Nate Allen didn’t help himself on Sunday after allowing John Brown to get by him for a touchdown.
Florio mentions that potential trade targets for the Eagles are currently unknown, but Ian Rapoport tosses out Buccaneers S Dashon Goldson and Titans S Michael Griffin, who reportedly both could be had at right price.
Goldson’s name has been floated as a guy who could
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeff Maehl was crushed on a big hit during Sunday’s game against Arizona, and to make matters worse, the hit was delivered by his own teammate, lineman Matt Tobin.It happened in the second quarter as Eagles QB Nick Foles threw an interception to Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie in the end zone. Maehl and Tobin were trying to tackle Cromartie as he took the ball out of the end zone, but Tobin ended up taking out Maehl while Cromartie kept on running. The play ended up a critical wasted scoring opportunity for the Eagles, as the Cardinals won the game in the end 24-20.Vine via SmartFootball. H/T LBS.
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