Eagles Notebook: Jackson wants Eagles to keep pedal to the metal

Posted: September 13, 2013

CHIP KELLY wondered after Monday night's game whether he took his foot off the gas too early, as the Washington Redskins rebounded from a 33-7, third-quarter deficit to get within 33-27.

DeSean Jackson said yesterday he gets paid to make plays, and he wouldn't have minded the chance to make a few in the second half.

"I had seven catches, [104] yards in the first half, didn't touch a pass in the second half. Just talking to Chip, saying, regardless of how much you get a lead by, just don't take your foot off the pedal, we've got to continue to go out there . . . Keep pounding, keep pounding, 'cause, as you see, later in the game, they started making a comeback," Jackson said. "I definitely think Chip kind of probably learned something in that first game. Things hit the fan sometimes. As long as we're able to go out there and continue to play at a high pace and do what we've done to get us that lead, we have to continue to do that throughout the game."

Jackson said the rest of the NFL should take the Eagles more seriously now.

"You can't really predict any better way to go out - first game of the year, Monday night, with the whole world watching and everybody doubting us, saying the Redskins are going to beat us, and all this talk about RG3," Jackson said. "For us to come out there and put on a show like we did, I think the whole world knows the Eagles are definitely a top-contending team to go out there and make some big things happen . . . I definitely think we've caught everybody's attention."

Cox in Yahoo report

Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox is one of five Southeastern Conference football players identified in a Yahoo Sports investigation as having received extra benefits in violation of NCAA rules.

Yahoo Sports connected Cox with Luther Davis, a former Alabama defensive end who allegedly served as a go-between linking agents and players. The report says agents and financial advisers provided at least $45,500 to Davis between December 2011 and December 2012. An agent named Isaac Conner says in the report he met Davis through Cox.

Cox is alleged to have gotten a free airline ticket from Birmingham, Ala., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Davis. Yahoo said the ticket was purchased, but not used, before Cox completed his Mississippi State career in the Dec. 30, 2011, Music City Bowl.

The other four players named were former Alabama defensive tackle D.J. Fluker, ex-Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, currentTennessee defensive end Maurice Couch, and former Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis.

Cox' agent, Todd France, did not reply to a message from the Daily News.

Nationally, the allegations regarding Fluker probably are the big deal, since his team won the national championship the past 2 years, and could end up forfeiting wins, should the NCAA verify Yahoo's findings.

Offense balanced, line not so much

On LeSean McCoy's 34-yard touchdown run Monday night, the Eagles' offensive line, from left to right, was Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans and Brent Celek. This was one of several unbalanced looks that seemed to confuse the Redskins.

Mathis noted yesterday that this gives opposing defenses something else to prepare for, and "can help create stronger double teams at the point of attack, if we're running that way, since we have two tackles and a guard on the same side."

Another time, Johnson and Peters lined up out wide on opposite sides, though they were not eligible receivers, as part of three-wide-receiver sets on each side of the three-man offensive line. There's an excellent screen shot on Philadelphiaeagles.com in which Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is lined up alone across from Johnson, Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson, Hall's arms upraised as he looks to his teammates for help. McCoy ran the ball 10 yards on the play, helping set up Michael Vick's TD run.

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