Eagles Notebook: Upon futher review, Eagles stick to story

Posted: November 14, 2013

IT DIDN'T really matter Sunday, when the Eagles failed to challenge a 36-yard Packers completion to Jarrett Boykin, because the Birds' Brandon Boykin ended the possession with an interception. But nobody knew there would be an interception when the catch went unchallenged; it could have been the pivotal play of the game.

On Monday, Chip Kelly said coaches in the press box told him they "got one clip" to review Sunday and "saw both feet down. Couldn't really tell where the elbow was. Then they were snapping the ball and going."

Actually, Fox showed clearly Boykin landed on one hand out of bounds before his second foot came down. And it was 58 seconds from the catch to the next snap, including the announcement the Packers were declining an offside penalty. Fox analyst Troy Aikman even remarked that the Packers must not realize the play was questionable, because they were taking so long to snap the ball. It ended up being their longest gain of the day.

Yesterday, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur more or less stuck to Kelly's line, saying the Eagles' booth did not have the extensive replay views offered on the network broadcast - even though league rules mandate that the network feed be available in both coaching booths.

"I'm not saying there's any conspiracy or anything. It just didn't happen," Shurmur said. "We were getting TV feeds. In this case here, we didn't get it in a timely way where we could have done anything about it. That's it."

"Why don't you guys text me?" when there's a play that should be reviewed, Shurmur asked, smiling. Then he reconsidered. "Don't do that."

Defensive coordinator Bill Davis gave a more detailed explanation.

"On that particular case, it was late. I kept asking, 'Is it in? Is it in?' [The other assistants answered] 'We haven't seen it yet, we haven't seen it yet.' When they did see it, nobody was positive. We always say, let's not make Chip throw this red flag if we're not positive.

"The one clip that we saw was right up at the tail end [of the break between plays]. We had to make a judgment call, we were wrong. Obviously, everybody saw a lot more views than we did at the time. We made the call and moved on. We'd love to have it back now that we know . . . the one thing that caught me, I glanced up and saw two feet in. Without seeing the whole clip, you see two feet in . . . that's the first thing I was looking for . . . In a split-second, we had to make the call, we made it, and we missed."

Neither Shurmur nor Davis advocated changing the challenge system. The "not-enough-time" defense remains a mystery, for the reasons detailed above. But one possibility for the lack of a challenge is that without the Fox audio, the coaches in the booth were focused on checking Boykin's feet, didn't notice the hand touching down out of bounds.

Nick Foles conceded yesterday that he is familiar with the notion that he resembles the protagonist of the 2004 movie “Napoleon Dynamite” actor Jon Heder.

“I think there’s a resemblance. I can’t lie,” Foles said yesterday. “I’ve seen it once, a long time ago. It made me laugh; I thought it was funny.”

Cornerback Bradley Fletcher said he remains "day-to-day" with a pectoral injury suffered at Oakland and said he was limited in noncontact practice yesterday. "They told me a few weeks, but I'm trying to speed that up as much as I can," said Fletcher. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis said he hopes to have Fletcher back this week . . . Davis said DeMeco Ryans is "having an outstanding, Pro Bowl year," quarterbacking the Eagles' defense. Ryans agreed this is as well as he's played in his eight seasons, but said a lot of his success has to do with the way the defensive line is playing in front of him.


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