October 29, 2012 |
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks was benched for the first drive of Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Andy Reid said it was for "disciplinary reasons," and Kendricks confirmed it was because he was late to a meeting on Friday. "I had to be accountable," Kendricks said. "I let my team down. " Casey Matthews started at strong-side linebacker in Kendricks' place. He watched from the sideline while the Falcons went on a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Kendricks entered the game on the second drive, when he was charged with a critical pass interference on third and 7. That gave the Falcons a first down, and they capitalized by scoring a touchdown.
August 12, 2013 |
Riley Cooper started Friday night's preseason opener against the New England Patriots nine days after video surfaced of the wide receiver yelling a racial slur at a June concert. This was Cooper's first time in front of a big crowd - he was on his four-day absence when the team held an open practice at the stadium Monday - and there were no noticeable signs of disapproval from the crowd or the opposing team. Cooper caught a 19-yard pass from Michael Vick in the first quarter and received loud applause for the positive play.
May 29, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans will turn 30 in July, and he is coming off a season in which he played more regular-season snaps than any defensive player in the NFL. After enduring questions last spring about whether he could be a three-down linebacker in the Eagles' 3-4 defense, Ryans now entertains questions about whether he's on the field too much. Ryans played 1,157 snaps last season - 96 percent of the Eagles' defensive plays. Pro Football Focus, which includes penalties and kneel-downs, determined that he played more snaps than any defensive player in the NFL. But Ryans said he feels healthy and is not going to volunteer to take breathers in 2014.
April 12, 2013 |
The Eagles sent running back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Though they had hoped to get a late draft pick for Lewis, the Eagles acquired a young linebacker for a player who probably would have been released. With LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, and a healthy Chris Polk at running back, coach Chip Kelly deemed Lewis expendable. Acho, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick out of Texas, spent last season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He suffered a meniscus (cartilage)
October 2, 2011
If sound, logical football decisions are the pathway to success in the NFL, then the Eagles apparently missed that part of the seminar. As they take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon with a 1-2 record, you've got to wonder whether their corporate policy of being smarter than everybody has not only caught up with them but also tripped them into the muddy puddle. Please explain to me how this makes sense: You employ a new defensive scheme called a "wide nine. " This new defensive scheme has all down linemen spread out, leaving gaps as wide as JFK Boulevard, and at the snap has them rushing directly up the field without regard.
August 1, 2014 |
The Eagles did not add a single inside linebacker this offseason, a curious decision for a position in which the starters were already overworked and the quality of the reserves remained an unknown. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks are entrenched as the two starters. Najee Goode was the only other inside linebacker who took significant snaps last season. The next month will be important for the coaching staff and front office to learn what they have at the only nonspecialist spot without a new face.
August 6, 2014 |
WITH Kevin Greene working with outside linebackers in Eagles camp this week, the Birds' pass rushers have been gathering trade tips from one of the league's all-time bests. And, technical tips aside, perhaps the most interesting piece of advice was what Greene seemed to say was the foundation for beating offensive linemen and corralling quarterbacks. "Always establish the violent, physical nature of the game up front from the get-go," Greene told reporters after the Eagles concluded their workout yesterday at the NovaCare Complex.
August 21, 2014 |
Chip Kelly joked that he does not think LeSean McCoy will "ever play again. " The Eagles coach took a sarcastic approach Tuesday to the attention devoted to McCoy's left big toe, which kept the running back out of practice on Sunday. McCoy said his toe was sore and compared it to a less severe form of turf toe. Kelly's nothing-to-see-here approach is not atypical regarding player injuries, but he's quickly learning that an injured toe for an Eagles Pro Bowl running back - no matter how mild - can raise the blood pressure throughout the region.
September 27, 2011
BREAKING DOWN Sunday's ugly loss to the Giants while wondering whether I really needed that hip-replacement surgery last year or, like Mike Vick's hand, it just might have just been a swollen blood vessel: Quick hits * Three changes Juan Castillo needs to make immediately to his defense: 1) Bench rookie Casey Matthews and insert rookie Brian Rolle at weakside linebacker in his base package; 2) Put Joselio Hanson back in the nickel at slot corner. He understands the slot better than both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha and can tackle better than both of them; and 3)
December 8, 2013 |
The Eagles' success in punt coverage could be summed up with two words: Donnie Jones. But crediting the punter for all of the unit's accomplishments would be slighting how much of a role players like Brandon Boykin, Colt Anderson, Kurt Coleman and James Casey have contributed on special teams this season. As the Eagles prepare for a huge game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field, the punt-cover team is third in the NFL in return average allowed (a lowly 5.5 yards)