November 7, 2014 |
OF ALL the units of a football team, the offensive line might be the one most influenced by consistently having the same players in place. A year ago, the Eagles' offensive line benefited from having all five starters together for the entire season. Obviously, that has not been the case this season, as a preseason suspension to Lane Johnson and a slew of injuries to his fellow linemates have prevented the starting offensive linemen from taking a single regular-season snap together as a unit.
November 4, 2014 |
HOUSTON - LeSean McCoy notched his second 100-yard rushing performance in three games yesterday and yawned. Yawned as in no big deal, folks. Just another day at the office of the defending NFL rushing champion. "It's weird," he said after rushing for 117 yards on 23 carries in the Eagles' 31-21 win over the Houston Texans. "Every time I get 100 yards, [people act like] it's a big deal. But I'm used to just doing it. " It was the 21st 100-yard game of McCoy's career. Had seven of them last year on the way to his rushing crown.
October 20, 2014 |
Most valuable player OFFENSE: Jason Peters The all-pro left tackle has been so good that it's easy to take him for granted. With other key pieces missing on the offensive line, Peters has been a security blanket on Nick Foles' blind side. He kept elite pass rushers Robert Quinn and Jason Pierre-Paul from sacking Foles during the last two games. Peters has not allowed a sack since the season opener. DEFENSE: Malcolm Jenkins Although he might not be a star, Jenkins is a significant upgrade at safety and has been valuable to the secondary.
October 14, 2014 |
The Eagles offensive line, like the rest of the team, set the tone early in Sunday's 27-0 win over the New York Giants. The line opened big holes for the running game and, for the most part, kept the pressure off quarterback Nick Foles. And considering the way their counterparts on the Giants offensive line were overmatched, it made the Eagles blockers look like a group of all-pros. While Giants quarterback Eli Manning was on the run all evening, Foles had plenty of time. New York quarterbacks were sacked eight times, including six of Manning, while Foles was sacked just once for 3 yards.
October 7, 2014 |
Cary Williams was beat for 32 yards by Rams receiver Kenny Britt, but aside from that moment, the Eagles' starting outside cornerbacks fared well in the first half. But Williams' and Bradley Fletcher's struggles in the second half mirrored that of the defense as the Eagles nearly coughed up a 27-point lead. They will always give up catches because they lack ideal foot speed, but to see Williams and Fletcher beat on balls in the air defies the Eagles' reasoning for starting the rangy corners over Brandon Boykin.
October 3, 2014 |
THERE WAS a LeSean McCoy action figure propped up on a shelf, on the right side of Jason Peters' locker stall yesterday. Why was it there? Peters never appeared for us to ask. Maybe he just didn't want to forget how McCoy looks standing upright. As the Eagles prepare for Sunday's visit from the St. Louis Rams, the focus remains on their underperforming offensive line and running game. Peters, the most accomplished member of that group, hopes to lead its revival this week, though he figures to have the toughest task of the group.
October 2, 2014 |
NOBODY WAS happier to be drafted by the Eagles last May than third-round wideout Josh Huff, who played for Chip Kelly at Oregon. Huff has said that Kelly "made me into a man, off the field as well as on the field. " But Huff didn't seem all that happy yesterday, as the Eagles began preparations for Sunday's game against the Rams. Huff began his second week of full practice since returning from an Aug. 5 shoulder injury with no assurance that he will be active any time soon. "I was ready last week.
September 28, 2014
THE NFL FINED Eagles left tackle Jason Peters $10,000 for "unnecessarily striking an opponent in the head area after the play was over" in the game against the Redskins, the league confirmed yesterday. Washington's Chris Baker, whom Peters went after in the wake of the defensive lineman's blindside hit on Nick Foles, was fined $8,268 for grabbing an opponent's facemask. Baker was not fined for his questionable hit on Foles, a hotly debated topic in Philadelphia all week. Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, told the Washington Post on Tuesday that the hit was legal.
September 28, 2014 |
Jason Peters was fined $10,000 for his involvement in the fight that followed Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker's blocking Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to the ground in Sunday's game. Peters' fine was for unnecessarily striking an opponent in the head area after the play was over, according to the NFL office. While the league ruled that Baker's hit was legal and that he would receive no further discipline, he was fined $8,268 for grabbing an opponent by the face mask. Both Peters and Baker were ejected from the game.
September 26, 2014 |
IT COMES DOWN to this: To embrace the NFL's ruling that Washington's Chris Baker "did nothing wrong" in his blindside flattening of Nick Foles on Sunday, you have to embrace the idea that Foles was trying to tackle Bashaud Breeland when Baker hit him. That was the stance taken by NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, in one of a trio of tweets aimed at explaining his rationale yesterday afternoon. On Tuesday, Vincent told the Washington Post that Baker should not have been penalized for the hit that started a brawl and led to the ejections of Baker and Eagles tackle Jason Peters.