December 18, 2014 |
More than seven months after the Eagles invested a first-round pick in Marcus Smith, the team still does not know what position he will play in the future. "I'm not positive right now," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Tuesday. "I would say outside [linebacker] first, but I still think the jury's out on him. " A defensive end at Louisville, Smith was drafted as an outside linebacker, where he played during training camp and the preseason. The Eagles moved Smith to inside linebacker after Mychal Kendricks was injured in Week 2. They kept him there throughout the season before he returned to the outside on Tuesday because of Trent Cole's broken hand.
December 17, 2014 |
Outside linebacker Trent Cole fractured a bone in his hand against the Cowboys on Sunday night, an NFL source said Monday. It's unclear whether the Eagles veteran will need season-ending surgery. Even if he doesn't, Cole would be a long shot to play against the Washington Redskins on Saturday. Cole was unavailable for comment after the game. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he didn't have an update on Cole at his Monday news conference. If Cole is sidelined, Brandon Graham would start at the "Predator" outside linebacker spot opposite Connor Barwin.
December 9, 2014 |
MARK SANCHEZ isn't known for his long passes but - when it comes to photos - he can bomb with the best of them. Yesterday, Trent Cole posted an Instagram photo showing he and Jason Peters getting IVs before tangling with the Seahawks. "Getting the fluids to full," wrote Cole. Sanchez, as you can see, decided it would be fun to crash the party. It's a shame he didn't show up for the game. In another tweet, Cole, an avid hunter, wrote: "QBs today and whitetails tomorrow.
December 9, 2014
SELDOM DOES a game leave you wondering exactly what it was that happened. Really, are the Seahawks better than the Eagles? So much better that they traveled 3,000 miles and won at a site where the Eagles had not lost a regular-season game in two Halloweens? Maybe. It's hard to be sure. Ambiguity after a close contest: That is the mark of two fine football teams. It is a sign that those two teams should meet again in the postseason. Now both 9-4, a rematch between the conference's most explosive offense and its stingiest defense is deliciously possible.
December 7, 2014 |
TRENT COLE remembers maneuvering his way around a pile of linemen, trying to find a path to the ballcarrier. Seven Eagles defenders had clashed with Seattle's offensive front at the line of scrimmage, Philadelphia's 15-yard line. Initially, the Seahawks' first-down running attempt didn't appear as if it would amount to much of anything. Maybe a yard. "Everybody was up and the pile was moving," Cole recalled this week of the 2011 play. "And how come this man comes popping up out of the pile with God-dang 15 people on him?
December 3, 2014 |
AFTER THE Eagles' 33-10 Thanksgiving Day rout of the Dallas Cowboys, defensive end Fletcher Cox got a text from a longtime friend, a guy living back home in Yazoo City, Miss. The friend had just seen Cox chase down Dallas wideout Cole Beasley on a screen. "He didn't know I could open up and chase a screen down. That kind of surprised him," Cox said yesterday, as the Eagles started to think about Sunday's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Practice resumes today. This has been the year of "I didn't know you could do that!"
November 29, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Chip Kelly said the Eagles aren't "into statements. " The coach is always wary of labels, and despite the Eagles' dominating, 33-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys in front of a national audience, he found no reason to support the notion that his team made a statement on Thanksgiving. But some of the Eagles players, particularly on defense, had no trouble taking the bait. The defensive line chirped all week about earning respect. Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, and Cedric Thornton said they didn't think the Cowboys' offensive line was as invincible as some have suggested.
October 22, 2014 |
Mychal Kendricks has missed the last four games, but the Eagles' starting inside linebacker could be back this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles return to practice on Tuesday after a full week off. "I'll be in practice this week pushing forward to do what I set out to complete while not seeing this as a setback but as a way forward," Kendricks wrote on his personal website on Monday. Kendricks said after a Week 2 victory to the Indianapolis Colts that his calf had "spasms," but the injury was clearly more serious than spasms.
October 15, 2014 |
WHEN THE SEASON began, it seemed that one thing the Eagles lacked was a slam-dunk Pro Bowl performer on defense, a talent other teams would have to game plan around. There was a time when Trent Cole was that guy, and Cole is still playing well at 32, but Cole's most recent Pro Bowl appearance followed the 2009 season. Though it's early yet, if the squads were chosen today, you'd have to think Connor Barwin, the outside linebacker opposite Cole, might be that guy - maybe along with Malcolm Jenkins, the safety whose cover skills have freed Barwin to rush the passer to the tune of six sacks, tied for third in the NFL going into last night's action.
October 14, 2014
THE MAGNITUDE of the moment cannot be overstated. First, the Eagles faced a bye week six games into the season. They were 4-1, but it was a shaky 4-1. Most recently they nearly blew a 27-point lead at home to the woeful Rams. Second, it was prime time, "Sunday Night Football," ostensibly the best game of the week's docket. Third, it was home, against the hated Giants. For the first time in Chip Kelly's 23-game tenure as an NFL coach, there were certain expectations. A loss to the Giants would place the 5-1 Cowboys atop the NFC East, would put the Giants in second place with the same record as the Eagles.