Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kelce: Now I Know How Fans Feel

Jason Kelce did not have fun, watching the Eagles from afar Sunday.

Kelce: Now I Know How Fans Feel

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Jason Kelce did not have fun, watching the Eagles from afar Sunday.

"Watching the games give you a lot more respect for what the fans go through," the Eagles' center said Thursday, his right knee swathed in a brace. Kelce said his ACL surgery, by team orthopedist Dr. Peter DeLuca, is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18. "When you're in the game, you have an active control over what happens every single play. You know what's going wrong, what the coaches are saying. You know how to fix things. When you're watching, you can't do anything. What are they doing? Why are they doing this? It's not fun at all.

"I don't even know why fans watch the games."

Kelce said he thought in Sunday's loss, sub center Dallas Reynolds "did a good job, especially for the position he was put in," on the road, in a loud dome against a physical, aggressive defense that blitzed constantly. "The mistakes that were made were very correctable mistakes," he said. "And I don't think that his mistakes were what led to the outcome of the game."

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Kelce said he hopes to be able to participate in noncontact minicamps next spring and be full-go by training camp.


Special teams coordinator Bobby April said he isn't ready to replace rookie punt returner Damaris Johnson with DeSean Jackson, even though Johnson lost a fumble at Arizona and has fielded punts too close to his goalline two weeks in a row.

"Not at this point," April said. "We think Damaris is good. He's made a couple of mistakes, but we've already paid for those. We've paid our tuition, we've got our education -- I think he's going to be good. I think he's going to be fine. Can we afford for him to continue making the same mistakes? Of course not."


Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg had a strong reaction to suggestions the Eagles might need to be more conservative in their offensive approach, after turning the ball over 12 times in three games.

"We go after people, now. We're aggressive," Mornhinweg said.

He said the imbalance in the first=half offense at Arizona had to do with not having that many snaps, and many of them coming in the final drive, inside two minutes, that resulted in Michael Vick's disastrous fumble.


Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said he talked to rookie DT Fletcher Cox about migraines, after Cox was limited at Arizona and missed practice Wedneday. Castillo said Cox told him the issue arose in college and treatment was always successful there, so Castillo figures it will be this week, as well.

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