The Eagles are 1-2, coming off two bad losses and heading into Week 4 of the NFL season. Oddly enough, if the season ended today, they would actually make the playoffs as the 6 seed, which should give you an idea of the sad state of the NFC right now. Here's what they're saying...
GRAHAM - Played DE and OLB. Helped blow up early 3rd/1 run. LG tried to block him, but Brandon pushed the guy into the backfield. That forced Charles to stay inside, where Thornton stuffed him. Beat the LG on 3rd/long in the early 2nd Qtr. Flushed Smith, which stopped the drive. Got a sack in the 4th Qtr. Lined up at ROLB and used a good bull rush to drive back the LT. Smith started to move up in the pocket. Graham moved to the inside and got him. Dropped back a couple of times in the game. Still looks awkward. Felt good to see him get a sack and impact some plays. Needs more snaps.
The Eagles’ defense is strikingly bad. They’re bad statistically and aesthetically. Every drive seems to include at least one play where the whole unit goes down like bowling pins or hey-look-no-one-covered-that-guy-again.
Another multi-shot look at all the coverage breakdowns would be way too depressing for me to write or you to read, so let’s instead pick out some of the more idiosyncratic plays of the past couple weeks.
Jimmy note: 5-star post by Derek here. Informative and funny.
When Chip Kelly was asked to evaluate Michael Vick’s performance against the Kansas City Chiefs, the word he used was okay.
Okay is generally coach-speak for: He didn’t play well, but it’s unfair to place all the blame on one guy.
And that’s true. The offensive line had too many issues. Wide receivers struggled to get open consistently. The defense couldn’t get off the field during an 8-minute, 15-second stretch in the fourth quarter. And special teams suffered a variety of miscues.
But one week after throwing for 423 yards and completing nearly 64 percent of his passes against the Chargers, Vick was just 13-for-30 with three turnovers against the Chiefs.
What were some of his issues? Let’s take a look, starting with his first-quarter interception.
Curry, last year’s second-round pick, was active Thursday night for the first time this year and made the most of his first regular-season snaps since December, with his first NFL sack, a tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry, a tackle in the run game and a pressure that resulted in a holding call on Chiefs guard Jon Asamoah.
All in the span of just 12 snaps.
Where’s this guy been all year?
“I felt like I did some things well, and there were some other things that I wish I had done better,” Curry said. “I did what the coaches asked. Overall, I think I played really well. I know what I have to work on, and I’m just going to continue to work as hard as I can to get better.”
There are popular names that circulate among fans, such as Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd and Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. But any trade would require a willing partner and the Eagles would likely have to part with draft picks. The team is committed to building through the draft, and sacrificing picks is not something this administration is inclined to do.
"Let the haters hate."
Spolier: This happens...
Noooooooo, Weave... you messed up your patio!
Other random notes...
• Peyton Manning went 32 of 37 for 374 yards and 3 TDs last night, and made it look easy. Hard to imagine him doing anything other than picking the Eagles defense apart this Sunday.
• LeSean McCoy not only leads the NFL with 395 rushing yards, but the next closest player is 98 yards behind him.
In case you missed it at the Red Zone...
- Chip Kelly's failed 'swinging gate' 2-point conversion was a bad execution, not bad play calling.
- NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 3
- Here are GIFs of 15 Swinging Gate formation plays from Chip Kelly at Oregon. A quick sample: