Here's what they're saying this morning...
After the first preseason game, we showed how the Eagles scored two touchdowns on what was essentially the same play, a run-pass option out of a double-stack formation.
Against Carolina, we saw a similar idea executed over and over and over again. It combined the zone read with a bubble screen out of a 3×1 formation (three receivers to one side, one to the other).
The first time we saw this play was on 2nd-and-14 during the Eagles’ first offensive possession. Let’s start with the look:
Chip Kelly is faced with a good dilemma. The Eagles are talented enough to be competitive right away. Kelly is also a new coach that can think about the future. There is no “win now” mandate for him to deal with. What is a coach to do?
Bill Maas spent 10 seasons in the NFL, most of them as a 3-4 nose tackle. Asked to describe the position once, he said it's like being a fire hydrant in a dog-peeing contest.
The point the two-time Pro Bowler from Newtown Square was trying to make in his own colorful way was that nose tackles take a big-time beating.
Their job is to try and eat up as much space and as many blockers as possible. They sacrifice their bodies so that others can reap the glory of stuffing the ballcarrier or sacking the quarterback.
The Washington Redskins saw a once-encouraging contingency plan at quarterback fall apart a bit when interim starter Kirk Cousins left the team’s 24-13 preseason victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night with what is being described as a “mid-foot sprain.”
The timeline for Cousins’s recovery wasn’t immediately known, but for the time being, Washington is down to just one healthy, experienced quarterback — 11th-year veteran Rex Grossman — as Robert Griffin III’s quest for a Week 1 return remains uncertain.
Jimmy note: Just a friendly reminder that the Eagles play the Redskins Week 1.
Another early Eagles opponent to keep an eye on.
But what remains is excitement about the depth on the defensive line. Last year, the preseason banter was about how there were "eight starters" on the D-line. Coach Chip Kelly said that there's not much drop-off between the team's first and second units this season, which could be a reason the Eagles keep a rotation this year.
"It depends on the situation," Kelly said. "I think sometimes when the drives get a little bit longer because of the talent level of some of those other guys, there's not a big drop off. . . . The ability to have six guys and seven guys that can rotate through there I think makes you better."
Must appreciate math.
Monday morning was the official dedication and opening of Team Vick Field at Hunting Park in North Philadelphia.
Team Vick Field at Hunting Park will serve as the home of the North Philadelphia Aztecs, a Pop Warner youth football team that is one of the largest athletic programs in the city with more than 400 athletes involved with football and cheerleading. A staple of the community, the Aztecs won the Pop Warner Super Bowl in 2004 (the first inner-city team do so). For 19 years, the poor conditions of the football field forced the Aztecs to play their home games elsewhere, but now they have a top-quality, state-of-the-art synthetic turf field to call their own.
Quarterback Michael Vick’s charity, the Team Vick Foundation, led the funding efforts with a $200,000 donation.
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