The big news from yesterday was Cary Williams' rant that the Eagles are soft. Williams aside, here's what they're saying about the Eagles this morning...
Tommy's full game review is complete. Great stuff. For anyone who has ever asked "How did (fill in the player) look?"... Here you go. A quick sampling:
JOHNSON - RT. Excellent down block to seal the DT to start the game. Put LB on the ground on the 2nd play. Strong, physical block. Had a solid block on 3rd down, but let the rusher get to the inside and get a small shot on Vick. Lane needs to clean that up. Keep the QB clean. Lane showed big time potential, but he does need to work on a few things. Sustain blocks until the play is over. You don’t want guys coming free late and getting shots on the QB, even if not big hits. Very encouraging start.
Sheil tooks a lot of notes as well, and I love that he got fired up about Lane Johnson using a Pats player to prop himself up after a play.
Geoff picks out 5 Eagles players wh impressed against the Pats, and 5 who did not.
Greg Salas. Where do I start? As if his amazing one handed catch against the Patriots on Friday wasn't enough, he had another highlight play today. A ball bounced off Salas' hands, a defender batted it, and Salas somehow kept his focus to make the grab before it hit the ground.
I don't have the numbers to support this theory, but I get the feeling that Salas is a really efficient WR. I'd really like to see the number of catches per times he's been targeted. From what I've seen, I would wager it's a high percentage. Not only does he have good hands, but he often seems to find a way to get open.
“We know we’ve got seven tight ends, and he already knows how to play inside because all of our tight ends know how to play the slot,” Chip Kelly said.
“He’s probably the fastest of the tight ends. Until really there’s some cut-downs and there’s some guys available, we think that the best route for us is the guys we have. So if we can cross-train Clay a little bit and get him to play outside receiver… it’s just a matter of the more versatile you can be, the better impact you can make. He’s a big body, he’s physical, not worried about him blocking corners. And he’s the one tight end we have that’s got really, really good speed, so it’ll be interesting. We’ll try to get him some reps this week so he can feel comfortable and hopefully we can get him in the game on Thursday.”
When the San Francisco 49ers no longer had use for Alex Smith last season, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid jumped on a chance to trade a pair of draft picks for the veteran passer.
For the newly hired Reid, it was a trade many years in the making. That's because during his run with the Philadelphia Eagles, the coach "called the 49ers multiple times to inquire about trading for Smith," Reid told The New York Times.
Jimmy note: I'd have to think Andy was trying to buy low during Smith's down years. I'd love to know who the Eagles had in place whenever Reid made those calls.