A bunch of Eagles writers had a chance to take a second look at the Eagles-Patriots game last Friday. Here's what they're saying...
Jimmy note: Tommy is absolutely insane, and we all benefit from that. His game reviews have notes on every player, which is particularly crazy for the preseason, when there are 90 players on the roster. During the season, the entire thing is lumped together, but here he just started with the defense. A quick sampling:
GRAHAM - Backup LOLB. Did an excellent job of crashing down the LOS on inside run play. Didn’t make the stop, but helped clog the middle. Beat block of the TE to get good pressure on Mallet in late 1st Qtr. Showed good burst off the edge vs the pass. Did a good job of rushing the passer, overall. Read a bootleg and stayed wide to force the QB to dump the ball off. Looped to the inside on a stunt and knocked the crap out of Mallet. Did an awful job on Blount’s long run. Was unblocked on the backside and had one job – keep contain. As he got closer to the scrum, took a bad angle and gave up contain. That allowed Blount to go backside. Graham turned and chased, but somehow lost sight of Blount and it was almost comical when Graham ran by him as Blount headed up the field. Ugh. Drove the RT back into Tebow’s face on pass play late in the half. Played in a Joker role in 3-3-5 look late in the half and was downfield in coverage. Played well aside from his one huge mistake. And that mistake can’t be blamed on the 3-4. Just bad D by Graham.
Chip Kelly said after Friday’s game that his up-tempo package is just one of many tools in his toolbox.
The truth is, it’s likely to become the foundation of his offense. It’s what Kelly had so much success with at Oregon. It’s what the Eagles have been practicing all offseason long. And it’s a style that other NFL teams are already having success with.
Jimmy note: Great "non-All 22" film breakdown here by Sheil.
Hilarious. (h/t Reddit)
At least Billy Davis has a sense of humor about it.
When he emerged into the locker room after his debut as Eagles defensive coordinator, a debut that included a 62-yard run on the Patriots’ first play, he walked over to a group of writers and said:
“You like that first play? How’m I doing so far?”
All throughout training camp, I have been extremely impressed with Donnie Jones. Jones isn't going to crush many 60 yarders, but what he will do is be highly consistent with hang time, and he's an outstanding "short field" punter.
Chip Kelly likes to say he's all about the why.
If so, the Eagles coach has to be asking himself this after Friday night's preseason loss to the Patriots: Why did my defense tackle so poorly?
In the first half alone, when the first- and second-team units played, there were six missed tackles. Bad angles were taken, poor form was displayed, and on one long run that eerily resembled the carelessness we often saw from the Eagles last season, the effort was questionable.
Under normal circumstances, one essentially meaningless game would hardly be cause for concern. But the Eagles might have been the worst-tackling team in the NFL last season. There was really no place to go but up.