SOMEONE has to bear the blame. Why not Jason Kelce? Well, probably because he doesn't deserve it. The charm of Jason Kelce, overachieving former hockey player and onetime Twitter god, lies as much in his candor as in his background. Kelce was an Eagles sixth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2011 who won the starting center job as a rookie and improved steadily through 2014.
IT IS the responsibility of every leader to identify and utilize the abilities of his followers. He might subscribe to a certain philosophy, but unless he has the right tools he must ignore personal preference and employ the skills and talents in front of him.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Ya still gotta believe. Don't ya? Carson Wentz and the Eagles trundled into Dallas, faced the league's top running back and the best offensive line and a sterling young quarterback and took the 'Boys to overtime. That line wore the down the Birds' front four, converted an OT fourth-and-we're-stronger-than-you and gave Dak Prescott 10 seconds to find Jason Witten with a 5-yard playground touchdown.
AS DOUG Pederson's new coaching staff set into evaluating the Eagles roster, offensive-line coach Jeff Stoutland, the most important holdover from Chip Kelly's staff, harped on one point in particular:
JIM SCHWARTZ might as well hang a sign around his neck that reads: "Head Coach for Hire." Everything he has said and everything he has done since arriving as defensive coordinator in Philadelphia projects a man who is auditioning for the other 31 teams, just in case. That campaigning has ramped up the past few weeks, as should be expected. This is the time of year when owners who are disaffected with their coaches begin to consider who the top candidates might be come January.
1. From Wentz, it came: The kid was superb again. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-3 win. He still has no turnovers. Remember: Wentz played just 1 1/2 seasons at a FCS (I-AA) college and got into just one preseason game. It is, arguably, the best start for a rookie quarterback in NFL history.
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Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Daily News and Inquirer. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.