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Man Up: Cooper, missed chances and the O-line

The Eagles missed several opportunities for big plays on offense in their 36-19 loss to the Titans Sunday.

Man Up: Cooper, missed chances and the O-line

Riley Cooper caught three balls for 51 yards, including his first career receiving touchdown. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)
Riley Cooper caught three balls for 51 yards, including his first career receiving touchdown. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)

Here's the player-by-player look at the Eagles' offensive performance against the Titans after I re-watched the game.

Check out the post on the defense from Monday in case you missed it.

Kevin Kolb- I'll have the in-depth look tomorrow, but Kolb had a lot of ups and downs. He missed a throw to Brent Celek that could have picked up at least 20 yards; a throw to Chad Hall that would have gained 15-plus; a throw to Jeremy Maclin that would have gained at least 20; and another throw to Maclin at the end of the first half that should have been a touchdown but was nearly intercepted because it was underthrown. Kolb settled down in the second half and made some good throws overall, like the touchdown to Riley Cooper, the 17-yard completion to Maclin with pressure in his face and the 9-yard completion to Cooper before the disastrous fumble. Kolb said after the game that the early misses cost the Eagles. He was right. Overall, 26-for-48 for 231 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

LeSean McCoy- He had a better game than the numbers indicate. Sixteen carries for 48 yards and six catches for 54 yards. McCoy did a nice job helping the passing game. He took a pass 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage and turned it into an 11-yard gain. McCoy also had nice gains of 10 yards on three separate receptions. In the running game, he had a nice 8-yard pickup at the end of the first quarter and converted a couple 3rd-and-1 plays. McCoy had a good chip on a 16-yard completion to Jason Avant and helped Kolb pick up 15 yards on 3rd-and-14 with his block of Will Witherspoon.

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Eldra Buckley- He was only on the field for four snaps, but Buckley had a couple really nice blitz pickups on those plays. On a 6-yard completion to Avant, he took a linebacker to the ground.

Owen Schmitt- He was on the field for 22 of 71 snaps, but had a pretty quiet game. Schmitt caught a 3-yard pass on 3rd-and-2 in the first.

Jeremy Maclin- The potential was there for a monster game out of Maclin, but he ended up with five catches for 42 yards. In the first, it looked like he slipped on what would have been a first down on 2nd-and-6. Kolb missed Maclin on a couple big throws, one that should have been a touchdown. And Maclin couldn't haul in a deep ball that could have been a 30-yard gain in the fourth. It wasn't an easy catch, but one that Maclin would probably admit he should make.

Jason Avant- He was the Eagles' leading receiver with six catches for 60 yards. Three of those (for 29 yards) came during the 2-minute drill that resulted in a field goal at the end of the first half. Avant did a nice job to keep his feet in bounds for a 9-yard gain on 3rd-and-6 in the third. He also did a good job as a blocker on a Hall 7-yard run in the third.

Riley Cooper- Nice effort from Cooper: three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. The most impressive play was at the end of the first half when Cooper snatched the ball away from a Titans defender for a 37-yard gain even though it was underthrown. He also had a big 9-yard grab on 3rd-and-3 in the red zone, but the big fumble that changed the game happened on the very next play.

Chad Hall- Hall lined up all over the place - out wide, alone in the backfield and with McCoy in the backfield. He looked good carrying the ball, picking up 19 yards on four carries. My favorite Hall moment, though, was when he laid into 6-4, 252-pound defensive end Jacob Ford on a chip in the first quarter. Hall spun Ford right around.

Brent Celek- He had just two catches for 8 yards and has not been able to get it going through the first seven games. Kolb missed him on what should have been a big play in the first quarter.

Garrett Mills- Mills was on the field for 12 snaps and looked as good as he has all season as a blocker. On one play, he lined up as a fullback for Hall and threw a pretty good lead block on the 8-yard gain. Mills also had a nice block on a McCoy 5-yard run. He lined up out wide and caught a 5-yard pass from Kolb on 3rd-and-goal from the 12 in the second.

Winston Justice- He injured his knee in the first half but stayed in the game. It's unclear just how much the injury was bothering Justice, but he did not have a very good game. He was beat in the second quarter by William Hayes, who got in Kolb's face on the play where he was intercepted. In the fourth, Justice missed his cut block on Jason Jones, who stuffed the Eagles' run for no gain. And on the very next play, Justice was called for holding, negating a first-down throw to Maclin on third down.

Max Jean-Gilles- His performance as a run blocker and a pass blocker were night and day. In the run game, I thought this was as good as Jean-Gilles has looked all season. He did a good job on a McCoy 3-yard run on 3rd-and-1 in the first. He had a nice block on a McCoy 5-yard carry and a McCoy 8-yard carry. He made his initial block and then got in the way of a linebacker on a 6-yard McCoy run in the third. But Jean-Gilles struggled in protection. He was called for holding in the first on a play where his man deflected the ball anyway. Jason Babin twisted inside on 2nd-and-14 in the second, and Jean-Gilles failed to pick him up as Babin hit Kolb and helped force an incompletion. Jean-Gilles was beat by Jones on a first-down throw at the end of the third and had trouble again with Jones in the fourth as Kolb threw the ball away.

Mike McGlynn- The failure to block Jones on the fumble in the third changed the game. McGlynn continues to look good overall on run plays though. He had a good block on a 4-yard Hall run in the first and double-teamed a defender with Herremans to open up a hole for McCoy on a 6-yard run in the third. McGlynn got good push on a QB sneak that picked up 3 yards in the third. In protection, on the play right before the fumble, he had two guys coming at him and didn't pick up either. Kolb got rid of the ball quickly though.

Todd Herremans- Herremans was not as consistent as he had been the previous two games. Dave Ball went right by him and McGlynn on 3rd-and-6 in the first, chasing Kolb out of the pocket. In the run game, he was pretty good, making solid blocks on a 3-yard McCoy run in the first, an 8-yard Hall run in the first and a 7-yard Hall run in the third. He did a decent job getting out in front of a McCoy screen that went for 10 yards in the second. Herremans slid over to left tackle for three plays after King Dunlap went down.

Nick Cole- Remember him? Cole saw action for three plays at left guard after Dunlap went down. It looked like he blocked the wrong guy on the play before the big fumble in the third. Cole double-teamed a defender with Herremans as McGlynn was left to deal with two pass rushers on his own.

King Dunlap- He got less help than he did a week ago, and I thought this was a much more encouraging performance. By my count, Dunlap was left to block a defensive lineman one-on-one on 20 plays. The Eagles were still smart with their gameplan. They ran screens, rolled Kolb out to his right and chipped on Dunlap's side on several occasions. He held up well for the most part, although there were exceptions. On 2nd-and-goal in the second, he lined up on the right side outside Justice and got completely driven back into McCoy for a 5-yard loss. But in protection, I thought Dunlap was pretty good. His holding penalty came in the final seconds of the game. Dunlap left the game for three plays after hyperextending his knee in the third quarter.


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