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Eagles News: ESPN analyst rips Chip Kelly's offense

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/4/15.

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Mark Schlereth Rips Chip Kelly’s Offense - Birds 24/7
"People talk about, ‘Oh, revolutionizing the offense under Chip Kelly, he’s going to change the game,'" Schlereth said. "You don’t change the game if you don’t block people on the line of scrimmage, and that’s been the biggest issue for them." Schlereth said he watched the Eagles' win over the Jets in Week 3, and realized that Kelly's offense only has one snap count because Kelly wants to run more plays in a shorter period of time. "Chip Kelly, this is a Pop Warner snap count, essentially," Schlereth said. "It’s the same snap count on every play, and defensive linemen tee off on you. You’re letting them control the line of scrimmage, you’re letting them get penetration in your backfield on a consistent basis because you don’t change your snap count."

Eagles vs. Washington Predictions - PhillyVoice
The Eagles still can't throw or catch, particularly whenever they try to throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field. Meanwhile, the Redskins, believe it or not, have the #2 ranked defense in the NFL. However, they come into this weekend very banged up in their secondary. DeAngelo Hall will be out, and Chris Culliver did not practice Thursday or Friday, which does not bode well for his chances to play either. Maybe the Eagles will complete a pass or two that is in the air for more than, dare I say, 20 yards? Fingers crossed!

Eagle Eye: Tough Task For Eagles Offense - PE.com
This is a team that, much like the Atlanta Falcons a couple of weeks ago, deploys a zone-based system that doesn’t look to blitz the quarterback often or run things from a wide variety of different fronts and alignments. Instead, they rely on execution week in and week out to get the job done. So far, it’s worked very well for them. Through three weeks, Washington ranks second in the league in yards (277.3 allowed per game), third in rushing (75.0 yards per game), and seventh in passing (202.3 yards per game). Their 31 percent success rate on third down is also good for third in the entire NFL.

Skins Talk - Iggles Blitz
How are the Skins so good on defense? They lead the league in time of possession. They have faced the fewest plays in the NFL. The Eagles allow 5.0 yards per play on defense. The Skins allow 5.1. Stats can be deceiving. If the Eagles defense can control the Skins run game, this might be the week when Sam Bradford and the offense can really come alive and get going. Washington players are not used to being on the field much. Get them out there and sustain drives. You might be able to wear them down, especially considering they’ll be without some starters. Opposing QBs have a rating of 96.3 against Washington. This is finally a chance for Bradford and the passing game to open up and get the ball to the WRs.

Stopping Alfred Morris, Matt Jones is critical for Eagles vs. Washington Redskins - NJ.com
Fortunately for Chip Kelly and company, what the Redskins do best offensively happens to play into the strength of the Eagles' run defense that has only allowed 87.0 yards per game and just 3.11 yards per carry so far this season. The bruising yet effective duo of Alfred Morris and Matt Jones represent the toughest test the Eagles defense has faced on the ground through the first four games of the season and they will likely see plenty of work if the forecast for miserable weather holds up its end of the bargain.

Eagles need more production from receiving corps - Inquirer
Jordan Matthews has spent only 16 months in the NFL, so he's still trying to develop a veteran's intuition. Matthews trusts those who possess it, though, which is why the second-year wide receiver was encouraged by Darren Sproles' assessment of the Eagles' passing game during a conversation last week. "We're on the cusp," Sproles told Matthews. Matthews shared the quote as if it was an edict from a fortune teller. He should hope so.

Walter Thurmond: Secondary wants to be 'one of the best' - CSN Philly
Last year, the biggest problem was big plays. The Eagles ranked last in the NFL allowing 72 pass plays of at least 20 yards, 18 pass plays of at least 40 yards and 11 plays of 50 or more yards. "It was a point of emphasis, not giving up explosive plays," Thurmond said. "They gave up the most explosive plays last season, and when you go back and watch the film there wasn’t great technique out there, unfortunately, and the result was having those explosive plays and it showed with us in that first game. "You have to play great technique to be able to compete out there. It always comes down to technique and I think we’ve been able to improve and get back to our fundamentals and our basics and it’s showing up."

Miami Dolphins players are ready to 'throw in the towel,' according to report - SB Nation
A slow start for the Miami Dolphins could end up costing Joe Philbin and possibly other members of his coaching staff their jobs if the team doesn't play well against the New York Jets, according to Rand Getlin of NFL.com. After spending big on the offseason, including the addition of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins followed up a Week 1 win over Washington by losing back-to-back games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. The frustrating results have the Dolphins' coaches reportedly on the verge of losing the players.

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