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Jason Kelce: Lack of accountability at root of Eagles’ struggles - ESPN
Eagles center Jason Kelce has seen a drop in accountability from last year’s Super Bowl team, brought on in part by the departure of some key veterans. Speaking about what is ailing the 4-5 Eagles, Kelce offered an extensive, nuanced response during a conversation with reporters following Wednesday’s practice that kept returning to a central theme -- accountability. ”Last year, it just seemed like everybody was clicking. We had guys like Brent Celek who had been here a long time who was very accountable, Torrey Smith who had been in the league for a long time, very accountable. Mack Hollins was a guy that gave great effort. LeGarrette Blount and all of these running backs that, they had their limited amount of stuff that they had to know, but they knew what to do, and they knew how to do those things. That’s what we’re missing. We’re missing that accountability.”
Halapoulivaati Vaitai impacts Eagles offense negatively in a number of ways - BGN
My thoughts on Vaitai are well documented. I don’t believe him to be a starting caliber player nor close to it. The Eagles certainly recognize his faults; you can tell this by the way they game-planned around him against the Cowboys. Removing the six screen passes from the equation, Carson Wentz dropped back 41 times last Sunday night. Vaitai was given aid in the way of tight end/running back blocks or chips on 13 of those snaps. Essentially one-third of non-screen drop-backs have some sort of built-in component to help Vaitai. That’s not counting the bevy of RPO calls that facilitate a fast release.
The QB Scho Show #2: The Wizardry of Drew Brees - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Mark Schofield as they break down the upcoming enemy quarterback that the Eagles will be tasked with shutting down every week.. This week, the crew gushes over future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and what he and the Saints bring to the table. PLUS a special Kist & Solak 40.5, capturing the post-recording chat late on Sunday night with Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak.
Eagles vs. Saints: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
Against the Cowboys last week, the Eagles faced a great pass rusher in Demarcus Lawrence, who primarily lines up opposite the right tackle. This Sunday, they’ll face another great (and underrated) pass rusher in Cameron Jordan, who has 6 sacks this season, and had 13 sacks in 2017. ”Cam Jordan is a tremendous pass rusher,” Doug Pederson said on Wednesday. “One of the elite guys in this league. They’ll line him up pretty much anywhere on the D-line.” While they do move him around, as Pederson noted, Jordan will see the bulk of his snaps at LDE up against Johnson or Vaitai, depending on Johnson’s availability. And once again, whether it’s Vaitai or a less than 100 percent Johnson, the Eagles would be wise to give their right tackle additional help.
Enough - Iggles Blitz
Vent. Be mad. Get it out of your system. But we’ve got seven games left. We’re going to be talking about the Eagles for months. Not every discussion can be a total bitchfest about how half the coaches should be fired and half the players should be cut. There will be changes in the offseason. There will be a lot of players going (age and money are going to be huge factors). Pederson may decide to shake up his staff. But I certainly don’t expect anything major.
In The End, Eagles Must Find A Way To Beat Saints - PE.com
When a team is winning games, as the Eagles did last season in dominating fashion, it is sometimes easy to overlook some of the smaller details. But when a team is 4-5, more intense self-reflection is required. A deep dive into the football soul, if you will. Head coach Doug Pederson talked about it in his Wednesday morning press conference at the NovaCare Complex and, as usual, he was upbeat and positive. That’s not going to change. Pederson believes in positive reinforcement in the public setting. He’s demanding of his players, but he’s going to always have their backs.
Josh Adams’ impressive play has earned the Central Bucks South product more playing time with Eagles - Daily News
Adams is a big back – 6-2 and 225 pounds. That size can be a detriment for a running back, but Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley didn’t feel it would be a problem for Adams. ”He was a big back who could bend and burst and explode,’’ Staley said. “One of the things I look for when I’m scouting is, can a guy bend and burst? Because when a guy’s 6-1, 6-2, you’re thinking it’s hard for him to get down. But not Josh. You go back and watch film on him [at Notre Dame], one of the things that intrigued me was his ability to lower his pad level and still get yards. Because if you can’t get your pads down, you’re going to have a short career.’’
All-22: Coaching or execution? What the film reveals about the state of the Eagles - The Athletic
It’s not one thing that is going wrong. The coaches need to do a better job of evaluating their personnel and putting guys in position to succeed. The leaders need to step up and help get the young guys prepared. And yes, everyone needs to execute better in critical spots. Accomplishing all that at this point is a big ask, but with four games remaining against division opponents, including two against Washington, the season doesn’t necessarily have to be over. Going into the final seven games, winning the NFC East at 9-7 feels like the best-case realistic outcome.
Alshon Jeffery on new Sixers star Jimmy Butler: ‘Philly’s gonna love Jimmy. Jimmy’s gonna love Philly.’ - PennLive
Jeffery thinks Butler is made for that, and he thinks his old friend from Chicago will fit right in in his new city. “I mean, I think he’s got the attitude,” Jeffery said. “He’s gonna play hard. Philly’s gonna love Jimmy. Jimmy’s gonna love Philly.”
New Orleans vs. Philadelphia Matchups: Saints offense vs. Eagles defense - Canal Street Chronicles
Expect the Eagles to try and keep their best and healthiest defensive backs on Michael Thomas, who has consistently beaten every coverage scheme he’s faced over the last two seasons. If the Eagles are somehow able to minimize the damage that Thomas has been able to do, then the onus will fall on the other Saints receivers to produce, an area that where the offense has been somewhat inconsistent.
Leighton Vander Esch named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week after dominating performance in Philly - Blogging The Boys
When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Leighton Vander Esch with their first-round selection back in April there were many who questioned the move. Nine games into the season, the Cowboys look like geniuses. Vander Esch has continued to impress week after week and put on the finest performance of his young career during last week’s win in Philadelphia. It was such a top-notch game by LVE that he’s been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week!
Ex-Giant Jason Pierre-Paul promises “I’m bringing the house down” on Sunday - Big Blue View
“Honestly, I had this game checked off since I left there, so emotions running big. I’m coming, man. I’m bringing the house down,” was Pierre-Paul’s full quote. The Giants, of course, traded their 2010 first-round pick to the Buccaneers in March as part of their roster re-shaping with new GM Dave Gettleman and new head coach Pat Shurmur. Pierre-Paul was irked that his time in New York ended with a simple phone call from Gettleman.
Andy Reid Is Creating Football’s Future, and Patrick Mahomes Is Living It - Sports Illustrated
From his days as an assistant at Northern Arizona through his tenure with the Packers and Eagles, Reid has always been an innovator. Now, armed with the ideal quarterback, a host of multiple-threat weapons, and a penchant for concepts—new or old, dreamed up or borrowed—to bamboozle a defense, the Chiefs’ guru is, at age 60, giving offensive football a whole new look
It’s Harder Than Ever for New England to Stay Ahead of the Pack - The Ringer
They’re the same old Patriots but it’s a brand-new NFL. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are masters at adapting to the changing demands of Super Bowl contention. But this era presents a new challenge.
NFL Panic Index 2018: Tom Brady doesn’t look like *Tom Brady* - SB Nation
Should you panic about the Pats? What about the Rams? And when will the Seahawks run out of luck? Here’s what you need to be worried about this week.
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