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After surprising start to ‘13, Eagles grounded

After surprising start to ‘13, Eagles grounded There’s no question that most of the NFL and its fans were shocked when the Eagles pulled off a victory against the Washington Redskins on the opening Monday Night Football game of the season. After seeing the following three weeks of football played by both Philadelphia and Washington the picture is a whole lot clearer. The Redskins are not the NFC East champs they were last year, nor is Robert Griffin III back to his normal playing abilities. We thought the Eagles were going against a potential powerhouse when they pulled off their win but now it appears the two were evenly matched. The losses to San Diego, Kansas City and the stomping by Denver speak much louder than that single win in DC. While 1-3 sounded about right for Philadelphia’s record at the end of September, the losses were worse than expected. There are a couple of things that we now know about the Philadelphia Eagles under the direction of first-year coach Chip Kelly. First, it appears the...

Eagles must learn to slow game down

Eagles must learn to slow game down The Eagles impressed everyone with their ability to control the game in the first half of Monday’s 33-27 win over Washington. It was the way Philadelphia played in the second half that brought fans back to reality. In a game where the Eagles had so much success running a ridiculous 53 plays in the first half, they didn’t do much of anything on 24 plays in the second half. The trick, coach Chip Kelly says, is learning how to take the pace from “go” when trying to score points and get the lead to “slow” when attempting to run out the clock. “It's how do you work the clock, we’ve got to practice it a little bit more,” he said. “We do a lot of things at such a rapid tempo, I think our guys understand tempo and do that pretty good.  We also have to learn how to practice playing it the other way really from a mindset standpoint, where we do everything 90 miles an hour, now you’ve got to go back to drivin...

Five positives to look for against Washington

Five positives to look for against Washington The Philadelphia Eagles open under one of the biggest spotlights of the season’s opening weekend. Everyone is excited to see Robert Griffin III lead Washington at quarterback after his knee injury and to check out the new Chip Kelly-led Eagles. That makes it a perfect choice for the first part of a doubleheader on Monday Night Football. Of course, the game might not live up to the hype. RG3 is back, but he hasn’t done a whole lot and might not be in tip-top shape on the field. The Eagles, meanwhile, have shown there is much to be desired on the defensive side on the ball. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis expects to see the best of the second-year signal caller, which could be an issue. “I'm sure that if they deem that he's healthy, they are going to run the offense like they ran it last year and had the success where they won the last seven games of the season with him running this offense,” he said. “So we anticipate that what they did well...

Kelly, Eagles cut roster to 53 players

Kelly, Eagles cut roster to 53 players With the cuts officially done and the roster at 53, we’re taking a look at some of the moves and what that leaves Philadelphia with for the 2013 season. Keep in mind general manager Howie Roseman has said the Eagles will put in some claims on the waiver wires so some of these names may change. First, the biggest cut for the Eagles was finally parting ways with firefighter and barely experienced guard Danny Watkins. When Philadelphia selected the 24-year-old Canadian with the 23rd pick in the 2011 draft, a lot of fans were left scratching their heads. Sure, he was a big body, but he was older and fairly untested coming from Baylor. As the years went on, it was clear that the pick by Roseman and former coach Andy Reid was a poor decision. Watkins could have been cut last year, thankfully Chip Kelly came in and cleaned up the mess. After seeing what undrafted free agent Jake Knott brought to the table, it is surprising to see that Casey Matthews is still a Philadelph...

Vick vows to run more

Vick vows to run more Now that he’s officially named the starter for this season, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is letting people in on his plans for this season. He plans to run, and he doesn’t plan on getting hurt because of it. This, obviously, doesn’t fit what’s happened during his run as the starting quarterback for the Eagles. He’s gone down with various injuries, including a couple of concussions and rib injuries, which have stemmed from running the ball. “When you go into a football game not wanting to get hurt, trying not to get hurt, it doesn't allow you to play the way that you want to play,” Vick told reporters. There’s no question that Vick became one of the country’s favorite players because of his ability to run with the ball. He always seemed to be playing to pass first under Andy Reid, but now that Chip Kelly’s offense allows him to run a bit more he’s looking forward to getting back to his old ways. &q...

Vick officially named starting QB

Vick officially named starting QB It’s official: Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles coach Chip Kelly took his time, taking 36 practice opportunities and two preseason games to evaluate his quarterbacks. In the end, no one is really surprised with the direction he decided to go. He made the announcement Tuesday morning, telling reporters he spoke to all of his quarterbacks about the decision. "I think I proved I could be consistent every day and be a leader on this team," Vick said. "I'm going to take the same approach, the same mindset [into the season].” Neither Vick nor Nick Foles struggled during the preseason, but Vick’s numbers were a tad more impressive. He was efficient in running the up-tempo scheme and completed 13 of his 15 pass attempts for 199 yards, a touchdown and one pick, which came on a Hail Mary attempt at the end of the half. The timing was about right. Kelly couldn’t afford to go much longe...

Vick to start against Patriots

Vick to start against Patriots Chip Kelly provided the Philadelphia media with an answer to a starting quarterback question on Thursday. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an answer to THE question. The first year Eagles coach said Mike Vick would be the first quarterback onto the field for Philadelphia against New England Friday night, though he confirmed that he and Nick Foles will likely switch off every series. The two are still going head-to-head in a competition to see who will be the starter when the Redskins host the Eagles to open the season on Sept. 9. Matt Barkley, the rookie from USC, should see the most game time in the first preseason game of the year. Kelly wants him to play through the second and third quarters while Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne handle the fourth quarter. Barkley’s playing time might get eaten into a little if either Vick or Foles doesn’t get enough reps, though. Kelly’s selection for Vick to start on Friday isn’t because he prefers him over anyone...

Eagles release first depth chart

Eagles release first depth chart In advance of Philadelphia’s first preseason game of the year, the Eagles have released their first official depth chart of the season. Not surprisingly, the depth chart raises as many – if not more – questions than it answers, but let’s look at some of the finer points. On offense, Eagles coach Chip Kelly apparently decided to string out the frustration of the media and fans as much as possible by listing the starting quarterback as “7 Michael Vick/9 Nick Foles” and Matt Barkley slated as the second stringer. Kelly said he will announce who will start Friday’s game against the Patriots on Wednesday. Right now, everything points toward Vick as the starter. Vick’s had the most consistent effort in training camp and put on a good show for the fans at the second public training camp of the season on Monday. He connected with a number of different receivers on the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, throwing a touchdown to DeSean Jac...

Cliggett's take on training camp

Cliggett's take on training camp Waking up Sunday, my usual off season routine of heading to Eagles training camp had a brand new face. My first thought was not, “What the hell time is it? How did I get here?”, nor did I have the vision of Dunkin Donuts coffee dancing in my head. My eyes were not sunken and red, wearing the price tag of a rough Saturday night, they were blazing green. It would be the day I could see first-hand what I have waited so patiently for. It was a new beginning, the future was now. I arrived at the Linc to a rare but pleasant surprise of free parking. Training camps usually are but wasn’t sure with the change of venue. The Eagles did a good job setting this up. It was fan friendly and the atmosphere was solid. They had a lot of alumni there which brought the nostalgic aspect out and it wouldn’t be complete without Donovan McNabb acting like a fool and covering up his face with a towel when announced (receiving more cheers than jeers mind you). I even had a ...

Eagles WR Riley Cooper apologizes for using N-word

Eagles WR Riley Cooper apologizes for using N-word Crossing Broad has released video of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper using a racial epithet at a Kenny Chesney concert. In the video, he is seen telling another person that he will “jump this fence and fight every n***er here.” Cooper, who is white, has apologized on Twitter since then. “I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, Jeffrey Lurie, and Howie roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did Was wrong and I will accept the consequences,” he said over a series of three tweets from his account @RileyCooper_14. Cooper had a chance to do something special this season with Jeremy Maclin out for the year with a torn ACL, but now it will be interested to see if his African-American teammates can look past what he said and will still accept him as a teammate.    
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