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Why Didn’t Josh Huff and DeMarco Murray Get More Touches?

Mark Saltveit - November 24, 2015

At least Chip Kelly admitted that he was out-coached Sunday.

The Eagles scored two first half touchdowns, fueled by Josh Huff (39 yard catch-and-run, 39 yard kickoff return) and DeMarco Murray (three 10+ yard runs). Then they went away from these players and the offense fizzled. Huff ended the game with only 17 offensive snaps (of the team’s 71) and not a single target after his touchdown. Murray had 30 snaps (42%), but only 13 carries (for 64 yards, 4.9 YPC).

The lack of runs was puzzling. [Editor’s note: Mark is new here and clearly wasn’t around for the Andy Reid Era. Welcome to Philadelphia, Mark.] Chip’s system does best with a rough balance between run and pass, something like 45% – 55%, and they averaged 4.9 yards per carry on Sunday (including 11 on a beautiful read-option keeper by Sanchez). Yet they ran on only 28 plays and passed 41 times, completing just 26 with three sacks and three back-breaking interceptions.

In Murray’s case, he fumbled twice, which may be one reason he didn’t get more touches. (The Birds kept the ball both times, as the first was re-fumbled by the Bucs and the second ruled down by contact.) That doesn’t explain why Kenjon Barner, who played well, only got one snap before garbage time and Sproles saw little action even after scoring a touchdown. Sanchez couldn’t deliver even screens to Sproles through the air. So run it.

Of course conventional wisdom says to pass more when you fall behind. But that’s not the way Chip’s system works. It’s built on big runs at tempo speed, especially as you wear down your opponent. Oregon scored (and still scores) at record levels running, by breaking 10, 20 and 40 yards plays. And those runs open up the passing game.

The passes Sunday were short, too– only a yard and a half longer than the runs (at 6.4 YPC). If your goal is to come back quickly, that’s not the kind of passes that will do it. And Sanchez was pretty wild with his throws. He overthrew Celek and Ertz on consecutive plays to kill one first quarter drive, and missed at least half a dozen screens or simple throws to the flat.

Even assuming the need to pass, it makes no sense that the team went away from Huff on a day they sorely needed play makers. He was clearly in a rhythm. On his touchdown, he caught a simple slant six yards past the line of scrimmage and made six defenders miss as he cut all the way across the field, running with vision and decisiveness. But that was his only target of the game.

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Riley Cooper Cut His Hair and Doesn’t Look like a Raging Redneck Anymore

Kyle Scott - November 3, 2015

I hate bye weeks.

Eagles – Giants: 7 Ruined Narratives

Mark Saltveit - October 20, 2015

The Eagles game worked out the right way, leaving the Birds in first place in the miserable NFC East weeks before I thought they’d be able to claw their way into that position. It was an ugly game, obviously, but it broke a lot of popular theories about this team and the Giants. That’s at least interesting. Here are a few of the failed stories:

1) Sam Bradford was rusty, he’ll get better.

Nope, he’s getting worse. It was intolerable when Bradford threw two interceptions in each of the first two games. Then he kept his slate clean against the Jets and Washington, leading to false optimism. Now he has has returned to Sanchezian double-INT games, and upped the ante with a third tonight.

I’m not going to advocate benching Sam because people forget all of the problems that Sanchez had: besides interceptions, he failed to see wide open receivers (e.g. the Seattle game), and never threw downfield or even outside the numbers. And while he could theoretically run with the ball, the fact that he never did — and his success the one time he did, in the first Dallas game — made his refusal to do so even more painful.

But Bradford was just bad tonight. His long throws have been routinely short all year, and his three interceptions tonight were made worse by the fact that he wasn’t even under any pressure. The Eagles had a hefty lead. It was a battle of wills between Sam trying to let the Giants back into the game, and their stubborn refusal to accept his gift. In the end, New York “won” that epic crap-off.

A lot of you wondered earlier in the year why Bradford didn’t take shots down the field. Well, tonight Sam showed you!

I suppose Bradford could still turn this season around and prove that he’s a legitimate franchise quarterback, but right now, the best thing you can say for him is that he helped the team a lot by not signing a long-term contract when they asked him to.

2. Eli Manning is awesome in Ben McAdoo’s offense.

The praise for Eli and McAdoo was totally out of hand before this game, and up through the first drive which in fact was a thing of beauty for New York. The MNF crew were even going on about Tom Coughlin’s “New Age West Coast offense,” which, yeah, is cutting edge 1985 stuff.

What that offense mostly is, is predictable. The Eagles destroyed it last year in a humiliating shutout, and only allowed one TD drive tonight before they got New York’s number. Sure, the Giants are executing better and improved their offensive line somewhat — Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t even playing well yet last October when the Eagles faced him — but the Eagles have figured a couple of things out since then, too.

Against the Eagles tonight, Eli Manning was the same old Eli, looking nervous and getting picked off a lot. The short-passing game undoubtedly did reduce the margin of victory, though, since the Eagles’ run defense was a steely-eyed monster and any alternative was was bound to do better. Even the Colts’ Swinging Gate play. Continue Reading

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Surprise! Riley Cooper is having a good game

Mark Saltveit - October 11, 2015

The biggest early surprise of the Saints Eagles game is WR Riley Cooper, the most hated man on the team (besides coach Billy Davis for some weird reason).

Predictably, fans and writers complained when the Eagles threw to him on 4th and 7, incomplete. It looked like miscommunication between Bradford and Cooper, or perhaps an option play where Bradford threw the wrong way.

But Cooper has quietly been having a decent stretch here, starting with his 62-yard touchdown last week. Today, he caught a very low 14-yard ball on a key 3rd and 9. Yes, Bradford was targeting Cooper when he threw that terrible interception in the end zone, but Riley was wide open. He did his job and should have had an easy touchdown.

Late in the 2nd quarter, Bradford threw a low pass up the middle to Cooper, broken up on a great play by Keenan Lewis (who shut down DeSean Jackson in the 2013 playoffs). Even there, Cooper — who was injured on the play — used his body to prevent an interception, something Miles Austin should have done better in the red zone earlier.

I know he’s fun to hate, between his drunken racist rant, his bloated contract, lack of production last year and that hair, b ut give credit where credit is due. The Eagles have a lot of problems but right now, Riley Cooper is not one of them.

UPDATE: Of course, Cooper has a drop 5 seconds after I post this.

I Have Absolutely No Idea How To React To This Photo of Riley Cooper

Kyle Scott - September 10, 2015

Riley Cooper’s  birthday was yesterday. Someone sent him a singing telegram. A banana, to be exact. I have absolutely no idea how to react to the photo. The buck head, the trashy apartment, the picture of Pamela Anderson on the wall, THE BANANA. So much to absorb.

pic via anonymous tipster

Chip Kelly’s Punch-Out!!

Kyle - June 17, 2015

CKPO

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The most compelling story in the dumpster fire that is the Philadelphia sports scene is Chip Kelly and his need to borrow a shit to give one about what people think about how the fans, the media and his former players feel about how he wields his newfound autonomy as general manager.

Chip has become the most endorsable sports figure in Philly but let’s be real, the Tostitos thing went stale quickly. Evan Mathis was the latest to see his time with the Eagles KO’d by Chip (even if it was by request). We haven’t seen this type of carnage since Mike Tyson in his prime. The video game industry has picked up on the trend and found the perfect game to tie the “could he be a racist or is he just a megalomaniac?” head coach/general manager to: The “could it be racist or is it just one big chain of lazy stereotypes?” Punch-Out!! Series.

Welcome, Chip Kelly’s Punch-Out!!

Remember: Don’t waste your knockout punch on Tra Full of Bull if he’s not stunned.

[pvc_paratheme ]

Man, Riley Cooper Is Getting All the Big Sponsorship Deals

Kyle Scott - May 7, 2015

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Wonder how much that video cost him in career earnings?

Ouch:

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This Riley Cooper-Eagles Calendar Thing Is the Dumbest Thing Ever

Kyle Scott - February 13, 2015

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pic via (@geeksandcleats)

Stop it. Seriously, everyone stop it. Last week, a few people alerted us that Riley Cooper was on the Eagles’ calendar for February, or, as it’s also known, Black History Month. Ohhh, the insensitivity. Noted.

Jim asked me if he should do a post on it. I thought about it, considered the whole “well, the Riley Cooper story is kind of our thing” thing, and then told him “no, this is so dumb.” Would it have been better to put Riley on any other month, literally any of the 11 other months? Sure. But I highly doubt anyone – be it from the Eagles or the company that actually put the calendar together – intentionally used an image of NFL’s poster child for racism as the poster child for Black History Month. This screams honest mistake. Few people – especially the 22-year-old temps probably tasked with laying out a product no one uses anymore – live their lives according to the commemorative month calendar. While maybe the most notable of said months (and for good reason), Black History is one of about 60 recognized themes for months. Did you know that October, along with being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CyberSecurity Awareness Month and Polish American Heritage Month, among others? Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? Or that May is Borderline Personality Awareness Month, Haitian Heritage Month and Zombie Awareness Month? Would there be the same outrage if, say, the Flyers made Vinny Lecavalier Mr. May? Because he’s basically a dead man walking skating.

For real, look at the dumb attention this Cooper thing is getting because the PC police have literally nothing better to do right now:

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The Eagles, ridiuclously, had to issue a statement:

“We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar. We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.”

I know it’s a slow week. Trust me. This shit can be tempting. But if we really want to feign outrage over a calendar, perhaps we should turn our attention to the Phillies, who could barely muster up 10 recognizable players and had to resort to ballpark shots, the Phanatic and recently-traded Jimmy Rollins to fill theirs. If there’s one calendar that’s offensive to Philly sports fans, it’s that one.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a post about Joel Embiid and emoticons to get to. #February #SlowMonthAwarenessMonth