Posts Tagged ‘jeremy maclin’

Report: Jeremy Maclin Headed To The Chiefs

March 9th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Report: Jeremy Maclin Headed To The Chiefs | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

Jeremy Maclin is headed to Kansas City

Jeremy Maclin is reportedly leaving the Eagles for his former coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

The loss of Jeremy Maclin now gives the Eagles a huge void at the Wide Receiver position as Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper, and Josh Huff are the only notable remaining players left on the team. With Randall Cobb and Torrey Smith off of the market, the free agent list isn’t to promising for the Eagles, although Dwayne Bowe is likely to be released from Kansas City as a corresponding move to sign Maclin.

Maclin is coming off of his best season as a pro hauling in 85 passes, with 1,310 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. After a torn ACL kept him out for the 2013 season, Maclin bet on himself by not signing a long-term contract last summer with the Eagles that would have been significantly cheaper than the contract he is going to receive.

While the gains of Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore, and also retaining Mark Sanchez were all very big bright spots for the Eagles so far today, the news of Maclin certainly puts a tremendous damper on that parade.

(more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Looking Ahead To Free Agency

December 31st, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Looking Ahead To Free Agency | Filed in Eagles, NFL

After starting the season 9-3 and in prime position to not only win the NFC East, but also potentially securing a first round bye, the Philadelphia Eagles fell apart down the stretch winning just one of four December games which resulted in a 10-6 record that wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs.

Looking back on the season, there were many ups and downs on both sides of the football. On the offensive side of the ball Jeremy Maclin stayed healthy and had a Pro Bowl caliber year, posting 85 catches for over 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rookie Jordan Matthews also had a very good season, catching 67 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns. Even though LeSean McCoy fell off a little bit this year as far as total yardage, McCoy still ran for over 1,300 yards and finished third in the NFL in rushing.

On the defensive side of the ball, Malcolm Jenkins had a very productive year bringing leadership and good play out of the Safety position. The entire front seven was very good, including standouts such as Connor Barwin who led the NFC in sacks with 14.5, and Fletcher Cox who had a Pro Bowl caliber year. Brandon Graham made great strides this year, along with Vinny Curry as they both showed great pass rushing ability.

However, like I said there were many “downs” as well. The secondary was horrible. No other word to use for them, outside of Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Boykin. Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams were absolutely torched all year long. Down the stretch in December when the Eagles were in prime position to seal the deal, Fletcher and Williams came up very small for the Eagles. Fletcher’s best play that I can think of was the pass on third down that he stopped with his helmet in the fourth quarter against Washington in week 16.

(more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

NFL Midseason Review: Awards

November 11th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on NFL Midseason Review: Awards | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, Sports

midseasonawards2

Welcome to the first issue of the “Midseason Review” series. This is a three-part series, that will hand out Midseason Awards, 2nd Half Bold Predictions, and Analyze the playoff picture, and determine what/if anything will change. The first issue hands out “Midseason Awards” to the best 1st-half performances. Without further ado, let’s get started.

The 2014-15 NFL Season has officially hit its’ midway point. Most teams have played halfway through their schedules already. This year has provided some surprises, as well as disappointments. From Adrian Peterson to Antonio Brown, the season has been loaded with jaw-dropping plays, bone crushing hits, and awe-inspiring performances. This article will honor the very best of the best at the midseason checkpoint of the NFL season.

MVP- Peyton Manning (QB/Denver Broncos)

Where do I even begin? Manning’s stats may seem a bit disappointing, considering that it’s Peyton Manning. But, I can assure you that he is much more valuable than his stats say. Without Manning, the Broncos wouldn’t be sitting at 6-2, in 2nd place of the AFC. Peyton has repeatedly turned screen passes into 70-to-80 yard TD passes, and placed the ball perfectly, so that only his receiver has the chance to grab it. If Manning had denied Denver, that entire team would look and be performing much differently than they are.

Offensive Player Of The Year- DeMarco Murray (RB/Dallas Cowboys)

(more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Eagles Mid-Season Report Card: Offense

October 21st, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Eagles Mid-Season Report Card: Offense | Filed in Eagles, General, NFL, TalkSportsPhilly

When the Philadelphia Eagles are talked about around the NFL the first topic that comes to mind is their offense. Since Chip Kelly took over this team last year, replacing Andy Reid, a lot of people didn’t know what to expect from the Eagles, but they were sure of one thing: the offense would be completely different then anything we have ever seen in Philadelphia before.

The change was going to be one of two things, it was either going to revolutionize the game or it was going to fail in a big way. Well by now I think we all know that Chip Kelly took the NFL by storm a year ago leading one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL, despite a mid-season quarterback controversy.

This year the Eagles offense has lacked that explosive feel that it had last year. While it has truly been very frustrating to watch at times, there are plenty of factors to why the offense has seemed a bit off from just a year ago.

First off the offensive line wasn’t full strength before the Jacksonville game as Lane Johnson was suspended for the first four games of the season. Then in an unbelievable second half comeback victory against Jacksonville, the Eagles lost two more lineman, Left Guard Evan Mathis and top backup Allen Barbre. While the line was already depleted, things became even worse in a thrilling win against the Redskins as the Eagles lost Center Jason Kelce. The injuries and suspensions forced the Eagles to play backups and forced players to play out of position. Along with the starters who were out via injury and suspension, Left Tackle Jason Peters was battling injuries and wasn’t 100% for a good part of the season.

The offensive line in football is by far one of the most important groups in football. With out a good offensive line, it is tough for an offense to be good enough to put up points consistently, or even move the ball consistently. That showed true in the Eagles first six games this season, as Nick Foles was hit A LOT, LeSean McCoy struggled and had his worst start to his career ever, and as a result the Eagles offense just wasn’t the same.

(more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Start of Camp Has Many Eagles’ Fans Feeling ‘Super’

July 24th, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on Start of Camp Has Many Eagles’ Fans Feeling ‘Super’ | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

It was just about a year ago that Chip Kelly’s first training camp as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles got under way – the first time since 1998 that someone other than Andy Reid was in charge. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of anticipation about what the former Oregon Ducks head man would bring to the table, including questions about how a high-energy college offense would translate to the pro game, and whether perceived No. 1 signal caller Michael Vick was really the right fit for Kelly’s offense. All of that amid expectations by even the most die-hard fans that the Birds would finish about 6-10 or – at best – 8-8 in Kelly’s first pro season.

What a difference a year makes. Vick once again couldn’t stay healthy (and is now an ex-Eagle), Nick Foles took over and had a season for the ages, and the Eagles finished with a 10-6 record and a division title, plus the trip to the postseason that went with it. So, as Kelly & Co. open their second training camp, the stakes are significantly higher, with the Eagles an overwhelming favorite to win a second-straight NFC East crown – and fans now wondering if this team just might be good enough to earn a trip to Glendale, Arizona, for Super Bowl XLIX.

Nick Foles wChip KellySure, the start of another NFL training camp is always exciting, but Eagles fans this year seem to be more fired up than in any July since back in 2004 when the team had a new wide receiver who was known to most football watchers by his initials, T.O. And, yes, that season did culminate with the Eagles’ second Super Bowl appearance.

All of the optimism about the 2014 season is understandable. LeSean McCoy set a franchise record with a league-leading 1,607 rushing yards and 2,146 yards from scrimmage last year and is now arguably the best running back in the league. Foles put up some fantastic numbers in his sophomore season: a 64% completion rate, 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions, and a passer rating of 119.2 – the third-best in league history. The Birds’ defense showed marked improvement in the second half of 2013. And it doesn’t hurt that the rest of the NFC East, against whom the Eagles will play six of their 16 regular-season games, looks to be pretty mediocre. (In a recent Philadelphia Daily News readers poll, 88% of respondents predicted the Birds would win 10 or more games again this season.)

As training camp opens, there’s plenty to pay attention to for Eagles Nation.

(more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

With Successful 2013 Season Over, Eagles and Fans Wonder What ’14 Will Bring

January 13th, 2014 by Jim Chesko | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

eaglesticHere’s what the Eagles need to do to beat the Panthers in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff contest down in Carolina.

Ok, that was the piece I had expected to be writing today. But the New Orleans Saints’ 26-24 victory last Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field put an end to all that, leaving disheartened Birds’ fans to wonder what personnel changes will be made between now and July and whether Chip Kelly and Co. can build on his surprisingly successful first year in Philadelphia.

And, make no bones about it: The Eagles’ 2013 season was much better than almost anyone could have predicted. Most experts – as well as this writer (definitely not an expert!) – figured on a six- or seven-win season for the Birds in Year One of the Kelly Era. And that’s how it was shaping up when the team was 3-5 at the season’s midpoint. Little did we know what lay ahead!

Granted, Billy Davis’s defense had started playing better in October, but there was still loads of uncertainty at the quarterback position: Nick Foles had stunk up the joint in a Week 7 home loss to the Cowboys, and – in Week 8 – Michael Vick returned from a hamstring injury only to re-aggravate it in the Birds’ loss to the hapless New York Giants.

We all know what happened next. Second-year QB Foles returned to the lineup in Week 9 and threw an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes in a blowout win over the Raiders in Oakland, the start of a five-game winning streak and a 7-1 second half that culminated in an NFC East Division title with a Week 17 win over the Tony Romo-less Cowboys in Dallas.  LeSean McCoy set a franchise record with a league-leading 1,607 rushing yards and 2,146 yards from scrimmage.  DeSean Jackson ended with 82 catches for 1,332 yards, the second-highest total in team history. And – oh yeah – Foles quietly put up some amazing numbers in his sophomore season: a 64% completion rate, 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions, and a passer rating of 119.2 – the third-best in league history.

(more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Week 11 Preview: Eagles-Giants

November 18th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 2 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football

It’s fun to play what ifs with this Eagles team. What if they didn’t blow a seven point lead to the Bears in the fourth quarter in week nine? What if they didn’t blow another seven point fourth quarter lead to the Cardinals last week?

Well then this game would have been for first place in the NFC East. The Eagles would have been only one game behind the Giants and due to the division record tie breaker going into Sunday night. Instead Philadelphia is floundering at 3-6, Michael Vick is most likely out leaving the starting duties to Vince Young. There is a chance Jeremy Maclin might not play and who knows what to expect from DeSean Jackson. This is a team that is in turmoil and this is the game where the apocalypse unfolds.

Eagles Offense vs. Giants Defense

The Giants practiced all week preparing for Michael Vick, but he will not see the field on Sunday due to his broken ribs. This means of course the man who accidentally dubbed this team the “dream team” now will take the reigns under center. We haven’t seen very much of Vince Young, he was in long enough against Washington to throw an awful interception and was in last week just long enough to hand the ball off to McCoy.

Between struggling to learn the offense in the pre-season and missing some time due to injury it is hard to endorse a start from Young and expect the Eagles to move the football through the air. Their only chance for success is going to come from a balanced attack with a btd (big time dose) of Shady McCoy. These are his stats from his last three games against the G men.

(more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,