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Eagles running back got a lot of attention after Philadelphia's 36-21 victory over the New York Giants. It wasn't because of what he did in the game, though. Shady drew people's attention when he tweeted the following from his official ...
Eagles running back got a lot of attention after Philadelphia's 36-21 victory over the New York Giants. It wasn't because of what he did in the game, though. Shady drew people's attention when he tweeted the following from his official Twitter account: Knowshon sucks RT @RealSkipBayless: Peyton is doing what Peyton always does. But Knowshon is KILLING the Cowboys. — Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) October 6, 2013 The back story behind this tweet has to do with Moreno being drafted over McCoy in the same year despite McCoy looking better now. I'd say Shady is still a little bothered by that. McCoy has been known to trash talk before, previously calling former Giants pass rusher Osi Umenyiora "overrated n soft". It may come off mean-spirited but it's more likely McCoy is just having some fun. Nevertheless, McCoy was asked about the tweet today after Eagles practice. Shady said he meant what he said and he didn't regret it. He did have kinder things to say about the Buccaneers young running back, Doug Martin. Of Martin, LeSean said that he "didn't suck" and called him one of the best running backs in the NFL. But is LeSean addressing the 'suckage' properly? Let's look at the numbers. Doug Martin's rookie year: 1454 yards on 319 attempts (4.6 ypc), 11 TD, long 70, 49 catches for 472 yards, 1926 yards from scrimmage. Knowshown Moreno's first 4 seasons combined: 2430 yards on 605 attempts (4.02 ypc), 16 TD, long 36, 97 catches for 853 yards, 3283 yards from scrimmage. On a per season basis, that's an average of 607.5 yards on 151.25 attempts, 4 TD, 24.25 receptions for 213.25 yards, 820.75 yards from scrimmage. Verdict: Shady is right. Doug Martin doesn't suck. Knowshon does. More from Bleeding Green Nation: Crunching The Numbers: Week 5 DeSean Jackson named NFC Offensive Player of the Week Eagles sign Marcus Burley to Practice Squad, release Trenton Robinson Eagles defensive line must finish against the Buccaneers in Week 6 The Linc - DeSean says Darrelle Revis can't run with him
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly met the media on Wednesday to talk about the status of quarterback Michael Vick, the team's upcoming game against the Bucs - a team he turned down the opportunity to coach - and much more.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly met the media on Wednesday to talk about the status of quarterback Michael Vick, the team's upcoming game against the Bucs - a team he turned down the opportunity to coach - and much more.
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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently stand at an absolutely dreadful 0-4, there is no doubt that the boys from the Bay house one of the NFL’s most lethal defensive secondaries. With Bucs CB Darre...
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently stand at an absolutely dreadful 0-4, there is no doubt that the boys from the Bay house one of the NFL’s most lethal defensive secondaries. With Bucs CB Darrelle Revis leading the unit as arguably the single most talented cornerback in the entire league, safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron, AKA ‘The Bash Brothers‘, round out Tampa’s hard-hitting, lightning-fast secondary. And just to pile on even more elite talent, Bucs rookie second-round pick CB Johnthan Banks has proven to be a massive asset in their defensive corps also. Well, Philadelphia Eagles second-year QB Nick Foles will be in the unenviable position of facing off against this gruesome four-some in Sunday’s Week 6 showdown. After Eagles starter QB Michael Vick pulled up lame with an injured hamstring last week against the New York Giants, Foles is very likely to get the starting nod in Week 6 as Vick is expected to sit. Not only do Eagles’ fans already have an unexplained love for Foles, but the sophomore put together a glorious second-half output against the Giants, totaling 197 yards through the air and two fourth quarter touchdowns on 16 of 25 passing. More importantly, Foles did not commit any turnovers. But rest assured, Eagles’ fans, Foles will be facing a whole different animal against this Buccaneers’ secondary on Sunday, so don’t expect the same sort of domination. While the Giants have one of the most horrific pass defenses in the league, the Bucs have proven very capable of completely shutting down opposing quarterbacks. Foles will have to choose wisely when tossing into this defensive backfield, because any small mistakes will quickly turn into oh-so-costly takeaways. Be prepared to see Foles struggle mightily against this Bucs’ defense, despite his unprecedented praise and all-too recent triumphs. Follow Joe Doris on Twitter @EaglesRant, or add him on Google, for all NFL / Eagles insight. Click here to view Joe’s complete portfolio for Rant Sports.
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No change has been made in Michael Vick's injury status for the Eagles-Buccaneers game on Sunday. Prior to practice, Chip Kelly spoke with the media and stated that Vick is officially still day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Vick was y...
No change has been made in Michael Vick's injury status for the Eagles-Buccaneers game on Sunday. Prior to practice, Chip Kelly spoke with the media and stated that Vick is officially still day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Vick was yet again a limited participant in practice. The Eagles QB threw the ball in Tuesday's practice but did not take part in team drills. After Wednesday's practice, Vick confirmed he participated in 7 on 7's. A number of reports earlier in the week stated that Vick was unlikely to play against the Bucs. With Vick's status in question, it's hard to imagine he's a safe bet to play, but it hasn't been officially ruled out yet. Nick Foles will start in his place if Vick misses the game. Elsewhere on the injury report, Eagles safety Patrick Chung is still dealing with a shoulder injury he suffered against the Chiefs. Since then he's missed the past two games. He was listed as a full participant. Along with Vick, CB Brandon Boykin (groin), P Donnie Jones (non-punting foot), RB Chris Polk (ankle) were listed as limited participants. Full Patrick Chung Limited Michael VickBrandon BoykinDonnie JonesChris Polk More from Bleeding Green Nation: Crunching The Numbers: Week 5 DeSean Jackson named NFC Offensive Player of the Week Eagles sign Marcus Burley to Practice Squad, release Trenton Robinson Eagles defensive line must finish against the Buccaneers in Week 6 The Linc - DeSean says Darrelle Revis can't run with him NFL Power Rankings 2013: Eagles Week 6 Round Up
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It's standard practice in the NFL to bring in package defenses, such as the nickel or dime look on passing downs. On offense, a team might go with a fullback or more tight ends close to the goal line, even Refrigerator Perry. But as fa...
It's standard practice in the NFL to bring in package defenses, such as the nickel or dime look on passing downs. On offense, a team might go with a fullback or more tight ends close to the goal line, even Refrigerator Perry. But as far I know, no one has ever brought in a specialist quarterback in the red zone to finish off drives. That's exactly what Michael Barkann of CSN Philly is proposing. And strange as it seems, this would make perfect sense given how the Eagles have played so far this year. Michael Vick has been historically great at moving the Eagles up and down the field. The Eagles are averaging 454 yards per game, and Vick personally has over 300 yards rushing on the season. Michael is the 13th leading passer in the NFL, but he's also the 14th leading rusher. You think Reggie Bush is having a good year running for Detroit? Vick is doing better, with 9 more yards (307 to 298) on barely half as many carries (33 vs. 61). His 9.3 yards per carry is best in the NFL. But in the red zone, the Vick-led Eagles suck. Their 41.18% touchdown percentage is 30th in the league. Only Jacksonville and -- get this, New England -- are worse. More specific to the quarterback, the Eagles are collectively 23rd in red zone QB rating. Nick Foles, however, has done very well inside the twenty, admittedly in limited playing time. He scored a TD on his only drive against Denver (in garbage time), then converted two of Philadelphia's interceptions against the Giants into quick touchdowns. You could argue that Foles is perfect inside the red zone, though statistics mavens will disagree. Right before halftime at the Meadowlands, he threw 21 yards to DeSean Jackson at the Giants' 18, with enough time left for one play. I wouldn't call the decision to kick a field goal instead of one attempt for an 18 yard touchdown a red zone failure, but I'm pretty sure it counts as one. Another Eagles drive stalled at exactly the 20, ending in a 23-yard field goal, and I don't know how they count that. But however you slice it, Foles has been much more successful in the red zone. So it sounds great on paper. Have Vick get as far as he can up until the 20, then call in Foles as the closer. He can be the Mariano Rivera of the Eagles. Maybe this will start a new trend, another Chip Kelly innovation that stuns pundits and opponents alike. It would certainly complicate their game planning. I don't see it happening, though I think it's a great idea for this group of players. For whatever reason, Kelly is playing it pretty conservatively this year. My theory is that, while he coached in college for many years, he realizes that he's new to the NFL and is laying low (relatively speaking) until he figures out the rhythm of this league. Coaches need reps to get good just as much as players do. In fact, Barkann asked Chip directly about a two-QB solution in a one-on-one interview last spring (at 1:50). Kelly replied "I've never been a two quarterback guy, and just because everywhere I've been somebody has won the job, and has separated from the pack. So, I think it's important to kind of settle on one..." Granted, he doesn't seem to be considering a situational use of quarterbacks in that interview. The common dual-quarterback scenario involves a coach ready to pull one of the two QBs as soon as he starts to falter. Obviously this would undermine the confidence of his starter, and it would also contradict Chip's philosophy on player competitions. Kelly talks about choosing the player who demonstrates he is better, by succeeding in games and practice, and Vick clearly won that competition overall. In actual games, however, Vick has demonstrated that he is better everywhere except the red zone, and Foles has clearly shown his strength near the goal line. It would be kind of crazy and innovative, even for Chip. But if he can reject tradition in favor of science and facts on the ground, all the evidence points to Foles as an ideal red zone clo
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Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Stadium: Raymond James Stadium Weather: High 87, Low 68 Line: Even Coming off a much-needed win in week five, the Philadelphia Eagles now sit at 2-3 heading ...
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Stadium: Raymond James Stadium Weather: High 87, Low 68 Line: Even Coming off a much-needed win in week five, the Philadelphia Eagles now sit at 2-3 heading into a seemingly-simple week six matchup. Chip Kelly‘s offense has gotten attention from everyone that follows football — being considered one of the most fast-paced offenses in the league. While week five resulted in a big win, the Eagles lost Michael Vick in the process with a hamstring injury that could set him out for quite some time if it proves to be serious or nagging. Nick Foles stepped up and led the Eagles to the win with the help of DeSean Jackson and LeSeasn McCoy. Jackson has caught 28 passes for 525 yards and three touchdowns in five games while McCoy has led the rushing attack with 514 yards and two touchdowns on 98 carries. On the other side of the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slowly falling apart as a team. There are rumors of unhappiness in the locker room as head coach Greg Schiano has led the Bucs to an early-season 0-4 record while losing his starting quarterback in the process. No, Josh Freeman didn’t get hurt, he had just underperformed through the first three games, leading to a benching and an eventual release from the team. Moving forward with rookie Mike Glennon at quarterback, the Buccaneers have a tough road ahead. He has a top target Vincent Jackson to throw to which should help out considerably. Doug Martin has been non-existent for this team as well, rushing for just 342 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Eagles have one of the lowliest units in the league thanks to an extremely poor secondary that gives up 326 yards per game through the air. The eighth-best scoring defense in the league is boasted by the Buccaneers. They also have the ninth-best run defense, but the secondary has not lived up to expectations this season. PREDICTION: Eagles 27, Buccaneers 24 Related: Philadelphia Eagles Would Benefit Most By Playing Nick Foles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Eagles vs. Buccaneers: Philadelphia Must Shut Down Running Back Doug Martin Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.
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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports It now looks more certain than ever that Philadelphia Eagles LB/DE Brandon Graham will go down in the books as just another first-round NFL bust. Following an injury-plagued and generally disappointing start...
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports It now looks more certain than ever that Philadelphia Eagles LB/DE Brandon Graham will go down in the books as just another first-round NFL bust. Following an injury-plagued and generally disappointing start to his career, Graham finally looked like he was turning a page with the Birds last year, filling in brilliantly for ex-Eagles DE Jason Babin after the former All-Pro was axed midway through the 2012 campaign. Graham racked up a highly impressive 23 total tackles and four sacks in his five games in relief of Babin. Unfortunately, in what was supposed to be his prized comeback campaign in 2013, Graham has done absolutely nothing. And when I say nothing; I mean nothing. Not only did Graham lose his assumed starting spot at defensive end to the combo of DEs Cedric Thornton and Fletcher Cox, but he is now a bonafide backup at outside linebacker to long-time Eagle Trent Cole, and first-year Birds-man LB Connor Barwin. Graham has hardly even seen the field this season, totaling a humiliating two tackles through five games in limited action. The only chance Graham has at making any sort of impact on this Eagles’ D is if one of their d-ends or linebackers misses time due to injury. Otherwise, the fourth-year, former first-round pick will continue to rot on the bench of one of the league’s worst defenses. It is common knowledge that defensive linemen are consistently the most bust-worthy NFL athletes, but that doesn’t make Graham’s demise any less embarrassing. After he was the first defensive end drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft at 13th overall, and a highly-touted professional prospect out of the glorious University of Michigan, Graham is now just one misstep away from being banished from the NFL forever. Follow Joe Doris on Twitter @EaglesRant, or add him on Google, for all NFL / Eagles insight. Click here to view Joe’s complete portfolio for Rant Sports.
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Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Without taking the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers too lightly, the Philadelphia Eagles would benefit more by starting and playing Nick Foles at quarterback in Week 6 while resting Michael Vick. Foles has alr...
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Without taking the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers too lightly, the Philadelphia Eagles would benefit more by starting and playing Nick Foles at quarterback in Week 6 while resting Michael Vick. Foles has already proven himself as capable of leading the Philadelphia offense and making them viable regardless of the opponent. He did an amicable job against the New York Giants in picking up for Vick and leading the Eagles to a share of the NFC East division lead. Foles has the experience, the wherewithal and the tools necessary to lead the Eagles to another victory, evening their record and setting them up for a top of the division battle with the Dallas Cowboys the following week. Playing Foles would give Vick another week to rest his injury and fully recover in order to be in top condition for the matchup with Dallas. In addition, if the Eagles made the decision now to start and play Foles, Vick could begin spending time preparing not only physically, but mentally as well for the Cowboys. Spending an extra week studying film and scoping out defensive formations would provide the upper hand in the divisional matchup in Week 7, setting the Eagles up for a best case scenario of winning their third divisional game in the first half of the season. Although controversial, the decision to start Foles instead of Vick against Tampa Bay is really the best overall decision for the success of the football team over the long run. Chip Kelly has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and shelving Vick in order to make sure he is at 100 percent for Dallas would be wise in preparing this team for a run in an NFC East that continues to be wide open. Bob Francis is a Philadelphia Eagles contributor for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @rfrancisjr, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google Related: Biased Broadcasters Don’t Give Philadelphia Eagles’ Backup QB Nick Foles A Chance Why Philadelphia Eagles Should Not Get Excited About Nick Foles Just Yet
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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports It will key for the Philadelphia Eagles defense not to allow Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin to get going if they want to pull out a road victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Martin is a big time talen...
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports It will key for the Philadelphia Eagles defense not to allow Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin to get going if they want to pull out a road victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Martin is a big time talent, with size and explosiveness. He runs like a bowling ball barreling over defenders in his wake. He had a monster rookie season finishing with almost 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns. Curiously, though, this season he has been quiet. He’s only averaging 3.5 yards per carry and has struggled to find running room. Much of this has to do with the Bucs’ offensive line which simply hasn’t been very effective this season. For Martin’s game to get back on track that needs to change. Martin is especially effective at shedding tackles and churning out extra yardage by shrugging off and overpowering defenders. The Eagles defense will need to stay disciplined. For a running back as stout and powerful as Martin a gang tackling mentality will be needed with all 11 men flowing to the ball. Keeping Martin in check will be key, and there’s no doubt a big part of the Bucs’ game plan with a rookie quarterback starting in Mike Glennon will be running the rock. If that is rendered ineffective then head coach Greg Schiano and company will have no choice but to throw. This is where the Eagles defense can potentially pin their ears back and feast on a rookie quarterback who is still learning on the fly. The key to all of this is shutting down the run. If Martin is quiet you can bet that an Eagles victory is in order.
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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Philadelphia Eagles‘ secondary is in for a challenge Sunday. They go up against a pair of king sized wide receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams in what will be a tough test for the Eagles&#...
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Philadelphia Eagles‘ secondary is in for a challenge Sunday. They go up against a pair of king sized wide receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams in what will be a tough test for the Eagles’ secondary. The Eagles match up in terms of size and stature with these receivers pretty well. Both Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams go at 6-foot or 6-foot-1 and run pretty well. Jackson has feasted on corners of all shapes and sizes during his career. Limiting the damage that he does especially down the football field will be key for the Eagles defense to be successful on Sunday. The Eagles defense takes on a rookie quarterback in Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller Mike Glennon this week. What would really make the quarterback uncomfortable would be taking away his primary target in Jackson and forcing him to go elsewhere. It will be either Williams’ or Fletcher’s responsibility to do just that, and safety help over the top will be needed for a talent such as Jackson. Surprisingly, the Bucs’ run game has also struggled to get going. Doug Martin is a Pro Bowl talent, but he has averaged about three yards per carry this season. If the Eagles can have this trend continue and force the Bucs’ rookie quarterback to beat them through the air, it could be a long day for them. No doubt defensive coordinator Billy Davis will draw up some exotic play designs that will have the rookie signal caller scratching his head. First order of business is shutting down Glennon’s security blanket Jackson. If the Eagles do that it will be a long afternoon for Glennon and company.
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