Oct 252010
Eagles QB Kevin Kolb

Eagles QB Kevin Kolb

October 25:

Philadelphia Eagles news and stories from around the web…

Kolb erratic, will back up Vick vs. Colts

October 25 Camden Courier-Post:

“Kevin Kolb could have made the decision for Eagles’ coach Andy Reid a difficult one, or a very easy one.

How could Reid go back to Michael Vick as his starting quarterback if Kolb were to author victory No. 3 in a row in place of Vick, who had been sidelined three games by a major rib injury?

But that chance faded away like the nine-point lead the Eagles had built in the third quarter, which somehow turned into a 37-19 loss to the host Titans at LP Field as the Eagles head into the bye week at 4-3.

Reid announced after the game that Vick would remain his starter and get the ball Nov. 7 against Peyton Manning when the Indianapolis Colts come to town.

Kolb was asked if those were tough words to digest.

“Sure it is,” he said.

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Sims fears his hit on Chris Johnson might be costly

October 25 Philadelphia Daily News:

“It used to be that Ernie Sims would be all smiles about the wood he laid on Chris Johnson. He’d consider his job well-done, his hard-hitting reputation burnished.

That was last week.

Yesterday, Sims flew in from his linebacker spot and crushed Johnson near the Titans’ sideline. It was late in the first quarter. It was the signature hit in the Eagles’ effort to limit Johnson, the league’s No. 2 rusher. The effort worked. Johnson managed 66 yards on 22 carries.

The hit might cost Sims dearly. It could be construed as hitting a defenseless player, even though Asante Samuel, Sims’ teammate, absorbed much of the impact.

“If I didn’t come across, [Johnson] was on his way to splitting those two defenders and he would have made his way down the sideline. A play like that, you don’t want to give him that opportunity,” Sims said.

No penalty was called on the play.

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For Eagles rookie Cooper, contribution was catch-of-the-day

October 25 Philadelphia Daily News:

“”I saw the ball in the air and I just went and got it,” Eagles rookie wide receiver Riley Cooper was saying. He was not doing the moment justice.

In a different situation, Cooper’s 37-yard reception in the second quarter against the Titans, and the play surrounding it, might have been a much bigger deal. Instead, it is a small, smiling footnote at the end of a dour, 37-19 defeat.

Cooper, returning from a concussion that kept him out of the last two games, had three catches for 51 yards against the Titans, including a 5-yard touchdown catch, the first of his NFL career.

“I felt like I contributed – that was the biggest thing,” Cooper said. “I know I’m not the No. 1 guy but I felt like when my number was called, I made the plays. I’ve just got to keep doing that.”

As for the touchdown, Cooper said, “I’m glad to get it out of the way, to be honest with you. I’ve got the ball and everything. I’m glad to get it out of the way.”

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Eagles defense had no answers once Titans’ Britt started making plays

October 25 Philadelphia Daily News:

“Nate Allen rubbed his hanging rookie head as if trying to erase the memories of the horrors to which he was a witness.

In the neighboring locker, cornerback Ellis Hobbs stood and tried to absorb all of the blame for the 225 receiving yards, the 31 penalty yards and three touchdowns Titans receiver Kenny Britt laid on the Eagles.

Yes, Hobbs was culpable on almost every strike from Kerry Collins to Britt.

Yes, it got so bad that Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott considered switching Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel to the right side of the defense.

But it wasn’t all Hobbs’ fault.

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Eagles get lost in changing of the guards

October 25 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch:

“There they were yesterday, sitting pretty on the Tennessee 3-yard line with a little less than 6 minutes left in the third quarter.

There they were, 3 yards from a touchdown that would have given them a 23-7 lead and put them well on their way to their fifth win of the season and a very satisfying bye-week vacation.

And then, just like that, it all went to hell. In the time it took Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones to blow by center Mike McGlynn and slap a would-be handoff to LeSean McCoy out of quarterback Kevin Kolb’s hand, momentum shifted.

“You have opportunities to put a team away, you have got to do it,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said after the Titans scored 30 points in the final 16 1/2 minutes to give Reid’s young team a 37-19 gut-punch.

“You can’t give good teams an opportunity to survive when you have their back against the wall, and we did that.”

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Eagles fumble away momentum, lose to Titans

October 25 Philadelphia Daily News:

“The ball bounced into the middle of the line, and everything changed.

The Eagles were steadily plodding toward a victory going into their bye week. It wasn’t as sharp an effort as the previous week’s home win over Atlanta, but it was going to be more than adequate to fly home 5-2. The Tennessee Titans could generate very little, and they were about to fall more than two touchdowns behind, well into the second half. First-and-goal for the Eagles from the Titans’ 3-yard line, Eagles with a nine-point edge that felt like 19.

But Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones slipped through the middle unblocked and blanketed Kevin Kolb as Kolb turned to hand the ball off to LeSean McCoy. Kolb, arms extended as he was hit, tried to make the handoff anyway. Ball loose, bodies flying. Tennessee’s Alterraun Verger got there first and held on tight.

“We just had a miscommunication. I should have been on 91 [Jones],” center Mike McGlynn said. “That was my error. I caused the fumble, basically. It was disappointing; I felt like we physically beat ’em up. And that one play, in that situation, that can’t happen.”

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Hobbs, Allen fail to contain Britt

October 25 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Nate Allen sat on his stool, his back to a swarm of reporters, and stared into his locker as if there were some riddle in there he was trying to unravel.

But there were no answers in the visiting locker room at LP Field following the Eagles’ 37-19 loss to Tennessee on Sunday. And there was no solution to their greatest puzzle of all – Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt.

Britt put up a whopping 225 yards receiving off seven catches, scoring three touchdowns. It was the most receiving yards an Eagles defense has surrendered to an individual ever eclipsing Dallas’ Tony Hill, who had 213 yards in a 1979 game.

And Britt played only three quarters. He was held out of the first quarter because he was involved in a bar fight at the Karma Lounge in Nashville early Saturday morning.

It was the Eagles, however, who experienced the bad karma, specifically cornerback Ellis Hobbs and free safety Allen. Britt kept getting open and nothing defensive coordinator Sean McDermott tried to stop the 22-year-old worked.

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Penalties come back to haunt Eagles again

October 25 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The penalties were back. After three weeks when the Eagles committed five or fewer penalties, they were flagged 10 times for 100 yards Sunday.

The 10 tied a season high. The yardage was the most surrendered this year.

The situations, not just the numbers, made the infractions costly.

A roughing-the-passer call on Juqua Parker in the second quarter kept a Titans drive alive after it looked like the defense had made a stop on third down. Tennessee would score a touchdown three plays later.

With the Titans backed up on their 1-yard line in the third quarter, Ellis Hobbs was called for pass interference on wide receiver Kenny Britt, giving Tennessee 21 yards and breathing room on a drive that would result in a field goal. The defense added a third-down offside penalty on that possession.

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Kolb unable to seize starting quarterback job

October 25 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Ashley Fox:

“Watch out. Kenny Britt just scored again. The Eagles’ coaches still have not made an adjustment, but they will. There is still time.

Or maybe not.

The Eagles never adjusted to Britt, and as a result, the Tennessee Titans ran them out of LP Field on Sunday, scoring 27 unanswered points to win, 37-19. It was a colossal fourth-quarter collapse that dropped the Eagles to a disappointing 4-3 heading into the bye week, with Indianapolis up next.

There is, however, one major adjustment that Andy Reid will make for the Colts game. It is not changing his defensive coordinator or his right cornerback – although the argument is building to do just that – but it could help the team discover how to decisively close a game, a skill they’ve sorely lacked in recent weeks.

Michael Vick will be back starting at quarterback on Nov. 7. Kevin Kolb will be on the bench. It is official. (Until it isn’t. Just ask Reid.)

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