Oct 262010

October 26:

Philadelphia Eagles news and stories from around the web…

Fourth-quarter naps might keep Eagles out of playoffs

October 26 Camden Courier-Post:

“If the Eagles continue to nap in the fourth quarter, they can plan on sleeping through the postseason, too.

What a waste of time.

Instead of preparing for Tennessee all week and then playing the Titans on Sunday, the Eagles might as well have entered Spain’s first Siesta Championship last week in Madrid — a contest designed to find the best napper in the nation to revive its fading tradition of snoozing after lunch.

The Eagles might have won.

They have fallen asleep in the fourth quarter of three of their seven games, including a long snooze Sunday against the Titans, when they allowed 27 points in the final 15 minutes.

The Eagles also surrendered 15 points in the fourth quarter against Detroit in Week 2 and 14 points two weeks ago against San Francisco.

However, in both those games, the Eagles woke up in time to salvage a win. Against the Titans, the Eagles stayed asleep and lost 37-19.

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Michael Vick has things to prove when he returns as Eagles’ QB

October 26 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann:

“WITH THE EAGLES‘ bye week upon us, a traditional period of rest and reflection – unless you are an NFL player, when it is a traditional period of Vegas and Antigua – most of us try to figure out what we have just seen and predict what it all might portend. A largely useless exercise, that.

People look at quarterback Kevin Kolb and shake their heads and say, “Not ready.” They watch cornerback Ellis Hobbs at times and mutter, “Danger . . . danger.” They see an offensive line that is missing 60 percent of its presumed Opening Day lineup, that is nicked and inconsistent besides, and posit, “Fatal flaw.”

It is all talk because there is no truth in the NFL beyond Pete Rozelle’s any given Sunday. A handful of teams are dreadful, another handful are excellent (although, good luck finding them this year), and everybody else is week-to-week at best. The Eagles are part of everybody else, and their 37-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday firmly cemented their mediocre status.

Even with the widespread inconsistency in the league this year, especially in the NFC, you have to assume that the playoff calculus has not changed. That is, that it will take 10 wins to get a wild-card playoff berth. The temptation is to say it might take only nine wins this year, and it might, but 10 is the traditionally safe bet.

Which raises the only significant question:

Can the 4-3 Eagles possibly get to 10 wins?

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Even after Tennessee debacle, Reid confident heading into Eagles’ bye

October 26 Philadelphia Daily News:

“ANDY REID does not do futility or despair, which is one reason he is in his 12th season as the Eagles‘ coach.

You saw a train wreck, a humiliation, a come-from-ahead loss at Tennessee infuriating enough to make you want to rend the hem of your garment (especially if that garment happened to be an Ellis Hobbs jersey).

Andy saw a teachable moment.

“There are some great things that we can learn from this game as a young football team,” Reid said yesterday at his weekly post-mortem. “It’s easy to see that one or two plays against a good football team can swing the momentum of a game, and you have to be able to overcome that. First of all, you have to eliminate mistakes, and, on the other hand, you also have to be able to overcome [mistakes if you make them].”

At such times, as righteously angry as the fan base undoubtedly is, it’s possible to see how Reid makes it all work, to the extent that it all does work. Yeah, maybe he butchers the clock and won’t or can’t explain much of anything, but when adversity really hits hard, Reid projects calm confidence to his players. And the fact is, as brutal a pratfall as that was in Nashville on Sunday, the Eagles are 4-3 heading into their bye, despite assorted key injuries and revolving quarterbacks. They have issues, but in what might be the weakest NFC in recent memory, they are right there in the watered-down mix.

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Reid says Jackson has chance to play against Colts

October 26 Philadelphia Inquirer:

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson passed his post-concussion test, coach Andy Reid said Monday on his radio show on WIP-AM (610).

Earlier in the day, Reid said that Jackson had yet to pass the test, but even then he felt the receiver had “a pretty good chance of being ready for the Colts game” on Nov. 7.

Reid also gave the same prognosis for tackle Jason Peters (knee) and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow). Both have missed the last two games. Jackson took a devastating hit last week against Atlanta and sat out the Eagles‘ 37-19 loss to Tennessee on Sunday.

Even though he passed his test, Jackson isn’t necessarily a shoo-in to play against the Colts. Receiver Riley Cooper initially passed a concussion test earlier this month, but he still missed two games as the Eagles followed league protocol for dealing with concussions.

Peters had arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago. Asked if Peters would be able to play an entire game upon his return, Reid said, “If you talk to the doctors and you talk to Jason, you’d say yes. But let’s see.””

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Letdown by Eagles’ defense against Titans familiar, puzzling

October 26 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“If there’s a running thread for an Eagles defense still in search of an identity through seven games, it is that it fails to shine when the lights are brightest and the pressure is tea-kettle hot.

Two statistics back up that premise:

The NFL-worst 63 points the Eagles have surrendered in the fourth quarter.

The 75 percent success rating opposing offenses have in the red zone, making the Eagles‘ defense second-to-worst in the league in that category.

While the Eagles‘ red-zone woes did not ultimately cost them in their 37-19 loss to Tennessee on Sunday – in part because two of Kenny Britt’s three touchdowns came from outside the 20-yard line – their failure to close out teams in the fourth quarter can officially be labeled a trend after the Titans blitzed the Eagles for 27 straight points.

“We had been in that position of letting teams back in the game, but we kept pulling it out,” Eagles safety Quintin Mikell said, referring to earlier wipe-of-the-brow victories over the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. “But now, it came to bite us in a big way and we basically got our [rears] kicked. And I think that this will be a wake-up call.”

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