• December 6, 2022

What Really Matters For The Eagles Tonight In Green Bay?

Bradford&Murray1The game tonight between the Eagles and the Packers matters for a number of reasons.  Winning it isn’t one of them, but playing well is, especially the first-team units.  They’ve played well in their first two games, so continuing that tonight would be a plus, but there are a number of specific areas of focus for Chip Kelly and his football team.

First of all, we need to get another good look at Sam Bradford tonight and he needs to get more plays under his belt.  He played less than 15 snaps against the Ravens, so he needs to get some work to scrub off the rust from two years in the training room.  This will be a great setting for him in Lambeau Field in front of a noisy crowd.  The Birds number one signal caller needs this work in game conditions where the adrenaline is flowing and a quarterback must keep his cool in the midst of the chaos.

The former Oklahoma Sooner needs to get more work with his wide receivers, especially Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff and Riley Cooper, so he can develop better timing with them.  He needs to get comfortable in the pocket to the point where he feels the pressure from the backside defensive end and knows when to throw the ball away. Bradford needs to get comfortable in the pocket and he must get a feel for the plays coming in at break-neck speed.  The Birds quarterback has to get used to the defense changing fronts just before the snap.  He need snaps to develop in this area.

Secondly, inside linebacker Kiko Alonso needs to get on the field, make some tackles and get accustomed to the speed and aggressiveness of a real game.  It’s been over a year since he played in a real NFL battle, so he needs to get on the field and get his feet wet.

The Eagles inside linebackers Alonso, Mychal Kendricks, and DeMeco Ryans need to get on the field together and get used to playing with each other.  That’s not a problem with Kendricks and Ryans, but Alonso needs some work with the Kendricks.

The former Oregon Duck and Buffalo Bill will also need to get used to playing with outside linebackers Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham.  Many times on run fakes and play action passes, the inside and outside linebackers are exchanging assignments.  They must get to the point where they know each others voices in the noise.  They must be able to communicate both before and after the snap.

The same is true of Alonso and the defensive line.  Fletcher Cox, Cedrick Thornton and Bennie Logan must be able to pick up his voice out of the noise.  Many times Alonso will be responsible for moving them, changing their alignment on motions and shifts by the offense and altering their assignments.  He will be working with them on blitzes, stunts and pass rush games.

The next area I will be focused on will be the Eagles secondary.  I want to see Walter Thurmond make some open field tackles.  I never had any doubt about him as a safety versus the passing game, but I want to see what he does when he has to tackle a 229 pound running back like Eddie Lacy in the open field.

Thurmond doesn’t look like he’s weighing 200 pounds,so I want to see if he can tackle big guys in the open field and I want to see if he can stay healthy doing it.  Let’s see how Thurmond does against the Packers running backs and tight ends.

I will also be checking out the nickel backs, Eric Rowe, Jaylen Watkins, and E.J. Biggers, to see which one of them steps up and takes the starting job.  One big play could do it.  Of course the coaching staff would like to see Rowe do it, but he hasn’t taken that step yet.  There are flashes but we haven’t seen the consistency.

The third quarterback battle between Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow continues.  Neither of them played particularly well last Saturday, so the job is still up for grabs.   Barkley would be more valuable on the open market, so it would be good for the Eagles if both of them play well.  If they both play well the rest of the way, Tebow will make the team and Barkley will get the Birds a draft pick in a trade.  We will only see Mark Sanchez for a drive tonight, but the way he’s played he could use the work.

There are other battles taking place between players for roster spots.  Andrew Gardner seems to have sewn up the right guard spot, so he’s just getting more comfortable next to Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson.  You also have running back Kenjon Barner continuing his drive to win a roster spot and safety Ed Reynolds going after that backup safety role.

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deserteagle
deserteagle
August 29, 2015 10:38 am

Spot on analysis ,but there’s a whole facet of football I’ll be surveying on the road in a hostile environment ,and contrast them to the previous cozy home cooking,this team just left.Special teams has been a star with the exception of Cody ,who was definitively money last year.Ill also be watching the “new” 7 moving pieces and wether its seemlessly apparent they’ve already meshed.Thatwould be a testament to great coaching ,which is what I most am interested in ,on the defensive side of the ball.Themain focus was on that side ,this offseason ,mixing and matching “new”pieces is a task ,normally with a growth curve .If that’s well suited ,this could be a special season..

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 7:29 pm
Reply to  deserteagle

agree with you Dessert – gcobb nailed it

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 11:12 am

No Injuries is the only thing that really matters tonight…
The Eagles could lay an egg and lose 45-0 tonight and it really means nothing in terms of how the regular season goes…

5-6 Players I am watching tonight
WR R Bailey, M Ausin and S Ajiroutu to see who makes the 53 Man Roster
TE Eric Tomlinson & Trey Burton
RB/Retrnman K Barner
WR Josh Huff – can he get off to a good start to help his psyche out or is he going to be one of those frustrated players who plays too tight
OL Backups (Vandervelde,Kelly,Andrews,Tobin, Bunche, Coccia, Molk, Moffitt & Wheeler to see which 4 Players make the Squad

On Defense
Backup DL. T Hart, B Bair, B Allen
LB Daheem Watkins, B Jones & N Goode & Kiko Alonso
CB’s E Rowe, DJ Biggers, J Watkins
Safety Battle between E Reynolds and J Couplin

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 29, 2015 11:16 am

Pman prediction the Eagles cut tebow..and keep Barkley ..I disagree..some of the reasons may even not be related to football as much as Chips ego.Bellicheck couldn’t make it work with great personnel ,but chip needs prove ,otherwise.He really would be. The only “R.O” option at Q.B. Of the five at the moment .Teams. May have to game plan and spy on him in different situations,including the deficient red zone of previous years.

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 29, 2015 11:22 am

Pman. I really like Bailey so far.The organization wants Rowe to seize that gold ring ,but bigger screen has impressed.lBailey and Austin (special teams ) gives him a leg up .I like both tight ends and wonder if chip May retain 4 ,and lighten his running back roster.Last year he did just that out of the gate .Against green bays 2-s and 3s who are assumed to start a blowout ,I disagree would be damaging to the Eagles veneer ,vs the top of the NFC heap..

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 29, 2015 11:23 am

No injuries is a given “like death and taxes”

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 11:42 am

Hopefully the Eagles Play well on both sides of the Ball for the #1’s & #2’s
I expect that they will.. The 2nd Half will be played by many Players on both sides who will be Cut either Tuesday or by next Sat

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 7:34 pm

Congrats to Pennsylvania’s Little League team for winning the National Championship game beating Texas — playing Japan Sunday for the World Championship

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 7:36 pm

Mike Vick looked good in Buffalo today – However Brandon Boykin didn’t for the Steelers

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:05 pm

Steelers Secondary could be worse than the 2014 Eagles Secondary was..
Brutal.. No DC Dick Lebeau, no Palomula, Ike Taylor, & other Veterans

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:10 pm

Falcons Extend WR Julio Jones for 5 Years at $71.5 Million with $46 Million.
In Guaranteed $$$$ …

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:12 pm

Redskins extend LT Trent Williams with a 5 Years $66 Million Deal

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:17 pm
Reply to  paulman

Packers playing Hundley? This game will be over by the end of the 1st Quarter and doesn’t test this Eagles Defense at all..

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 8:13 pm

What a pass from Bradford to Sproles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dropped it right in there!!!

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 8:16 pm

Eagles Running backs took advantage of the Packers LBs all the way up the field for 6 ( Mosert, Murray, Matthews, then Sproles)

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 29, 2015 8:17 pm

Nice drive by the bird gang. If Tebow can’t convert that two point conversion, no need for him to be around.

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:25 pm
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

Tebow lost his explosiveness with not playing the last couple of Years,
and really adds nothing to this Offense..
Eagles want to go for Two Pts and everyone inthe bldg knowsTebow will be running it since he can’t do anything else.. Eagleshave more options with RB’s Murray or Matthews, or could spread the field with 3-4 WR’s, use Triple TE Sets..with Tebow Defenses pretty much know what to expect,Tebow is either keeping it or rolling left to find a Receiver in the corner of the End-Zone

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 8:21 pm

Bradford on the money again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 29, 2015 8:22 pm

Bradford is decisive and looking very sharp,

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 8:23 pm

Hey Kool,
Bradford looks good today–

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 29, 2015 8:24 pm

Sammy Bradford….nice command of the offense, the UN Nick Foles.

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
August 29, 2015 8:25 pm

SAM!

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 8:25 pm

Bradford on the money again!!! with pressure in his face takes the hit and delivers a strike to Burton-Touchdown!!! I’ve seen enough…Chip you can take him out now!!! We’ve got a real QB on this team!!!!!

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 8:27 pm
Reply to  koolbreeze

Looks like ur right kool!

bfdaking215
bfdaking215
August 29, 2015 8:26 pm

Please stop with this tebow bullshit!

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:26 pm

That’s it for Bradford, good Job and no sense in continuing to play at this point..

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 8:26 pm

Wowwwww I love this god damn team !!! Sam looks nice. Quick decisions , quick release. Threw a gem to trey burton with pressure

Now pull the starting offense chip!!!!!!!!

And get this looooooozah Tim tebow the hell off my team.

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 8:28 pm

Disgrace Carroll didn’t start last year

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 8:29 pm

Hundley is awful.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 8:29 pm

Thurmond doing the Deon Sanders High Step for six

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 29, 2015 8:29 pm

Sweeet Defense, nice pick six by Thurmond!

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
August 29, 2015 8:31 pm

TE fell down and the rookie threw it anyway.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 29, 2015 8:40 pm
Reply to  IrishEagle

Key word Rookie!

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
August 29, 2015 8:41 pm

Too easy is right. Sam got a gun!!!

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 8:41 pm

This guy is putting the ball dead on the money…smh..dammm!!!! Touchdown…Bradford another strike…..ok I’ve seen enough lets get Bradford out of there…

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 29, 2015 8:42 pm

DAMMMNNN!!!!!! Bradford is deadly accurate!!!
Somewhere Vinnie is sitting in the corner rocking to and fro saying Nick could’ve done that!

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 8:46 pm
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

LMAO!!!! Nick Who?

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 8:43 pm

11/11 three touchdowns…strikes, accurate, steady in the pocket!!!

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 29, 2015 8:44 pm

Bubble wrap him…

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
August 29, 2015 8:44 pm

The only negative is Sam’s choice of shoulder pads. Jeez, they look like something fro the 70s.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 29, 2015 8:44 pm

Kool and Songs, I gave you guys a lot of shit about Nick Foles, my apologies. You guys were dead on right. Bradford is making this offense look goooood!!!

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 8:48 pm
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

No problem Eaglehaslanded…at least your man enough to step up and give props!

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 29, 2015 8:46 pm

Not since T.O s first season has pre season stoked my juices

zilents44
zilents44
August 29, 2015 8:46 pm

Is that good enoughfor u vinnie,,,,,lol

vinnietheevictor
vinnietheevictor
August 29, 2015 8:49 pm
Reply to  zilents44

Giddy up!

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 29, 2015 8:46 pm

Lane Johnson out left knee injury

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 8:50 pm

Looks like we’ve won the preseason super bowl… Yeah us. The coach has a vision most of us didn’t see it. Now let’s be healthy and do some shit in January. Bradford is his Brady …

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:51 pm

NolanCarroll involved with the only 2 big plays the Packers have made
Packers Started with 3 Backups on their OL,a Rookie QB, a Rookie WR
So much for the meaningful Game # 3 of the Pre-Season
Eagles Should get all Starters out and focus on the Falcons and let the backups & rotational Players &3rd Stringers get theirReps

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
August 29, 2015 8:53 pm

If you said trade Sproles…..you should not post for the rest of the preseason….just saying….

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 8:53 pm

is the ink dry on that Kendrick’s contract ?

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:58 pm

Kendricks is a liability in the Passing Game..DC Davis needs to have MK Blitz inand let Alonso, Ryan’s or evenBarwin drop back in pass coverage

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
August 29, 2015 9:06 pm
Reply to  paulman

Nothing wrong with Kendricks in pass coverage and more often than not he is attacking the line of scrimmage so calm down with the overanalysis. He wasn’t resigned for his pass coverage. He was resigned for his ability to make plays in the open field and at the line of scrimmage.

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 9:17 pm
Reply to  paulman

paulman you are ridiculous!

zilents44
zilents44
August 29, 2015 8:54 pm

I to apologize to kool and songs they were right

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 30, 2015 11:27 am
Reply to  zilents44

No problem zilents44 at least your man enough to step up and admit it!

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:54 pm

Seahawks Rookie Tyler Lockette returnsPunt for a 65 Yard TD

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 9:04 pm
Reply to  paulman

Nobody gives a fuck what a fraud. Eagles just crushing and ur watching Seattle get outta here

bfdaking215
bfdaking215
August 29, 2015 8:55 pm

Malcolm Jenkins has been lookin like shit!

bfdaking215
bfdaking215
August 29, 2015 8:59 pm

I’m not as excited now that bradfords out the game now

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 9:06 pm

Nick Foles is 8-8 for a 115 Yards and a 45 Yard TD Pass over the Colts in the 1st Quarter ..

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 29, 2015 9:08 pm

Hundley is a good player!

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 9:11 pm
Reply to  koolbreeze

Thurmond likes him

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 9:12 pm

All disagreement aside can this kelly/Bradford combo just win a SB? I don’t care that chip is a LLCB, I don’t care if Bradford was injured, I don’t care if he isn’t a RO QB… Win a fucking SB

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 9:15 pm
Reply to  haveacigar

Amen and when we are in process of winning it flip floppin fraudman will be live blogging Charlotte Hornets basketball.

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
August 30, 2015 11:30 am
Reply to  haveacigar

The Chip Kelly gamble gives us a chance that we didn’t have before! Chip Kelly knew that we had absolutely no chance at all to win with Nick Foles…he had to upgrade the talent at the position…and this is what he accomplished in getting Sam Bradford!

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 9:15 pm

NY Jets whipping the Giants 28-10.. The Giants look bad,bad, bad ..

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
August 29, 2015 9:15 pm

We have a good pass rush but still not a dominant one. In comparison to our run defense our pass rush still needs help and aided by the blitz. I need to see another step taken to the next level from Fletcher Cox.

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 9:17 pm
Reply to  IzzellJenkins

Going against 3 Backups on the OL and a Rookie QB, the Eagles should be stuffing the Packers Offense…