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Philadelphia Eagles Preparing for Aggressive Tennessee Titans Defense

November 21st, 2014 at 3:11 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles understand that the Tennessee Titans want to bring pressure. Tennessee is one of the most aggressive defenses in the NFL in terms of bringing the blitz and loading the box. The Titans use a Cover 0 defensive scheme to maximize their ability to send extra players on the blitz, which is something the Eagles are preparing to execute against.

“Very aggressive,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of the Titan's defense. “They got an attacking style of scheme. I think they're a team that actually puts an extra guy in the box. If you don't play Cover 0, you never put an extra guy in the box. These guys do, and the Arizona Cardinals do. It's the first time we've really faced teams that play zero-man.”

Basically, what Kelly is referring to when he talks about the Titans playing the Cover 0 defense is that Tennessee does not put a safety back deep. Instead, they use him in coverage or closer to the line of scrimmage to help in the run game or on a blitz. In the Titans case, they like to send the extra player at the quarterback, and it has been successful. Tennessee's defense has the sixth most sacks in the NFL with 29. For the Eagles to be successful, Kelly believes it comes down to winning one-on-one matchups.

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Philadelphia Eagles Have Prime Opportunity to Get RB LeSean McCoy Going Against Tennessee Titans

November 20th, 2014 at 12:44 PM
By Nick Gill

It has been tough sledding for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in 2014. A season after leading the NFL in rushing, McCoy has been less successful this season. Despite the issues in the run game, the Eagles are committed to sticking with it. Philadelphia has a chance to get McCoy going against the Tennessee Titans' 31st ranked run defense on Sunday.

“He's in there battling,” Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said of McCoy. “I think when you look at how the year has gone, we can run the ball better for all the reasons we've talked about each week and we just stick with it. Just stick with it.”

The Titans enter the game with the Eagles allowing 143.5 rush yards per game along with a whopping 11 rushing touchdowns. On Monday night, they gave up 204 yards to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. Tennessee has allowed four 100-yard rushing performances this season, and McCoy will look to be the fifth.

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Philadelphia Eagles Sign CB Roc Carmichael, Place S Earl Wolff on Injured Reserve

November 18th, 2014 at 1:25 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles have made a few roster moves in preparation for the team's meeting with the Tennessee Titans this Sunday. Specifically, Philly has placed safety Earl Wolff on injured reserve, which will end his season. Philadelphia then signed cornerback Roc Carmichael to the active roster to fill in the now-vacant roster spot.

Wolff was a disappointment for the Eagles this season. During the offseason and throughout training camp, he was in competition for the starting strong safety spot with Nate Allen. He lost that position battle and had been relegated to spot duty and special teams. Now, his season will end because of an undisclosed injury. Wolff has not been listed on the injury report, but was inactive for the past two games. He had been dealing with some knee issues last season and earlier this season, which may be the reason he was placed on IR. He made one start and seven appearances for the Eagles in 2014.

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Philadelphia Eagles Learned How Far They Have to Go in Blowout Loss to Green Bay Packers

November 17th, 2014 at 1:41 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles learned a valuable lesson on Sunday in their 53-20 blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Eagles now know how far away they are from the best of the best in the NFC. The Packers were able to impose their will on the Eagles and out-execute Philadelphia in all phases. The bar is set for where the Eagles need to be as the weeks move forward.

“I think the game got out of hand real early so we became a little bit one-dimensional,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. “We moved the ball, but we didn't execute. We had the ball in the red zone twice in the first half. You can't come away with three points. We didn't generate pressure on Aaron [Rodgers] like we needed to generate pressure, so he picked us apart in the first half. Our offense didn't help our defense at all, and then we obviously had a special teams breakdown. It was all three phases contributing to it.”

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Philadelphia Eagles Emphasis on Turning Turnovers into Points is Paying Off

November 13th, 2014 at 8:57 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles have focused on creating turnovers and turning them into points. That emphasis is really paying off so far this season. The Eagles have taken two fumbles and two interceptions back for touchdowns in 2014, which is a big reason for their 7-2 record.

“We work our returns after interceptions and fumbles,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. ”We are emphasizing that and I think our people understand what we're trying to do. It's good that you get a turnover and the great part is turning it into points. I think our guys are greedy from that standpoint, that when we do get a turnover, can we turn it into something even more positive?”

Philadelphia leads the league in defensive return touchdowns. That starts with being able to generate the turnovers, which is an area where the Eagles have excelled. Philadelphia leads the NFL with 15 forced fumbles and are tied for second in the league with nine recoveries. The Eagles are also tied for the league lead in interception returns for touchdowns, with two out of a total of seven passes picked off going back the other way. In all, the Eagles have produced 16 turnovers in nine games.

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