Evaluating the Eagles
(Observations from the 26-24 loss to New Orleans)
Safety Patrick Chung: Nice knowing ya.
Wide receiver Riley Cooper: Picked a bad time for second drop of the season.
Cornerback Bradley Fletcher: Doesn't get enough credit.
Quarterback Nick Foles: Never should have allowed that sack.
Place-kicker Alex Henery: Will get some competition in training camp.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson: Non-factor until the fourth quarter.
Evaluating the special teams
Henery caught a lot of unnecessary heat for missing a 48-yard field goal and not kicking the ball out of the end zone on the final drive. Foles did him no favors prior to the field goal by following an 8-yard loss on a pass to tight end Brent Celek with an 11-yard sack that could have been prevented if Foles had simply thrown the ball away. Henery's final kickoff was 2 yards deep in the end zone, but cornerback Cary Williams botched his assignment by allowing Saints returner Darren Sproles to get outside and then tacked on a horse-collar tackle that added 15 more yards to the play.
3-and-out with Chip Kelly
(After the game)
Q: What did you say to the team after the game?
A: I just told them I was proud of them, and for us being together for such a short amount of time, how they acted and how they came to work every single day, as a staff how much we appreciated them, how they made this from a work environment standpoint, a really special feeling every single day when you go to the Novacare Complex, and just thanked them for that.
Q: Riley Cooper had a pivotal drop in the third quarter. Was that a key factor in the game?
A: We didn't lose this football game because we had a drop in the third quarter. I think we all contributed to (the loss). I thought Riley made some really big catches for us today, too.
Q: What did you think about the season as a whole? The Eagles exceeded expectations by winning the NFC East.
It's probably a little too soon for that. It's just, I think everybody is really disappointed that we're not moving forward.
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