Mark Sanchez and LeSean McCoy have both taken heat after their performances against the Packers. Photo by Pete Lerro/ contrastphotography.com
Eagles offensive lineman Matt Tobin apparently suffered a concussion during the final plays of the Birds forgettable 53-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.
It appears the concussion was a mild one. Head coach Chip Kelly was asked if he practiced Thursday.
“Yeah, he’s been cleared,” Kelly said. “He went through the protocol and got cleared by the independent doctor, so he’ll practice today.”
At his press conference Thursday, Kelly was asked of Tobin would start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Tobin has been starting games all season for various injuries, this time for left guard Todd Herremans who is out for the season.
“Today is Thursday, so we’ll see what happens Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Kelly said. “Could sprain an ankle this afternoon. You never know.”
But if he doesn’t?
“I don’t deal in hypotheticals,” Kelly said.
Kelly was then asked if Tobin would be be with the first team today. Again the coach would not bite.
Offensive lineman Matt Tobin may or may not play Sunday against the Titans, just ask Chip Kelly. Photo by Pete Lerri / contrastphotography.com
“I don’t know,” Kelly replied. “I didn’t even talk to Stout [Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland] about it. So we’ll see. Probably. I don’t know. It’s not as big a deal to us as it is to you guys. First drill you’ll see if he’s out there or not.”
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks said the team wants to put the Packers loss behind them and is glad the next game is in front of the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial field.
“We can definitely give some credit to out fans, and how loud they get” Kenricks said. “It’s definitely an advantage that we play off. If it’s possible to get any louder, please go ahead. I just think it’s just the fact they we’re at home, playing football on our field with our fans. We protect our home.
“Add that aspect to it, we don’t lose at home. It puts an extra emphasis on everything we do…schemes, position alignment…just everything overall with the game of football. We want to do right for ourselves and the fans who come out to see us.”
He also talked about the Eagles – under Chip Kelly – have rebounded well after a loss.
“We’ve been able to rebound because we have the ability to quickly forget and put in our back pocket (the loss) and move forward,” Kendricks said. “And not harp on the past.”
McCoy is starting to get a little frustrated about all the questions about his rushing numbers this year. McCoy became upset when asked if he was the same player that he was in 2013 when he gained 1,607 yards, a franchise record. He has 729 yards after 10 games this season. He had 932 after 10 games last year.
“I’m not even going to address ‘am I the same player?'” McCoy said. “That’s for you all to figure out.”
McCoy then looked at Philadelphia Fox Sports Director Howard Eskin — who asked the question — and replied…
“Are you crazy?” he said. “I am the same player. I’m not going to sit here and play that game, like, ‘Am I the same player?'” McCoy then walked out of the press conference.
Eskin was seen in a hallway a few minutes later having a quiet conversation with McCoy.
To be fair, McCoy has had a different offensive line every week this year. Teams are stacking thebox and daring the Eagles quarterbacks to beat them. At 7-3 for the season, the strategy amy have hurt McCoy’s box score, but has not translated to keeping the Eagles from a successful season.
“We see what teams do on tape,” McCoy said. “Then we see them, and they’re doing things completely different against u
Kelly was asked about how Nick Foles been dealing with the disappointment of the injury and also working alongside Sanchez.
“I think that’s the great thing about Nick,” Kelly said. “Obviously he is disappointed, but he doesn’t show that. All he wants to do is, ‘What can we do to help us win this week?’ He’s been a great teammate, and I think if you guys had seen Mark, how Mark handled it when he was the backup with him, I think both those guys kind of feed off each other. They’re always having discussions on what looks they saw and how did they kind of see it.
“We’ve got a great quarterback room in terms of how those guys get along with Coach Musgrave [quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave], so it’s been a good setup. And all he [is concerned with] right now is just, ‘What can I do to get this better?’ and he’s working extremely hard with our strength and conditioning coaches in terms of training so that when he gets healed, when the bone is healed and he’s cleared to play, then he’ll be in shape to play. It’s not going to be one of those, ‘All right, now I’m clear, now I get two to three weeks to get up to speed because I haven’t really done anything.’ He’s been working his tail off. He’s had workouts. Last week he worked out at the hotel. He worked out at the stadium when we were up in Green Bay. So he’s working extremely hard from that aspect. And he’s been great. I know he’s disappointed because he’s a competitor and he wants to play, but he also knows the reality of it: until the bone heals, there’s nothing he can really do about it.”
Kelly was asked how important is it that the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks have a good working relationship?
“Yeah, I’ve been fortunate here,” he said. “I thought Mike [former Eagles QB Michael Vick] and Nick handled it extremely well, and I think obviously Mark and Nick have handled it well. I think it says something to your whole team [that it] has to be that way, too. It doesn’t matter if it’s just the one and two quarterback. It’s got to be the one and two safeties. It’s got to be everybody kind of understanding, and I think that’s what we have. We have a bunch of guys that truly care about the final outcome of the team in terms of how we’re going to be successful. And if you can’t be a part of that play — it’s no different than how DeMeco [Ryans] is right now, how Todd Herremans is with us right now, Allen Barbre, Najee Goode and all those guys. They all still want to see the Philadelphia Eagles 2014 version be successful and that’s the great thing about this team right now.”