Sunday, September 15, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Philadelphia Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- Observed in the locker room after the Philadelphia Eagles’ 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Bad bounce: Kicker Alex Henery could have turned the game around if he’d handled a fumble by Chargers return man Fozzy Whittaker. “It was coming toward me, it bounced up and hit my elbow,” said Henery, who does not practice such situations. San Diego recovered on the Eagles' 39-yard line and scored a touchdown seven plays later.
Stalled drive: The Eagles had the chance to take a 34-30 lead in the game’s final minutes. Not only did their last drive stall at the San Diego 14, but they left 1:51 on the clock for the Chargers to stage their winning drive. Coach Chip Kelly said no attention was paid to the time: “We were trying to score a touchdown,” he said. “We’re trying to make it a four-point game instead of a three-point game.”
Wilted secondary: The Eagles completely remade the secondary that was gashed for 33 touchdown passes last season. Philip Rivers torched the new version for 419 yards, three touchdowns and a 124.3 passer rating. With Alex Smith, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning the next three weeks, that’s scary. “There’s still a lot of work to be done,” defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “We’ve got to work our tails off and get things done.”
Run stopped: Running back LeSean McCoy was held to 53 yards on 11 carries after gaining 184 on 31 rushes at Washington. The Chargers’ commitment to stopping the run was part of that. “We wind up with 400 yards passing,” McCoy said. “To be honest, as a defense, I don’t think they were really effective.”