Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense received a lot of hype heading into his NFL debut against the Washington Redskins last night. Kelly’s offense is supposed to reshape the NFL. Defensive coordinators are going to lay awake at night figuring out what to do. And if you listened to the Monday Night Football broadcast, it appeared nobody has ever seen an NFL offense this good. Let’s pump the brakes and avoid getting out of control. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Kelly’s offense was definitely entertaining during Philadelphia’s 33-27 win, but it was not the best offensive performance by an NFL team in Week 1. That does not mean Philadelphia’s offense is not good, or Kelly should go back to college. It just means there are other teams which put up great numbers this weekend, but without the hype. Philadelphia ran 77 offensive plays, which is actually tied for third after the first week (hat tip to Lions reporter Tim Twentyman). New England ran 89 offensive plays during a win against Buffalo; Baltimore ran 87 plays – mostly because it had to – during a loss against Denver, while Detroit ran 77 plays in its win against Minnesota. The Eagles offense produced 433 yards, but that did number did not crack the top five in Week 1. Denver led the way with 510 yards, followed by San Francisco (494), New York Giants (478), Detroit Lions (469) and Houston Texans (449). Philadelphia was ranked sixth offensively, ahead of New England (431) and New Orleans (419). Calm down, Eagles fans. Kelly definitely has a good offense, and Washington struggled early to figure it out. The Redskins eventually had more success, but if Kelly’s team can consistently score, Philadelphia will be a hard team to beat. At least Kelly's offense was successful and not a flop, which would have been an even bigger story. However, before we crown Kelly as the inventor of offense, just know some teams already have a patent. - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.
Sept 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III will start the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Griffin, who has been held out of preseason action, was cleared to play last week by Dr. James Andrews. However, Shanahan said Andrews still had concerns. Shanahan spoke to Andrews to find out what those concerns were, but declined to provide details. "You'll have to trust us," he said. Andrews performed reconstructive knee surgery on Griffin in January, days after he was injured in a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. ...
Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins in their Monday Night Football season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, ESPN reported Wednesday.
Aug 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins in their Monday Night Football season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, ESPN reported Wednesday. That appeared to be a foregone conclusion after Griffin practiced without any problems with his surgically repaired knee the past two weeks. - - Aaron Hernandez was a heavy drug user during his days with the New England Patriots and his behavior angered head coach Bill Belichick to the point that his job was in jeopardy, according to Rolling Stone magazine. ...
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Sunday they have released 10 players, then reportedly parted ways with two additional players later in the day.
Aug 25 (The Sports Xchange) - New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a shoulder injury suffered on Saturday, the team confirmed on Sunday. Sanchez took a hard hit late in Saturday's 24-21 victory over the New York Giants, and there was some concern that he might miss significant playing time as a result. The Jets announced Sunday that Sanchez's status is day-to-day, but offered no details on the severity of the injury. ESPNNewYork. ...
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a shoulder injury suffered on Saturday, the team confirmed Sunday.
COMMENTARY | When forecasting the NFC East in 2013, it's easy to overlook the Philadelphia Eagles. After all, they finished with a record of 4-12 and ranked No. 29 in the National Football League in both points scored (280) and points allowed (444) last season.
With no preseason games until Thursday night, most of the NFL was back in action on Monday. That includes the Buffalo Bills, who was back on the practice field 24 hours after playing a road preseason game. Bills head coach Doug Marrone discussed his decision to practice so soon after a game. "We’re in a critical point. Maybe critical is not the right word. But we’re in a window of really in the evaluation process to get the players ready," Marrone said. "I think that it’s a short week. We came back. But then again, you might’ve looked it as a practice, but we tagged off every drill, wanted to get them running around. And normally after a game, you come back, they do a heavy lifting, heavy running to flush their body out. And the players did a good job of that. Again, we may be practicing and it might be called a practice, but we’re being smart about it with the players." • New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle is undergoing tests on his right ankle, but the initial diagnosis is a sprain , Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports. Rolle will undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis and to set up some sort of timetable for his return. • The Philadelphia Eagles added a wide receiver on Monday, trading backup offensive lineman Nate Menkin to the Houston Texans for Jeff Maehl, who played for Chip Kelly at the University of Oregon. Maehl caught 178 passes for 2,311 yards with 24 touchdowns in a 52-game career with the Ducks, but is still searching for his first NFL reception. Maehl appeared in three games for the Texans in 2011, playing nine snaps on offense and 31 snaps on special teams before spending the 2012 season on the Texans' practice squad.
Slow day around NFL training camps, but that's because 28 NFL teams will play a preseason game tonight or tomorrow night. • Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will have his appeal hearing for his four-game suspension on Aug. 15, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports. Miller is facing a suspension for allegedly violating the league's substance abuse policy. According to Klis, the format of the appeals hearing has not yet been determined. • Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Dennis Kelly will miss the preseason after undergoing back surgery , Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia notes. Kelly started 10 games last season and with Jason Peters also battling an injury, journeyman Allen Barbre is currently the Eagles' top left tackle. • Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress was carted off the practice field on Thursday with a right arm injury. According to multiple reports, Burress was going for a jump ball with a pair of defenders and landed his arm. • Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey returned to practice after spraining his knee earlier this week, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports. • Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night, head coach Gus Bradley announced. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew is healthy, but will not play.

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