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What they're saying in Philly


What they're saying in Philly

What they’re saying in Philly:

--Ryan Messick of ESPN 97.3 in Atlantic City tweeted the following late in the game:

#Redskins P Sav Rocca had more solo tackles (1) than #Eagles DE Trent Cole and as many as DT Cullen Jenkins (1).

Cole did end up getting a tackle to match Rocca and Jenkins got one more. Still . . .

--From Geoff Mosher, CSNPhilly.com:

The Eagles are the first team this year to fall short of 300 offensive yards and not score at least two touchdowns against a Redskins defense ranked third-worst in the league.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are the fourth straight team to have a quarterback complete 70 percent of his passes and register a passer rating of over 120.0 against the Eagles’ defense.

--Mark Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News columnist:

The Eagles are seven points from being the only winless team in the NFL.


There is a very good argument that, on this day, they are the worst team in the NFL.

It got stronger Sunday.

Now 3-7, having lost six in a row, the Eagles have one neighbor in the NFC: the Panthers and Rams.

After they visit next Monday night, Cam and family might be movin' on up.

The Panthers, like the similarly hapless Jaguars, Browns and Chiefs, appear to be progressing.

Not so the Birds.

--Paul Domowitch of the Daily News completes his report card with this:

OVERALL: I never thought I'd see a football team quit on Andy Reid, but that appears to be the case with this team. What's happened to the Eagles' defense since Reid fired Juan Castillo and promoted Todd Bowles is unfathomable. The offense at least can use injuries as an excuse for their inept play. But Bowles' defense, which has given up 11 touchdown passes in the last four games and has just one interception in the last six games, is perfectly healthy.

Grade: F

--Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote his version of the Up-Down analysis. Of the 13 individuals he rated, only one got an “up” arrow and that was Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. He starts at the top:

Jeffrey Lurie

↓  His off-season decisions to retain Andy Reid and give Howie Roseman more authority have backfired on him. Lurie will have to fire Reid now to pacify an angry fan base. It’ll be the right move, but can the owner be trusted to hire a replacement?

Andy Reid

↓   We were about done picking on Big Red at this point, but then he had LeSean McCoy carrying the football down 25 points with less than two minutes left in the game. Lurie won’t likely fire Reid during the season, but he can’t be happy with his franchise running back getting a concussion during garbage time.

--Inquirer columnist Bob Ford says that the Redskins “are a pretty awful football team” but he empties both barrels at the team he covers:

While Andy Reid talks about fixing the problems and going forward, the team is going backward with a foot on the gas. The Eagles would have to run the table, winning their final six games of the season, to surpass owner Jeff Lurie's mandate to improve last season's 8-8 record. After Sunday, however, all that splitting of hairs seems pointless. Reid appears to have lost the team and there is never any turning back from that.

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Redskins place Doctson, four others on PUP list

Redskins place Doctson, four others on PUP list

RICHMOND—The Redskins have placed five players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list as they get training camp started today.

The following players are on the PUP list:

  • TE Derek Carrier
  • WR Reggie Diggs
  • WR Josh Doctson
  • G Shawn Lauvao
  • LB Perry Riley Jr.

The inclusion of Carrier on PUP has long been anticipated. He suffered a torn ACL in a December game in Chicago. His recovery is on schedule but he still has some work to do before he will be able to get on the field.

The name that Redskins fans did not want to see on this list was that of Doctson, the team’s first-round draft pick this year. He missed most of the offseason program with an Achilles injury and apparently it is still an issue.

Riley was a starting inside linebacker last year until he suffered a broken foot and missed the last six games of the season. He was expected to be back for the offseason program but he was seen on the sideline wearing a boot on the injured foot.

Lauvao suffered foot and ankle injuries in Week 3 last year and missed the entire season. He was seen using a scooter to get around Redskins Park in January so it’s not surprising that he isn’t ready to go. Jay Gruden said yesterday he believed that Lauvao would be ready soon.

Diggs’ injury is not known; Gruden will add some clarity to his and the other injuries when he meets with the press before practice this afternoon.

In addition, the team put OLB Junior Galette on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. He tore an Achilles' tendon working out on his own on Sunday.

The move takes Galette off of the team’s 90-man roster. The PUP list players continue to count against the limit.


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Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy sends a gift to one Texas police department

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy sends a gift to one Texas police department

BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)

July has been a month filled with heartbreak for the officers that serve and protect the state of Texas, so the last thing the Leander Police Department expected was a gift from an NFL quarterback.

Redskins' backup Colt McCoy, a University of Texas alum, surprised the officers in Leander with a thank you of the highest order: Dunkin' Donuts and coffee.

Along with the police-friendly treats, McCoy left an endearing note to the department, taking time to appreciate what they do for their community, and thanking them for their dedication


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Dan Snyder displays heart of burgundy and gold; pays for Chief Zee's funeral

Dan Snyder displays heart of burgundy and gold; pays for Chief Zee's funeral

BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)

A Dan Snyder headline displaying his charitable heart of burgundy and gold — what planet are we on?

On Wednesday, the world learned the Redskins owner had been outed as the anonymous donor that paid for the funeral of superfan 'Chief Zee.'

News of Zema "Chief Zee" Williams passing away earlier this month proved a crushing blow to both Redskins' fans and current and former members of the organization to which Chief Zee pledged his allegiance.

To recap how beloved the unofficial mascot is, first, longtime Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss left a bouquet of flowers next to Zee's casket, and then Snyder makes all right in the world by covering the funeral services. 

The services, by the way, closed the book on the life of Williams in the only way it could: Singing "Hail to the Redskins."