The NFC East is doing everything it can to try to slow down the high-powered offense of the Philadelphia Eagles, including trying to hire Chip Kelly's longtime defensive coordinator at the University of Oregon. Nick Aliotti coached the Ducks alongside Kelly for several seasons and saw how his up-tempo offense operated every day in practice.
He retired after the 2013 season, and since then has received calls from each of the Eagles' division rivals, asking him to join their staff as a defensive consultant. He has not taken any of the offers, though, remaining loyal to his former boss and seemingly comfortable in his retirement.
"I have been asked by everybody in the NFC East ..." Aliotti told the Oregonian. "The Giants asked me to come back when Chip got the first job. I didn't feel right doing that. Some teams have called when they're getting ready to play the Eagles and they call and have certain questions on the thing. Unless I know the guy and he's a good friend, I don't get involved with that."
Under Kelly the last two seasons, the Eagles rank second in total offense (415.0 yards per game), second in yards per play (6.0) and third in scoring offense (29.0 points per game).
Eagles, Cowboys start trash talk
First place in the NFC East is on the line when the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles meet on Thanksgiving Day. The trash talking has already started in anticipation of this huge showdown between the NFC East rivals, who both enter the big game with identical 8-3 records.
Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan kicked off the conversation on Monday, telling CSN Philly that he wasn't really impressed with the Cowboys' offensive line. "Yeah, they're OK. I don't really know what's great about them."
Perhaps he had forgotten that the Cowboys have the NFL's leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, and an offensive line that is ranked No. 1 in run blocking according to Football Outsiders' ratings.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham may have delivered the greatest catch in NFL history on Sunday night, but he couldn't escape the game without injury. Beckham arrived at practice on Monday hurting a bit after taking a knee to his lower back late in the loss to the Cowboys. The wideout missed a few snaps following the hit but did return to the field for the final drive of the game.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin described Beckham as "very sore," but was optimistic that his condition would improve enough each day during the week to allow him to be in the lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite missing the first four games of the season, Beckham leads the team in receiving yards (609) and ranks second in touchdown catches (5).
Maclin leaves agent
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has ended his contract with agents Ben Dogra and Jim Steiner, a NFLPA representative told Philadelphia Magazine on Tuesday. However, he appears likely to stay with CAA and switch to agent Tom Condon, sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Maclin is set to be a free agent at the end of this season. He signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal with the Eagles this offseason after tearing his ACL in the summer of 2013. Maclin opted for a short contract rather than a team-friendly long-term deal, hoping that he would bounce back from his injury and make himself some money in free agency this offseason.
His contract status and increased role in the offense were questioned Monday by fellow Eagles wideout Riley Cooper, who said that "Maclin's trying to get a contract so he's probably not going to try and come out of the game." Cooper tried to clean up his mess on Tuesday, telling reporters that he was joking, but Maclin was not amused by his teammate's comments.
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The Cincinnati Bengals made a series of moves Tuesday in the wake of starting offensive tackle Andre Smith's season-ending left triceps injury. Smith was placed on injured reserve and to replace him the team signed free-agent lineman Jamon Meredith, a veteran player who was waived by the Green Bay Packers this month.
The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have signed former Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush to boost their running game. The 30-year-old has not played since appearing in 15 games for the Bears last season.
New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick was kicked in the calf during Monday's loss to the Buffalo Bills, but coach Rex Ryan downplayed the injury and Vick is expected to play this week if he is healthy.
The Tennessee Titans offensive line is banged up following Sunday's loss to the Eagles. The Titans placed center Brian Schwenke on injured reserve with a knee injury, and left tackle Taylor Lewan could miss some time after he suffered a high ankle sprain in the game.
After getting word that Minnesota Vikings starting offensive tackle Phil Loadholt will have surgery this week to repair a torn pectoral muscle, the team tried out veteran linemen Eric Winston and J'Marcus Webb on Tuesday as they look to add depth to their banged-up offensive line.