Nelson Agholor not discussing drops: 'I’m tired of hearing that s---'

Nelson Agholor not discussing drops: 'I’m tired of hearing that s---'

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nelson Agholor is tired of talking about drops. 
 
While he was responsible for just one drop during Sunday night's 29-23 loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, the Eagles had several, and the offense compiled just 291 yards. 
 
Agholor’s drop came in the first half on a slant from Carson Wentz near the end zone on 3rd-and-6 and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal. For the game, Agholor finished with three catches on four targets for 25 yards. 
 
In the locker room, he was asked about the drops and plays the Eagles left on the field. 
 
That set him off a little bit.
 
“At the end of the day, man, that s--- is nothing,” a seemingly perturbed Agholor told reporters after the game. “You just got to make the next one. Everybody runs routes, sometimes they're contested, sometimes you drop them. But if you make as many as you possibly can that come your way, you're gonna put yourself in a good position. No one's perfect. 
 
“I don't look at no drops, none of that type of s---. I'm tired of hearing that s---. That s--- [is] stupid. We play football. I dropped the first one, I ain't drop one after that. What does it matter? Because if we lose, now it's like one play is blamed. 'Oh this person did this.' No! 
 
“As a team, we had a responsibility to win football games and I get it. Certain plays could have helped. But there's still four quarters of football to be played and we gotta win. You heard it from me. I don't have time for that no more, man. I got time to win football games only. No statistics, no who did this. Win! That's all that matters. That's what this coaching staff cares about, that's what I care about, that's what we all care about: winning football games.”
 
After Sunday’s game, Agholor said he felt bad for the Eagles’ defense because while the defense couldn’t stop the Cowboys when it really mattered, the Eagles' offense couldn’t put the game away either. 
 
The offense deserved plenty of the blame. 
 
“Completely, man,” Agholor said. “This game comes down to a whole team. Ain't none of that s---. At the end of the day, this whole team had a responsibility to finish the football game. Every individual player that suited up tonight had a responsibility. There's not one player, not one side of the ball, none of that s---. It's a whole team and it sucked to lose the f------ football game. That's just how I feel. I don't put blame on nobody. We needed to win a football game tonight.”
 
Through six games this season, Agholor has 21 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown. While he should easily surpass his rookie numbers soon, this season has still been a disappointment for the 2015 first-round pick. 
 
It’s been even more disappointing now that the Eagles have lost three of their last four games following an impressive 3-0 start. 
 
“It's frustrating because at the end of the day, we want to win,” he said. “We deserved to win. We practiced hard and we played hard. We wanted to win that football game and at the end of the day, certain things didn't go our way and it sucks that that was the case. But we need to learn from it, just like Coach said, just like we needed to learn from all the ones before. 
 
“We need to find a way to wake up and start winning football games the way we truly deserve to and we truly prepare to. We practice very hard, we practice with great detail and now we just need to execute and win on Sunday.”

Eagles Mailbag: Bennie Logan, top WRs in draft, Jeremy Maclin return?

Eagles Mailbag: Bennie Logan, top WRs in draft, Jeremy Maclin return?

There hasn't been much Eagles talk recently. The last few weeks have been pretty dead. 

That's about to change soon enough. Next week, the football world will take over Indianapolis for the combine and just after that, free agency will begin on March 9. After that, the draft isn't too far away. 

So let's jump into your mailbag questions: 

Yeah, I think there's a real chance Bennie Logan isn't an Eagle next year. Howie Roseman has been pretty consistent in saying he wants Logan to return, but it's fair to wonder about the price. Logan has now proven that he can play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme, so there will be plenty of teams interested. 

If the Eagles lose Logan, their defense will take a big hit. There's not really a way around that. He's a good player and has been an important part of the line. But with a ton of money devoted to the defensive line over the next few years -- even assuming Connor Barwin isn't back -- will the Eagles pay another? I'm not so sure. 

And I agree that Logan was really good against the run last year. But I think his real value is in being great against the run while also being able to generate some pass rush. I think Beau Allen can be a decent run-stuffer, but he's clearly not the same player as Logan. 

I can't give a real answer here. Sorry. While I don't wholeheartedly agree with the best player available notion, the Eagles also can't prioritize one need over the other in this scenario. There will be either 13 or 14 picks before the Eagles are on the board. 

Really, it's going to depend on which players are left. Are Mike Williams and Corey Davis on the board? How about the top corners? There's a lot of them. If the player the Eagles really want at one of those positions is off the board, they could look elsewhere. And it's not automatic they'll take a receiver or a cornerback. What if they opt for an edge rusher? 

But getting back to corner vs. receiver, there are a couple thoughts: 

1. They'll pick a corner because receivers are far from a sure thing. Roseman made it a point to talk about how the 2014 draft changed expectations for rookie receivers. And the Eagles haven't had much luck recently drafting receivers in the first round. And Roseman has also said that while it might make sense to grab a first-round corner in the second round because of depth, there's often a run at positions where a draft is strong. It would be better to just get the best one. 

2. On the flip side of that, maybe they'll pick a receiver with the idea that at least one really good corner will be on the board in the second round. That would maximize value, especially if they get the receiver they want in the first round. 

That's a long way to say: I don't think it'll be about position as much as it will be about the specific player at 14 or 15. 

This is a tough one. I really think the margin separating these two is so close that the combine could flip them for me. But for now, I'm going with Mike Williams. 

Clemson listed him at 6-3, 225 and I think he's going to come close to that at the combine. And he might not have Corey Davis' speed or quick twitch, but he makes up for it. I really want to see how he performs at the combine; I expect it to confirm my belief that he's the top receiver in the draft. Davis will reportedly not run at the combine because of an ankle injury. 

It's possible a team like the Eagles could fall in love with Davis' deep threat ability. That's clearly what they value right now. But ultimately, I think Williams is the top guy. 

I don't think Ryan Mathews will be back next season. He's 29, coming off a serious neck injury and is way too expensive. The Eagles can save $4 million by cutting him. I expect that to happen and for the Eagles to try to find some younger, healthier talent. 

Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy! Let's get the band back together! 

I understand why the Maclin questions are rolling in. An ESPN column recently suggested that the Chiefs could cut the former Eagle. Maclin is familiar with the Eagles' offense and Doug Pederson, which means the move would make some sense. 

But from a football standpoint, Jackson would give the Eagles what they need more than Maclin. Over the last couple years, Maclin has really been utilized in the slot, which happens to be where the Eagles' only decent receiver plays. Sure, Pederson will move around his receivers, but there are probably better fits out there for the Eagles than Maclin. If he does become a free agent, though, it's at least worth inquiring. 

Former Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans joins 49ers coaching staff

Former Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans joins 49ers coaching staff

About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans. 

Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach. 

The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff. 

After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012. 

While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well-thought of in the locker room and throughout the building. 

While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense. 

Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.