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Casey Matthews, Kurt Coleman demoted in Philly

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So much for Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo saying Philly will keep the same starting linebackers this week.

Philadelphia has made a change; they will send rookie Casey Matthews to the bench. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, taking a break from his burgeoning boxing career, reports Brian Rolle will replace Matthews in the starting lineup.

Matthews has looked like a weak link since the preseason. The team moved him from the middle to the weak side against the Giants, and that didn’t work out well.  Jamar Chaney will start middle linebacker, and Moise Fokou will stay at strong side.

The Eagles will also make a change at safety. Nate Allen will replace Kurt Coleman in the starting lineup.  Coleman gave up a big play last week to the Giants, but Allen also struggled when he entered the lineup.

As for McLane, there has been no word of a possible rematch with fellow reporter Les Bowen despite Asante Samuel’s attempt to egg on the situation.

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  1. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 29, 2011 9:45 AM


  2. cardiovascularendurance says: Sep 29, 2011 9:48 AM

    Here’s to hoping they cut Matthews next week. And Nate Allen may still be recovering from that kneecap repair, but at least he can tackle; something that Coleman seemed physically incapable of doing whatsoever last week.

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 29, 2011 9:49 AM

    They should change the DC. That crazy idea for a DL just isn’t working, and for good reason.


  4. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 29, 2011 9:50 AM

    Dream team.

  5. gprnutrition says: Sep 29, 2011 9:51 AM

    They should have demoted him since camp!! How stupid are the Eagles? Just because his brother is a good player DOES NOT mean he is too – the film doesn’t lie!
    Eagles just wanted publicity for when Philly and Green Bay play each other.

  6. kevinfromphilly says: Sep 29, 2011 9:56 AM

    Well, all it takes is losing two winnable games to get Andy to admit he’s wrong. Sometimes it’s REALLY hard to be a fan of this team.

  7. rpiotr01 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:57 AM

    Casey Matthews really should be in the process of developing into a good back-up LB and a core special teams player. Instead, due to lack of depth and proper foresight by the DC in Philly, he was thrust into a starting role that he’s likely never to be able to handle full time.

    Having an older brother like Clay in the league at the same time as you can be as much a curse as a blessing.

  8. scoops1 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:59 AM

    Does Juan Castillo even have a clue???

  9. pbm984 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:01 AM

    Reason Number 813 why you don’t hire an offensive line coach as your defensive coordinator.

  10. pbm984 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:04 AM

    Seriously, where else but Philly do you see all the linebackers changing roles one week, then several starters getting benched the next week. Its almost like Castillo has no clue how to coordinate a defense. Oh wait, he doesn’t. Why wasnt Andy Ried fired on the spot for hiring an offensive line coach to run the defense.

  11. bobbyhoying says: Sep 29, 2011 10:05 AM

    And we dumped Stewart Bradley for these guys?

  12. souljalb says: Sep 29, 2011 10:07 AM


  13. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:07 AM


  14. breezy413 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:08 AM

    Brian Rolle > Casey Matthews should be an upgrade despite Rolle being undersized (London Fletcher). Youtube the Eagles Vs. Rams and watch how Rolle steps up and demolishes the center and then makes the tackle. Casey struggled with shedding blocks. Rolle is also faster and stronger only time will tell. Allen for Coleman is a no brainer IF Allen is 100% which he hasnt looked unless that has a lot to do with being hesitant after a major knee injury. Should be interesting to see if this will help.

  15. scudbot says: Sep 29, 2011 10:10 AM

    I feel bad for Casey. Being tossed into the midst of a mediocre LB corps as a starter while having a rookie DC who only has O experience can’t be doing him any good.

  16. gallaghedj311 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:10 AM

    Cmon Eagles fans, we all know that Andy Reids teams start off slow and finish strong. Last place after 3 games means divisional champs…..yet again. In Andy I trust!

  17. shawon0meter says: Sep 29, 2011 10:11 AM

    The Vikings have nowhere to play football lol

  18. djteknision1200 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:12 AM

    The football gene must have skipped a generation.

  19. kamdaryda says: Sep 29, 2011 10:14 AM

    Another overrated white guy.

  20. hashsview says: Sep 29, 2011 10:17 AM

    Looks like some one will be sitting at the kids table come Thanksgiving at the Mathews.

  21. We'reFineThere says: Sep 29, 2011 10:17 AM

    Rolle > Matthews but I don’t know if there is an answer at safety. Nate Allen is still injured, terrible or both. If Alex Smith can beat him over the top we are going to be real trouble going forward.

  22. hunternuts says: Sep 29, 2011 10:20 AM

    How is Rolle going to stop anyone? Fletcher is undersized because he’s short. He’s still 245lbs. He’s also smarter than 99% of all LBs out there. This kid is 220lbs, he should be a safety, not a LB. He’s also a rookie. The Eagles spent all this money on FAs and completely neglected LBs. Isn’t Lofa still out there?

  23. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:22 AM

    Allen is definitely hesitating trusting that knee. He was a budding superstar rookie saftey, rememeber. He needs to be out there shaking the rust off, not on the bench. It’ll help nate allen continue to develop, and therefore it’ll help the eagles. Coleman and Mathews can both go ball on special teams and help us there too.

  24. joegibbsisking says: Sep 29, 2011 10:24 AM

    Either Lofa Tatupu has transformed into a straight up bum overnight, or he banged Andy Reid’s niece or something. He is available and I figured a team with LBs as poor as the Eagles would at least give him a shot.

  25. jeffro33 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:26 AM

    This is because Casey Matthews and Kurt Coleman both SUCK… End of story.

    I am still SHOCKED that Andy Reid FAILED YET AGAIN with a top pick in a draft… The pick in 2010 was clearly EARL THOMAS, but he went for a Jerome McDougle clone followed by an overmatched Nate Allen.

    Reid’s picks?? PUP list and backup…. Thomas? All-Pro as a rookie.

    So SICK of Andy Reid. Winning coach, great… But what is success?

    PS – this “dream team” bs makes me hate VY more and more…

  26. pkrjones says: Sep 29, 2011 10:28 AM

    Matthews is a rookie, 4th round draft pick…only the idiot Eagle’s coaches thought he was ready ~ the fans knew otherwise. Give the kid time to develop and learn the pro-game before proclaiming him a bust.

  27. nannymcsack says: Sep 29, 2011 10:30 AM

    “wide 9” hahaha

  28. caseysarasota says: Sep 29, 2011 10:50 AM

    FINALLY! and the wide 9 can work if the middle 3 were good…lol. Lets see what Rolle does, ive been impressed by him so far. We can’t cry over spilled milk at this least they are TRYING to make this team better, all be it 4 months after the entire Philadelphia fan base said to switch out backers…but still..the birds are trying. Im still hoping for a good season..if the O-Line continues to gel, this move with the backers at least takes us from bad to decent…i think we have a shot at a good season. Heres to Brian Rolle being the new guy in the spotlight! Please make all the fans who called for Matthews demise look good!

  29. pigskinswag says: Sep 29, 2011 10:51 AM

    For the life of me, I don’t know why there’s a revolving door at MLB when Lofa Tatupu is available. The reality is their signing spree in free agency should have included retaining Stewart Bradley and Ernie Sims.

  30. rajbais says: Sep 29, 2011 10:52 AM

    You know what is so stupid about the Eagles???

    Teams like the Titans, Texans, 49ers, ad maybe a few others had intentions to go to the playoffs regardless of the changes in coaching staffs!!!

    Shouldn’t Andy Reid have cared about getting his players to win at any cost than name an offensive staff member who “sorta” worked with Jim Johnson as the defensive coordinator???

    If the Eagles win no playoff games or miss the postseason, Andy Reid should be fired!!! Enough is enough!!!

  31. coys10 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:54 AM

    Ahmad Bradshaw shoved Allen down like he was a standup pillow

  32. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 29, 2011 11:00 AM

    Lofa’s on the sofa with an injury, that’s why NO TEAM has picked him up yet. Also why haven’t the Eagles looked at Darren Sharper at Safety?

    I still think Dahani Jones is worth a look at this point.

  33. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 29, 2011 11:02 AM

    And Joe Mays is doing great in Denver, and Gocong gets a new contract in Cleveland because the Browns let him play his natural position.

  34. drobstad says: Sep 29, 2011 11:02 AM

    Dream team? LFMAO hahahah

  35. freebird2011 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:03 AM

    Stewart Bradley ok.

    Ernie Sims sucks.

  36. terrellblowens says: Sep 29, 2011 11:04 AM

    On Monday, when Castillo said he would keep the same LBs, he also added “It’s only Monday though”

  37. RussianBreadMaker says: Sep 29, 2011 11:08 AM

    Philly is in trouble. The oline is poo poo and the linebackers might be the worst in the NFL. If Vick lasts another 5 games, it would be a miracle.

  38. The Shoeman says: Sep 29, 2011 11:10 AM

    Every Eagle fan knows …

    they are re-building the D.
    This is the 2nd year ..and with all the draft picks , we acquired,,in another year the D will be very good.

    The Media ..
    are the only ones with the
    “stupid rhetoric” -“Dream Team”.

    The only problem is .. if / when the Eagles, end up having a better record than your team … Just imagine how bad your team really is ?

    thinking your team is going somewhere.

    2012 Eagles:

    1. Vontaze Burfict*, ILB, Arizona State
    2. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
    3. Matt Kalil*, OT, USC

  39. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 29, 2011 11:17 AM

    2012 Eagles:

    1. Vontaze Burfict*, ILB, Arizona State
    2. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
    3. Matt Kalil*, OT, USC


    Andrew Luck…QB ??????


  40. pixelito says: Sep 29, 2011 11:24 AM

    Long hair looks gay when you suck.

  41. snowpea84 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:29 AM

    The Eagles decision making hit a new height of questionable this year.
    Sign Vick long term.
    Trade Kolb.
    Cut Bradley.
    Start Matthews.

  42. terrellblowens says: Sep 29, 2011 11:29 AM

    Also Brian Rolle has much more potential than Matthews. He’s physical, can cover, can tackle, can blitz, and has speed and instincts. Matthews had none of that. I’m not saying Rolle will be a star but he’s an upgrade from Matthews

  43. theharshestreality says: Sep 29, 2011 11:34 AM

    Actually, an Eagles QB (VY), not the media, started the “Dream Team” frenzy. So, give credit where it is due. But, it is being perpetuated to the nth degree by the media though.

  44. phillychzstk2012 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:35 AM

    do you really think coaches and co-ordinators are going to tell the truth 100% of the time? they hate the media (aka you) they dont feel the need to digress every single little detail about roster transactions just so you can come up with some big headline. Brian rolle was excellent in coverage last week and is soo underrated because of his height. what i want to know is WHERE IS JAIQUAWN JARRETT!!?! seriously he’s a second round pick this year and is the only Eagles DB that seems fully capable of tackling and bringing some pain to the secondary. Holy crap put him in how much worse could it be.

  45. letemsoar says: Sep 29, 2011 11:36 AM

    How about try Kurt Coleman as a LB? it’s worth a try. you cant get much worse with philly’s LBs. also, i like nate allen starting, time to put jaiquawn jarrett in for jarred page and philly’s secondary is better. jarrett rarely misses tackles, and he has an act for coming up big.

  46. Tim says: Sep 29, 2011 11:38 AM

    They should give Jaiquawn Jarrett a shot at safety if Nate Allen is still struggling from his injury last season. I’d love to see what the kid can do, he was a beast at TU.

  47. fatfreddystubbs says: Sep 29, 2011 11:44 AM

    Philadelphia sure seems to get the wrong end of the gene pool when it comes to brothers (“brothers” meaning siblings in this case.)

    We’ve had George Brett’s brother, Greg Maddux’ brother, Clay Matthews brother, Jason Giambi’s brother.

    Well, at least we got the better end of the Lindros and Vick families.

  48. tatum064 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:46 AM

    find Lofa Tatupu and/or Pina Tinasamoa ASAP

  49. favreforever says: Sep 29, 2011 11:48 AM

    McLane/Bowen is believed to be the first fight between media members which did not involve free food, drinks, or merchandise and a lineup, in the history of sport.

  50. phillyfan4ever says: Sep 29, 2011 11:49 AM

    You people are all idiots.

    This is a brand new team, with all new players, coaches and no training camp. As i have said before they are not going to find what works until week 5ish.

    So all you fools who are jumping ship/calling for heads to roll are not only premature but uneducated. The eagles are notorious for starting late, check their history.

    Wait until they hit their stride, and roll into the playoffs, when the “Dream Team” lays it on you.

  51. favreforever says: Sep 29, 2011 11:51 AM

    As it turns out, the McLane/Bowen confrontation was just another case of the short, potbellied reporter calling the stout, kettle shaped reporter “a hack”.

  52. favreforever says: Sep 29, 2011 11:55 AM

    Jeff McLane chose to take the high road about the media room dust up. “Texts and tweets may squeeze my stones, but old man punches cannot harm me.”.

  53. snaponrules says: Sep 29, 2011 11:55 AM

    Casey just needs his brother to send him some hgh/roids. Surely he has a case or 2 to spare, at least until they start testing for them.

  54. orakpownd says: Sep 29, 2011 12:07 PM

    Do Not mention London Fletcher’s name with any of these so called LB’s. Also for the “its a new team” line…..they better get that solved quick because alot of these “new” guys seem to be on one year contracts….with a looming salary cap on the horizon.

  55. jtbaudendistel says: Sep 29, 2011 12:10 PM

    Dude was a 4th round pick and is a rookie. He should be a roll player not the starting middle backer.

  56. boiler72 says: Sep 29, 2011 12:12 PM

    Actually, an Eagles QB (VY), not the media, started the “Dream Team” frenzy. So, give credit where it is due. But, it is being perpetuated to the nth degree by the media though.


    Yes, and the defending champion Packers thank you.

  57. mikea311 says: Sep 29, 2011 12:24 PM

    2012 Eagles:

    1. Vontaze Burfict*, ILB, Arizona State
    2. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
    3. Matt Kalil*, OT, USC


    if that’s true then you just destined those poor kids to being draft busts.

  58. cbs1971 says: Sep 29, 2011 12:31 PM

    Eagles will STILL win the division…so don’t get it twisted!

  59. drbob117 says: Sep 29, 2011 12:32 PM

    That’s great.. now replace Fokou with Keenan Clayton and Page with Jaiquan Jarrett and you’ll actually have something resembling a defense.

  60. westnorthcoast says: Sep 29, 2011 12:59 PM

    I am so happy the Browns did not pull the trigger on Mathews in the draft. There was talk (Mayock) that he might have been free agent. Some how he was drafted.

    Brian Rolle is undersized, but he can cover WR and TE.

    Dream Team is faltering

  61. The Shoeman says: Sep 29, 2011 1:11 PM

    mikea311 says: Sep 29, 2011 12:24 PM

    2012 Eagles:

    1. Vontaze Burfict*, ILB, Arizona State
    2. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
    3. Matt Kalil*, OT, USC


    if that’s true then you just destined those poor kids to being draft busts.

    Say what you want …

    but the ‘truth” is, besides Reid ..
    the Eagles actually have some good coaches.

    this is why ..they rid themselves of Reid’s lower draft picks. (injured players looking to get healthy).

    plenty of 2012 draft selections and salary cap space.

    that’s why the Eagles wanted DRC and the 2nd round pick … Assante is going to bring some extra picks too.

  62. cup0pizza says: Sep 29, 2011 1:16 PM

    Dream team!

  63. Land Snark says: Sep 29, 2011 1:32 PM

    Shuffling the chairs on the deck of the Titanic.

  64. oldbyrd says: Sep 29, 2011 1:34 PM


  65. lbijake says: Sep 29, 2011 1:48 PM

    I think Juan is ready to buy a vowel.

  66. greymares says: Sep 29, 2011 1:53 PM

    It’s week 3 people, the Eagles have the best team in the nfc east will finish a min. of 10-6. they will get this poor start figured out, because this is the way they start every year. they lost the Falcon game because of the Vick concussion, they lost the Giant game because they didn’t realize the giants were still playing that 2010 game.(the 8-8 giants by the way. and please stop the Stewart Bradley stuff the guy can’t get on the field in arizona.

  67. Land Snark says: Sep 29, 2011 1:59 PM



  68. gcsuk says: Sep 29, 2011 2:10 PM

    drobstad says: Sep 29, 2011 11:02 AM

    Dream team? LFMAO hahahah
    I’m LMFAO that you screwed up “LMFAO”. What’s next, “OLL”?

  69. rdrdrs58 says: Sep 29, 2011 2:17 PM

    First, they do not have the personnel to run this defense… second, this defensive scheme SUCKS.. wide-9? Who else in the league runs this and is SUCCESSFUL?

    You give up the middle at the LOS and just get shredded.

    Plus, I’m still not sold on Castillo as a D Coordinator…. He should’ve known that he doesnt have the personal for this gimmick defense and should be playing a more traditional 4-3 defense and cover up your LB’s. Give them a chance to utilize their speed by not having to go man up with the O line.

  70. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 29, 2011 3:01 PM

    Dream Team, baby.

  71. Tim says: Sep 29, 2011 3:03 PM



  72. greymares says: Sep 29, 2011 4:04 PM

    Richard Cranium 212, how come your post;s only get 1 thumbs up (your’s) nobody else ever agrees with you. your Giants won that 2010 game last week but won’t beat the cardinals this week. (i know this is getting 1 thumbs up (mine)

  73. december77 says: Sep 29, 2011 6:56 PM

    rpiotr01 says:Sep 29, 2011 9:57 AM

    Having an older brother like Clay in the league at the same time as you can be as much a curse as a blessing.

    A curse? If he doesn’t have Clay as an older brother, he never gets to start in the league on any team.

  74. udub says: Sep 29, 2011 7:30 PM

    Some of you guys are being ridiculous. It’s 4th round draft pick Casey Matthews being demoted…not 4th pick Casey Matthews being demoted.

    Come on! On draft day did you really think he would/should be starting day one?

  75. tigrrrr says: Sep 29, 2011 10:36 PM

    Dream Team… What a joke! Eagles cant win the big game… To be part of any dream , except maybe a pipe dream!

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