The Linc - Improving the Eagles' Red Zone Offense

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Philadelphia Eagles links for 10/2/2013.

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The Eagles' historically bad defense, by the numbers - JimmyK, Philly.com
The Eagles are giving up 446.8 yards per game. That is dead last in the NFL. They are on pace to give up 7148 yards this season. The NFL’s all-time worst defense, yardage-wise, was the 2012 Saints, who gave up 7042 yards. Previously, the worst defensive season for yards allowed belonged to the ‘81 Colts, who allowed 6793 yards.

Defensive Talent - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Why would Kelly "waste" the defensive talent like this? He feels the 3-4 is the way to go. He could have spent this year trying to put a better defense on the field, but then next year the players would have had the very same issues as they moved to the 3-4. I don’t like Kelly’s defensive choice, but I do agree that it was wise to make the move now.

How Can The Red Zone Offense Improve? - Danta Klaus, PE.com
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur met with the media before practice late Tuesday morning to answer questions about the offense’s performance in the past two games after such a blistering start to the season. Play in the red zone, where the team has scored just five touchdowns in 12 opportunities, has crept up again as an issue after plaguing the Eagles offense in 2012. Following Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Chip Kelly pointed to "penalties and drops" as the main culprits, and Shurmur sought to expand on those red zone struggles.

Davis And the Commitment To the 3-4 - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
"I believe we’re a 3-4," he replied. "We’re moving in a direction. Right now, I stand in front of you and I’ve got the 3-4 that we’ve installed, we’re taking some punches on it right now as we push through to the other side. We just have to get through the transition part and the hard part that we’re living right now. The 3-4 is definitely who we have decided to be."

Is the worst already over for the Philadelphia Eagles? - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
In case you’re still searching for silver linings from the Eagles’ 52-20 drubbing in Denver two days ago—their third consecutive loss, and looking increasingly less competitive with each passing week—well the good news is there actually are some reasons to remain upbeat.

Eagles' torrid start slowed by red-zone struggles - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
The Eagles’ 462 yards per game is seventh-best ever after four games, but the Eagles have converted only five of 12 trips inside the opposing 20-yard-line into touchdowns -- tied for 27th-best in the NFL.

Princess Diana wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jacket - H/T to r/Eagles
Cool photos. Back story here.

Week 5 NFL Power Rankings – FanSpeak
20. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week #18):
The Eagles lost pretty bad to the Broncos Sunday. But from our comments above about the Broncos, you really can't drop the Eagles too much for it. I think most teams will experience the same fate when they play Peyton & the Broncos this season. Now the Eagles play the struggling Giants, so it will be interesting to see if they can get back in the win column with another divisional win.

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