The Linc - Don't steal from Todd Herremans

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/24/2013.

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NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 8 - JimmyK, Philly.com
9) Eagles (3-4)
Nick Foles' performance last Sunday was about as bad you can possibly play without turning the ball over.

Film review: Subtle changes that stifled the Eagles' run game - Derek Sarley, Eagletarian
In last week’s post, we looked at the effect pre-snap positioning by the defense could have on the Eagles’ running game. The alignment of Tampa Bay’s front seven offered better blocking angles and mostly eliminated the interior gap shooting problems center Jason Kelce had against the Giants. The Cowboys presented a different alignment challenge, no doubt informed by Monte Kiffin’s 3 years of matching wits with Chip Kelly in the Pac-12. And while Kelly seemed prepared for what he saw, his "cheater beaters" didn’t pay off with big plays

Defensive Progress - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I also think Davis is doing a better job of using his players and coming up with gameplans. Davis is a veteran coach, but hasn’t run a defense in a few years and he’s totally new to the Eagles and these players. It was bound to take some time. As the players and Davis get more on the same page, the defense should continue to improve. I’m still waiting for the one game when the defense plays great. For now, it just feels good to have some sense of encouragement. If the Eagles can tighten up their coverage on short and intermediate routes, the defense can take another step forward.

Feds: Parking lot attendant stole $225,000 from Eagles' Todd Herremans - Philly.com
A parking lot attendant who watched over cars belonging to the Philadelphia Eagles as they played was accused this morning in stealing more than $225,000 from one of the player’s bank accounts.

Eagles might not be in position to take a franchise quarterback in first round of 2014 NFL Draft - Matt Hammond, The700Level
IMO, the only guys I’d be comfortable drafting in the first round and anointing the face of the Eagles for the life of a four-year rookie deal are Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley. Both have elite physical abilities. Uncanny arm strength. Above-average accuracy. Remarkable escapability. Mariota fits Chip Kelly’s scheme, obviously. Hundley has experience in a pro set. And, it should be noted, with a horrendous offensive line chock full of true freshmen. Which, with the way the Eagles O-line has looked this year, makes for a seamless fit.

All-22: ‘I Didn’t Show Up,’ Says McCoy - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
When the Eagles don’t run the ball effectively, LeSean McCoy shoulders the blame. Even if there are other factors – the blocking, the defensive scheme, etc. – McCoy takes it personally when the offense can’t get the ground game going. It’s something his teammates appreciate about him. So on a day when the Eagles were hosting a division rival for first place and with his quarterback Nick Foles struggling all game long, McCoy knew 55 yards on 18 carries was not good enough.

Didinger: 'The Hit' Still Resonates - PE.com
Over 50 years later, "The Hit" still resonates. The people who were there still talk about it. Those who saw it on TV still shudder at the memory. It was the beauty and the beast of pro football captured in one unforgettable image, one play that defines two legends. Chuck Bednarik and Frank Gifford collided dozens of times in the course of their Hall of Fame careers. But it was the one encounter on November 20, 1960, at Yankee Stadium that still echoes through the game. Almost every day, Bednarik said he is asked about "The Hit."

Remember that trust Billy Davis asked for on D? - John Gonzalez, CSN Philly
"I think I feel a lot more comfortable," Davis said about his defensive game calls. "I think the players feel more comfortable in the calls. All of it is a growth that's happening. I feel more comfortable. Knowing what the strengths and weaknesses of the individual players are now that we have almost half a season under our belt. So that's growing. I think more importantly, we as a staff see the players understanding the concepts of the coverage, the techniques within the coverage and how they work with the concept. All of that is growing."

NFC East: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Week 7 - FanSpeak
Although I still believe Nick Foles has the talent to be the Eagles’ quarterback of the future, his poor performance against the Cowboys gave reason to believe he is not the answer. Before Foles exited with a concussion in the 3rd quarter he completed just 11 of his 29 passes for 80 yards and often looked lost out on the field. With the Eagles firmly in the division race, they hope Foles can replicate more of his rookie campaign and early sophomore year success with Vick still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Now it looks as though they will need to turn back to Vick.

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