Mcall.com: Eagles Insiders : Charting Connor Barwin's 11.5 sacks in 2011
Barwin's sack total in 2011 was completely legitimate. He showed speed, the ability to bull rush, and by far his best feature is any inside move where he can use his lateral quickness. 2011 was not a fluke.
Chip Kelly And the 'Moneyball' Theory | Birds 24/7
The "Moneyball revolution" that Yahoo! predicts is more about game-day coaching decisions. Kelly is known to be an aggressive play-caller, going for it on fourth down where others wouldn’t, trying a two-point conversion or an onsides kick because the mathematical evidence tells him to. Not so, says Kelly. He cited the number of times he went for it on fourth down — 20 times in 14 games, he thinks — and says that is not out of whack compared to the rest of college ball. "A lot of our decisions came in the kicking game. If you don’t have a guy that can kick a long field goal what are you going to do when the ball is on the 37 yard line? Will you kick a 52-yarder or are you going to punt it? If it goes in the end zone you have a net of 17 yards. Or do you go for it because you have a good defense and you’re not averse to putting them on the field on the 37 yard line? Those weren’t statistical decisions."
Report: Eagles Interested in DT Martin
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Eagles are one of several teams interested in free agent defensive lineman Vaughn Martin, formerly of the Chargers. La Canfora tweeted that the Chargers are hoping to retain Martin, but that the Eagles, Lions, Saints and Patriots have also expressed interest.
Houston's D.J. Hayden makes Mayock's top five CBs - NFL.com
It's been a remarkable week for Hayden. The Houston Chronicle reported his 40 time on Monday at 4.33 seconds while NFL.com's Gil Brandt reported Hayden at 4.42. Those results come just months after Hayden nearly died from tearing a major vein in his heart during a November practice. One team doctor described the player's injury as typically 95 percent fatal.
Bruce Arians: Geno Smith, QB class lack 'wow' factor - NFL.com
"The guys that were in the combine last year, all of them when they left the room, you went, 'Wow,'" Arians said this week at the NFL Annual Meeting, via ESPN.com's Mike Sando. "No one in this draft made me go, 'Wow.'"