The Linc - Happy New Year!

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/1/2014.

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Coaching Stuff - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Sean McDermott is going to interview for the Skins job. Todd Bowles may get some interviews after his great year with the Cards. Why didn’t things work out for them in Philly? They have 2 very different situations. McDermott has always been a smart, talented coach. He is able to come up with creative gameplans. The biggest problem he had in Philly was personality. Reid referenced the difficulty in succeeding Jim Johnson. McDermott had to coach in his shadow. My guess is that McDermott decided to be forceful with those around him to not be seen as JJ-Lite. He wanted to let people know he was to be taken seriously. This wasn’t received well by anyone around him.

Ron Jaworski disagrees with Cris Collinsworth's assessment of Nick Foles, talks Drew Brees - JimmyK, Philly.com
Last Sunday night in Dallas, NBC color analyst Cris Collinsworth continuously railed on Nick Foles for not keeping his eyes down the field at the first hint of pressure. His analysis was contrary to Foles' reputation as a QB who will continue to look down the field for open receivers despite a heavy oncoming rush. It's one of the reasons Andy Reid's regime drafted him, and one of the reasons he has had so much success this season.

Just the facts: Brees is better at home - Bob Brookover, Inquirer
If the forecast is accurate, the weather will be shivering cold when Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints look across the field at the Eagles on Saturday night. The colder the better is the prevailing opinion around here. If you want to neutralize Brees and the Saints' high-powered offense, then cold, wind, snow, and rain are a good place to start. The Eagles won't say that, of course.

Now a backup, Michael Vick thinking team first - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
He hasn’t thrown a pass in more than two months. He hasn’t gotten through a full game since September. He hasn’t started and finished a game the Eagles won since opening day. During the Eagles’ last playoff run, he was an MVP candidate, a Pro Bowl pick, one of the most exciting players in the NFL. Today, Michael Vick has become almost a forgotten man.

Game Review: Eagles Defense Vs. Dallas - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
This was one of Brandon Graham’s more productive games of the season. He had two tackles and a pair of hurries. Graham chased Murray down from the back side after a 1-yard gain in the second. He pressured Orton into throwing the ball away on the very next play. And Graham came up big on third down stop in the third, tackling Witten for no gain and forcing a punt.

A Step Back To Applaud Chip Kelly - Dave Spadaro, PE.com
On a day when five NFL teams set loose coaches (six, including Houston) and looked ahead to uncertain futures, the Eagles made plans to play New Orleans in Saturday's NFC playoff game. It's an exciting time for the Eagles under first-year head Chip Kelly, who was hired in January and immediately set out to change the culture in the locker room and within the organization. Kelly brought with him a new way of looking at the game and at building a program. A dynamic and highly successful head coach at Oregon, Kelly won over his players instantly with his high energy and immediate bond. The goal, Kelly said from day one, was to have a great day of preparation.

2014 NFL mock draft: Offseason planning begins - Dan Kadar, Mocking the Draft
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Pick any defensive back and it would be an upgrade for the Eagles. Having Verrett on the outside would be a nice complement to Brandon Boykin, who has developed into Philadelphia's best cornerback.

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