The Linc - Which Eagles Will Regress?

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/2/2014.

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Reid: I wanted to get back to coaching - Zach Berman, Inquirer
"About a year ago, I found out what I wasn't good at because [I was] out the door," said Reid, now the Kansas City Chiefs coach. "I went back, and I looked at it, and . . . I drifted away from the thing I love doing most, and that was coaching."

Regression Candidates - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
This is the most complicated subject of them all. It is virtually impossible to imagine Foles numbers will be as good as in 2013. He finished with a rating of 119.2. He threw 27 TDs and only 2 INTs. Those are freaky stats. If Foles throws 38 TDs and 10 INTs, I wouldn’t consider that a step back. He would still be playing at a very high level, even if his numbers technically were a step back. For me to think of Foles as really regressing, he would have to look significantly different. There isn’t a specific stat line, but imagine if he threw 30 TDs and 16 INTs. That would show minimal positive increase, but a large negative increase. Clearly something like that would be a step back. This isn’t all just about TDs and INTs. Completion percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating are all important stats for judging Foles level of play. It really will be interesting to see how he plays.

Fan-Demonium: New Questions To Answer - Tommy Lawlor, PE.com
The Eagles began Organized Team Activities this past week and optimism is in the air. That's the way it should be in spring. Fans of all 32 teams should feel good. Bad teams think they can break through and start winning. Teams like the Eagles think they can advance in the playoffs and become title contenders. A couple of teams believe they will win the Super Bowl. There is definite reason to be optimistic about the Eagles. The team is coming off a strong season and they added talent in free agency and the draft.

Marcus Smith, the Jack And the Predator - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
The Eagles have a few different options in Smith's rookie year. Most likely is that Barwin will start at the Jack and Cole will be the Predator - just like last season. Smith will start off as a rotational player. That might mean coming in and replacing Cole at Predator. Or perhaps more likely, it could mean Barwin sliding over to replace Cole at Predator in certain packages and Smith replacing him at the Jack.

Barkley, Sanchez have some adjusting to do with the Eagles - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley have a lot in common; chief among their similarities is a love-hate relationship with being an NFL backup quarterback. But at the moment, that job is the best the Eagles have to offer. Sanchez and Barkley, though, enter the competition to be Nick Foles' backup from opposite directions. After five seasons with the New York Jets (mostly) as the starter, Sanchez comes to the Eagles content (he has said) to take a step down and be the No. 2 quarterback.

Nolan Carroll welcomes fresh start, new environment - Matt Allibone, CSN Philly
When the Eagles signed cornerback Nolan Carroll to a two-year deal in March, many expected the former Miami Dolphin to challenge Bradley Fletcher for the starting spot at left corner. Despite joining a secondary that finished last in the league in passing yards allowed last season, Carroll spent all of Thursday’s session at the NovaCare Complex with the Eagles' second unit, while returning starters Fletcher and Cary Williams took all the first-team reps.

NFL's best linebacker corps - Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL
The NFL's primary free agency period is over and the 2014 Draft is in the books. Now that OTAs and minicamps are in session, it's reasonably safe to look forward at projected NFL rosters and depth charts to get an idea of the major contributors at each positional group, and while doing this, start to piece together where teams are strongest, deepest, most talented, and conversely where they're thin or threatened. Earlier this week, I looked at the NFL's best defensive lines, and today I'm breaking down some of the league's best or most promising linebacker corps.

Sonny Detmer taught his sons well, and now they're NFL quarterbacks—both for Philadelphia - SI.com
In the growing darkness of a spring evening, Sonny Detmer and his younger boy, Koy, walk quietly, carefully through the dry, dusty countryside of southern Texas. They are on a hog-hunting expedition in a place so isolated that the nearest business, a gas station, is a 50-mile drive down a rutted country road. Sonny leads the hunt, eventually spying a feral hog meandering through some black brush just behind a mesquite tree and a cluster of prickly pear cacti.

[BLG Note: Old article. Hat tip to r/Eagles.]

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