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The Linc - Nick Foles Over Teddy Bridgewater?

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Wulf's Den: The Class Of 2012 - Bo Wulf,
Nick Foles is the NFL's highest rated passer. Fletcher Cox has emerged as one of the best young defensive players in the league and may be coming off his best game as an Eagle. Brandon Boykin leads the Eagles with four interceptions and has established himself as one of the league's premier nickel cornerbacks. All of them, in addition to starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks, impressive pass rusher Vinny Curry and promising running back Bryce Brown, were selected by the Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft. It's early, yes, but it's already obvious that the Eagles have the makings of a franchise-changing draft class on their hands as their group of sophomore studs have helped transform the team's fortunes. To hear it from some of the key players involved, there were early signs that this group would have a chance to be special.

Detailed Game Review – PHI 24, WAS 16 - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
While the results weren’t pretty, the Eagles did find a way to win. There is something to be said for that. When we see the Eagles win ugly, we tend to pick apart what happened. If we see the Patriots or Packers win an ugly game, our response is generally something more like "Good teams do that. They just find a way to win."

Three-And-Out: Predictions For the Stretch Run - Birds 24/7
Prediction: Do the Eagles make the playoffs?
McManus: I say yes. For one, the rest of the teams in the division have done little to distinguish themselves. But this is also about the Eagles, who seem to be trending in the right direction. I like the attitude I’m seeing, the defense is playing sound, disciplined ball and Foles is doing a very nice job operating Kelly’s offense. Put it all together, and I think it adds up to a postseason appearance. What about you, Sheil?
Kapadia: I’m saying yes also. And I think it comes down to that final game in Dallas. I picture Howie Roseman e-mailing Kelly articles that suggested Monte Kiffin shut down his offense in the first meeting and steam coming out of Kelly’s ears.

Boykin paying off big as a nickel cornerback - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Brandon Boykin has become too valuable to the Eagles for him to be an every-down defensive player, a contradiction that will continue throughout the season. Boykin, a second-year cornerback who leads the Eagles with four interceptions, has been one of the defense's top players through 11 games.

Eagles' Foles got his start on the basketball court - Mike Sielski, Inquirer
But in explaining Foles' ascension, maybe the best place to begin is, of all places, a high school basketball court. At Westlake, Foles was a Division I recruit as a small forward, and he and those who coached him and coached against him draw a connection between his talents in the two sports. "I think my basketball background helps a lot," he said last week. "On a basketball court, of course there are designed plays, but you have to make plays within those plays. You've got fast breaks, different throwing lanes. You see a lot of point guards, like Chris Paul, look one way and throw it another. You see how the eyes and the body can be so deceptive on the basketball court, and I just try to take that and use it."

Temple coach likes Nick Foles more than Teddy Bridgewater -
First-year Temple coach Matt Rhule isn't necessarily on the Teddy Bridgewater bandwagon. But he sure does like Johnny Manziel. Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two TDs -- completing 71.4 percent (25 of 35) in the process -- in leading Louisville to a 30-7 win over Temple on Oct. 5. But while appearing on Philadelphia's WIP-FM morning show, Rhule said he would take current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles over Bridgewater, a junior who generally is considered the most pro-ready among the draft-eligible quarterbacks. "This is no disrespect to Teddy, but I'll say Nick Foles," said Rhule, who spent the 2012 season in the NFL as the New York Giants' assistant offensive line coach. "I think you have to have accuracy and decision-making, and he [Foles] has those two things."

Lazor's job is making NFL's hottest QB better - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
While the rest of us marvel at what Foles is accomplishing, Lazor -- in his first year as Eagles quarterbacks coach -- is responsible for focusing on what he’s doing wrong, what he needs to work on, what he needs to improve.

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