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The Linc - Remembering Randall Cunningham

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Randall: A Football Life - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Randall might be Philadelphia sports at their best and worst. We were graced with one of the greatest talents to ever play the game of football, but he was more interested in becoming a star than winning Super Bowls. And not a football star…just a star. Randall wanted to be Eddie Murphy or Arsenio or Michael Jackson more than Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach or Johnny Unitas.

Randall's Special A Must See - Dave Spadaro,
He was one of the most entertaining players to ever grace this franchise, and from the moment Randall Cunningham became an Eagle -- second-round draft pick, 1985 -- our opinions of the quarterback position changed. Nobody had ever seen a player with the athletic skills that Cunningham had and, as "A Football Life" documents, nobody was quite sure what to do with those skills initially and throughout Cunningham's NFL career. The documentary is told beautifully, intertwining the Rise Of Randall as the glib entertainer who wore the gold-tipped shoelaces and performed feats of athleticism that had Eagles fans leaping out of their seats every Sunday to his resurrection in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings to his life in his post-playing days, years during which Cunningham has overcome tragedy with newfound maturity and perspective.

Will time take its toll on Eagles' defense? - Paul Domowitch, Daily News
IF EVER A football game supported Chip Kelly's belief that time of possession is as worthless a statistic as Salma Hayek's age, it was the Eagles' 49-20 win over the Raiders Sunday. Kelly's NASCAR offense only had the ball for 22 minutes and change, but managed to pack 542 up-tempo yards and seven up-tempo touchdown drives into those 22 minutes. That's the good news. The bad news is the Eagles' defense was on the field for the other 38 minutes of the game, watching the Raiders run 92 plays. That's right. A team that lost by 29 points actually ran 92 plays.

Why Nick Foles Is Better Than Ever (But Can't Stay This Good) - Brian Solomon, McNabb or Kolb
The first takeaway here is that SuperNick's current outsized numbers will almost certainly come back to Earth. He may be good the rest of the year, but he won't be that good. The second takeaway is more important, though. Foles' improvement is only over a small sample, but it may not be an anomaly. Kelly is putting his quarterbacks in a great position to succeed, and when defenses change to prevent that, it will only give McCoy more room to run. If the Chip's scheme looks this good with competent QB play from a limited upside guy like Foles, think about what it might do with a true top-tier talent at the position.

Eagles Players Weigh In On Hazing - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
“I think the situation got out of hand, and I still feel like Martin, if all else fails, put up your dukes, man. I’m a 300-pound guy, he’s a 300-pound guy, you’re grown men, you know what I mean? If you feel like a guy is doing you like that — I don’t think any player in the NFL, any player in this locker room would disagree with having a little scrum if it got to that point.”

Eagles' Ertz: Bullied ex-teammate did the right thing - Mike Sielski, Inquirer
Ertz, a rookie tight end for the Eagles, played alongside Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin for three years at Stanford. The Dolphins have suspended another lineman, Richie Incognito, for allegedly terrorizing Martin, leaving voice mails and sending text messages that threatened Martin's life, using racially charged language, going well beyond the Animal House-style high jinks that are common to NFL culture. Martin has since taken a leave of absence from the team, and to Ertz, Martin won the confrontation with Incognito simply by walking away.

Wolff on his way to ending Eagles' safety jinx - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
The team that brought you Macho Harris, Sean Jones and Jarrad Page, the team that brought you Jaiquawn Jarrett, Quintin Demps and David Sims, the team that brought you Kenny Phillips, O.J. Atogwe and Marlin Jackson may have actually gotten one right. Meet Earl Wolff. Safety. And quite possibly the guy who will end the Eagles’ safety jinx.

NFL Run & Shootaround: Foles Show - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
No matter what happens the rest of the season, I do think this is the beginning of some sort of new chapter in the franchise's history. I heard the names Foles, Ertz, and [exhales unfiltered cigarette smoke] Cooper, and it was like we were truly watching a new team. Yes, DeSean and LeSean looked great (finally), but this was truly Kelly's team, and in a way, it may have been the first truly Kelly win.

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