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The Linc - Preparing for the San Diego Chargers

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How Your Favorite NFL Team's 53 Man Roster was Assembled - BLG, BGN
Lots of fun nugget type information in this post. Plus, charts!

Opposition breakdown: Eagles can turn Chargers' best defensive weapon into a liability - JimmyK,
During the offseason, a lot was made of the Eagles' infusion of tight ends. They drafted Zach Ertz with the 35th overall pick, and spent good money (3 years, $12 million) to sign James Casey away from the Texans. In Week 1 against the Redskins, the Eagles came out in "11 personnel" (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR) on 73 of 83 snaps. Casey didn't play any snaps against the Skins, aside from two Michael Vick kneel downs at the end of the game.

Know Your Enemy – Chargers - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I re-watched the game and wasn’t very impressed. The Chargers don’t do anything special schematically and they lack the talent to just go out there and beat you based on execution on a consistent basis. That isn’t to say the Chargers are bad. The players are adjusting to new coaches and schemes. It is too early to judge them in any sort of definitive basis.

Cole Wastes No Time Impressing At LB - Dan Klausner,
After a tough 2012 season that had many questioning whether Cole was on the downside of his career, the veteran emphatically silenced the naysayers with a virtuoso performance in Week 1. He was flying around the field and making plays all over, finishing with eight total tackles and a quarterback hurry to go along with the forced fumble. Cole was even credited with forcing a safety when he was the first to touch Morris during the latter's fumble in the end zone on an errant pitch. Cole turns 31 in October, but he feels invigorated and rejuvenated at outside linebacker because of the movement freedom and blocking matchups it facilitates.

Chip Kelly Update: Now that he has your attention… - Mark Saltveit,
Pundits: "These college plays will never work in the NFL. Chip’s another Steve Spurrier. He doesn’t have the personnel. Mike Vick can’t run this offense. Cary Williams is a cancer. Riley Cooper will divide the locker room. Switching to a 3-4 defense will fail spectacularly. The refs will slow down the blur offense. Etc. etc. etc."

Chip Kelly: "I’m sorry, did you say something? I didn’t catch that, because I was busy coaching the crap out of my team."

All-22: Davis Brings the Blitz Back To Eagles’ D - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Birds sent five rushers or more at Robert Griffin 22 times. On those plays, he went 9-for-20 for 78 yards, an interception and was sacked twice. Keep in mind, as a rookie, Griffin completed 69 percent of his attempts against the blitz, throwing nine touchdowns and no interceptions, per Stats, Inc.

Week 1: Eagles vs. Redskins Rewind - Brent Cohen, EaglesRewind
Don’t worry too much about the 2nd half defense. The Eagles didn’t go into a full "prevent" D, but it wasn’t far off. Allow me to illustrate. Washington has the ball, 1st and 10 on it’s own 24 yard line. The score is 33-20, and there is 8:51 remaining on the clock. This doesn’t look like a "prevent" defense (instant after the snap):

Not just a slot: Boykin ready to move outside - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
"Outside is easier, honestly," he said. "You’ve got a lot more help, you’ve got the sideline, you’ve got time to react. Nickel is just so fast-paced. They can just cut across the middle, the ball’s thrown and you’ve got to chase them, it’s crazy.

5 Keys for Eagles vs Chargers - Phil Thompson, FanSpeak
Make the Chargers One Dimensional:
This shouldn't be too difficult for the Eagles as they were able to take away a much stronger Redskins rushing attack Monday night, but it's important to have a repeat performance on Sunday against San Diego. Ryan Mathews isn't a top back, but you don't want him and Ronnie Brown getting started running the football. When San Diego has a balanced attack, they are a far bigger threat. Another benefit here for the Eagles is if they are stopping the run and forcing 3rd and long situations, they should more easily pressure Philip Rivers, which is typically his downfall. This will also lead to more 3 and outs, and help get the Eagles offense back out on the field.

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