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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/28/2014.

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***Eagles NRG Page - PE.com***
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Donovan McNabb finally bests Ronde Barber... in the broadcast booth - Philly.com
Needless to say, I was curious to see how good McNabb would be in the broadcast booth of an NFL game. To my surprise, he was great. He seemed completely comfortable with his delivery, he didn't over-talk, he didn't talk about himself (a huge pet peeve), and he clearly did his research.

Too Many What If’s - Iggles Blitz
When you lose a game like the Eagles yesterday, the loss gets replayed in your mind over and over. What if Nate Allen stays deep? What if Chip Kelly challenges the spot? What if he goes for it on 4th/inches? What if Josh Huff doesn’t fumble in the Red Zone? What if Nick Foles isn’t picked off in the Red Zone? And so on. There was not one moment that lost that game. There isn’t one person to blame. The Eagles were flawed all day and simply had too many What If moments against a good team. You can do that against the Rams or Skins and get away with it. Not against the Cardinals, especially on the road.

Extra! Extra! 'READ' All About It: Why the Read-Option is Still Working - ChipWagon
That was a tough game to watch yesterday. Very frustrating to say the least and the inconsistent play of Nick Foles is really starting to wear this author down. Foles inconsistency will likely be the theme of the week leading up to Houston this week, so I'll settle on another topic for now. The Read-Option. Obviously we've written a ton about the read-option since Chip Kelly came to town and while the running game has not been nearly as dominant in 2014 as it was in 2013, one of the more interesting schematic developments of the offense in 2014 is to see how Chip is stretching the defense horiztonally on read-option plays without a mobile QB.

Zone Read: Eagles-Cardinals, the Day After - Birds 24/7
Still in uniform, a downtrodden Jordan Matthews sat in a folding chair facing his locker stall Sunday evening, replaying the Eagles’ final incompletion over and over again. He didn’t have many answers, but was trying to come up with a scenario in which he could have caught the game-winning touchdown against the Cardinals. "There’s no rhyme or reason, no science to it," said Matthews. "Just gotta find a way. I don’t know what else to say. Just gotta find a way to make a play."

The frustration with malfunctioning Nick Foles - CSN Philly
Foles is on pace to break the franchise record in passing yards. That would be a nice enough achievement, but if he makes a critical mistake or two in a playoff game and it costs them a chance to advance, how many people will still care about how he scribbled his name in the record book? He has nine interceptions. That’s third most in the NFL. The Eagles have 17 turnovers as a team. Foles is responsible for 12 of them.

Foles deserves some blame after two costly picks - Inquirer
Let's be clear here: The Eagles lost Sunday because of three turnovers, and Nick Foles was primarily responsible for 67 percent of them. It has become a recurring theme, but this time it cost the Eagles in their 24-20 loss to the Cardinals.

Chip Kelly Was Right Not to Challenge the Spot on Chris Polk’s Run - CrossingBroad
He’s right. The spot – which is the only thing you can challenge on this play – was seemingly accurate. Generous? Probably not. But close enough that the officials weren’t going to move it. We of course want the Eagles to do everything in their power to get a first down (and touchdown) on the drive, and it is slightly maddening that they didn’t take a chance challenging the play, but not doing was almost certainly the right call.

Chip Kelly says no QB sneak at goal line because it failed once - The 700 Level
Losing stinks. When the Eagles lose on Sunday Birds' fans like to pick apart every single little thing done on the field and said after the game. One particularly questionable statement made by Chip Kelly following the game was in regards to not opting for a QB sneak when they had the ball at the goalline.

Taking Long-Range View Of Eagles - PE.com
I'm taking a step back and using the full-season approach to evaluating the Eagles. The team is 5-2 with an eye on Houston and the goal of reaching the playoffs and peaking when they arrive ...

MMBM Week 8- Is Ben Roethlisberger black enough? - SB Nation
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