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

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Assessing the Defense - Iggles Blitz
I do think we also need to put some context on the situation. The Titans blew a 25-point lead on Sunday. Detroit and Chicago blew 14-point leads. Atlanta blew a 10-point lead. So did Dallas, but they recovered to win. Tampa blew an 11-point lead. We’ve seen this kind of stuff all year long. The Eagles have 3 big time comeback wins. Dallas trailed the Rams 21-0 a few weeks back and won that game. The Seahawks juggernaut defense couldn’t protect a late lead over Denver and had to go to overtime to win the game. This season has been all about comebacks.

Extra! Extra! 'READ' All About It: Packaged Plays - ChipWagon
Re-visiting a regular feature from last year, EXTRA! EXTRA! 'READ' All About It is a feature where we focus on various aspects of the read-option that are used from week to week by the Eagles. Much has been made about Chip's use of the read-option before coming to Philadelphia and it was an important component of his 2013 offensive attack.

Philadelphia Eagles' offense: What's curbing Chip Kelly's attack? - NFL.com
From a scouting perspective, defensive coordinators understand that Foles is a limited athlete without the speed, quickness or agility to threaten the edge as a runner. Thus, they are ignoring him on the zone-read and committing more defenders to attack LeSean McCoy in the run game. Against the pass, defensive play callers are using more blitzes, stunts and games to create penetration up the middle, leading to Foles throwing balls with defenders in his face. As a result, Foles is fading away on his throws and delivering floaters to his receivers over the middle. Although he has gotten away with many of his "toss-ups," Foles' willingness to throw the ball into traffic under duress has led to his bloated INT number this season (five already, as opposed to two during the entire 2013 campaign). With teams across the league watching Foles seemingly crack under pressure, more defensive play callers will turn up the heat to see if they can force the young quarterback into poor decisions from the pocket.

McCoy On Being Pulled: ‘I Wasn’t Pissed About It’ - Birds 24/7
In what barely qualifies as trash talk, Rolle said earlier this week that the Eagles were not the team to beat in the NFC East, noting that the division was weak last year. "He talks a lot. He talks too much," said Maclin.

Fan-Demonium: Time For A Blowout - PE.com
While the Rams piled up the yards and points, it wasn't as if receivers were running wide open. Think about the touchdown that Jeremy Maclin got in the opener. Heck, think about the touchdown he got against the Rams. He had no one near him on either play. Rams receivers were covered. The problem is that the Eagles' defensive backs did not do a good job of playing the ball. Chip Kelly talked about it in his press conference. Fletcher and Cary Williams were very close to the receivers. But close isn't good enough.

Domo's Eagles-Giants scouting report - Daily News
The Giants lost their leading rusher, Rashad Jennings, to a season-ending knee injury last week. Jennings was averaging 4.4 yards per carry. His replacement, rookie Andre Williams, is a similar type of runner. He’s a big (5-11, 230-pound), physical downhill runner with good explosion, power and speed. Williams, who had 65 yards on 20 carries last week, is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. The Giants play a lot more one-back in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s West Coast system than they did under his predecessor, Kevin Gilbride. While the Giants are only averaging 3.7 yards per carry, they still run the ball a lot. They are averaging 32.6 rushing attempts per game. In their three-game win streak, they’ve averaged 38.0. The Eagles have given up 343 rushing yards the last two games, including 12 double-digit-yard runs. Opponents have averaged 5.3 yards per carry against them in the first quarter this season.

Brent Celek on Antrel Rolle, Giants: 'We want to whoop them' - NJ.com
"That's fine," tight end Brent Celek said. "He has his own opinion. We still have to go out and play the game.....(All division teams) are rivals, but since they are so close, same division, I definitely want to whoop them."

Four-man pass rush adds up to sacks for Eagles - Inquirer
There has been strong individual play, and Brandon Graham has emerged as the Eagles' best rusher even though he has played only 34 percent of the defensive snaps. He did not record a sack Sunday against the Rams, but coaches credited him with four hurries in only 15 pass-rush attempts. A week earlier against the 49ers, Graham had a sack and a hurry in only five rushes. He is still not an ideal 3-4 outside linebacker, but he has improved in coverage and setting the edge against the run and now can play behind both Trent Cole and Connor Barwin. It's hard to make an argument against giving him more snaps.

Is it time to be concerned about Nick Foles? - CSN Philly
Foles went 24 for 37 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Rams. The Eagles won. Barely, but they won. After throwing for more than 300 yards in the first three weeks, Foles has thrown for fewer than 300 yards in the last two games. His passer rating against the Rams was 86.2. That’s become the new normal for Foles. A year ago, Foles had a passer rating of 100 or better in eight of the 10 games he started. This year his passer rating has been below 100 in four out of five games.

All-22: Front Seven Brings the Pressure Against the Rams - Inside the Eagles
The front seven for the Philadelphia Eagles defense had their best game of the season this past Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. They racked up four sacks, forced and recovered three fumbles, and were in quarterback Austin Davis’ face for much of the day. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis did a good job of dialing up blitzes to free up rushers, and the players did an excellent job of executing and making plays when called upon. Let’s go to the tape…

The 2012 QB draft class has a chance to be one of the best - SportsonEarth.com
The quarterbacks drafted in 2012 have had a range of fortunes, but overall things are looking pretty impressive for the class, which includes Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. Knowing what we know now, what order would they have been drafted in?

NFL personal conduct policy changes are still just talk - SB Nation
Roger Goodell and the owners discussed changes to the NFL's handling of off the field issues, but remain far from a resolution.