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Notes: On Foles, Cole And the Corner Spot - Birds 24/7
Nick Foles continues to work alongside his teammates at practice. He’s ditched the knit cap for a helmet and has ramped up his level of participation of late, signs that his fractured collarbone is on the mend. But it didn’t heal fast enough for Foles to make a return to the lineup this season. Come Sunday, Mark Sanchez and Foles will have started the same number of games this year. Considering that he hasn’t been in the lineup since November 2 and has yet to play a full season in the NFL, has the coaching seen enough to know what they have in Foles?

Eagle Eye: The Group To Build Around -
Chip Kelly said it best on Monday when he said the last three games have been "gut-wrenching" for him and the team. It has been a very tough end to the 2014 season, especially considering the 7-2 (and subsequent 9-3) start. There’s been adversity all season long in the form of injuries at pretty much every unit. With the amount of penalties, turnovers, mental mistakes and opportunities left on the field on both sides of the ball in the month of December, there are a lot of reasons why this team is on the outside looking in for the playoffs this winter. We will have eight months to ponder the answers to questions surrounding this team, and there will be many. For now, let’s just focus on Saturday’s loss and some of key storylines coming out of the game.

Boykin on brother: 'He's entitled to his own opinion' - CSN Philly
Eagles slot cornerback Brandon Boykin didn’t agree with his big brother’s assessment that the coaches disrespected him by inserting Nolan Carroll II at left cornerback against Washington after benching Bradley Fletcher in the fourth quarter.

 In the same vein, Boykin didn’t exactly discourage Al Boykin from taking to social media again to express an opinion that could be construed as criticism of the team’s coaching staff.

Did Eagles underutilize Ertz? - Inquirer
During the preseason, Zach Ertz heard often from fantasy football owners who felt he would become one of the NFL's breakout tight ends this season. He was a popular pick to accumulate statistics because of a scorching second half of the 2013 season and the opportunities available in the Eagles offense. Ertz never let them in on something: He did not think he would match the hype because he would not play enough to do so.

Ranking Chip Kelly in the Coach of the Year conversation - Daily News
Coaches are like quarterbacks in the sense that committing to the right one is often less important than not committing to the wrong one. Take it from somebody who has watched plenty of Falcons, Lions and Bengals games this season (along with the aforementioned coaching performances in Miami, Washington and Chicago). Things could be much, much worse.

How NFL teams will assess Jameis Winston’s pros and cons | The MMQB with Peter King
There’s so much to like about Winston—his strength, playmaking and toughness—but his off-field behavior is so distressing. Should he declare for the NFL draft, the FSU quarterback will be subjected to a predraft background check that will make last year’s scrutiny of Johnny Manziel look like a casual glance

Philadelphia Hosts World's Shortest Running Event - Deadspin
On February 6, the Philly 0.0 Instant Gratification Run will charge participants $35 to literally step from a start line over a finish line. The men's and women's winners are chosen by lottery, and event participants are given all the schwag that runners at races usually get, like a t-shirt and post-race food. The entry bib is your proof of admittance to the after-party.

Sometimes it's too late for an NFL team to change - SB Nation
For most of the season, change can be a good thing, turning positions of weakness to those of strength or reversing negative trends. But as the season gets later and later, your football team should be mostly set in its ways, and any change to those ways is more likely a sign of trouble. The Eagles, for instance, had allowed opponents to score on 29 percent of their drives through their first 12 games, third-best in the NFL. In the last three weeks, however, Philadelphia's defense is allowing scores on 44 percent of the drives they faced, including half of Washington's possessions. Or consider the Vikings, who had given up seven fourth-quarter touchdowns this season before Week 16, none since Thanksgiving; they let Miami score three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes.

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