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The Linc - What If Eagles Fans Ran The Team?

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Philly Sports Radio Host Mike Missanelli Suspended - BLG, BGN
ICYMI: Local Philly sports radio host Mike Missanelli has been suspended by 97.5 The Fanatic for homophobic comments.

Quiz: What team would the Eagles resemble if Eagles fans were in charge? - JimmyK,
With the Super Bowl over, the 2013 season officially in the books, and amateur GM season about to begin, let's apply that same kind of highly scientific quiz to Eagles fans to determine what team they would build if they were in charge.

Roseman: We Must Build The Right Way - Danta Klaus,
"When you look at what Seattle did throughout the course of the season, you just have a tremendous respect for that football team and the way they’re built," Roseman said. "I think they did things the right way – they built through the draft, then they supplemented with free agents who fit their scheme. They have good players, and I think it showed that you can win in more than one way. As you’ve seen the past few years with teams who have won the championship, that there are teams who are really strong offensively who have gotten it done. But you also see that when you have a defense like (Seattle’s), that makes such a difference, that’s impressive as well." The inherent issue with looking at the Seahawks as the model to emulate, however, is the reality that if you’re trying to catch up to the curve, you’re already falling behind on pioneering the new, revolutionary trend. In hiring Chip Kelly as head coach, Roseman hoped to find that innovator whose methods would become so successful that it forced the rest of the league to play catch up.

Safety Upgrade? - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Howie isn’t saying the Eagles will go get TJ Ward or Jairus Byrd. He is saying the team will have at least a serviceable starter to go alongside Wolff. This could be an impact free agent. It could be Nate Allen. It could be a mid-level starter signed through free agency. It won’t shock me if they hold on to Patrick Chung as an emergency option. I repeat…emergency option. If the Eagles do sign a stud Safety in free agency, they won’t feel pressure to take one early in the draft. They still could, but there won’t be a sense of need. If the Eagles have a marginal player in there, Safety will be more of a priority in the draft.

Who is poised to make a Super Bowl XLIX run? - FoxSports
Chip Kelly’s first season in the NFL was a success, to put it mildly. Once quarterback Nick Foles was able to find comfort in the offense, they won seven of their last eight games. Linebacker Connor Barwin said recently that he thinks "there’s going to be a lot of growth from Year 1 to Year 2″ when it comes to Philly’s defense. The Eagles will need to make decisions at the wide receiver position, however, as Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are free agents. The NFC East will always be a competitive division, but Philadelphia will continue to ascend as Kelly gets his guys in house.

Offseason Outlook: Outside Linebackers - Birds 24/7
Q: Will there be a new starter on the outside in 2014?
McManus: I will say no, at least to start the year.
Connor Barwin may not be an elite pass-rusher but there is great value in his versatility. I think his starting job is secure. Trent Cole‘s spot really is the one to focus on. Cole is extremely well-respected within the organization and was regularly lauded by Chip Kelly and Billy Davis during the season, both noting that the numbers don’t tell the whole story when it comes to Cole’s impact on the game. And the numbers weren’t bad. Despite playing OLB for the first time in his nine-year career, he finished with eight sacks, 15 hurries and 10 tackles for a loss.

Super Bowl in Phila.? A cautionary tale - Mike Sielski, Inquirer
Here's hoping Lurie and Smolenski took the long, hard look that they promised they would. In an event of such size and scope, the details are everything, and the complications and failures that arose Sunday and Monday would be endemic to any cold-weather city that aspires to host the Super Bowl, Philadelphia included. An overwhelmed train system, increased traffic, a ban on tailgating, canceled and delayed flights - all this, and the weather Sunday was perfect for football. The Seahawks and Broncos played in ideal conditions. Just imagine if the snow and ice that swept through the Northeast on Monday had arrived a day earlier. The NFL was lucky, and on Monday, Eric Grubman, the league's executive vice president and its president of business ventures, was still trying to explain why the game's organizers weren't ready for the reported 28,000 people who rode NJ Transit from Secaucus to MetLife Stadium.

Eagles want safety help, but at reasonable cost - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
We all agree the Eagles need to upgrade the safety position. Significantly. "We talk about every position and wanting to get better," general manager Howie Roseman said. "But certainly you look at that position and the free agents we have, and naturally there's going to be some change over there." The only question is how. Roseman indicated that the Eagles plan to address their safety issue in free agency and not rely solely on the draft to upgrade their position of greatest need.

Tim Tebow would have won the Super Bowl - PFT Commenter, SBN NFL
Dont get me wrong: Peyton Manning is the greatest REGULAR SEASON Quarterback of all time but he is the worst POST SEASONED QB of all time. His Rings Per Year is a measly .0625, only slightly lower then Von Millers career BAC. If your putting Peyton on Mount Rushmores still I hate to break it to you but your going to need a bigger mountain because the only thing bigger then the empty space on his trophy mantle is his forehead. Tim Tebow would of won. Or he at least would of scored more than 8 points. Tebow would of juked and willed his way through the Seattle secondary like a hot knife through foreskin and thats a fact. Everyone knows the real 12th man is Jesus.

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