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The Linc - An Open Letter to the Eagles' Front Office

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Putting Malcolm Jenkins' 'poor grades' into context - JimmyK,
That brings us to ProFootballFocus' (PFF) player rankings. PFF is an incredibly valuable service for its raw data. There aren't many places where you can find how many times a linebacker dropped into coverage, or how long a QB held onto the ball on average before he threw. PFF provides that kind of data, which is extremely valuable. However, many of their stats are useless, without context. For example, it has been pointed out that Jenkins gave up 486 passing yards on balls thrown his way in 2013, which was 2nd most among safeties in the NFL. However, that ignores context.

Open letter to Jeffrey Laurie and Howie Rosen: Stop messing up free agency - JimmyK,
After two days of free agency, I have listened to concerns on Twitter, and have decided to compose a letter to Mr. Jeffrey Laurie and Mr. Howie Rosen voiceing our collective displeasures. Dear Mr. Laurie and Mr. Rosen, I have been an Eagles fan for more than 30 years, and after 2 days of free agency, I am very angry about the Eaglea ensistance on being cheap. I'm going to list my reasons for angerment on bullet point form.

Special Players - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I wanted the Eagles to sign Malcolm Jenkins. Some fans wanted Jairus Byrd. Others wanted TJ Ward. Rumors had the team very interested in Mike Mitchell. Jenkins was my guy. Why? Malcolm Jenkins is not a great player. He’s not an elite playmaker. But I felt like he was the right guy for the Eagles. And that is more important that being the guy with the best stats or the biggest name. Sometimes the right fit is the star player. When your team signs that guy, you’re on Cloud Nine.

Eagles' early signings fit Howie Roseman's plan - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
Howie Roseman told the truth. He cautioned about expecting the Eagles to splurge on Jairus Byrd or T.J. Ward. He insisted free agency would be a patch-filling tool, not a foundation-building mechanism. He spoke on the virtues of rewarding those from within the NovaCare as opposed to outside. His moves so far reflected those tenets.

Eagles' Bennie Logan threatened on Twitter with photo of gun - ESP,
Eagles defensive lineman Bennie Logan was embroiled in a brief but troublesome Twitter exchange with a fan on Tuesday, that ended with the fan making a veiled threat with a gun and, in the end, claiming he lost his job because Logan had called the police. After Logan posted a message asking fans to check out a new line of hats, the fan tweeted that, instead of hawking hats, Logan should be concentrating on improving his play. The back-and-forth escalated quickly, and ended abruptly.

Free-Agent Frenzy " Grantland
The Giants do (almost) everything wrong.

10 Questions With Eagles' Connor Barwin | NBC 10 Philadelphia
He's lean (actually, he's pretty buff), he's mean (on the field) and he's green all over. Not only is Eagles' linebacker Connor Barwin proud to wear his green for the city of Philadelphia, he's also proud to live green. Aside from riding SEPTA when he can, Barwin is partnering with NRG -- the company that brought solar panels to the Linc -- to bring residents new plans to bring solar power into their homes.

Five NFL Stats That Should Really Be Official | The Tailgater
When it comes to statistical analysis, football is still learning to count. Even tabulations of many basic on-field events are often unattainable or unofficial. So here are five statistics that should be made both official and widely available to better inform us all.

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