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Tony Romo: Fourth quarter stud -
Tony Romo chokes a lot. I know it. You know it. We all know it. Right? Nope. YOU'RE WRONG, haters. According to a number of recent articles, Tony Romo is a fourth quarter golden god.

The Men Behind Davis - Iggles Blitz
One of the key points I’ve tried to make in regard to Bill Davis is that he now has a strong staff around him. Too often we see an offensive or defensive coordinator and judge them without looking at the assistants around them. When Jim Johnson had the Eagles defense playing great football, he had Ron Rivera, Steve Spagnuolo and Leslie Frazier helping him. Those coaches could help with schemes, gameplanning and also teaching the concepts to the players.

What Pisses Kelly Off? McCoy Answers - Birds 24/7
"The cool thing about Chip is he has such a great personality where he actually wants the best for the player, and there's times where we have these talks, and everything is to help the player out. And sometimes during the games we get into it because I might see something my way and the play should be going a certain way. And that's just kind of teaching me to play within the system and then after that, letting your natural instincts go. And that's something that he helps me out with to be a better player."

Who Will Step Up At Wide Receiver? -
There’s no question that the Eagles’ corps of wide receivers looks considerably different heading into the 2014 season than it did at the end of the 2013. Gone are DeSean Jackson, the team’s leading receiver, and Jason Avant, the most-experienced member of the group. In are a pair of second-day draft picks in Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff. For wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell, the charge to replace the production and leadership is one that is already taking place.

Preseason Power Rankings No. 13: Philadelphia Eagles - PFT
The Eagles spent all of last season looking for more pass rush at outside linebacker to go with Trent Cole and they continued the hunt into the offseason when they drafted Marcus Smith in the first round. Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham will also be trying to make the Eagles more threatening on defense, but neither one struck much fear last season.

2014 Version of 2013 Breakouts - Rotoworld
Jordan Matthews - At first glance, the 2014 Eagles wide receiver corps doesn’t seem quite as deep as San Diego’s was in 2013, but there are a lot of players expected to be rotated into this passing game. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are penciled in as the No. 1 and 2 wide receivers. LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Brent Celek, and Zach Ertz will also be in the mix. 6’3/212 Matthews is the favorite for No. 3 duties, which doesn’t figure to mean more than a handful of targets each game out of the gate. He’s the team’s best talent at the position, though. Maclin and Cooper have an experience edge, but Matthews is the superior player. Very close to an every-down role in a high-scoring offense, Matthews is well-worth a flier in the later rounds of your draft. You just may need to wait a few weeks for the payoff.

Mike Florio wrote a sci-fi novel about football in 2001. Here's a review of it. - SB Nation
The king of ProFootballTalk wrote a book about time traveling quarterbacks, and it is required reading for any real NFL fan.

How the NFL could benefit from a developmental league - FOX Sports
Imagine a league in which NFL hopefuls can spend a season refining their techniques before taking the big stage. Imagine an academy at a centralized location, where those same players can stay in shape, get individualized coaching and essentially become the league's waiver wire during the regular season.

Green Bay Packers' financial data shows how an NFL team can make money in any market - Vox
Because the Green Bay Packers are publicly owned, they make financial information available to the public in a more detailed way than most other American sports teams. And their data makes it clear that owning an NFL team is a really good business to be in. The Packers received $187.7 million as their automatic share of the league's national television revenue, while spending $171 million on player compensation.

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