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Referees will be expected to keep up with Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense - Philly.com
According to NFL.com, the NFL's officials will be expected to be in good enough physical condition to keep up with the league's fast-paced offenses. Former Eagles defensive back and current NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent specifically mentioned the Eagles when speaking about the officials' need to be in better shape.

Darren Sproles - Iggles Blitz
You can see that Sproles is a good space player. Get him in space and 1-on-1 and he is still very dangerous. He has exceptionally quick feet and is able to create separation with one move. Sproles lacks the speed that he once had so he’s not so much a home run threat anymore, but he can still deliver chunks of yards in the right situations. I do think the Eagles want to use Sproles as a receiver to take advantage of his ability in that area, but I’m fascinated by him as a runner. Back in 2011, Sproles was 87-603 for the Saints. That is 6.9 yards per carry. His career number is 5.1 ypc. Sproles has never been a volume runner. His career high for carries in a season is 93. Shady McCoy gets that in a month.

The Emory and Henry Philly Phlashback - ChipWagon
Credit goes out to commenter MIT who reminded me in the comments section the other day that this wasn't the first time the Eagles have run the Emory and Henry formation. Turns out Andy Reid rolled it out back in 2009 when Kevin Kolb made his first career start in place of an injured Donovan McNabb.  For those of you who have access to NFL Game Pass or Rewind, this game is still in the archives and I recommend checking out at least the first half for entertainment purposes. Heading into that game as a big underdog, we saw one of the more creative game plans from Andy Reid utilizing the wildcat formation several times and yes, even the Emory and Henry Formation. Recognize this?

Mandatory Monday: Cool-Kid Stats - Sports on Earth
Quarterbacks with amazingly low interception totals sometime benefit from a fluky number of drops. That did not happen with Nick Foles last year -- three dropped interceptions are well within expected totals for a split-time starter -- but Foles did benefit from an abnormally generous eight dropped interceptions late in 2012. Much changed for Foles and the Eagles between 2012 and 2013, but when people ask why I haven't strapped myself in to the Foles bandwagon and stomped on the accelerator, it's because I like to wait past 16 starts to see if random elements start to settle.

How Nick Foles chose football (with assist to LeBron) - CSN Philly
Before he was a record-setting quarterback, a Pro Bowl MVP, a starter for a team with Super Bowl aspirations, Nick Foles was just a normal kid that loved playing baseball, basketball and football. And just about any other sport you can think of.

NFL's Evolution Of Training Camp - PE.com
It was a July 4, Vince Papale recalled, and Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil wanted to know why folks wanted to interrupt his team's practice with the foolishness of fireworks ...

The Top Quarterbacks And The Receivers They Threw It To - Football Perspective
Of the Top 25 QBs by Career Passing Yards, McNabb is the sole QB whose top receiver was a running back: Brian Westbrook.

You can learn a lot from Bruce Smith - SB Nation
Sure, Bruce Smith could do some "Bad Things" to opposing linemen and their quarterbacks, but young players learning the game could pick up a lot of good things from the sack master. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White shares his recollections of watching Smith play the game.

The Top 200 Ways Bleacher Report Screwed Me Over - Deadspin
A month before I turned 21, I returned home from the Bay Area, where I was attending college, to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family in Minnesota. On a Tuesday evening, I was sitting in the living room, about to head upstairs to go to bed, when my phone buzzed with a text from Dave Finocchio, founder and general manager of Bleacher Report.

OLD MAN YELLS AT BLOG - Crossing Broad
What Kempski and McLane just linked to was an absolute hit piece by Allen Rodriguez of Bleeding Green Nation on Jeremy Maclin in which Maclin's ability and effort is heavily questioned. I don't agree with much of it - because it's unfair to criticize a player for being the beneficiary of good playcalling, which is basically what Rodriguez did to demonstrate that Maclin isn't necessarily a great red zone receiver - but there were points that were made and GIFs to back them up. It's a good blog post, whether you agree or disagree with it.