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Eagles training camp practice notes, August 13: 'Not Murderleg' wins the day - Philly.com
Zach Ertz had a very good day, as the Patriots defense struggled sticking with him. Want to cover Ertz with a linebacker? Good luck. Want to go nickel when Ertz is in there? Prepare to get pounded with the run. The Eagles have three players who can be mismatch nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators: LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, and Ertz.
2-Gap, 1-Gap and Vinny Curry - Chip Wagon
There has been a lot of discussion recently about the 2-gap 3-4 and whether all of our players are scheme fits. Furthermore, there is questioning on whether the growth of players like Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, and even Fletcher Cox is stunted because of this scheme. I think there is certainly an element of truth to this and certainly you expect pass rushers to excel in a more aggressive scheme where they can shoot gaps and get quickly into the backfield. Unfortunately, that's not the defense Billy Davis and Chip Kelly want so these guys either need to make the proper adjustments or they won't be long for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Running Diary: Eagles-Pats Practice Observations - Birds 24/7
One-on-one time. Curtis Marsh flashes during this period every day. He does a fantastic job playing the fade, turns around at the perfect time and breaks up the Tom Brady pass. You can see why the Eagles felt good about Marsh's man coverage skills and athleticism, but it hasn't translated to games.
LeSean McCoy has bigger goals than 2,000 yards - Inquirer
When coach Chip Kelly was asked whether McCoy could reach 2,000 rushing yards in this offense, he responded with the same apathy that he applied to the weekly depth chart or the hype that a rookie receives. "I don't care," Kelly said. "I really don't care, and he knows that, and I've told him that. All we care about is, are we winning football games? We've never been driven by individual statistics, and he understands that."
Lurie: Philadelphia 'ready and willing' to host Super Bowl - CSN Philly
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he believes the NFL wants more outdoor Super Bowls in cold-weather cities, and he believes Philadelphia remains in the mix to host one of the biggest events in sports. Lurie, speaking during Eagles-Patriots joint practices on the grass fields adjacent to Gillette Stadium, said he hopes the success of Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford in February – the first outdoor Super Bowl ever in a cold-weather city – will eventually lead to Philly getting a Super Bowl of its own.
The NFL’s New Defensive Rules Probably Aren’t Going To Make A Difference | FiveThirtyEight
The last time the NFL cracked down on holding and contact by defenders, it didn’t make any noticeable dent in the rising trend of passing efficiency. Pass offenses have steadily become more and more efficient over the last decade and a half — but that’s part of a longterm trend of increased passing efficacy, not because of the rule changes inspired by Polian a decade ago. The same will likely be true for the changes made this offseason as well.
FOOTBALL TICKET GIVEAWAY ON FOOTBALL NIGHT AT THE BARNSTORMERS!
The Lancaster Barnstormers bring a full slate to the table on August 26th with many football giveaways including a grand finale that consists of Penn State Nittany Lion and Philadelphia Eagles tickets for a 2014-15 regular season game. A raffle will be held throughout the game and contestants will be chosen to compete in on-field contests to determine the winner of a ticket giveaway.
WE COULD BE KING - (Now available on VOD and iTunes)
WE COULD BE KING follows a cast of remarkable characters against the backdrop of a city in upheaval through an improbable football season. Germantown and Martin Luther King High Schools were bitter rivals for over 40 years. This past year, a budget crisis caused Philadelphia to lay off over 4,000 employees and close 24 schools, including Germantown High. This resulted in Germantown being forced to merge with their former rival, King. Against awe-inspiring odds, a 27-year old first time head coach and a new principal fight to inspire young men who come from difficult circumstances to come together and lift each other toward a better future.