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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/7/2014.

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Getting Close - Iggles Blitz
I watched NFL Matchup this morning. Merrill Hoge focused on the playoff loss to the Saints and how that gave defenses a blueprint on how to shut down the Eagles. That was some fast food analysis. The Saints did shut the Eagles down for part of the game, but the Eagles eventually got on track and the offense left the field with the lead. Give the Saints a ton of credit for how well they played, but let’s not act like the game was a shutout where the Eagles got completely dominated. I’ve watched those games before. The 2000 playoff loss to the Giants. The 2003 playoff loss to the Panthers. The 1992 and 1995 playoff losses to Dallas. Those were games where the offense was held to a single TD or less. It looked like the Eagles were a level below the competition.

Searching for Greatness on Defense - ChipWagon
As the regular season is now upon us and the final 53 man roster has been selected, we can take an honest look at the personnel in all facets of the football team. Despite only one new starter on defense (Malcolm Jenkins) it appears there is a fair amount of optimism amongst the coaching staff and fan base that the biggest improvement will result from the players having a full year in Billy Davis' 2-gap 3-4 scheme behind them. While I agree with the overall optimism we also need to take a fair and critical look at the personnel that Davis has at his disposal. My own honest assessment is that this is a defense full of good players but lacking in great players. Does that mean the Eagles won't have any defensive representatives this year at the Pro Bowl? Does it mean the defense can't be great in 2014?

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Jaguars - Birds 24/7
Jacksonville ranked 30th in adjusted sack rate a year ago, but added former Seahawk (and Eagle) Chris Clemons in the offseason. If 2013 is any indication, don't expect the Jaguars to blitz much. They rushed four 73.6 percent of the time last season, second-most in the league according to the Football Outsiders Almanac. If they do bring pressure, expect Gus Bradley to attack the right side of the Eagles' line. Barbre had issues in pass protection during the preseason, and Todd Herremans was up and down in that area a year ago.

In Brandon Graham, Marcus Smith has a mentor - CSN Philly
If anybody can understand what Marcus Smith is going through, it’s Brandon Graham. Graham and Smith, first-round picks taken by the Eagles four years apart, are tied together by great expectations, early failures and the inevitable first-round bust tag. Graham, now playing for his fourth defensive coordinator in five years, is starting to shed that tag, although he still hasn’t quite overcome the weight of expectations. But he’s had a very good preseason and appears primed for a breakthrough year.

Eagles' Trey Burton eager to show what he can do - Inquirer
The draft had just ended, and Trey Burton was fielding calls like most of the rookies who just missed out on being selected. He knew the Eagles were interested. The feeling was mutual. But the post-draft scramble for undrafted rookies is a free-for-all, and while Burton's multiposition four years at Florida might have lowered his draft stock, it would certainly make him an appealing addition to any training camp.

Fast-playing Brad Smith fits in well with Eagles - Inquirer
Over his eight years in the NFL, he's been a wide receiver, a quarterback, a running back, and a kickoff and punt returner, his career characterized by the versatility that Kelly prizes. And when the Eagles' regular season begins Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Smith finally will find himself used as a weapon within a philosophy similar to the one that made him so prolific in college.

Jason Peters Explains His Love For Blocking -
"I watched Walter Jones, that's the reason I got No. 71. And I watched Anthony Munoz and I watched (Chris) Samuels from the Redskins … Walter Jones is the guy that I watched the most and took his game and tried to put it into mine. I just used to watch him and how he moves his feet and stays low and moves side-to-side and just tried to mimic him."

Cheattle Cheathawks can only win by cheating beacuse they're cheaters - SB Nation
The children who watched this at home need to be told that there's no excuse for what they saw in last night's shameful display of trickery.