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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/14/2015.

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Where the Eagles' season went wrong, part III: OL continuity - PhillyVoice
The fact that the Eagles' OL stayed so improbably healthy for an entire season led some analysts to wonder if that was sustainable. If the Eagles didn't have the same kind of luck in 2014, might they struggle to cope with injuries? Those analysts' concerns were valid. In 2014, the Eagles' OL was in a constant state of disarray due to injuries and Lane Johnson's suspension. The 2014 edition of the Eagles starters along the OL played just 68.62% of the team's offensive snaps combined.

Faking It - Iggles Blitz
NFL teams are run by powerful men who have egos. Sometimes the men will clash. The Broncos managed to keep their situation under control during the year, just like the Eagles did. More than a few people want to label the Eagles as dysfunctional. To me, that’s more a team like the Niners, where the problems festered for a long time and went unresolved for quite a while. There are a handful of teams where everything is truly hunky-dory, but there are plenty of teams where things might look okay from the outside, but there are more issues than you know. This is true of most workplaces, not just the NFL.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What Would It Take? - Birds 24/7
Opinions vary on how high Mariota will be selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, and therefor how likely it is that the Eagles can get within striking distance to land him. Standout executive turned ESPN analyst Bill Polian, for one, believes Mariota will go in the top three and possibly first overall.

Could title loss bring Marcus Mariota to Eagles? - ESPN
The outcome and, more importantly, the way the game played out may have repercussions beyond who claimed that sleek new national championship trophy. The game could convince NFL general managers and coaches that Mariota is a product of Oregon’s uptempo offensive system who will not easily make the adjustment to the NFL. At this point, the Oregon quarterback says he is undecided on whether to enter the draft. Florida State’s Jameis Winston could be joined by Ohio State’s Cardale Jones at the top of the 2015 quarterback draft class. That could work out well for the Eagles, who hold the No. 20 pick in the NFL draft. Instead of wondering how they could trade up into the top five to pick Mariota, the Eagles could be perfectly placed to grab the Heisman Trophy winner if he slips.

What should the Eagles do with Brandon Boykin? - The 700 Level
Bradley Fletcher struggled all year long, yet managed to hold on to his job as a starting cornerback until Week 17, when the Philadelphia Eagles were already eliminated from playoff contention. Brandon Boykin finished in a tie for second in the NFL in interceptions with six in 2013, yet was actually in the game for a lower percentage of defensive snaps this season. Boykin was on the field 51.0 percent of the time in ’13 compared to 42.7 percent of possible snaps in ’14, which while the dip was due in part to opponents’ scheming, told us just about everything we need to know regarding what the Eagles think of their nickel corner. Apparently, in their minds, he’s nothing more than a situational player.

Returning The Roar To The Offensive Line - PE.com
The injuries didn't help. A four-game suspension for right tackle Lane Johnson was, at times, crippling. The offensive line took a step back in 2014, and it's a group that must regain its footing among the league's very best next season ...

Odds against Lurie's new management plan working - Inquirer
At some point, a new director of personnel and scouting will be hired, perhaps with the title of general manager, but the team could opt to introduce him by himself, if at all, and bypass the need to rehash the reason he was hired in the first place.

Arik Armstead declares for 2015 NFL Draft - Addicted to Quack
This season, Amstead played in 13 games and had 46 total tackles (25 solo, 21 assisted) with 5.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. His 46 tackles were by far a career-high, with his previous best coming during his freshman season in 2012 when he made 26 tackles. Amstead also had six quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. His six quarterback hurries were the most among the team. Armstead missed two games this season with an ankle injury, but looked impressive against Ohio State.