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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/16/2015.

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Where the Eagles' season went wrong, part V: Lack of explosive plays - PhillyVoice
In 2013, the Eagles set a new all-time NFL record with 99 plays of 20+ yards. It's a statistic the NFL has been tracking since 1991, and when you think about the number of prolific offenses that have been around since then, what the Eagles accomplished offensively in 2013 seems all the more impressive. The "Run and Shoot" Oilers of the early 90's, the "K-Gun" Bills under Jim Kelly, the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf," Peyton Manning's teams both in Indianapolis and Denver, the undefeated Patriots, the Randy Moss / Cris Carter Vikings, and the Packers and Saints offenses under Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees all come to mind. In 2014, however, the Eagles were less explosive. On the season, the they had 75 plays of 20+ yards, which is still a high number compared to other NFL teams, but not near what they were able to do in Chip Kelly's first year with the team.

The Future at ILB - Iggles Blitz
One position of uncertainty for the Eagles is ILB. Mychal Kendricks is on the verge of becoming a great player. He is a good playmaker and has gotten better each year at being a run defender. DeMeco Ryans future is up in the air. He’s an older player with a high price tag and he’s coming off a serious injury. Those guys rarely stick around, but Ryans is a great leader and Chip Kelly might value that enough to keep him around for one more year. Beyond those two, the Eagles have Najee Goode, who is also coming off an injury, and Emmanuel Acho. Casey Matthews is a free agent. Matthews and Acho were effective while filling in for Ryans this year, but neither stood out in a way that made you think they should be starting in the future. That said, there wasn’t such a drop-off that you missed Ryans as much as I expected.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Conservative Chip? - Birds 24/7
There's a fine line between aggressive and reckless, and I think Kelly is doing the right thing by respecting the differences between college and the pros and pulling back some. The swinging gate, for instance, was justifiably shelved after making a brief appearance last year. And some of it is just recognizing the limitations of your players. When you're dealing with a banged-up offensive line and a backup quarterback, there's reason to question whether the execution will be there. That said, I think Kelly needs to be more adventurous when it comes to both his decision-making and play-calling. It was part of his identity in college (as his nickname suggests) and needs to come to the surface a bit more here in the pros.

Mock draft 1.0: Pro-ready Winston goes No. 1 - NFL.com
Landon Collins would be a huge upgrade in Philadelphia, and his physical play style fits the NFC East.

An Eagles overview to free-agent cornerbacks and safeties - The 700 Level
Culliver’s first season as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers was a good one. The 2011 third-round pick out of South Carolina played in 14 games, racking up 14 pass breakups and four interceptions. According to Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks posted a lowly 66.5 passer rating against Culliver, sixth-best among qualifying cornerbacks. Culliver has been a little injury prone throughout his career, but has the size (6’0", 199 lbs.), age (26) and pedigree the Eagles are looking for. Plus, his best days are likely still on the horizon.

10 To Watch For 2015 Season - PE.com
Josh Huff provided a glimpse of his ability in his rookie season. Huff caught 8 passes for 98 yards. He had five tackles on special teams. And he returned 14 kickoffs for a 29.6-yard-per-return average, including that 107-yard bolt against Tennessee. Huff has tremendous explosiveness and toughness and he's a physical kid. Can he put it all together and provide the day-in, day-out consistency needed in the NFL? Can he jump up in Year 2 and become a starting wide receiver in this offense? A third-round draft pick, Huff clearly has the ability. How quickly he delivers consistency will dictate his career path.

Word on the Birds: Learning from Final 4 - Philly.com
On today's episode of Word on the Birds, Philly.com's Pat Gallen & Dave Spadaro of the Philadelphia Eagles preview the AFC & NFC Championships & discuss what the Eagles can learn from each team.

Eagles Stay or Go Part 4: Fletcher, Foles and more - CSN Philly
Eli Manning went 8-10 in his first 18 starts and lost his first two playoff games. Giants fans were ready to give up on him. Now he’s a two-time Super Bowl MVP. No reason to think Foles, who is 14-4 in his first 18 starts under Kelly, can’t keep improving if given the chance and have similar success. Continuity at QB is key.

Breaking Madden: Never count out Touchdown Tom - SB Nation
The Patriots' offense: 11 identical clones of Tom Brady. The Colts' defense: 11 enormous superhumans who have never seen a football game. In this episode of Breaking Madden, Touchdown Tom is in for the fight of his life.

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