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Eagles News: The reason behind DeMarco Murray's slow start

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Why DeMarco Murray Has Struggled in Philadelphia - The MMQB with Peter King
I think all the talk about the difference between running out of the I-formation vs. the shotgun is absolutely valid. Yes, I’m referring to DeMarco Murray. This offseason, one offensive coach told me to expect a slow start from Murray in Philadelphia, because it usually takes about half a season for running backs to adjust to the change. Every back is different, but many say running out of the I-formation is easier, because you have better field vision when you’re lined up seven yards deep. It’s harder to make the transition from running out of the I formation to the shotgun runs prevalent in Chip Kelly’s system rather than vice versa.

Grading the Eagles after five games: Defensive line edition - PhillyVoice
First and foremost on defense, the Eagles want to stop the run, and in 2014 they allowed just 3.7 yards per carry, which was good for fifth-best in the NFL. The Eagles' success against the run a year ago carried over into the first five games of the season. In fact, they've actually been even better against the run than they were a year ago. The Eagles are the #1 run defense in the NFL in the following categories.

Eagles' Nolan Carroll has his corner covered - Daily News
"We didn't know exactly what he was," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said of Carroll. "We knew he was an outstanding special-teams player and we thought he had an opportunity to be a corner for us, and we would see how he developed. The credit really goes to him in terms of how hard he's worked to take the step to becoming a starting corner." After playing just 369 snaps last season, almost all of them as the "dime" linebacker in their six-DB subpackage, Carroll won the starting corner job this summer opposite Maxwell and has played well so far for a rebuilt secondary that isn't ready for a nickname yet, but has played considerably better than a season ago.

Are the Eagles Good on Defense? - Iggles Blitz
The Falcons shredded the Eagles defense in the opener. Julio Jones caught 37 passes for 2000 yards and 10 TDs, or at least it felt like that. I think all of us that hoped the defense would take a step forward were highly frustrated with what we saw. Atlanta scored 26 points in the opener. No team has scored more than 23 points since then. The Eagles allowed 20, 17, 23 and 17 points since then. However, one of those TDs was a blocked punt and one came in the closing minutes of the Saints blowout with plenty of backups on the field. Take away those two scores and the Eagles defense has allowed 16 points a game from Week 2 on. That’s good defense.

Eagle Eye: The Beauty Of Fletcher Cox -
On Monday, I took a long look at the success the Eagles had on offense against the New Orleans Saints, so today it’s time to look at the defense. Going into the game, there were a couple of things you knew about this Saints offense. First, Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, so getting pressure on him and moving him off his spot without sacrificing bodies in coverage would be key. Second, you knew that this was a quick-hitting offense that loved to spread the ball to their backs out of the backfield in the passing game. Third, you knew that there would be some shot plays mixed in down the field, so playing with sound technique would be imperative to limit the explosive plays against the defense. How did the Eagles fare? Let’s take a look.

The Departed: Foles Gets Roughed Up - Birds 24/7
Through his first four games as a Ram, Foles tossed five touchdown passes and just one interception, including an outing against the Seahawks' vaunted Legion of Boom. Now, his numbers through five games read as follows: 57.4 completion percentage, six touchdown passes, five interceptions, 956 yards, and 6.8 yards per attempt.

Sam Bradford one of NFL's best QBs ... in second half - CSN Philly
One of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this year has been Sam Bradford. In the first half. One of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this year has been Sam Bradford. In the second half. Five games into the season, one trend is becoming clear. Bradford is pretty bad early. In a few games, he’s snapped out of it. In a couple, he hasn’t. But in all five, he’s been sharper — in some cases dramatically sharper — after halftime than before.

NFL Week 5 Winners and Losers: Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller, Jamaal Charles, and More - Grantland
One of the reasons some folks were so high on Philadelphia coming into the year was that the talent on the Eagles defense could carry them for stretches. And no one in that group has more talent than Fletcher Cox. Cox plays all over the formation, but his strength is the ability to line up as a 3-technique tackle and go to work against overmatched guards. He dominated the interior of the Saints offensive line yesterday to the tune of three sacks, an additional tackle for loss, and two forced fumbles. The second turnover came early in the third quarter, just after Philadelphia had scored to take a 17-10 lead. On the first play of the drive, Cox dismantled Saints tackle Andrus Peat and dragged Drew Brees to the turf. The ball went spilling onto the ground before Cox pounced on it, giving the Eagles possession at the Saints’ 13-yard line. Sam Bradford tossed a touchdown on the very next play. It’s about as big of a two-play swing as any defender can have, and it was that sort of day for Cox.

Taking the NFL’s Statistical Temperature - Grantland
Cliff notes - Eagles defense has been very good. Eagles offense is among the league's worst on 3rd down.

MMBM: Odell Beckham is injury prone because of his haircut - SB Nation
Sure he's fast, but slow and steady wins the race. Give me turtle-style over hare-style any day folks.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
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