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Eagles News: Chip Kelly is adding new adjustments to Philadelphia's offense

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/10/15.

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Eagle Eye: New Wrinkles For The Offense -
It felt like forever since we’ve had a chance to react to an Eagles game with the Eagles on the bye in Week 8 and with Sunday’s contest being in prime time, but this was well worth the wait. The Eagles came out, and despite facing early adversity, put together their most complete game on offense. I thought the offensive line, despite missing Jason Peters, had a strong outing both in pass protection and in the run game. Quarterback Sam Bradford looked comfortable. He made a number of very accurate throws, and he was largely decisive throughout the night in key situations. His receivers even made some plays for him! There were still a couple of drops, but for each one of those there was a tough, contested catch mixed in as well. Schematically, the Eagles busted out some new wrinkles and I thought it was very apparent that the coaching staff had a bead on what the Cowboys wanted to do in key situations, and played off of those tendencies.

Cowboys defense was gassed on the final drive against the Eagles - PhillyVoice
One of the benefits of running a fast-paced offense is that as long as you can get some first downs and stay on the field, you will eventually wear down opposing defenses. This is where the Philadelphia Eagles excelled in 2013, in Chip Kelly's first year with the team. Sunday night in Dallas, the fast pace did what it was partly designed to do.

Bradford fitting into Eagles offense and thriving - Inquirer
Since it was Chip Kelly who initially went with the movie analogy, it's only fitting to find a film with a slow start and a strong finish when describing Sam Bradford's first eight games as an Eagles quarterback. Maybe the noir detective thriller Se7en, which builds with intensity as seven murders are committed over the course of the film? Bradford and the Eagles, of course, would likely prefer an example that didn't end with someone's severed head in a box. But the incremental steps that Bradford has taken over the span of eight games have, for the most part, been a slow burn of improvement. There has been the occasional setback or a glimpse of greatness, but his season has progressed, Kelly said, as one would expect for someone who walked in a theater during the intermission.

Jordan Hicks Out - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles got their biggest win of the year on Sunday night, but it came at a price. Rookie sensation Jordan Hicks tore his pectoral muscle and is out for the year. Another day, another ILB injury. Is this a big deal? If you take away INTs, FFs, FRs and sacks, Hicks really wasn’t that good of a player. Right? Hicks is one of the best Eagles rookie LBs in the last 30 years, if not all time. Seth Joyner and William Thomas each started about half of their rookie years and were solid. Mychal Kendricks was good in 2012. Jeremiah Trotter didn’t play as a rookie and Byron Evans only started a few games.

Chip Kelly says Jordan Matthews, Eagles had best week of practice prior to beating Dallas Cowboys -
The head coach said Monday that Matthews wasn't the only one who elevated his game last week leading up to Sunday's showdown in Arlington.  "This has been our best week of training since I've been here," Kelly said Monday at the NovaCare Complex. "I think the whole group practiced well. I think Jordan in particular, the one thing that if you're in a slump, it takes someone with a great work ethic to get out of a slump. That's what Jordan has. He worked extremely hard.  "He did a lot of extra work after our reps were done on offense, mimicking Dez Bryant for our defense. He did a really good job at that, too. The kid's tireless in terms of his ability to work and what he can do. it showed.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: DeMarco’s Dominant Return - Birds 24/7
Losing in the first half to his former team, DeMarco Murray walked the sideline during Week 2 livid. In those first two quarters at Lincoln Financial Field against the Cowboys, Murray carried the ball seven times for -10 rushing yards. "He was very, very passionate the first time we played them," Jason Kelce said, "and it was frustrating for him out there — you could see it on his face — with how the game was going." Flash forward seven weeks and Murray combined for 161 rushing and receiving yards, plus a touchdown on the ground. Philadelphia topped Dallas, 33-27, in overtime as Murray had his best statistical game as an Eagle.

6 Gritty Keys To The Eagles’ Win - Crossing Broad
This was an ugly win, but against the Cowboys, even the ugliness feels good. Dallas needed a 79-yard kick return, two horrible defensive pass interference calls on Byron Maxwell at the end of regulation, a field goal that banked in off the post, and an insanely lucky TD pass from Matt Cassel to Dez Bryant to even stay close. Cassel narrowly evaded a sack, then basically shut his eyes and threw a Hail Mary to the end zone with 11 minutes left in the game. The fact that Dez Bryant grabbed it before any of the nearby Eagles, and scored a lucky/brilliant touchdown, doesn’t change the fact that it was a terrible throw.

Sam Bradford saved the day? Sam Bradford saved the day! - CSN Philly
Be honest. Did you think it would end that way? Did you think Sam Bradford would play the hero, or were you worried, deep down, that he’d blow it and explode what was left of the Eagles’ season?

2016 NFL Draft order: Cleveland Browns moving up, Tennessee Titans fall - SB Nation
The Browns are in familiar territory in the draft order, so will they move on from former first-round pick Johnny Manziel?

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