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Eagles News: Chip Kelly is simplifying the playbook to help Sam Bradford

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/12/15.

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Eagles have simplified the playbook to accommodate Sam Bradford in recent weeks -
As it turns out, it isn't necessarily a coincidence that Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has had his best two games of the season the past two weeks.  As Bradford pointed out following Wednesday's practice, the coaching staff has simplified the playbook in recent weeks, tailoring the game plans to his strengths after a rocky first several weeks to start the season.  "In the past couple of weeks we've kind of found what we're good at," Bradford said. "Some of the pass concept and things that I'm comfortable with and we're comfortable with as an offense. We've just kind of repped those and we're going to go out there and run those plays on Sundays.

Five reasons to believe the Eagles will be better in the second half - PhillyVoice
Kelly's right that we should've expected more of a learning curve from Bradford. Not just because he missed most of the last two seasons with injury, but also because he had to learn another new offense while also getting acclimated to his new teammates and a new organization. In a way, this season is similar to the 2013 season. Back then, Kelly was the new kid on the block and the entire team had to get used to his style, which probably took some adjustment after more than a decade with Andy Reid in charge. The Eagles started the season 3-5, but went on to win seven of their last eight en route to a division title. Last season, they seemed to pick up right where they left off until injuries, specifically to QB Nick Foles, sent their season into a tailspin.

All-22: The Offensive Line’s Transformation - Birds 24/7
The reason for the offensive line's success may have been even more surprising than the performance itself. It wasn't Jason Kelce or Lane Johnson who played the best, but Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly. Although Johnson did an admirable job switching from right tackle to left tackle on short notice, Kelly played consistently well and sparked several big plays. "Tobin and Kelly played the best of the offensive line," Johnson said. "Especially in run blocking, they were good and getting some movement. That’s the best game they played all year."

Busy Day - Iggles Blitz
If Jenkins does miss the game, that would be hard on the defense. There is no natural replacement for him. Chris Maragos is the #3 Safety, but he’s not a guy you really want on the field for 70 snaps. Eric Rowe would be interesting as a replacement, but I don’t know if he’s trained enough at SS to start there and play the whole game. Jerome Couplin is banged up right now so he’s probably not a candidate.

Humble Jordan Matthews traces work ethic to childhood - CSN Philly
Jordan Matthews enjoyed the best game of his career Sunday night, catching nine passes for 133 yards, including the game-winning 41-yard touchdown in overtime against the Cowboys. Matthews has been plagued by drops this year, but halfway through the season, he’s on pace for a franchise-record 96 receptions. But good luck trying to get him to talk about himself or his numbers. On Tuesday, Matthews spoke at length about how he turned out this way. How he was raised with an emphasis not on personal goals and achievements but on hard work and team accomplishment.

Improved Bradford: It's all in the footwork - Inquirer
"We've really put a heavy emphasis on his footwork," Day said. "We've worked on transferring his weight on his throws and being more efficient. He has a really efficient motion, so I think the last couple of weeks we've put a heavy emphasis on it and it's showed up in the games." When Bradford analyzed his performance earlier this season, he noticed that his "footwork was just all over the place." He did not know whether it was the by-product of being in a new offense or his prolonged absence. "But I feel when my feet are under me and I'm in rhythm, good things happen," Bradford said. "And when my feet are bad and I'm out of rhythm, that's when you see the underthrows and overthrows, throws too early, too late."

Sam Bradford is finally rewarding Chip Kelly’s faith - NY Post
Slowly but surely, Sam Bradford is continuing to flip the script on his legion of detractors. Bradford wasn’t spectacular in the Eagles’ 33-27 overtime victory Sunday night over the Cowboys, but he was serviceable throughout (25 of 36 for 295 yards and a touchdown), was turnover-free and came through in the clutch as Philadelphia improved to 4-4. The game-winning drive Bradford led in OT was his first since coming to the Eagles in that still-debated offseason trade with the Rams for Nick Foles, and it at least quieted Bradford’s critics for a week.

Film Study: A Similar Offense In Miami -
There are a lot of similarities between the Dolphins' offense and the Eagles' offense with Bill Lazor as the offensive coordinator in Miami. Many of the same concepts are utilized.

Ryan Tannehill is failing to live up to his $95 million deal - SB Nation
Tannehill is making the big bucks, but he's struggling this season and so are the Dolphins.

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