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Eagles News: NFL scouts don't see drop-off from Sam Bradford to Mark Sanchez

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/18/15.

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Are Eagles better with Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez? NFL scouts weigh in - NJ.com
If, as expected, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford misses Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Bucs and even more time, the Eagles won't suffer much of a drop-off at the position with Mark Sanchez. That's according to two highly-regarded scouts who know the Eagles personnel well. Both requested anonymity to speak freely about another team. "There's no drop-off,'' the first scout said. "They're very similar. They're the same guy, basically. "Actually, Sanchez is the better athlete of the two. He can move better. He's not what you call a runner, but he gives you a threat to run in that offense. He can run. Defenses know Bradford isn't going to run.

Eagles measure themselves on 'points per drive' - PhillyVoice
It turns out that the Eagles measure themselves against the rest of the league in terms of points per drive as well. Bill Davis was asked if he has a number of points per game the defense sets as a goal. "We'd like to be No. 1 in points per drive at the end of the season," said Davis. And then that really comes down to somewhere around 15 points (per game)."

Middle of the Road - Iggles Blitz
The Skins and Bears are the most interesting teams on that list to me. Chicago is playing well recently and Jay Cutler seems to be doing well under the new coaching staff. The Skins confuse me. I can’t decide if they are close to being a good team or just have been good/lucky enough to go 4-5. Football Outsiders has their newest DVOA rankings out. They have SEA, KC and PHI at the top of their 4-5 teams, with the Eagles being 11th in the league. Right now my eyes tell me the Eagles are a middle of the pack team. I can’t get mad when I see a power rankings listing them at 15 or lower. Right now this is a mediocre team.

Johnson On Pregame Confusion: ‘It Was Kind Of Messed Up’ - Birds 24/7
It was getting close to kickoff, and Lane Johnson still didn’t know what position he was playing. Jason Peters warmed up pre-game against the Dolphins and apparently indicated that he was ready to play, but got shot down by Chip Kelly. "I think he tried to go and I think he was going to go but I don't think Chip allowed him to go is what it was," said Johnson. "When I got there I thought he was warming up so I was expecting to go right. In the locker room, I was kind of, 'What the f--- am I playing?' and ended up knowing I was going left. It was kind of messed up."

Can Kelly, Shurmur get Mark Sanchez to better protect the ball? - CSN Philly
Sanchez is expected to start Sunday for the Eagles in place of injured Sam Bradford and, because of the short week, he’ll likely start against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day as well. Sanchez has played in 10 games for the Eagles and has thrown at least one interception in all but two. Those two were lopsided wins. The Eagles are 3-5 when he throws at least one INT. Freshest in everybody’s mind is the unthinkable interception he threw Sunday in the loss to Miami with 4½ minutes left in the game when a short field goal would have given the Eagles the lead. On Tuesday, Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur talked about that play in particular and Sanchez’s penchant for throwing interceptions in general.

Blame GM for Eagles' special teams - Inquirer
THEY ARE ALL too familiar now, the names used to indict Eagles general manager Chip Kelly. Evan Mathis should still be on the offensive line. Jeremy Maclin should still be catching passes. At this point, maybe you wish Shady was still here, too. Nick Foles? Ah, not so much. But here are some names often overlooked, names that might have as much, or even more, to do with why the Eagles have lost three games this season by a total of six points. James Casey. Chris Polk. Casey Matthews. Brandon Boykin.

QB Questions, And Get To Meet Thad Lewis - PE.com
In the shadows of the uncertainty that is the current Eagles quarterback situation, what with Sam Bradford a sideline spectator at Tuesday's training session and Mark Sanchez getting the lead reps is Thad Lewis, a player you probably never thought you'd have a chance to meet this season ...

Anyone can still win the NFC East -- even Dallas - Sports on Earth
For the Eagles to rebound and take the NFC East, they may need to win three huge games as underdogs. Road trips to New England and New York remain on the schedule, as well as a difficult home matchup against the powerhouse Cardinals. If they can't take the Giants game and at least one other, it could be curtain time in Philly.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 10 Quick Reads
Through 10 weeks of the NFL season, Peyton Manning has been by far the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, last among qualifying quarterbacks in both total value (-447 DYAR) and efficiency (-31.9% DVOA). His "lead" for worst DYAR is commanding; nobody else is worse than -290. There are some close competitors for worst DVOA, but those are names like Nick Foles and Colin Kaepernick who have already lost their jobs and might not get a chance to catch him. Among players who are still starting for their teams, Manning's closest threat in both categories is Sam Bradford, he of the -49 DYAR and -13.3% DVOA.

Lights Out Football: How Sleep Science Is Transforming the NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
The Dolphins and Patriots have dark rooms at their practice facilities so players can take naps. Eagles players fill out a morning questionnaire on their tablets, self-reporting how long and how well they slept the previous night.

Win in Today’s N.F.L.? Lend Me a Tight End! - The New York Times
Tight ends have become the keys that unlock a modern N.F.L. defense. Don’t lend me a tenor — lend me a tight end! Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert leads the league in touchdown receptions; New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is tied for second. The leading active touchdown pass receiver in the N.F.L. is a tight end, Antonio Gates. What do the remaining undefeateds share in common? Carolina and New England have more touchdown receptions from their top tight end than their top wide receiver. Right now there are three tight ends in the N.F.L. top 10 for touchdowns: 10 years ago there was one, 20 years ago there were none.

The Dolphins were headed for disaster until Ndamukong Suh did something about it - SB Nation
It looked like the Dolphins were headed for their third loss in a row until Ndamukong Suh had his say in the matter.

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