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Eagles News: Some teams need three players to block Fletcher Cox

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

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Fletcher Cox repeatedly destroying the Patriots' offensive line, in gif form - PhillyVoice
Speaking about Cox's game against the Pats, defensive coordinator Bill Davis said, "He was winning one-on-ones. He really was. Those guards were struggling with him. We move Fletch around. We move them all around, but we move Fletch around to any matchup that we see fit. Inside on the guards, he was beating them quick. They were one-move wins and he had a big game." Davis noted that Cox was more than likely the reason for one of the Eagles' two biggest plays of the game, the 99 interception return by Malcolm Jenkins. "On the big return, the move he made on the interception return for touchdown was why the ball was thrown [where it was thrown]. It was a bad ball that [Brady] threw, but he had to make the quick decision because here comes Fletch."

Chip Kelly needs to ride the hot hand at RB - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #134). In this episode, we preview the Eagles-Bills game. And more!

Next 4 games will determine Sam Bradford's future with Eagles -
If he continues to put up solid quarterback ratings, and that means not throwing interceptions, and the Eagles go 3-1 or better, he's going to be a hot commodity. There just aren't many good quarterback available. The 2016 Draft, despite what you may hear, is not a good quarterback draft. The only one who is even remotely NFL-ready is Memphis' Paxton Lynch. So should Bradford take a team to the playoffs for the first time in his career, the Eagles, who a few weeks ago were probably ready to move on, may have to reconsider and think about a new deal for the quarterback. But will he take it? Dallas, San Francisco, Cleveland, Houston and the Jets will be looking for quarterbacks.

McCoy a better fit for Eagles, and not just on the field - Inquirer
His $8 million salary and the $13 million salary-cap hit the Eagles take next season suggest Murray couldn't go anywhere even if he wanted to. The last time the Eagles were handcuffed by a contract from an underperforming free agent was with Nnamdi Asomugha in 2011-12. There is also the similarity in how each is viewed in the locker room. Murray and Asomugha have different personalities, but when a high-priced free agent enters the picture and is detached from most of the team, it can have consequences, especially if he complains to the owner about his playing time following the biggest win of the season.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Carucci On the Bills - Birds 24/7
"As far as weaknesses go, probably the biggest would be linebacker. I don't think this group has played well at all for most of the season. They certainly haven't tackled well and they're not very good in coverage. The screen game could be a problem against them, which would be a matchup issue against Darren Sproles and this Eagles offense. It's hard to think a team that led the league with 54 sacks last year and had three defensive lineman in double digits needs a pass rusher, but it really does. It doesn't have a consistent force. As I project the needs of 2016, I'm going to put outside linebacker/edge rusher pretty close to the top of the list."

Eagles-Bills scouting report: Stopping Shady; more for Murray? - CSN Philly
There was a lot of optimism about Sam Bradford after the Eagles' 35-28 win against the Patriots. Maybe it was the euphoria of actually beating Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Maybe it was the fans' joy from not having to watch Mark Sanchez again. But, honestly? Bradford was not the reason the Eagles won. He made three really solid throws and was otherwise just along for the ride. Those three throws were Bradford's two touchdowns and the 3rd-and-11 pass to Riley Cooper late in the fourth quarter to help close out the game. But 14 for 24 for 120 yards is not anything to be overly enthused about. The Eagles' offense accounted for 14 of the 35 points.

Smithology: Exchanging Gifts -
"I probably owe Walter Thurmond a Christmas gift because I am on (Danny) Amendola and he did a good job of really just beating me inside," Jenkins said at his postgame press conference. "I knew I had some help in there, but it wasn’t a true double team. But Walter saw kind of the position I was in and he took it and was able to tip the ball up and I am right there to pick it, so he really, in my mind, made that play. I just kind of took the glory for it." So, being the harbinger of holiday spirit that I am, I paid a visit to the Eagles’ locker room to see if Jenkins had followed through on his claim.

The NFL playoff race could be decided while you're taking a bathroom break - SB Nation
I wanted to focus in on return teams for this project -- punt and kick returns and coverages. Philly's prowess in that area showed up conspicuously in their big win over New England last Sunday. The downtrodden Eagles, losers of their previous three games, used two key special teams plays -- a blocked punt that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown and a Darren Sproles punt return touchdown -- to beat the mighty Patriots, a game that very few gave the Eagles a chance of winning. That loss dropped the Patriots to the third seed in the AFC and kept the Eagles in a three-way tie for the NFC East lead. Special teams play is already leaving its mark on the playoff picture.

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