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Eagles News: The case against Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/11/2015.

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Nick Foles Not the Answer for Eagles Offense, Chip Kelly Must Find QB in 2015 - B/R
While crediting Foles for his consistency in this area, it must also be noted that these types of low-difficulty plays have severely influenced his perceived ability to take care of the football. Though Foles only had two caught interceptions during the 2013 season, he had 19 interceptable passes. Without adjusting for scheme, that is a ratio of 18.4 attempts, a less than impressive ratio when compared to numbers of other quarterbacks during the 2014 season. Foles had a very similar ratio in 2014.

The 5 worst (uncuttable) contracts in the NFC East - PhillyVoice
The Cowboys traded their first and second round picks (14th and 45th overall) to draft Claiborne 6th overall in the 2012 draft. He's been a complete bust. When Claiborne got hurt Week 4 against the Saints, no-name Sterling Moore took over and played far better than Claiborne ever has for the Cowboys. Claiborne's cap number (still on his rookie contract) in 2015 is $5,175,069, and the Cowboys are on the hook for all of it if they cut him.

QB Craziness - Iggles Blitz
The veteran QB I’m most interested in is still RG3. The problem is that it seems like the Skins may keep him around for now. This could be a pretty wild few months. Will Bradford be cut? Will RG3? Will Foles be traded? What do the Bears do with Jay Cutler? Who takes a chance on Mark Sanchez? Where do Mariota and Jameis Winston end up? You also know there could be some interesting surprise moves.

Eagles Offseason Outlook: Defensive Line - Birds 24/7
The other player to keep an eye on is Thornton. I think the Eagles will lock him up long-term as well. He's 26, has the size/length the coaches like from their two-gappers up front and has been excellent against the run since the Eagles switched over to a 3-4. Thornton fits the #culture and has proven he's a quality starter. The only thing working against him is he has not been a prolific pass-rusher. Thornton often came off the field with Logan in passing situations. But still, I think the Eagles showed last year that it's OK to have defensive linemen with different skill sets (Thornton vs. Curry, for example). The formula can still work.

Mock draft: Will Eagles show brotherly love? - Daily News
I'm very familiar with Chip Kelly's big-people-beat-up-little-people mantra. But a lack of height hasn't bothered Eric's brother Mychal, and so far, it hasn't hindered Eric, either.

Breaking down the Eagles' 10 free agents - CSN Philly
Bradley Fletcher, cornerback
He won’t be back. I repeat, he will not be back.

Where QB tiers were right, wrong - ESPN In$ider
The glass was half-full for Foles after he finished the 2013 season with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. Perceptions will change after a tougher 2014 season. Foles saw his dropbacks per game climb from 27.9 in 2013 to 40.8 last season, the largest increase in the league for regular starters. Kaepernick and Cutler trended similarly, likely at the expense of efficiency. Romo and Joe Flacco were among the quarterbacks who trended toward fewer dropbacks. Their efficiency improved.

Didinger: Ed Sabol Was A True Pioneer -
Ed Sabol was a pioneer. More than half a century ago, he created the company we know as NFL Films and, in so doing, he changed sports television forever. He was one of a kind, he really was. Mr. Sabol died Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 98. He leaves behind an amazing legacy. Earlier this month, 114.4 million people watched the Super Bowl, the largest TV audience in U.S. history. Mr. Sabol brought many of those people into the tent. Long before Tom Brady and Katy Perry, Ed Sabol got us hooked on pro football.

How did the 2014 NFL Combine winners and losers fare as rookies? - SB Nation
The wideouts had strong debut seasons. The same cannot be said for the running backs.

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