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Random Eagles notes: Eagles pass on supplemental draft - PhillyVoice
It's crazy to think that as of 1979, only one QB in NFL history had a career completion percentage of over 60%. During the 2015 season, 25 QBs had a completion percentage higher than Stabler's career percentage in 1979. And then there's this tweet from Michael David Smith, who notes how low NFL QB ratings were back in the 70's. The league average was 63.6? Tim Tebow played in the wrong era.
Cardinals, Bengals headline teams vying for first Super Bowl title - NFL.com
Chip Kelly is a sharp guy who could make the auspicious start to his NFL head-coaching career truly special by capturing a title in Year 3. Yes, Philly traded away a 1,300-yard rusher in LeSean McCoy and let a solid receiver in Jeremy Maclin walk in free agency, but I think 1,800-yard back DeMarco Murray and promising rookie Nelson Agholor will keep the offense rolling. The Eagles' defense, meanwhile, should be much improved with the additions of Byron Maxwell, Walter Thurmond and Kiko Alonso. Furthermore, if new quarterback Sam Bradford can stay healthy, which has always been the biggest question with him, he can have a huge impact. The bottom line is, Kelly knows what he's doing.
Chip Kelly Update: An Offensive Lineman’s Mentality - Fishduck
Chip simply doesn’t give one-on-one interviews to reporters, aside from a couple of quick broadcast TV bits and a weekly five-minute phone call during the season with Angelo Cataldi, a big sports talk radio host in Philadelphia. The last time he gave a reporter enough time and access to profile him was in 2010, with George Schroeder of The Register Guard, not long after the Ducks hired Chip. (Schroeder now writes for USA Today.) And yet, with hardly anyone noticing, Chip sat down a year ago with Tucker and Bill Polian, a legendary NFL executive, for an epic 17-minute chat. It’s on episode 70 of Tucker’s podcast. They went over a lot of interesting details about the Eagles’ unique training camp methods and Chip’s philosophy.
An Agholor/Emmanuel Sanders Comparison - Birds 24/7
"I think he's a big-time guy. Ideally to me he is a great number two, I don't think in terms of the size and physicality that I would want in my number one guy, but I think he can be an outstanding number two," he said. "There's a lot of guys with his skill set that have been very, very successful. Emmanuel Sanders is who he reminds me of, and we've seen what he can do both in Pittsburgh and out in Denver. I think he's outstanding. He's very tough and he's very instinctive and I think he's one of these guys that we saw last year where all these rookies jumped right in, no adjustment period; I think he's going to fall into that [category]. He's going to jump right in and be ready to go."
NFL executive: When you played Eagles, you feared LeSean McCoy | NJ.com
"I'll take McCoy over Murray every time,'' an executive in personnel for another team said. "When you played the Eagles, you feared McCoy. He was the guy who scared you the most. When you played Dallas, you didn't fear Murray. He's good. But you didn't fear him. You feared Dez (Bryant), or (Tony) Romo, but not Murray.''
A Bit More on OLs and RBs - Iggles Blitz
Tom Landry’s storied career ended after the 1988 season. Jimmy Johnson inherited a team that lacked talent and had gotten into a losing rut. But Jimmy also inherited LT Mark Tuinei and LG Nate Newton. They had started both 1987 and 1988 together. Dallas had a star RB in Herschel Walker in those years. While he was productive (1,514 yards in 1988), those were some empty yards. The team won 3 games and was 21st in the league in scoring. You know how even the worst team in the NBA is going to have a leading scorer…that’s what Walker had become by then. He could fill up the stat sheet and even have some great moments, but he wasn’t a guy you built an offense around.
Eagles under the radar: ILB Brad Jones - CSN Philly
Another quiet move that could eventually pay dividends. The Eagles are pretty well-stocked at inside linebacker, but when Marcus Smith is your top backup outside, you know there’s an opportunity for playing time. Jones is one of those guys who’s been in the league a long time, has played in 76 games, starting 36, has played in the postseason five of his six NFL seasons, has been on good teams. Good guy to have around. Can play any linebacker spot, can play special teams, can mentor the young linebackers. Chip Kelly seems to like smart, heady, veteran backups who understand their roles, are good locker room guys and can fill in for a game or two when called on. Miles Austin, Dennis Kelly, John Moffitt, Mark Sanchez. Jones fits that mold. You don’t want him starting 16 games, but you’re probably a better team with him than without him.
Season Preview: Winston, Bucs Come To Town - PE.com
Beyond Winston, the Buccaneers look much different than the team that finished with a league-worst 2-14 record in Lovie Smith’s first season on the job in 2014. Tampa Bay finished 29th in scoring and 30th in total offense last year. They didn’t fare much better when breaking it down further, as they finished in the bottom 10 in every offensive category, including 29th in rushing and 25th in passing (you can see why they need a quarterback). But a lot of that also had to do with an offensive line that has 33-year-old left guard Logan Mankins and … not much else. Draft picks Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet will be counted on immediately, but cconsider this game an opportunity for Fletcher Cox and the Eagles defensive line to make a serious impact.
NFLPA reveiwing whether Cowboys, Broncos colluded - SB Nation
The Cowboys and Broncos could be in deep trouble if they are found to have colluded to cap the contracts of their star wide receivers.
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