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Eagles News: Cowboys offensive line is overrated

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10 reasons the Cowboys will be a dumpster fire this season - PhillyVoice
Pass protection is kind of an important thing, and the Dallas offensive is only average in that regard. Somewhere along the way, the Cowboys OL hype train became thought of unanimously as the best line in the NFL. I'd be a liar if I said I've studied every offensive line in the NFL in great detail, but this is most definitely not an elite unit. Not until they improve their pass protection, anyway.

Which team has the best offensive line in the NFC East? -
The Eagles enter next season with plenty of question marks on their offensive line. Gone is Pro-Bowl guard Evan Mathis, as well as veteran Todd Herremans. In their place are two very unproven players in Barbre and Tobin. It is possible Moffitt could come in and start, but when a player who has been out of the NFL for two years gives a team hope, that says it all.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: State Of the NFC East - Birds 24/7
The defense is a bigger question. Dallas added big names in Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory and CB Byron Jones this offseason. Corner is a tough position to transition easily from college to the pros. Gregory is largely an unknown. And Hardy will sit out the first four games. There was a lot of smoke and mirrors with this defense in 2014, as the Cowboys ranked 22nd defensively in DVOA.

Good Sign for Cox - Iggles Blitz
Anyone who saw the movie Rounders should remember the famous line John Malkovich delivered in a nasally, awkward Russian accent – "Pay that man his money." That’s the way I feel about the Eagles and Fletcher Cox…pay that man his money. There is some thought that you don’t pay 3-4 DEs big money. Their job is mostly to 2-gap. Find an athletic DT and move  him to DE, ala Cedric Thornton. You can get several years of good play for minimal money. Go spend big money on LBs since they are the true life blood of the 3-4.

BGN Chat: What to make of all the new Eagles - About
I’m tempted to say Sam Bradford is the Eagles’ acquisition who will have the biggest impact. The quarterback position is just so important. However, I think a lot of Bradford’s success in Philadelphia will be dependent on the run game. Therefore, I have to go with DeMarco Murray. The Eagles had the NFL’s best rushing attack in 2013. It was because of their run game that they were so dominant on offense. Philadelphia got away from running the ball well in 2014, which caused everything else to fall apart. Murray should help get the ground game back on track and allow the entire offense to thrive.

Eagles Better or Worse 2015: Defensive line - The 700 Level
Heading into last season, there was a lot of concern as to whether Logan was big enough to play nose tackle in the NFL at 6’2", 315 pounds. Consider those questions answered. Not only has Logan acclimated to the next level just fine, in just two seasons, he’s become one of the better run defenders in the league. According to Pro Football Focus, Logan ranked fifth among interior linemen in run-stop percentage in 2014, and was also credited with the most stops overall with 33.

Season Preview: Saturday Night Football -
What's with the Eagles-Washington games in the unusual primetime slots? For years, fans could always bank on a Monday night at some point between the two rivals. For the second year in a row, the Eagles and Washington will battle on the Saturday of Week 16. The difference, and it could be a big one, is that this year the matchup will take place in Philadelphia. With the season on the line last year in Washington, the Eagles stumbled to a 27-24 loss that eliminated them from playoff contention one day later. Would it have made a difference if that game was in Philadelphia? It doesn't matter now.

The NFL's grittiest offensive role players - SB Nation
Rookie Martavis Bryant jumped onto the scene late last year for Pittsburgh, and the speedy outside threat racked up eight touchdowns in only 10 games of action. Considering Megatron caught eight touchdowns last year as well, that's pretty good production for a guy that played 306 snaps (Johnson played 705). Likewise, Matthews' production for Philly was a huge factor last year, and the rookie out of Vanderbilt scored eight touchdowns for himself while catching 67 passes for 872 yards. Both Bryant and Matthews feel destined for stardom, but at the moment, both are more of role players for their respective offenses.

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