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Eagles News: Chip Kelly explains why he shrunk his play card

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/18/15.

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Chip Kelly talks depth, play-calling and ... his shrinking play card? - PhillyVoice
Don't worry. The Eagles haven't drastically reduced the number of plays they'll be calling this season. During his Thursday session with the media, Chip Kelly was asked, among other things, about the smaller play card he is using on the sidelines this season. If you're not sure what we're talking about, it's that laminated sheet of paper with the mysterious "S-8" written on the back of it that Kelly looks at nearly as much as he uses it to block his mouth from being caught on camera.

Eagle Eye: How Will Dallas' Offense Look? -
With DeMarco Murray leaving the Cowboys for the Eagles this offseason, many wondered what Dallas’ offense would look like in 2015. With the injury to Dez Bryant last week against New York, that question is now an even bigger one, as the team’s two top playmakers from a year ago are now out of the lineup. Bryant means a lot to this team. His size, athleticism and on-field personality make him one of the most dynamic threats at the wide receiver position in the entire NFL. He’s one of the few who can sprint past you, run through you or jump over you on any given play.

Bradford: I've turned Oklahoma City from Cowboys to Eagles fans - The 700 Level
Some of the newer Eagles players, like DeMarco Murray, have some experience with the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry. Others, like starting quarterback Sam Bradford, are quickly learning. "I think I'm learning quickly that there's not a lot of love lost between the two sides," Bradford said on Wednesday. "I think a couple of the guys were at a charity deal yesterday and everybody was talking about... they had some choice words for Dallas." As far as his hometown of Oklahoma City that used to be Dallas fans? He's converted them. "I would say most of the people back home are Cowboys fans, but they're all converted to Eagles fans now," he said.

Davis confident in Maxwell despite 'terrible technique' on 44-yarder - CSN Philly
It was one game. One game against a top-tier quarterback and maybe the best receiver in the NFL in their house, where they usually put up points. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis admitted Thursday that Maxwell had "terrible technique" on one play, but he's fully confident in him. Davis has seen firsthand what Maxwell is capable of. "He did not have a good game," Davis said of Maxwell. "He's got to play better. He can play better. He will play better. He's been a great football player in this league and will continue to be for us. He knows that, we know that. I've got nothing but confidence in him. He's a hell of a competitor."

On Curry, State Of the Outside Linebackers - Birds 24/7
Vinny Curry has been training at outside linebacker full-time for all of two weeks now, so it should probably come as no surprise that his debut at the position Monday night was far from flawless. “He was a little up‑and‑down there,” said Chip Kelly. “A couple times, he lost containment: once on the quarterback when we had a naked back our way.  But I thought the transition for him, never really having played there and just got his feet wet in the preseason, we felt he did a good job.  But we have got to get dialed in a little bit some on responsibilities.”

Tony Ain’t No Joke - Iggles Blitz
There is nothing more fun than watching Tony Romo throw a horrible INT. Except maybe him getting sacked and the ball coming loose, only to be scooped up by the defense. Those are magical moments. Unfortunately I think people tend to judge Romo on his worst moments. "He sucks. What a choke artist." Things like that. The truth is that Romo is a very good QB. He’s playing the best football of his career. And the Eagles should be worried heading into Sunday.

O-line eager to show that Eagles can run - Daily News
HERE'S A PREDICTION: You'll see the Eagles try harder to establish the running game, particularly the inside running game, when they take on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon. Maybe you've heard, that didn't happen in the season-opening loss Monday night at Atlanta. Eventually some outside runs opened up in the second half, and Chip Kelly says he counts some of the passes to backs as run plays (Remember how everybody used to love it when Andy Reid would say that after throwing the ball 52 times?), but DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews ended up with 13 yards on 11 carries, which is not a winning recipe going forward.

Sam Bradford, Eagles need to take chances down field against Dallas Cowboys -
Time and time again this past Monday, Eagles and quarterback Sam Bradford took what the Atlanta Falcons were giving them. A plan that eventually led to the Falcons handing them their first loss of the season.  The topic of whether the Eagles need to take more shots down the field was a big one Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex, the result of only 11 of Bradford's 52 passing attempts going beyond 10 yards.

NFL tells Giants that referees blew 2 calls in last-minute loss to the Cowboys - SB Nation
If not for the missed calls, the Giants probably beat the Cowboys. (They still probably deserved to lose, though.)

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