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Eagles News: Philadelphia players simply need to execute better

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/27/15.

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Momentum - Iggles Blitz
Chip Kelly might make some schematic adjustments, but the real key is for the players to execute better. Blockers must do their job if the runners are going to have any chance for success. I don’t care if you go I-formation, pro set or shotgun, the blockers have to block well. Jason Peters needs to look like a stud LT. Jason Kelce needs to play up to his ability. Lane Johnson wanted to have a breakout year. Sunday would be a good time to start. Everyone loves to focus on the OGs, but the three returning starters have to set the tone. They have not done that and the run game has been awful.

Eagles have fourth-highest number of jersey sales in NFL, per one metric - PhillyVoice
During the time period in between the 2015 NFL Draft (April 30th) and September 21st, the Eagles have the fourth highest jersey sales in the NFL at in-store and online sales at Dick's Sporting Goods.

Chip Kelly Update: Total Offensive Collapse - Fishduck
With two years of tape for opponents to study, he needs to be less predictable and find a way to punish teams who bet heavily that they know what’s coming. It’s not encouraging that in his Wednesday press conference, Chip dismissed that concern and blamed the players for not executing. Pressure is building on Chip Kelly now, and this adversity will be a major test of his character. Chip assumed full responsibility when he took over as GM last year, but his dramatic off-season roster moves are looking shaky at best.

How can the Eagles beat the Jets on Sunday? -
Pass Rush: Linebacker Brandon Graham predicted he would get two sacks a game this year for a total of 32, breaking Michael Strahan's single-season record. Maybe he was talking about the team. The Eagles have managed just two sacks a game as a team thus far, which is not enough. If the secondary is going to get better it could use a little help from the guys up front. Vinny Curry, who will see a lot of time at defensive end Sunday, needs to get unleashed and find out what kind of cologne Ryan Fitzpatrick wears. Graham might want to get involved, as well. Connor Barwin, last year's sack leader, has one of the team's four this season, but also needs a big game this week. A heavy pass rush, which could create some turnovers, might be the defense's best hope.

Eagle Eye: Getting Past Darrelle Revis - Birds 24/7
One of the common threads between each player in their evaluation of Revis was that he doesn’t get beaten easily, but if he does, you can bet he’ll come back at you on the very next play. "[Revis] is extremely consistent, play in and play out," Matthews said. "There’s never a play you can ever think you’ve got him. I’ve seen guys make a play on him, and with most corners you think, ‘Oh, stick a fork in him,’ because you’re going to be able to gain momentum. But he’s right back the next play, causing a fumble or an interception. He’s not shaken."

Will The Eagles Get Better? - McNabbOrKolb
Bradford has averaged just 6.3 yards per attempt so far, 28th best in the league. To go with that, he's thrown 2 touchdowns against 4 interceptions and has looked out of sync with his receivers the whole time. Maybe Bradford is just bad, and Chip Kelly bet on the wrong quarterback. Maybe Mark Sanchez (barf) is actually the better choice right now. Or maybe Bradford hasn't played much in two years and is still adjusting to a new offense, new personnel, and being hit. Maybe he'll get better. The defense, meanwhile, has shown promising signs (Malcolm Jenkins, Walter Thurmond, Bennie Logan) and worrisome ones (Byron Maxwell). The stats are slightly above average through the first two games against two potentially decent offenses. The defense certainly isn't good enough to carry an offense this bad, but it isn't the reason the Eagles have lost, either. More tests to come, though.

Ryan Fitzpatrick to start vs. Eagles for 5th different team - CSN Philly
When Ryan Fitzpatrick steps onto the MetLife Stadium field and takes his first snap Sunday afternoon, he’ll achieve something nobody in NFL history has ever done. Play quarterback against the Eagles for five different teams. Fitzpatrick replaced Geno Smith as the Jets’ starting QB in August after Smith suffered a broken jaw when he was punched in the face by then-teammate IK Enemkpali.

Podcast Recap: Thurmond's Transformation -
Sports have always come naturally for Walter Thurmond. He was a two-sport star in football and track at West Covina High School in Los Angeles, and was on the radar of college recruiters for much of his youth. But from an early age, he knew that he wanted more in life than to simply be known for the athletic gifts with which he was born. When Thurmond tore three ligaments in his knee during his senior year at Oregon, he was rudely reminded of how fleeting his career as a professional athlete could be. It was that injury that pushed him to start thinking about his career once he hung up his cleats.

The terrible state of NFL offensive line play - SB Nation
Very smart NFL writers Danny Kelly and Stephen White have a pleasant exchange exploring what's wrong with offensive linemen in the NFL and how to fix it. Also up for grabs this week: contenders and pretenders.

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