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Maybe there's still hope for the Eagles coaching search - BGN
It's hard to feel great about the Philadelphia Eagles coaching search right now. After missing out on Ben McAdoo, four publicly known candidates remain, and none of them are really inspiring. There's certainly no consensus on a favorite pick. But maybe there's still some hope?

Matthews: Criticism, expectations of Agholor were 'unfair' - CSN Philly
"What’s wrong with Nelson Agholor? Nelson Agholor is young. You put most young people in their profession, whatever it may be, in those bright lights, on that stage, it is going to be hard." "But if you watch Nelson, though, the thing that makes you positive about the whole situation is how he works on his technique. If a ball goes on the ground, he’s still reaching down and trying to catch it. It’s not like he’s scared and trying to body it or shying away from the moment. He goes out there and attacks it every single day. It’s just something that takes a little time.

A look at the Eagles' impending free agents - PhillyVoice
QB Sam Bradford: Bradford could command as much as $20 million per season on the open market, which will make for a difficult decision (for some) whether or not to try to retain him. If his price tag is anywhere close to that total, the Eagles would be crazy to pay him that amount, in my opinion. We'll have much more on Bradford soon.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What They’re Saying About Pederson - Birds 24/7
Mike Kafka, the current Bengal who had Pederson as his quarterbacks coach in 2011 while with the Eagles, described to us what it's like working under him: "He's a professional and he treats you like that. He's a straight shooter and tells you what it is, whether you're right or wrong, good or bad, he lays it on the table and I think that's appreciated and respected. When a coach can speak straight and tell you when you do things right, he's happy for you and when you do things wrong he's always looking to correct you and get you better. I always respected that..."

Do the Eagles have any idea what they're doing? - NJ.com
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie must have really despised former head coach Chip Kelly, because here is who he has lined up to replace him. A guy who couldn't beat Kelly; one of Kelly's underlings; and a guy who the last time the Eagles won a playoff game was the head coach of Calvary Baptist High School. Lurie fired Kelly six days before the final game of the season to in his words, "get a head start'' on the coaching search.

In defense of Eagles' Billy Davis - Daily News
And, so, here is a final, likely futile, defense of Davis and his indefensible defense. Just before his final postgame confession, after the Eagles' playoff chances vanished in a loss to Washington, Davis stood apart from a gaggle of interviewers and muttered, "I hate this bleep." Davis is a teacher. He might have blind spots, such as overrating the abilities of his cornerbacks, but he understands defenses and he ably relates his understanding to rambunctious young men. Davis also is honest after a game, win or lose. If a guy has blown a coverage or if a guy has bitten on a play fake, Davis doesn't hide behind the "I'll have to look at the film" smoke screen. Frankly, any coach who needs to look at the film needs to look at another career.

Eagles A Factor In Wide-Open NFC East - PE.com
The NFC playoffs move on without the NFC East, which isn't really unusual given the results of the last decade. Only New York in 2007 and 2011 and the Eagles in 2008 have reached the NFC title game since Philadelphia's Super Bowl run in 2004 ...

The Haters Are Losing The War On Kickers | FiveThirtyEight
Indeed, not only was field-goal kicking in the 2015 regular season almost exactly as good as we said it would be, but kickers were the best they’ve ever been at kicking off and punting — with dramatic effects on the game.2 I’ve also identified the best players at the different aspects of the kicking game, and I have some awards to hand out to the best of the best.

Browns expected to dump Johnny Manziel after hiring Hue Jackson - SB Nation
Johnny Manziel's tenure in Cleveland has been marred by controversy, and the team's hiring of Hue Jackson as its new head coach signals the end of Manziel's time with the Browns. Jackson, who finalized his deal with the Browns Wednesday, told owner Jimmy Haslam that he wants to "move on" from the troubled quarterback, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported that Jackson does not want to stake his job and reputation on Manziel. When Jackson was asked about Manziel at his introductory press conference Wednesday, he sidestepped the question.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
Check this out, Eagles fans! And stay tuned to BGN for more info on contests involving free prizes.

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