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Eagles News: Tagging and trading Sam Bradford could make sense

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Eagles should let Sam Bradford go, but not without compensation - PhillyVoice
Seeing some upside with Cassel, the Chiefs traded a very high second round pick (34th overall) for Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel. Using that trade as a measuring stick, Bradford comes with a higher upside than Cassel ever did. By that logic, it's not out of the question for the Eagles to expect at least a second round pick in return, and possibly more.

Schwartz in Town - Iggles Blitz
Some people are worried about the Wide-9. Don’t worry about that. I’ll write plenty about it if/when Schwartz officially gets the job. The key thing you need to realize is that Schwartz is a veteran DC who has run Top 5 units for multiple teams. Doug Farrar of SI wrote a piece on the Bills defense from December of 2014. They had just dominated Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. And that defense finished 11th in the league against the run so it isn’t like they were weak there. Overally they finished 4th in yards and points. Think how fun it would be for the Eagles to have a defense that could finish Top 10 in points and/or yards.

Jim Schwartz talking with Eagles; no deal yet - Inquirer
Jim Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and is expected to interview with the Eagles for their defensive coordinator job on Tuesday, an NFL source said. A deal had yet to be struck despite reports to the contrary. The Eagles officially announced Doug Pederson as their new head coach on Monday. The former Chiefs offensive coordinator will be formally introduced at a news conference on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Schwartz would be a notable addition to offensive-minded Pederson's staff and one of the most important hires the first-time coach could make. He has vast experience as a defensive coordinator to go along with his five years as Lions head coach.

5 questions Doug Pederson and Jeffrey Lurie need to answer about the Eagles -
Pederson may be the head coach, but not all head coaches in the NFL are create equal. During his final season with the team, Chip Kelly had complete control over nearly every part of the organization, from top to bottom.  It is safe to say Pederson won't have that kind of control, but just how much control he does have needs to be answered. Will he get to pick his 53-man roster? Will he be able to sign free agents he wants, even if Roseman doesn't want to? Will he decide his coaching staff?

Roob's 25 Random Points: Pederson, Roseman, Chung, more - CSN Philly
Every year about this time, I start looking at the Eagles’ drafts over the last decade or so and it blows my mind how bad they’ve drafted since 2003. The last 13 drafts the Eagles have had 41 picks in the first three rounds. Those 41 picks have resulted in five Pro Bowlers – Shawn Andrews, Nick Foles, DeSean Jackson, Fletcher Cox and LeSean McCoy. For the sake of comparison, the first three rounds of the previous 13 drafts — from 1990 through 2002 — delivered 14 Pro Bowlers who went to 35 Pro Bowls. Pretty simple.

Doug Pederson: Lessons From 1999 To Now -
Chad Lewis has a story about Doug Pederson that he likes to tell, that says a lot about the new Eagles head coach and about the makeup of a former teammate who has always put the team first in his remarkable football life ...

League has no comment on Eagles’ handling of Doug Pederson hire - PFT
The NFL has declined comment on the situation, and it would be easy to call it a no-harm/no-foul situation, especially since the rule preventing a team from hiring an assistant coach whose current team is still playing seems unfair, outdated, and impractical. Still, the rule remains in place, and there’s enough evidence publicly available to suggest that the Eagles blatantly violated it.

No, Tom Brady hasn’t dominated Peyton Manning in the playoffs - SB Nation
Peyton Manning's reputation as a losing playoff quarterback will go away if he beats the Patriots on Sunday and retires with a career winning playoff record against Tom Brady.

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