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Eagles News: Fletcher Cox named best defensive player in the NFC East, again

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NFC East awards: Fletcher Cox is defensive player of the year again - ESPN
Today, the Defensive Player of the Year award goes to Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox. Cox is a repeat selection, having won the award in 2014. In 2015 Cox was rightly named to the Pro Bowl after getting snubbed the previous year. He put up 9.5 sacks, which is not just a career high but equals his two previous best seasons combined. If the Eagles change schemes, Cox will flourish no matter where he plays.

Expect Eagles' defensive line to put up big numbers in Jim Schwartz's defense - PhillyVoice
In 2015, the Eagles faced the fifth-most pass attempts (633 of them) in the NFL, and yet they were only 17th in the NFL in sacks, with 37. Enter new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who does not subscribe to the two-gapping style employed by Chip Kelly, Bill Davis, and the old gang. When reporters were trying to pin down what type of scheme he would run, Schwartz defined it in one word.

Even at best, Eagles' Sam Bradford nothing more than average -
The problem isn't looking at Bradford's numbers, but rather how the game has changed and how much easier it is to achieve certain passing numbers in 2015 than it was even just 10 years ago. ESPN's Bill Barnwell recently took a look at the QB that sat in the middle of the pack over the last 30 years (based on how many teams were in the league at the time) in completion percentage, yards per attempt, interception rate, touchdown-to-interception ratio and quarterback rating.

Which Eagles should benefit from scheme changes - Daily News
Schwartz coached Graham at the Senior Bowl in 2010. Graham had two sacks in the game and is the kind of attacking, high-motor, ball-stripping edge-rusher Schwartz likes and needs. Drafted as a 4-3 end by the Eagles, he made a successful transition to a 3-4 edge-rusher under Davis and finally became a full-time starter this season. Forced a team-high seven fumbles over the last two seasons. As with Cox and Curry, the switch back to a 4-3 should benefit him.

All-22 Wake-Up Call: The Eagles’ New Offense - Birds 24/7
If Doug Pederson is successful with the Eagles, and he’s able to turn around Philadelphia’s offense, you can thank Paul Brown and Bill Walsh. That’s the duo widely credited with bringing the West Coast offense to the NFL, a variation of which you’ll see Pederson run. You can even follow the lineage from Walsh down to Pederson, as Mike Holmgren was a quarterbacks coach under Walsh, Andy Reid was a quarterbacks coach under Homlgren, and Pederson was a quarterbacks coach — and offense coordinator — under Reid. Still, the Eagles' new head coach warns against using a blanket label to describe his offense.

New Guys - Iggles Blitz
Say hello to Coach P and his new pal Jimmy. They’re here to save the Eagles. Okay, that might be overstating things a bit, but Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz are here to return the Eagles, who went 7-9 in the weakest division in the NFC, to being a legitimate playoff team and title contender. This team was talented enough that "rock bottom" for them meant consecutive blowout losses. Rock bottom for most teams is a 2 or 3-win season. That said, this team was flawed enough that they had chance after chance to save their season and seemed to find different ways to blow games just about every time.

An Early Look At New Coaching Staff -
Draft well, teach great and develop players. It's the constant for the successful teams in the NFL, and it's something the Eagles must improve to get back into the upper echelon of the league's teams. An outstanding coaching staff is a key to that blueprint ...

Did the Browns actually make the best coaching hire this year? - SB Nation
Pederson is an offensive guy, and there's no arguing with the results of the offenses he's helmed. He was the quarterbacks coach for the 2011 Eagles, which set a franchise record with 6,386 yards. And his Chiefs were No. 6 in offense this year, according to Football Outsiders, despite losing Jamaal Charles early on. Pederson's old boss, Andy Reid, is also an offensive guru, so it's fair to wonder just how much credit Pederson actually deserves. As of now, it looks like the Eagles hired a coach who's inherited Reid's incompetent clock management. Reid has been able to overcome this blemish over the years because he seems to be really good at every other aspect of coaching. But few coaches are that strong across the board. Chances are Pederson isn't.

Among N.F.L. Coaches, a Lack of Diversity Trickles Up - The New York Times
The number of minority head coaches has stagnated, and new research suggests this is due to a shortfall in the hiring of minority assistant coaches.

Former Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El: 'If I could go back, I wouldn't [play football]' | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ten years after he threw one of the most celebrated passes in Steelers history, Antwaan Randle El has trouble walking down stairs.

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