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How close are the Eagles to being contenders? - BGN
It's a special bonus episode of BGN Radio!

VIDEO: Eagles 'stay or go,' and some stick figures - PhillyVoice
Way back on December 1st, I appeared on The700Level Show with John Gonzalez, when we reviewed what I thought would be the Eagles' next calendar year, shown below in a quick snapshot. We agreed that I'm 2.5 out of 3 so far.

Fan-Demonium: Pederson's First Steps -
When we talk about the Andy Reid era, we aren't just talking about Reid. He was a terrific coach, but he also had a great coaching staff. The Eagles wouldn't have won all those games without Jim Johnson running the defense. Don't overlook the importance of John Harbaugh as the special teams coach. Juan Castillo made sure the team had a strong offensive line every year. There were significant contributions from a lot of good coaches. Brad Childress, Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Spagnuolo, Leslie Frazier, Sean McDermott, Ted Williams, Pat Shurmur, David Culley and Ron Rivera all did their part to help the Eagles win games. So now we begin the Doug Pederson era. The first order of business for a coach is to hire the right staff. Let's take a look at the assistant coaches who Pederson brought in to help him fix the Eagles.

Bill McGovern expected to be new Giants linebackers coach - PFT
Before the Eagles hired Doug Pederson as their new head coach, they spoke to a couple of candidates who spent the 2015 season with the Giants in Ben McAdoo and Tom Coughlin. Neither man wound up with the Eagles, but it looks like one member of the 2015 Eagles staff will be heading to the Giants. Adam Caplan of ESPN was the first to report that Bill McGovern will be McAdoo’s linebackers coach next season

Senior Bowl 2016: Ranking Eagles 5 biggest needs in NFL Draft -
The Eagles need a franchise quarterback, which isn't a unique problem in the NFL. The ones that do have their franchise quarterbacks, however, have either gotten them through the draft or had Peyton Manning fall into their lap -- and chances are Manning won't be wearing midnight green next season. The team's need for a quarterback is easily their biggest, and in this year's class there are some interesting names to choose from. Perhaps the top most interesting candidate is Carson Wentz, the North Dakota State product who has a strong arm, is able to make plays with his legs and will be at the Senior Bowl.

Eagles Mailbag: QB dilemma, new defense, secondary - CSN Philly
It's kind of crazy how much I get asked this question. Chip Kelly's staff viewed Jordan Matthews as a slot receiver but did put him outside in certain situations, like when the team went into 11 personnel. Here's the thing: No matter where Matthews lines up when the Eagles have three receivers on the field, he still needs to be on the field when they have two, which means he'll at least be outside at those moments. We're not sure how the new coaching staff feels about Matthews, but it would make sense to play him outside. Maybe it's time to move Josh Huff into the slot to see if they can get something out of him there.

Chip Kelly is better than you think - Daily News
THE NARRATIVE has taken on a life of its own now, developed an extra set of legs, or at least extended the speed of the ones it had. Chip Kelly has no people skills. No, he treats his players as if they are still in college, not adults. He's a dictator. An autocrat. Stuck to an offensive philosophy the league's defensive coordinators have solved. No, he just wears out his defense with that breakneck offense. No, his pace is conducive to making mistakes, especially with the roster limits of the NFL. Creates mutinous situations with it even. As Keith Jackson used to say, "Whoa, Nelly." Can we just dip our toes in reality a little bit?

Shrine Game – Quick Notes - The Scouts Notebook
Vernon Adams is clearly the headliner. He was 6-9-191 with 3 TDs. Suddenly there is a lot of buzz about Adams. Anyone who watched Oregon this year saw Adams make a ton of plays. The Ducks were 5th in yards and points scored. That didn’t happen by accident. Adams was great for them. The Shrine Game was huge for him because there was no spread offense or up-tempo attack. Adams had to execute well from a base offense. And that’s exactly what he did. Adams showed the ability to sit in the pocket, read the defense and make a good throw. He also made plays with his legs, which led to a long TD pass. He threw the ball well, in terms of accuracy and velocity. Great showing by Adams.

Offenses run through slot WRs mean fantasy trouble? -
The Eagles took a sizable leap backwards, falling outside of the top five in terms of yards gained for the first time in the Chip Kelly era. In 2015, not coincidently Kelly's last year as the coach, they ran as many plays and racked up the yards as ever before, but were woefully inefficient. Sam Bradford conducted a dull, hyper-conservative offense that saw him finish with the fourth-lowest average depth of target (aDOT) among starting quarterbacks. The real killer was how infrequently they scored, finishing 27th in drives that ended with a score.

Broncos benefit from a Patriots tablet malfunction - SB Nation
The NFL's desire to make sponsors happy is rearing its head in the AFC Championship game. Early in the second quarter it was revealed that the Patriots were having problems with its Microsoft Surface tablets on the sideline, which are critical for teams to watch film and quickly review in-game action.

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