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Lane Johnson: Inside the frustrating 2015 Eagles season from hell - PhillyVoice
"I’m talking to the Eagles (about a contract extension) and I want to stay here and retire an Eagle," said Johnson, from Groveton, in southeast Texas, who has a two-year-old son and a daughter due in February. "I love Philadelphia. It’s a hard-working city that has passionate fans who care about sports, and reminds me a whole lot of the town I grew up in. I know Texas is a lot different from Philly, but I know there are a lot of similarities, too.
How Zach Ertz's contract fits Eagles' plan (and affects Sam Bradford's future) - NJ.com
As far as quarterback, they'll wait, or try to get lucky with a young guy who will be ready about the same time the roster is. Some call this the "Seattle Way'' because it's kind of how the Seahawks built their championship team. Instead of getting the quarterback and building around him, they fortified the roster, then found a quarterback to insert.
Jeffrey Lurie keeps making mess of Eagles' front office - CSN Philly
By all accounts, Jeffrey Lurie is a smart man and a successful man. Which makes his decisions on the front office front all the more curious. You look at the Eagles and wonder what exactly they’re doing in terms of management and direction, but that’s an old question and we’ve been waiting for a good answer for years now. The last half decade or so has been truly bizarre. Lurie bounced Joe Banner and installed Howie Roseman as the team’s general manager following the 2009 season. That was really quite something. Lurie moved his buddy out to make room for a guy who was groomed in-house as a pet project. Roseman went from intern to salary cap specialist to director of football administration to vice president of player personnel to general manager. That’s quite the career arc.
More on the Defense - Iggles Blitz
First, that talk should give you a feel for just how much thought and work went into developing the Wide-9 front and package. It takes a lot of knowledge to come up with something like that and then to teach it the right way. I love the fact that Schwartz developed that package to deal with a division rival. That’s the NFL way. When you have to play someone twice a year and they are the best team in your division, you should make plans for them. The first step in trying to make the playoffs is winning your division. That’s a tangible goal that you control.
All-22 Wake-Up Call: The Eagles’ New Defense - Birds 24/7
Despite somewhat popular belief, the wide nine isn't a defense. It's a technique, and in Schwartz's system, he doesn't use it every play. But it's a notable element in a scheme that helped him rise from an unpaid internship under Bill Belichick in Cleveland to being Detroit's head coach at just 42-years-old.
Senior Bowl week a good place to score players - Daily News
Of course, we'll watch the Eagles' group watch the players. Who's that guy Schwartz is talking to - is he a defensive line coach? We'll also watch for Chip Kelly in his 49ers warmups, Pat Shurmur in Vikings gear, and Pederson mentor Andy Reid, hard to miss in KC red, or in just about any other color. Shurmur was a candidate for the job Pederson got, then before Reich and new quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo were hired, there were thoughts Shurmur could still remain in some capacity. Will he and the Eagles' group avoid one another? Now that he doesn't work for the Eagles, will Shurmur have any thoughts about the demise of the Kelly era?
Agent says Kiko Alonso will be perfect fit for Eagles new defense - Morning Call
Steve Caric, who also is tight end Zach Ertz's agent, was at the NovaCare Complex as Ertz signed a lucrative five-year contract extension, and afterward talked about both Eagles clients. Even though Alonso tore his anterior cruciate ligament during training camp before Schwartz's one and only season as the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator in 2014, he had been in the system long enough to grasp it. "He knows this defense," Caric said. "He spent the offseason in Buffalo playing in this defense. He went through OTAs, he went through minicamp. I can tell you Kiko's very excited about this defense."
Offseason Biz: Building Eagles Roster - PE.com
The first piece of roster-building business was a significant one: Locking up emerging tight end Zach Ertz to keep a piece of their young core in place, with much more work to be done ...
Studying Chip: A Chip Kelly expert sorts through new 49ers coach's methodology - SJMN
There's a lot of excitement about the San Francisco 49ers' new coach Chip Kelly, as there should be. There was a lot of excitement in Philadelphia three years ago when the Eagles hired him. But after two 10-6 seasons, that situation took a turn for the worse, leading to his dismissal. So what does Chip need to do differently in order to make the 49ers competitive in the NFL's toughest division? Based on years of covering Chip in Philadelphia and Oregon, I can't agree with the conventional wisdom.
Jim Schwartz using his year-long sabbatical to prepare for NFL return - SI.com
The last time Jim Schwartz experienced a football season quite like this, without any coaching or scouting responsibilities, he was suiting up as a senior linebacker at Georgetown University in 1988. And since 1993, the start of his three-year stint as a Cleveland Browns scout, the NFL schedule had always dictated how his hours were spent. But 2015 has been strangely different. The former Lions head coach and Bills defensive coordinator isn’t in the NFL this season, at least not on game days, and that reality has presented numerous opportunities to see the game from fresh perspectives. Like even from his couch, if he so desires.
The Super Bowl is the only stage big enough for Cam Newton - SB Nation
This is where we are with Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50. A stage he has craved. A man convinced he can handle it. In fact, Cam Newton has long programmed himself to believe that this is the way it is supposed to be. The Super Bowl and Cam Newton make a provocative mix. This extravaganza's hype paired with this star's showmanship. Sports' biggest spectacle harmonizing with dabbing, Superman celebrating, toss-a-ball-to-a-kid-after-a-touchdown-shtick, massive-wattage smile and persona of Cam Newton. He will roll into San Francisco and ignite the city with his arrogance, charisma, fashion-heavy swagger, intellect and huge heart. No player in Super Bowl 50 will leave his heart completely emptied on the Levi's Stadium field more than Newton. Be ready.
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