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Eagles News: Fletcher Cox wants to stay in Philadelphia for the long run

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Fletcher Cox: I want to be in Philly 'for the long haul' -
After 2016, Cox knows he can play anywhere. But for now, he doesn't plan on leaving Philadelphia anytime soon. "I wanna be there, that's where I want to be -- for the long haul," Cox told Around The NFL on Thursday. "I think the team wants me there, everyone wants me there from the owner all the way down." Cox's comments jibe with recent reports that suggest the Eagles are already working on a long-term extension. With new head coach Doug Pederson trying to solidify his team alongside new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Cox is the kind of versatile player that can be effective across multiple defenses.

Fletcher Cox Excited About ... Everything -
"[Chris Wilson] helped me tremendously. He helped me a whole lot," Cox said. "He made me a better man, first of all. He’s real big on that part of it. He wants everyone to be accountable and he wants everyone to be the best they can be on gameday. He will push us every day. When I was in college, he pushed every player in the room every day and we saw the benefits. "I know what type of guy he is and I have no doubt that it’s going to work out for us. We’re going to be a better defensive line with him here. He loves the game of football and he loves working with guys and helping them grow on and off the field. Whatever the Eagles ask him to do, he will do it. I know that he’s been waiting for this moment to come to the NFL and he’s going to be ready for it."

New Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson is 'crazy,' per one of his old players - PhillyVoice
Most defensive line coaches are crazy, from Jerry Azzinaro screaming "More violence!" at his players during practice, or Jim Washburn using language that would make Charles Manson blush. It seems that new Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson is no different. "He's one of the craziest coaches I know," said OLB Jordan Jenkins, whose face lit up when Wilson's name was mentioned during an interview with PhillyVoice at the Senior Bowl. "He just gets after it. His coaching style is that if you're not playing up to par he's going to let you know. He enjoys the game of football and loves pass rushing. He's crazy."

Eagles (and every other team) like QB Wentz - Inquirer
Wentz, several scouts predicted, could go as early as the second pick to the Browns, and he might not even last to No. 13 when the Eagles select. A few other scouts had Wentz pegged to go late in the first round. "Ideally, he would get a year to sit and watch and learn whatever offensive system he'll play in," said one NFL executive that isn't in the market for a quarterback. "But that probably won't be the case because he's going to be a first-round pick and possibly a top-10 pick.

2016 NFL Draft: Eagles showing plenty of interest in Samford's James Bradberry -
Samford cornerback James Bradberry spent close to an hour with the Eagles this past Tuesday night, a meeting that took place with head coach Doug Pederson, secondary coach Cory Undlin and top personnel executive Howie Roseman, among others. It is unclear if defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was in the meeting.  The Eagles pulling out the red carpet, and showing Bradberry plenty of attention, shouldn't be surprising considering the way he has performed at the Senior Bowl so far.

Settling In - Iggles Blitz
Pederson met with a small group of media in Mobile on Wednesday. He was much more comfortable and natural. He’s been on the job for a bit now so he’s getting used to talking. The setting was different. He was near a chain link fence at football practice. Coaches are going to be more natural there than when wearing a suit and standing in an auditorium. Pederson took the questions from reporters and answered them as honestly as he could. The media actually ran out of things to ask. I think they were genuinely surprised at how the meeting went. Pederson gave them enough nuggets for multiple articles. Unlike Chip, he wasn’t dodging questions and playing the semantics game ("I’m not the GM"). I came away feeling good about Pederson.

So, ummmmm, who is making Eagles' contract decisions? - CSN Philly
So, ummmmm, what about Cox? So, ummmmm, when does he get paid? So, ummmmm, who makes the call on that? Is it once-buried, now-resurrected executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman? Is it Roseman and senior director of player personnel Tom Donahoe? Is it Roseman, Donahoe and the still-unidentified "player personnel head" that owner Jeffrey Lurie promised to unearth in the not-too-distant future while digging for more front office help? So, ummmmm, what’s the plan here exactly and who’s outlining it?

Pederson On Eagles’ New D-line Coach - Birds 24/7
The Eagles have hired Chris Wilson from the University of Missouri as their defensive line coach, Doug Pederson announced following the North Team’s practice at Ladd Peebles Stadium Wednesday. Wilson has spent the majority of his 20-plus years in the business coaching defensive fronts. From 2010-12 he served as the defensive coordinator/d-line coach for Mississippi State, where he  with a guy by the name of Fletcher Cox. Pederson said his past experience with Cox factored in "a little bit, but it wasn't the deciding factor. I think there is some familiarity there and I think it will be good to have those two together."

Former NFLers finding second life in pro football ... at Senior Bowl - FOX Sports
But while the players know the game, there's more to making the jump into personnel evaluation than walking from the locker room into team's offices. That's why Dan Hatman founded the Scouting Academy two years ago after serving as a scout for the Eagles, Jets and Giants. He realized the need for a service to teach players about the organizational skills involved with preparing reports and the like while opening his doors to football hopefuls who needed a better understanding of the game.

Cam Newton is changing the definition of Southern Gentleman - SB Nation
Cam Newton is that dominant, the kind of dominant a player is not supposed to be after high school. Go to any high school game, particularly in the Southern United States, and there is that guy, the guy, the one badass your brother or cousin or friend once boasted about touching on a play. Note: I did not say he tackled him. He got close, and that's what counts in hand grenades, horseshoes or getting trampled by a raging future first-round NFL draft pick. Cam Newton was like that in high school, then in junior college and then at Auburn, and now at Carolina. There is no closing of that window for the immediate future. If football is an airport, he is Air Force One, and can land whenever he likes. Traffic will clear, paths will be made. Cam Newton is from Georgia, dabs like Migos and went to Auburn. He is Southern as hell, by a given definition of Southern.

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