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Eagles News: 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists include Terrell Owens

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Brett Favre, Terrell Owens highlight 2016 Hall of Fame finalists -
Three first-year eligible nominees -- Alan Faneca, Brett Favre and Terrell Owens -- are among the 15 Modern-Era Finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall's Selection Committee meets in San Francisco on the day before Super Bowl 50 to elect the Class of 2016. Joining the first-year eligible nominees are ten other Modern-Era players and two coaches.

Could Adam Gase help the young Eagles' receivers maximize their potential? - PhillyVoice
However, Gase's success didn't stop at the quarterback position -- He has also guided wide receivers to some of their best seasons in the pros. From 2009 to 2010, Gase served as the Broncos' wide receivers coach. In 2010, Brandon Lloyd had by far his best season in the NFL working with Gase, when he amassed 77 catches for 1448 yards (18.8 YPC), and 11 TDs. Here's how that compares with the rest of his career.

No Coach, Lots of Rumors - Iggles Blitz
In regard to the Eagles strategy of talking to multiple candidates, I think that is smart. If there was one guy who was incredibly compelling and felt like the ideal candidate, you hire him. Anything less than that and I think you are smart to look around and meet with different coaches. The first option isn’t always the best. Andy Reid wasn’t the Eagles first option in 1999. Jim Johnson wasn’t Reid’s first option. I think both moves worked out pretty well.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sam Bradford’s Options - Birds 24/7
It's impressive the Texans won nine games and the AFC South (albeit in a weak division) without a franchise quarterback, but that's a position they'll likely have to address after the playoffs. They've started four different quarterbacks this season (Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden), but none of them are close to being a guy they can build around. Because the Texans are one of the best teams in the NFL without a franchise quarterback, they may be willing to give up more to trade up in the draft or sign a guy in free agency to make the jump to being a contender.

Dispelling myth information surrounding Eagles - Daily News
That the Eagles find themselves in an either/or quandary at the quarterback position. The notion that they should avoid signing Sam Bradford because they should be targeting a quarterback better than Bradford ignores the reality of both the quarterback position and NFL contracts in general. Judging by the contracts doled out to quarterbacks over the past few years, the Eagles would essentially be committing to having Bradford on their roster for the next three seasons.

What are the Eagles options with Jason Peters? -
Trade Him: Not many teams are going to give you much for a 34-year-old lineman coming off an injury-plagued season. But it only takes one; and that one could be the Indianapolis Colts. General manager Ryan Griggson never met an old Eagle he didn't love. What could you get? Again, not a lot. But maybe the Colts would give up a second-round pick for Peters and a fourth.

Chiefs' Andy Reid thinks OC Doug Pederson is a future head coach - Arrowhead Pride (circa 2013)
"I think he's got a good handle on the offense, he had a great teacher in Marty Mornhinweg and I think, handled right, he'll be a guy that has an opportunity to move on past that and become a head coach," Reid said of Pederson, who was Reid's quarterback in Philly in 1999 (comments via the Chiefs). "He's got an easy way of teaching something that's complex, he's got a good relationship with players, guys have been productive who have been with him."

4 NFL teams screwed up their head coaching situations - SB Nation
The Colts and Saints learned from the 49ers' debacle last year and rightfully stood behind Chuck Pagano and Sean Payton. Unfortunately for the Browns, Bucs, Chargers and Eagles, they just made things worse.

3-4 or 4-3? What Do The Eagles Think? -
Defensive end Fletcher Cox began his NFL career as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 system and clearly excelled in the 3-4 as well, being named to his first Pro Bowl this past season. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans found success in both throughout the entirety of his playing career, and while linebacker Connor Barwin was first brought to Philadelphia as a player to fit the 3-4 defense, he also believes he can adjust and remain a strong force for the team. "I’ll be fine. I would love to play a 4-3 D-end," Barwin said. "I’ve always said there’s not as much a difference at outside linebacker and D-end as people try to make. A 4-3 would be great if that’s what direction the team wants."

Days of 1,000-Yard Rushers in N.F.L. May Be Numbered - The New York Times
The 1,000-yard rushing season has long been the benchmark of greatness in the N.F.L. Emmitt Smith did it a record 11 times, and Hall of Famers like Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Tony Dorsett and Franco Harris all racked up many 1,000-yard seasons. But it is starting to look like the 1,000-yard rusher may be heading the way of the drop kick or the T formation. This season, only seven players hit the mark, the lowest number since 1991.

N.F.L. Completes Greatest Passing Season in League History - The New York Times
Every year, the N.F.L. becomes more passer friendly, in quantity and quality. That trend held true in 2015, which will go down as the greatest passing season in league history.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
Check this out, Eagles fans! And stay tuned to BGN for more info on contests involving free tickets.

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