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‘I’m not a follower:’ Asante Samuel on being himself - Eagles Notebook
"Man, to play for Philadelphia," he said, "that was a wonderful experience." It’s fair to wonder whether a player of Samuel’s caliber, one as productive as he was entertaining, would’ve ultimately burst onto the spotlight regardless of his setting. But in a city that takes as much pride in its football fate as just about anything else, Samuel all but lived up to his nickname. "Those fans," he said, "they’re die-hard, you know. They’re rowdy, they’ll boo you at the same time. But it was a great experience."

Previewing the NFL Combine & talking QB prospects - BGN
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It feels a lot like the Eagles won't franchise tag Sam Bradford - PhillyVoice
"Right now Sam Bradford is here," said Pederson. "We know he’s a free agent. That’s a position I’ve said all along that we continue to evaluate. We have to make the best decision possible for the Philadelphia Eagles. Going forward, if he’s our guy, then he’s our guy and we make a run with him. If he decides to go elsewhere in free agency, then we’ve got a couple of guys that we can bring in here or use the guys on our roster and push that way." Except, Bradford cannot just "decide" to go elsewhere in free agency if the Eagles were to use the franchise tag on him. He would be under the Eagles' control and couldn't go anywhere unless the Eagles traded him or rescinded the tag.

Which coach is most likely to lead his new team to 2016 playoffs? - SI.com
Pederson seems like such an unknown quantity, but the reality is that the Eagles are only a year removed from back-to-back 10-win seasons, so a total rebuild after last year’s slippage to 7–9 is hardly in store. Owner Jeffrey Lurie opted for harkening back to his club’s largely successful Andy Reid era with this hire, and maybe some of Reid’s solid and steady demeanor is exactly what the Eagles need right now. And if Pederson has the "emotional intelligence’’ that Lurie found lacking in Chip Kelly, all the better.

Inside The Studio: Ken Flajole - PE.com
New Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole sits down in studio with Insider Dave Spadaro to talk about the state of the Eagles' linebackers position group ...

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Wide Receiver Outlook - Birds 24/7
Pick a statistic, and it probably reflects how uninspiring this unit was last season. Only one receiver finished in the top-140 in the NFL in yards (Jordan Matthews), and only one receiver finished in the top-150 in catches (Matthews again). Among all Eagles in their first two seasons in franchise history, Matthews finished first in receptions (152), second in yards (1,869) and second in touchdowns (16). His 152 receptions also rank as the 10th-highest total in NFL history by a player in his first two seasons.

How Doug Pederson's Eagles' offense will differ from Chip Kelly's - NJ.com
Two Tight-End sets: In his first year Kelly seemed to run a lot more two tight end sets than he did his second year, and then he got back to a little more in his third. Like any other personnel setting a lot depends on what's going on in the game and the kind of match-ups you get from the defense. Pederson brought Brent Celek back for a reason, however. And since Zach Ertz just got paid like one of the best tight ends in the game, I think there will be a lot of two tight end sets next season.

Chip Kelly never got that the Eagles were like a family - Daily News
For a franchise that blossomed under a father figure such as Andy Reid, Kelly's abruptness and dismissiveness hindered him. When Kelly unseated homegrown favorite Howie Roseman as general manager, he betrayed the sense of togetherness owner Jeffrey Lurie spent 20 years fostering. That did not make the atmosphere at the NovaCare Center insufferable, just uncomfortable. Every NFL team reflects the essence of its head coach, who presents himself to the public at least four times a week. As such, every head coach is expected to nurture the brand. Kelly simply refused.

McNabb: Terrell Owens 'absolutely' belongs in Hall of Fame - CSN Philly
Five was a guest on the Tiki and Tierney Show on CBS Sports Radio and said he absolutely thinks Owens belongs in the Hall. "The thing about Terrell is, on the field, outstanding talent," McNabb said. "Probably one of the best receivers that I played with in the pro ranks. He’s one of the best to have ever done it, and will he be a Hall of Famer? Absolutely."

KING: Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies, as detailed in explosive court documents showing ugly smear campaign against his alleged sex assault victim - NYDN
Thirteen years ago, USA Today obtained 74 pages of explosive court documents on Peyton Manning, Archie Manning, the University of Tennessee, and Florida Southern College that revealed allegations of a sexual-assault scandal, cover up, and smear campaign of the victim that was so deep, so widespread and so ugly that it would've rocked the American sports world to its core. Yet USA Today never released those documents for reasons I can't explain.

Archie Manning sticks up for Cam Newton's behavior at Super Bowl postgame presser - SB Nation
The former NFL quarterback recalled how his son, Peyton, was criticized for his poor sportsmanship after losing Super Bowl XLIV to the Saints.

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