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Eagles News: Philadelphia listed as potential landing spot for RG3

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Where will RG3 be in 2016? 7 potential landing spots once he gets released by Redskins - FOX Sports
This scenario depends on if new head coach Doug Pederson likes Sam Bradford or not. Bradford is a free agent and may come with a lofty price tag. As the Chiefs offensive coordinator from 2013-15, Pederson helped guide Kansas City to a 31-17 regular-season record and playoff appearances in 2013 and 2015. Pederson is credited with developing quarterback Alex Smith, a former No. 1 overall pick by San Francisco. Under Pederson's guidance, Smith had three consecutive 3,000-yard seasons, threw the second-fewest interceptions among quarterbacks with more than 1,000 attempts (20) and ranked fourth among all quarterbacks with 1,183 yards rushing. RG3 could be a much cheaper option than Bradford.

Remember when the Eagles traded for Sam Bradford and fans nearly unanimously agreed it was dumb? - PhillyVoice
The "f word" was used 16 times in replies to the Eagles' announcement. You could go ahead and double that total if you were to include abbreviations for the "f word" like "wtf," or the "f word" appearing in memes, or someone training their parrot to use the "f word."

Why the Eagles shouldn't tag Sam Bradford - Morning Call
Anyway, the Eagles aren't using either of them on anyone anytime soon. And if they do elect to franchise Bradford, it won't be until around 1.5 seconds before the deadline. It wouldn't make sense for them to do it before that. As it stands, if they still want him, maybe the best way to get him signed to a cap-friendly deal would be to let the market decide things. If they can't compete with some big-spending team, they obviously would have to move on. For now, it's a high-stakes staredown, and there's too many twists and turns that can happen between now and the end of free agency.

Joyner: Linebacker Is My Greatest Concern - Birds 24/7
"Look at the spacing that you create in the running game," said Seth Joyner in a conversation with Birds 24/7. "I think the problem is that Juan Castillo tried to live in that defense, which you cannot do." Jim Schwartz has no intentions of operating exclusively in the Wide 9. And he is better equipped from a personnel standpoint for when he does deploy that alignment. But it will inevitably be part of his arsenal and, like Washburn, he likes to keep his d-linemen in attack mode. There are plusses and minuses to this approach as Joyner helped explain, the success of which is largely predicated on whether the linebackers can handle the strain.

The LBs Corps - Iggles Blitz
The biggest question with the actual LBs is what to do with DeMeco Ryans. The Eagles love him. He is a high character player and great leader. You would really like to have that guy on the team as a new coach takes over. Veteran leadership helps when there is a coaching change. Unfortunately, Ryans is an older, declining player. He did some good things last year, but the Eagles best ILB was easily Jordan Hicks. You have to keep Hicks on the field. And I think you want him in the middle of your defense.

10 people who influenced head coach Doug Pederson, Part 2 - CSN Philly
Not long after he was named head coach of the Eagles, Doug Pederson watched one of Andy Reid’s former coaches talk about his own personal development as a head coach. And something clicked in his mind. "I’ll you what, one thing that stood out to me was at the Super Bowl, Ron Rivera — who was here with Andy when I was here in 1999 — he did an interview and was asked about being a head coach," Pederson said. "And he said, 'You know what, there’s no handbook to being a head coach. There’s no manual for doing this. So you do it your way. Do what you think is right. Put your stamp on it. Set your schedule the way you want to set your schedule.'

Eagles are spending big money on their defensive line -
When Connor Barwin announced last week in a radio interview that new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz told him he was going to be a defensive end that meant the Eagles are going to have one of the highest paid defensive lines in the game. Consider that just their top three defensive ends, including Barwin, are under contract for a total of over $100 million, $45 million of which is guaranteed, and the team is still trying to complete a deal with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, which could double those numbers.

Sielski: Lurie and Bradford are on the clock - Inquirer
In the wake of firing Chip Kelly, Jeffrey Lurie had made a pledge to the Eagles players that he claimed would accomplish two things: It would help him find the right man to be their new head coach, and it would reaffirm just how progressive and cutting-edge the Eagles' organization really was. No more would the players have to deal with Kelly's cold-shoulder style of coaching, with his inability or unwillingness to attune himself to the sensitivities and motivations of the modern professional athlete.

It All Starts Up Front For Eagles Offense -
Doug Pederson believes in running the football. He believes in imposing his team's will at the line of scrimmage. He believes in investing in the offensive line, something the Eagles got away from these last few seasons ...

Five NFL Trends to Watch Coming Out of 2015 Season | The MMQB with Peter King
Some NFL trends—more passing, more shotgun, and a blurring line between 3-4 and 4-3 defenses—become ensconced in the game. Others fade away, like the Wildcat or the read-option. Here are five emerging trends to watch coming out of the 2015 season

Kirk Cousins, Washington hit roadblock in contract talks - SB Nation
At least for now, Washington looks likely to apply the franchise tag to Kirk Cousins rather than agree to a long-term deal.

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