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Madison Academy's Jordan Matthews says Eagles want 'Us-against-the-world' mentality - AL.com
"Wentz is great," Matthews said. "I think he's going to be a great quarterback for us for a lot of years to come. He's got a great head on his shoulders, a great arm. And his mentality is not that of a rookie. He studies the game and he takes the game serious. He's a pro in every way, from what I've seen. I don't expect that to change, so I'm looking forward to playing with him in the long run."

More on the whole 'Carson Wentz inactive' thing - PhillyVoice
If indeed Wentz is inactive Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, there is sure to be outrage that the Eagles are letting the No. 2 overall pick in the draft collect dust on the sidelines. There shouldn't be. The Eagles are in a situation in which they have two competent quarterbacks already on the roster. On a team that is highly unlikely to compete for a Super Bowl this season (and probably next season) anyway, what's the rush? As the season progresses, might there be a scenario that develops in which it makes sense for Wentz to be active in favor of one of the other two quarterbacks? Sure. But as it currently stands, barring those developments, Wentz watching in street clothes is by far the most likely scenario, as is.

The Importance of Jim Schwartz - Iggles Blitz
Jim Schwartz runs a simpler system than the defensive gurus we’re talking about here, but don’t be fooled into thinking Schwartz just rolls the ball out there and yells "Attack!". He will design creative blitzes. He will use stunts and loops with his DL. He will mix up coverages to keep offenses from knowing exactly what to expect. Schwartz will tailor his system to the players he has. If the Eagles can run a basic system and get the best of offenses, so be it. If Schwartz needs to be more creative and aggressive, he will do that. The key is that he wants his players to attack. Rather than focus on being creative, he wants to find the best way to get his players to make plays, especially behind the line of scrimmage.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Time For A Return To the Old School - Birds 24/7
There’s a lesson to be pulled from that statement, about identifying your greatest strength and tailoring your approach to cater to it. A pretty common sense notion but one that teams don’t always stay true to. Chip Kelly failed in this area last season, and it proved to be a big part of his downfall. Despite all signs pointing to his defense being the superior unit, he kept running his flawed offense into the wall at high speed, overexposing Billy Davis‘ group in the process. In order to change the fortunes for the 2016 club, the feeling here is that Doug Pederson is going to have to make a sharp turn in the opposite direction and allow the defense to stand high above all else.

10 best slot weapons in the NFL - PFF
6. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Philadelphia Eagles - There aren’t many safeties that can do a good job of covering the slot in today’s NFL. Several are deployed that way as a response to the Gronkowski-type TEs that teams have to try and match up with, but few can execute it with any kind of success. Jenkins in Philadelphia has been different. In 2015, only Chris Harris surrendered a lower amount of yardage per coverage snap from the slot, with Jenkins topping all other cornerbacks let alone safeties.

Honoring Buddy Ryan - PE.com
Former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan and some cornerstone players from the Ryan era were honored at a special halftime ceremony back in 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field. Ryan was met with a standing ovation as he addressed the crowd ...

Ray Didinger: Buddy Ryan got Eagles fans 'in a way few coaches do' - CSN Philly
But that day in the Superdome, knowing Ryan's hiring was imminent, I talked to the Bears to get their thoughts on the coach. They had heard rumors about him leaving and he had all but said goodbye in their meeting the night before the Super Bowl. Tackle Dan Hampton said Ryan choked up as he told the defensive players, "Regardless of what happens tomorrow, you'll always be my heroes." Hampton said many players were crying as they left the room.

Buddy Ryan debate still going strong - Inquirer
You knew when Buddy Ryan walked off the concrete-like carpet at Veterans Stadium on that chilly January day in 1991 that you were never going to see anyone in charge of the Eagles quite like him again. The only difference of opinion was whether that was a good thing or a bad one. The debates were waged in barrooms and locker rooms. They dominated the newspaper coverage and radio air waves. They continue even today after Ryan died in Kentucky on Tuesday morning at the age of 85. Buddy Ball, the goring brand of defense that brazenly targeted opposing quarterbacks, was the quintessential roller-coaster ride in Philadelphia sports history. Enormous wins against division rivals the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Dallas Cowboys would always be followed by devastating defeats in the playoffs.

Eagles should honor Buddy Ryan for who he was as much as what he did - NJ.com
What should have already been done, should definitely be taken care of now that former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan has passed away. The Eagles need to honor Ryan, their head coach from 1986-90, and a man who brought football back to the city when it was needed most. There are a few ways the Eagles could do this. Obviously, they can put him in the team's Wall of Fame joining only three other coaches — Greasy Neale, Dick Vermeil and defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

Adam Schefter thinks Kirk Cousins will bet on himself with franchise tag - Washington Post
The Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a new contract, or Cousins will play the 2016 season on the one-year franchise tag and make $19.95 million guaranteed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter doesn’t expect talks between the two sides to heat up until the week of the deadline and he still doesn’t think a deal will ultimately get done.

Andrew Luck is highest-paid player in NFL after signing new 6-year deal with Colts - SB Nation
The Indianapolis Colts have announced that they signed quarterback Andrew Luck to a long-term contract extension, locking him up through the 2021 season on a new six-year deal. Luck, the first overall pick by the Colts in 2012, has been playing on his rookie contract and a multi-year extension was always expected. Colts owner Jim Irsay announced that the deal totals $140 million dollars, which is the largest contract in NFL history.

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