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Eagles News: Doug Pederson is still a mystery

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Identity - Iggles Blitz
We know what Jim Schwartz wants to do on defense. He has a strong track record and his philosophy is well known. The 2016 Eagles had some games where you could see what he’s looking to build here. There isn’t much mystery. Dave Fipp has a strong track record with his STs units. We know he’s going to get his guys to play at a high level and there will be big plays. As funny as it sounds, Doug Pederson is still the mystery man. We really don’t know what he wants to do on offense. Any time you have a rookie QB, bad WRs and five different starting RTs, you are not going to be running the offense the coach truly wants to see. The Eagles learned the playbook in 2016. There were some good flashes, but I can’t make any conclusions based on what we saw.

ESPN fantasy football experts project Carson Wentz to be a sleeper, Dak Prescott to be a bust - BGN
Virtually everything went right for Prescott as a rookie. His running back produced at an elite level. His blocking was perfect. His receiving corps made big plays for him. Maybe Prescott will find a way to replicate his success in 2017, but I can’t help but feel he’s bound to regress to some extent. We saw how Foles fell off a cliff first-hand. I’m not saying Prescott is Foles, but I am saying Prescott still has a lot to prove. Honestly, Ezekiel Elliott is way more fearsome more than him.

Upon Further Review - Episode 12: Jerome Brown -
This week Vince Quinn takes you through the life of Jerome Brown. His college career, his rise with Buddy Ryan & the 1991 Eagles and his tragic death in 1992. This week Vince is joined by 94 WIP's Angelo Cataldi, Glen Macnow and hall of fame writer Ray Didinger.

10 reasons the Eagles will be a dumpster fire this season - PhillyVoice
Heading into 2017, it is expected that Mills will be better, but he has a long way to go before anyone could consider him an ideal starter. Meanwhile, Patrick Robinson, who turns 30 in September, was a Band-Aid signing. The Eagles did grab a pair of corners on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft, one of whom was Sidney Jones, who was a potential top 10-15 pick had he not ruptured his Achilles at his Pro Day. The other, of course, was Rasul Douglas, a bigger corner with good instincts and ball skills, but 4.59 speed. The Eagles may have some answers long-term at corner, but even with some of the uglier CB combinations in the chart noted above, 2017 might be the Eagles' scariest (in a bad way) situation at corner heading into a season.

NFC East Q&A: Should teams be more concerned with Ezekiel Elliott or Dak Prescott? - ESPN
To no surprise here, everyone said Zeke instead of Dak.

Eagles Better or Worse 2017: Coaching - CSN Philly
Now, it’s easy to chalk this all up to being new to the job, and it’s perfectly reasonable to suspect some improvement. Then again, that’s not exactly guaranteed. We watched Chip Kelly do the exact same things over and over for three years, and make no changes even as his teams regressed. We watched Andy Reid do a lot of the same things for 14 years, and Pederson is a Reid disciple. We also tend to evaluate coaches in a bubble, too. The reality is they all do strange things from time to time. Maybe the only difference between Pederson in 2016 and some other NFL coaches is the Eagles didn’t have the talent to overcome the occasional questionable coaching decision. Unfortunately, that was the difference last season between the 7-9 record the Eagles had, the 9-7 record they possibly could have – and why some people still have their doubts about the guy in charge.

Investments Push O-Line Into NFL's Elite -
Preseason rankings mean a whole lot of nothing, but they can spark a conversation as the time drags before Training Camp opens. And here’s a good conversation: Pro Football Focus ranks the Eagles’ offensive line as the best in the NFL heading into the 2017 season. There are a lot of reasons to understand the ranking …

Run Offense By Number of Backs, 2016 - Football Outsiders
Today we're looking at how offenses performed running with either one or two backs in the backfield. Did you know that once upon a time, teams used to use two running backs as a base formation? It's true. Jurrasic Park was popular, and Mike Alstott was considered a big name because he got some goal-line carries. For the purposes of this analysis, we're considering rushing attempts by any player who was lined up in the offensive backfield but was not at the quarterback position. Single-back formations mean one player other than the quarterback was lined up in the backfield and ran the ball; two-back or multiple-back formations mean more than one player other than the quarterback was in the backfield, and one of those players ran the ball.

The importance of pass-blocking efficiency in today’s NFL - PFF
In today’s NFL, where offenses are becoming increasingly more pass-happy and quarterbacks and wide receivers are media darlings, just how important is it to have a safe, secure offensive line? Take this for example: each of our top three highest-rated teams in pass-blocking efficiency made it to the playoffs while nine playoff teams finished with a PBE above the league average.

Why NFL contracts are vastly different from NBA contracts - The MMQB
As we'll see when NBA free agency opens, the NFL's way of doing player business varies significantly (and is much less player-friendly) than the NBA's. From the reasons behind player trades to contract guarantees, let's dig into it.

Remembering Nike’s classic ‘The Michael Vick Experience’ commercial you wanted to be real - SB Nation
Even if you didn’t like rollercoasters, you wanted to ride this one.


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