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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie risks crowding coach Doug Pederson - ESPN
Lurie said, "no, not really," when asked if this behavior is different than how he acted with his previous head coaches -- something multiple league sources dispute, contending he always held postgame debriefings and would be looped in during the week but has not traditionally been this hands-on. A separate source says Lurie has held these types of meetings with his head coaches in the past, though they are more formal and frequent now. Lurie has taken a more active approach to leadership overall, sources say, since firing Chip Kelly as head coach in December 2015. Whether it is personnel decisions, coaching matters or day-to-day operations, there have been instances in which Lurie has demonstrated a higher level of involvement.

Eagles-Chiefs Preview: Scouting report and key matchups to watch - BGN
Keys for the Eagles Defense: Set the edge, linebackers need to bring it hard, and the pass rush needs make Alex Smith humble quickly. This offense can be death by a thousand paper cuts if the Eagles can’t throw off the timing early. The speed of the Chiefs wide receivers look like a real problem for the Eagles secondary. Will Jim Schwartz be just as aggressive as last week or will we see more zone than man?

Eagles notes: Lane Johnson looks for better outcome vs. Justin Houston than when he was a rookie - PhillyVoice
In the Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2013, Chiefs edge rusher Justin Houston wrecked the game. On the night, Houston had 7 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 3 batted passes, a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 5 total hits on the quarterback. It was something of a "Welcome to the NFL" moment for Lane Johnson, a rookie at the time who took the brunt of Houston's abuse.

The Pederson rules: Shirts tucked, fines for missing weight, sleeves in the cafeteria - The Athletic
Several players said that they have to be in the building by a certain time, or they get fined. Before the season, players are given a target weight, and on Fridays before games, they weigh in. “If you don’t make weight on Friday, it’s a certain amount per pound if you’re off,” said Lane Johnson. “If you’re overweight, it’s $600 a pound. So you have to be in the weight range. And you have to weigh in on time. If you don’t weigh in on time, that’s another fine.”

Offensive Game Review – PHI 30, WAS 17 - Iggles Blitz
Carson Wentz: Good game. 26-39-307. 2 TDs. One INT that was a pick-six. Made some spectacular plays. Three times he escaped pressure and then got off impressive passes. The TD to Agholor came first. The other two were passes to Ertz. One came on the right sideline. The other play came when Ertz moved to his left and pointed for Ertz to go downfield. Wentz then lofted the ball over the defender. That covered 23 yards. You can see how special Wentz is when he has to improvise. He has great instincts in those situations and his ability to throw on the move is special. The best throw he made all day was an incompletion. He got pressure and moved to his left. While on the move, the turned his body and threw downfield for Jeffery. That ball had arc on it and was right on the money. Jeffery was tightly defended and wasn’t able to make the grab, but that throw was something else.

Inside the Eagles: Nelson Agholor's improvement starts with a new stance - Inquirer
When Nelson Agholor first met his new wide receivers coach, he asked a simple question – “What do I need to get better at?” – and Mike Groh’s response was to start at the beginning. “I said, ‘You need to get better with your stance,’” Groh said recently. “That was probably the first thing I said.” Groh is a details kind of coach. He could have started almost anywhere with Agholor, who had regressed in his second season with the Eagles. The receiver had lost much of his confidence by the end of last year and even catching the ball had become problematic.

Big Day Of Matchups Sunday At Chiefs - PE.com
Taking to the road for a second consecutive week, the Eagles on Sunday encounter a Kansas City Chiefs team that had the perfect storm of a Week 1 in the NFL: They watched the New England Patriots celebrate winning last year’s Super Bowl and then came from behind to destroy the Patriots with a devastating blend of explosive plays on offense and clampdown defense in the second half ...

32 Observations, Week 1 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz was forced to move off of his dropback eight times. On seven attempts off those dropbacks he had three completions for 88 yards. That was the most passing yards he’s had off these kind of passes in his career, and only the second time with more than 22.

Eagles' rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas ready to fill in for Ronald Darby vs. Chiefs - CSN Philly
Rasul Douglas, standing at his locker Wednesday, was asked how much he's improved since the start of training camp, and he made a sound kind of like, "Pfffshew." Then he shook his head and said, "No comparison." Douglas, the Eagles' rookie third-round cornerback from West Virginia, will likely make his NFL debut Sunday when the Eagles face the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Douglas was inactive for the win over the Redskins, but with Ronald Darby out for at least a month with a dislocated ankle, there's a good chance Douglas will play a significant role this weekend.

The Morning Huddle: Vikings and Eagles Can Earn League-Wide Respect in Week 2 - The MMQB
Philadelphia Eagles (at Kansas City, 1 p.m. ET) — You will know the name Brandon Graham by the end of this season, at least if the edge rusher continues playing like he did last week against Washington, when he tallied two sacks and forced the game-clinching fourth-quarter fumble in a 30-17 victory. Along with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, Graham headlines what could be one of the top front fours, but before we go anointing anyone, let's see if they can do what the Patriots couldn't, slowing down a Chiefs attack that stands atop the league after one week. If they can, and if Carson Wentz continues developing a rapport with Alshon Jeffery—they should be able to have success with K.C. missing safety Eric Berry—Philly will emerge as Dallas' biggest NFC East threat.

Eagles vs. Chiefs: Andy Reid says Doug Pederson’s offense is very similar to his - Arrowhead Pride
“Very similar, it was very similar to the things (we are doing),” Reid told the KC media this week about Pederson’s offense last year. “They have a little bit of influx of the old San Diego staff in there so you’re getting a little bit of that. But for the most part it’s what we do here, same type of thing. The base part of it.” This matchup should be interesting for that reason. Bob Sutton’s defense has been going up against a very similar offense the past few years and the Eagles defense obviously knows this system, too.

On the road to Washington: Marching against white supremacy and thinking about NFL protests - SB Nation
The drizzle doesn’t seem like it’s stopping. It’s 9 a.m. in Virginia and people are cheerful. They are excited to be marching through this muck. Does anyone notice the shouts? The cheers? The chants? Most people here are still sleeping. Officers are looking on, chuckling. Who wants to march in this slosh? Don’t these people know it’s a workday? “God Save The Union!” one woman yells. Maybe one day, ma’am. But, if that happens, hopefully people are awake for it. Dozens to hundreds, depending on the day, have been marching from Charlottesville to Washington’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, 118 miles, for 10 days. They hope to combat forms of white supremacy, inflamed by the presidency, which they see a resurgence of in this country.

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