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December 16, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
"I'm asking you to trust me, even though there are not results. … It will turn. " - Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis, Oct. 1 Bill Davis speaks with the command of a head coach. He has been an assistant in the NFL going on three decades, and the Eagles gave him his third stint as a coordinator. On Oct. 1, Davis sounded more like an embattled coach with the credibility of a supermarket tabloid. The Eagles had lost three consecutive games and had surrendered 52 points to the Denver Broncos two days earlier.
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December 15, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
THERE'S NO question that Adrian Peterson is a fast healer. Not since the Minnesota Vikings' star running back tore an ACL in late-December 2011 and came back less than 9 months later to nearly break the single-season rushing record and win the MVP award. After suffering a midfoot sprain in the second quarter of the Vikings' overtime loss at Baltimore last Sunday, Peterson has vowed to return to face the Eagles tomorrow, making what would be yet another impressive return after being carted off the field a week earlier.
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December 14, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Jason Peters says there is no pain in his right Achilles tendon - no soreness, no twinge of discomfort when he digs his foot into the dirt, nothing. He tore it twice in less than two months last year, missed the entire 2012 season, and after two surgeries, after losing 25 pounds to shave his weight to 320 and ease the strain on the tendon, with the help of a daily stretching routine and with his 32d birthday approaching next month, he is again starting for the Eagles at left tackle, is again among the NFL's best at his position, and he feels as if he'd never been injured at all. "The way I feel right now," he said, "I've got at least five in me - five years, five good years.
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December 14, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper's contract expires at the end of the season and he knows it. "Yeah, it's up," Cooper said. "It's definitely crossed my mind. But I'm approaching this whole season and the next three games, just play as hard as you can and then at the end of the day everything will take care of itself. " The Eagles wide receiver signed a four-year, $2 million contract when the Eagles selected him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. Entering this season, Cooper played mostly as a fourth receiver and would have likely had the same role if Jeremy Maclin didn't suffer a season-ending knee injury in July.
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December 13, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES have always reached out to the local community. Everything from charity appearances, to visiting fans in hospitals, to building playgrounds. Last night the Birds soared to new heights by making their practice bubble available to the West Chester University football team so it could prepare for Saturday's Division II national semifinal against Lenoir-Rhyne. Due to the recent snowfalls, many area fields are unplayable so the Eagles are allowing several teams to use the facility.
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December 12, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of all the players on defense, Mychal Kendricks had to be the most excited when the Eagles made the switch to a 3-4 scheme. Kendricks played behind an odd-man front in California and said he felt uncomfortable last season playing outside linebacker in a 4-3. At first the Eagles had him lining up on the strong side opposite the tight end, but that just gave the 6-foot, 240-pound rookie one more potential blocker to shed. Realizing the mistake, the Eagles moved Kendricks to the weak side late last season and he improved.
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December 10, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The snow certainly helped to slow down the potent Detroit passing game on Sunday, but the Eagles defense also did its share of strong work, especially against football's best receiver, the Lions' Calvin Johnson. Johnson had only three catches for 49 yards, which was a major reason the Eagles earned a 34-20 win over Detroit at Lincoln Financial Field. Johnson set the Lions team record for career receiving yards on a 33-yard reception late in the first quarter, but he did little damage after that.
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December 10, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles say they were prepared for Sunday's snowstorm, but the timing of it, along with an inaccurate forecast, still caught them by surprise. The Detroit Lions and the Eagles were warming up when the snowstorm hit. The field was covered with snow throughout the game. "We were ready," Eagles president Don Smolenski said. "We prepped the building. I think the city did a great job of prepping the streets around here and the parking lots. The only thing you can't prep is the field.
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December 5, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
After most of the locker room had cleared out on Sunday, Jason Avant sat at his stall with a few reporters and said he believed that Tyrann Mathieu held him on the pivotal penalty that negated an interception thrown by Nick Foles. But he said he wouldn't have been surprised if the official had swallowed his whistle on a hold that occurred away from the ball. "Based on this year's definition of holding, I don't know," Avant said after the Eagles' 24-21 squeaker over the Cardinals.
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December 3, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may seem like nit-picking after a fourth straight victory, but the Eagles are past the point of being lauded for wins because many didn't expect them to be that good in Chip Kelly's first season. They are a playoff-contending team, after all, and if the Eagles want to reach the postseason for the first time in three years and perhaps steal a few in January, then Kelly and his crew need to improve in putting teams away. For the fourth time this season, the Eagles earned a lead of more than 17 points with a second-half-opening touchdown drive, and for the third time their offense sputtered and an opponent came back to make things interesting.
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