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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles drafted Brandon Graham 13th overall with their 2010 first-round draft choice. It's been a struggle for Graham. Here is how he compares with the five defensive players taken after him in the first round of that draft: 13. EAGLES - Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan Started 12 of 49 games, 111/2 sacks, 67 tackles 14. SEAHAWKS - Earl Thomas, FS, Texas 3 Pro Bowls, 15 interceptions, twice first-team All-Pro, Super Bowl champion last...
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December 19, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Like most pass-rushers, Brandon Graham likes a quarterback who's easy to find. Tom Brady. Eli Manning. Carson Palmer. He'd rather line up across from those quarterbacks, as accomplished and skilled as they are, than he would against one who can scurry and scramble and will abandon the pocket for the sake of saving himself and extending the play. Graham is one of the Eagles' two starting outside linebackers. He's tied for the team lead in sacks with 61/2. He prefers an immobile target.
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November 25, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THANKSGIVING in Detroit is less than optimal for just about everyone traveling with the Eagles this week, except outside linebacker Brandon Graham, who grew up there. The Lions play every year on Turkey Day. "I always used to say I wanted to play for the Lions on Thanksgiving," Graham said. "Now that I'm playing against 'em on Thanksgiving, it's just that much sweeter, because I've got so many people in my family that are Lions fans. "To go out there and give 'em an 'L' and then go eat some food with 'em, it's going to be great.
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April 3, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham did not confirm the widespread belief that he will play outside linebacker for the Eagles this season. But it sounds as if he's preparing for a switch from defensive end to a stand-up pass rusher. Speaking on the second day of the Eagles' offseason program, Graham said he did not know what position he will play. Asked if he's inquired, he said that the team just started the program Monday and that he would have a better idea as minicamp approaches. "There's been a lot of talk about a lot of things," Graham said Tuesday.
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June 10, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
To begin his transformation into an every-down linebacker, Brandon Graham met with his new position coach before the 2013 season and found something that had eluded him through his first three years in the NFL: support. Bill McGovern, the Eagles' outside linebackers coach, had watched film of Graham and determined that there was something more to him than just another defensive end who liked to chase quarterbacks. In the 3-4 scheme that Chip Kelly preferred, Graham would be a better fit as a linebacker.
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April 4, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
WHICH VERSION of Madonna is best, the Material Girl or the Kabbalah Mama? How about Cher: Sonny Bono's half-breed gypsy on horseback or Richie Sambora's scantily clad siren on the warship? Changing times and eroding taste long have forced talents from Jewel to Janet Jackson to recreate themselves. In less than a decade, the fickle fates of football have forced Brandon Graham to remake himself as often as any '80s pop diva. Those relaunches don't always work. Graham's career might not survive this overhaul.
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August 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham started his confession on Friday by revealing his goal is "double-digit sacks" this year – a worthwhile ambition for a player whose career-high is 5.5 sacks in a season and has 17 sacks during a five-year career. But the two digits Graham said he wants have never been achieved in NFL history: 32 sacks. "My goal is two a game," Graham said. When informed that would be almost 10 more than the NFL's single-season record - Michael Strahan had 22.5 in 2001 - the Eagles linebacker did not curb his enthusiasm for such a lofty standard.
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August 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It was another placid day at Camp Chip on Wednesday. No fights, no controversy. Very little that resembled news. Just another day of work for a team that has settled into a nice routine under a coach who is anything but routine. "We're back at it today, and that's great," Chip Kelly said. "That's why we're here. " Unlike a year ago, when everything was new on both sides of the ball and a number of jobs were up for grabs, you probably could write out the starting lineups for the Sept.
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December 19, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham's locker is next to Fletcher Cox's locker. Cox said the two never discuss the link that defines the way both are viewed in Philadelphia, as former first-round picks so coveted that the Eagles traded up in the draft to get them. But it's an inescapable label. And it's one both have lived up to in recent games. A defensive end, Graham was the No. 13 overall selection in 2010. Cox, a defensive tackle, went 12th in 2012. They are the two highest picks the Eagles have made since 2000.
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September 9, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
As Brandon Graham walked from the visitors' locker room to the bus following the third preseason game at Indianapolis a few weeks back, Graham wanted to make a point about the Eagles' embrace of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's system. "This defense is built for us. The people that's here, the personnel, and that's good . . . You don't have to have a down year to get the personnel here," Graham said. "For us, we've just been licking our chops and happy to be back into this type of defense.
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September 9, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, STAFF WRITER
In 2007, the New England Patriots were only the second team in NFL history to run the table in the regular season, going 16-0. Their offense was unstoppable. They averaged a then-NFL-record 36.8 points per game. Their average margin of victory was 19.7 points. And then they ran into the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII and lost, 17-14. They lost because the Giants' defense spent most of the game making quarterback Tom Brady's life miserable. They were constantly in his face and moving him off his throwing spot.
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September 4, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
FANS AND REPORTERS who cover the team have seen only glimpses of the Marcus Smith transformation that has impressed Eagles coaches apparently enough that Smith could declare he wasn't worried about his roster spot following Thursday night's preseason finale. Smith, given a strong endorsement recently from defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, took the field for only 10 defensive snaps against the Jets. Twice, he powered through the line on running plays, dropping Khiry Robinson for losses of 2 and 5 yards.
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August 30, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - Opponents will find ways to work the ball downfield against the Eagles. Andrew Luck put together some short, quick throws that worked Saturday night, just not enough of them to turn the tide in a 33-23 Eagles preseason victory. The Colts also hit big on a screen that turned the Birds' aggressiveness against them. But if it's safe to infer anything from the preseason, we're going to go on ahead and infer this: The days of opening the NFL's defensive rankings and automatically going to the bottom of the list to find the Eagles seem to be over.
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August 29, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - The regular season begins in two weeks, and the Eagles appear ready. By the time the Eagles starters exited the 33-23 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night in the third quarter of the third preseason game, they held a three-touchdown lead and could begin thinking about the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 11. Philadelphia should know to avoid overreaction in the preseason after the way last season ended up. But with the starters expected to sit the preseason finale Thursday, their final audition Saturday offered some reason for optimism about Doug Pederson's inaugural season.
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August 5, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
A new defense, position, and coaching staff should, theoretically, give Marcus Smith a new lease on his fluttering NFL career. The third-year defensive end is approaching this season with that premise. And who can blame him? If Smith didn't believe this was his chance to finally deliver upon the promise of the draft, then he might as well join first-round busts like Danny Watkins in the real world. "I want at least 10 sacks, 10 [tackles for loss], and at least four interceptions," Smith said when asked for his 2016 goals.
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June 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
BRANDON GRAHAM said that when he talks or texts with Fletcher Cox, he is careful not to ask when Cox plans to report for duty with the Eagles. "I try to be a friend and not really talk to him about that. I don't want him to think I'm the police," Graham said Friday as the Eagles wrapped up the optional part of their spring work. Players gather Monday for physicals, before a mandatory three-day minicamp starts Tuesday. Those are the last sessions before training camp, and the only mandatory part of the offseason setup.
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May 31, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Brandon Graham wonders sometimes how his first six seasons with the Eagles might have been different if not for the revolving door that welcomed and discarded defensive coordinators. "Especially that last year when coach [Andy] Reid was here," Graham said last week after a practice session at the NovaCare Complex. "It was my first time starting after my injury and I ended up getting 51/2 sacks and I really felt like I was headed in the right direction. And then, bam, here comes the 3-4. " Few members of the Eagles have fond memories of that 2012 season, which was Reid's last in Philadelphia.
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May 27, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, STAFF WRITER
THE WORDS that have been used to describe Marcus Smith during his first two NFL seasons haven't been very flattering. Bust. Mistake. Disappointment. He has seen them on social media. He has read them online and in the newspapers. He has heard them on the radio and at the Linc on game day. Bust. Mistake. Disappointment. Imagine somebody doing that to you. Imagine them coming to your place of employment, insulting you and telling you in very explicit language that you suck.
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May 13, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
When the Eagles switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense in 2013, only two of eight regulars on the line had any NFL experience playing in an odd-man front. The unit, as coordinator Bill Davis explained it, was going from one end of the spectrum (a wide-nine-based 4-3) to the other (a two-gap-based 3-4). He preached patience, but even Mother Teresa would have been tested by a transition that ultimately fell short of expectations. Three years later, the Eagles are making the trip back to a wide-nine-based 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
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