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December 20, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Staff Writer
NOBODY understands the gap between where the Eagles thought they would be this season and where they are better than Rick Minter. Minter coaches the Eagles' inside linebackers, and when the season began, he was the envy of all the other position coaches, counting among his charges DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso and the precocious third-round rookie Jordan Hicks. At no other station on the practice field did the Eagles enjoy such star power and depth. You know how that has gone.
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December 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SUNDAY, when warmups conclude and the hugs and handshakes and nonhandshakes have all been recorded for posterity, something will happen that you haven't heard much about this week. The Eagles will host the Buffalo Bills in a football game. The guys who did or did not exchange greetings with LeSean McCoy will have to tackle their franchise's all-time leading rusher. They'll also have to deal with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whose passer rating of 104.3 ranks fourth among NFL starters.
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December 10, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THIS IS not going to be a fun week to be Kiko Alonso. The guy the Eagles got when they traded LeSean McCoy has not returned to the form that made him the NFL's defensive rookie of the year for Buffalo in 2013. In fact, to Eagles fans, that form might seem about as far away and as relevant as Nick Foles' 27 touchdown passes vs. two interceptions, the same year. "The fact that I got traded for (McCoy) has no relevance at all," Alonso said Tuesday. "It's really just, the guy's a great player.
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November 30, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles season hasn't officially concluded, but that doesn't mean conclusions haven't been reached yet. In fact, quite a few have. It wasn't that many seasons ago, as Jeff Lurie fashioned an exit strategy for the Andy Reid era, that the owner dismissed brief late-season success as "fool's gold. " Even if the Eagles somehow show an unexpected pulse in their remaining five games, the 2015 season is a failure on a grand scale. There is no getting away from the fact that Chip Kelly's third season was not just a step back but a repudiation of his entire methodology of team-building.
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November 28, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeffrey Lurie DOWN - Ultimately, this is the Eagles owner's mess. He gave an NFL neophyte complete control of personnel in a sloppily arranged marriage that somehow left Howie Roseman in the building. What will he do to fix it? Chip Kelly DOWN - His offense has become predictable. His choice for defensive coordinator keeps coming back to haunt him. He can't get his players to play for him. And now Kelly has turned into a coach who makes countless head-scratching decisions. Bill Davis DOWN - He isn't a bad coordinator.
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November 27, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There have been weeks this season when Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis appreciated every minute between games and his players could bask in the shine that comes in the days after stifling an opponent. But in the few days before Thanksgiving, Davis seemed thankful that the Eagles had a short week. Coming off a pitiful showing last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the only good news for the Eagles defense is that the bad taste in their mouths had little time to linger.
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November 26, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
DeMarco Murray had a chance to address a sensitive issue head-on Tuesday after the Eagles' walk-through practice in preparation for their Thanksgiving game against the Lions in Detroit. Instead, the team's top running back opted to slide out a side door before the locker room opened to reporters. It was a similar on-field maneuver by Murray two games ago against Miami that created the issue, which eventually resulted in a searing comment from an anonymous teammate on Sunday after a blowout loss to Tampa Bay. On the final play of the first quarter in the Dolphins game, the NFL's 2014 rushing champion took a handoff on the right hash mark from quarterback Sam Bradford and ran about 15 yards to his left in order to pick up the 1 yard he needed for the first down.
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November 25, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
IN TRYING to explain how his defense managed to get scorched for 283 rushing yards Sunday by Doug Martin and the Tampa Bay Bucs, Bill Davis mentioned missed gap fits, missed tackles and bad angles. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans agreed with all of those Tuesday, and even added one of his own: lack of effort. "The runs were (about) gaps and also tackling and effort getting to the ball," Ryans said. "Even if somebody is out of a gap, if you have all 11 guys really going and getting after the ballcarrier, you're not going to have those types of runs happen.
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November 25, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WHAT SHOULD be the Eagles' deepest position helped kill them Sunday. The one thing they should do best was the one thing they did worst. And Jordan Hicks hated to see it. "It's tough to watch," Hicks said, when asked what it's like to be unable to help the Birds stop the run, after suffering a season-ending pectoral muscle tear at Dallas, Nov. 8. "Obviously, everybody feels like they can make an impact, but I've got full confidence in our guys....
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November 20, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans played for Jess Lanier High School in Bessemer, Ala., it wasn't uncommon for assistant coach Harry Winston to bring his precocious nephew to practice, a budding youth player who, even at 6 or 7 years old, was happy to tell the older boys about his exploits as a quarterback. "He was this young kid, always throwing the ball around, always talking about how great he was in little league and how he was dominating games even back then," Ryans said with a laugh.
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