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November 12, 2013 | By Rob Reischel, For The Inquirer
GREEN BAY, Wis. - With one tiny word, Fletcher Cox may have spoken for everyone inside the Eagles locker room. Cox, the Eagles' mammoth defensive end, had just helped his team cruise past Green Bay, 27-13, Sunday afternoon. He was asked about Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien, the man his team had vanquished. "Who?" Cox said. Who is right. Tolzien entered the game having thrown zero - that's right, zero - NFL passes. Heck, Tolzien had been active just three times in his three-year career, and in each of those, he never put down the clipboard.
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November 5, 2013 | By Ray Hacke, For The Inquirer
OAKLAND, Calif. - Terrelle Pryor does not like to be called a running quarterback. On Sunday afternoon, however, the Eagles defense made sure that label stuck. The Eagles kept the Oakland QB on the run throughout their 49-20 victory over the Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. They forced the pocket to collapse up front, sending Pryor scrambling to avoid being sacked. They blanketed the Raiders receivers in the secondary, taking away his downfield options and forcing Pryor to do much of Oakland's legwork.
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November 5, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
OAKLAND - Every time the reconstituted Eagles win big or lose badly, when the afterglow fades, the question must be asked: What is real? Were they as bad as the three offensive points they managed in consecutive losses to the enigmatic Cowboys and the woeful Giants? Can they really be as good as they looked beating Washington in Chip Kelly's NFL debut, or in violating the Raiders yesterday evening, 49-20? Is this offense a seven-touchdown juggernaut or a naught-touchdown sideshow?
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October 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a drastic departure, the Eagles defense had to answer questions about picking up the offense after yet another downer at Lincoln Financial Field. While it wasn't enough to stop their inexplicable home skid, or from preventing Dallas from taking over first place in the NFC East, the Eagles defense held its own during Sunday's 17-3 loss to the visiting Cowboys. The Eagles (3-4) have now lost a franchise-record nine consecutive home games, but this one was more the fault of the offense, whose lone score was set up by the defense.
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September 14, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy leaned back in the audience and asked Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans a question. "How does it feel to have LeSean as a teammate?" the running back asked. Ryans walked back to the podium, smiled and said, "He's a good guy. . . . But I'll tell you one thing, I'm glad I don't have to go against him. " For three seasons, McCoy had built that reputation in and around Philadelphia - a good guy and the Eagles player most teams fear. But his off-the-field reputation took a few hits this offseason.
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August 9, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TWO YEARS AGO, the Houston Texans proved that the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense doesn't always have to be accompanied by significant growing pains. After his defense finished 29th in points allowed and 30th in total defense in 2010, Texans coach Gary Kubiak fired his defensive coordinator, Frank Bush, and replaced him with one of the league's top 3-4 maestros, Wade Phillips. Keep in mind, the Texans made this significant scheme switch during the 2011 lockout, which meant Phillips wasn't even able to start putting in his new scheme until the start of training camp.
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August 7, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Asked to name his football favorites, Mychal Kendricks aimed high. "I like to hit quarterbacks," the Eagles inside linebacker said, "and I like to intercept balls and take them for six. " Kendricks didn't do much of either last year as a rookie. The fault was hardly his alone. The Eagles seemed to play away from his skill set in 2012. They barely pass-rushed the speedy linebacker, and for most of the season, they had the undersize Kendricks line up on the strong side opposite the tight end. The plan for this season, or at least in the general terms the Eagles have sketched out, is to utilize Kendricks' freakish athleticism.
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August 6, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the Eagles are looking for a leader on defense, or at least one to assist linebacker DeMeco Ryans, Connor Barwin may be as good a candidate as any starter. Barwin, 26, could even have a more prominent leadership role than Ryans because the outside linebacker is likely to play all three downs. Ryans could come off the field in the nickel defense, and it's difficult to lead from the sideline. As stable as Ryans can be, he could not right the Eagles' sinking ship last season.
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August 2, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMeco Ryans said he did not think Riley Cooper's racial slur, caught on video and posted online Wednesday, would rip apart an Eagles team that includes several new players, many of them African American. "I don't think it will fracture the team," the linebacker said. Most of the players who spoke after Cooper addressed the team and apologized at the NovaCare Complex had been teammates of the wide receiver for the last three seasons. "Most of the ones that know me, which excludes the rookies coming in, they know the kind of person I am," said Cooper, who was fined by the team.
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