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October 22, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TODAY, JUST as they did last year, the Eagles return from their bye looking toward a date with the Arizona Cardinals. Some things are the same, many things are different for two NFC teams that finished 10-6 last year, the Eagles winning a weak NFC East, the Cards shut out of the playoffs in the powerful NFC West. Had Arizona beaten the Birds last Dec. 1, instead of getting nipped, 24-21, after coming back from a 24-7 second-half deficit, the Cards would have gone to the 2013 playoffs.
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October 21, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
PAT SHURMUR feels most comfortable when he's uncomfortable. It is no surprise, then, that he smiles even as he squirms when confronted with the million-dollar question: What does he DO, exactly? Shurmur is the offensive coordinator of an offensive system for which he usually gets no credit - neither for its conception, nor its implementation, nor its execution on game day. Will this perception handicap Shurmur the next time he is considered for a head-coaching job? Hardly.
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October 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howie Roseman took a seat on the set of his radio show at Chickie's & Pete's in South Philadelphia on Monday afternoon with noticeable euphoria among fans in attendance and callers who wanted to chat with the Eagles' general manager. Roseman was hit with requests for autographs and photographs. He discussed some of the key acquisitions during the offseason. One caller praised his role in hiring Chip Kelly. Roseman, who is the only NFL general manager with a radio show, has sat in that chair during less friendly times.
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October 17, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS MIDNIGHT in the locker room after the sixth game of the season. An Eagles tight end had scored two touchdowns in a shutout of the Giants. You would have thought Brent Celek scored both. He scored neither. "Hey, congratulations!" Celek hollered at James Casey, who had a football tucked under his arm - the football he caught for a touchdown that might otherwise have been Celek's. "See him?" Celek asked, unprovoked, pointing at another teammate. "He made unbelievable catches all night tonight.
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October 12, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Josh Huff was drafted, the rookie wide receiver looked at the Eagles roster and knew it was going to be difficult to crack the starting lineup. The team had released DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant, but it had also re-signed Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper and drafted Jordan Matthews a round earlier. Maclin and Cooper would start on the outside and Matthews would be given every opportunity to replace Avant in the slot. But where did that leave Huff, whose Oregon pedigree was almost as prominent as Matthews' was at Vanderbilt?
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October 7, 2014
USUALLY AFTER five games or so, an NFL team has formed an identity. Five games into the Eagles' season, the identity is this: Amorphous. The Eagles, now 4-1 after a 34-28 win over the Rams (1-3), are a special sort of dangerous. They have an offense that can sting opponents, but they have developed a penchant for big plays on special teams and defense that overcome their stars' disappearance and untimely turnovers. "It's big that we're 4-1," said left tackle Jason Peters, who, in his 11 NFL seasons, has seen sloppy play and injury issues doom other squads.
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October 2, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS THE hardwired nature of a fully predictable beast; that panic should ensue after an overachieving, decent team fails to win a close game. There will be second-guessing of play-calling, complaints about inexperience and, worst, willful ignorance of reality. It is why sports is so compelling: lack of logic. Even if they had remained fully healthy the Eagles would be lucky to be 3-1. As it stands, they are outrageously fortunate. They don't have an unwinnable game left on their schedule until the Seahawks visit Dec. 7, and by then their offensive line might be whole again.
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October 2, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
NICK FOLES was the best deep-ball thrower in the league last year. He had an impressive 124.0 passer rating on throws that traveled 20 yards or more. The Eagles quarterback completed 45.4 percent of his deep throws (25-for-55), averaged 14.6 yards per attempt and threw 14 touchdown passes and only one interception on 20-plus-yard throws. That was better than Manning, better than Brees, better than Rodgers, better than everybody. So far this season, though, it's been a different deep-ball story.
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October 1, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Cary Williams was quieter this time. He was one of the last players to dress in the Eagles locker room Sunday after their 26-21 loss to the 49ers, and this time there would be no rambling monologue about Chip Kelly or a team's tired legs, none of the nonsense that poured out of Williams the week before. Then, he had picked the happy aftermath of a dramatic victory over Washington to paint himself as the only man in the room brave enough to tell hard truths about Kelly's demanding practice schedule.
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September 30, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - "I'm not talking about running the football," LeSean McCoy said, after it was over. "I don't even want to talk about that. Any other questions?" And so we begin, with the disappearance of the Eagles' running game. Whether we talk about it or not, it is now officially a big problem. On a day when the Eagles got two special-teams touchdowns and a third touchdown on an interception return, they still lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 26-21. A chance to start the season with a 4-0 record was squandered.
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