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September 18, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mychal Kendricks still asks the question that few, if any, of his Eagles teammates have an answer to nearly six months after DeSean Jackson was released. "I didn't see it coming at all," Kendricks said last week. "It's really none of my business, but I still ask the same question a lot - 'Why? Why would that happen?' " It's an open question in the sense that he has not asked the men, or specifically, the man who made the decision to cut a Pro Bowl wide receiver after the most productive season of his career.
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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's dangerous to read too much into what happens in the NFL during the opening week. In some ways, it's an extension of the preseason, except, of course, it counts in the standings. The starters are going the distance for the first time, so that's an adjustment. The opponents are finally showing off the offensive and defensive schemes they hid during the preseason, so that must be taken into consideration, too. "You know you've got to be slow to judge what happens in Week 1," Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.
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September 10, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY said yesterday he hasn't talked to Nick Foles yet about the film from Sunday's herky-jerky season opener. Kelly didn't want to share any insights into why his starting quarterback spent the first half of the game against Jacksonville lurching around the pocket with the dazed expression of a household pet abandoned on I-95. I watched the game again yesterday, and wasn't visited by any blinding insights. The only thing I noticed that I didn't really consider as it was happening was that a lot of the awkwardness had to do with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
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September 10, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE DEFICIT was already 14-0 with 5:03 left in the first quarter Sunday, and the three greatest fears about season No. 2 under Chip Kelly had bubbled to the surface: One, Nick Foles might, in fact, be a one-hit wonder. Two, the Eagles' secondary still appeared to be a four-alarm fire, despite offseason additions. Three, they would miss the ability of DeSean Jackson to create separation for other receivers and to extend plays. Of course, we all calmed down in the second half, as Cary Williams and Nate Allen put their Rosetta Stone tapes away and began to speak English to each other, and Foles stopped hugging the football as if it were a security blanket, and big plays by Zach Ertz and Jeremy Maclin reassured us that Kelly had not lost his mind when he jettisoned his Pro Bowl receiver last March after his best statistical season.
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September 8, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
AFTER 7 long months without football, our wait is finally over. Throughout Philadelphia and in 30 other NFL cities, fans have been frantically getting their fantasy teams and survivor pools in order. Our next obsession is predicting our team's final record with game-by-game analysis. Everyone from experts like the great Ray Didinger to the homeless guy at Broad and Locust has made a prediction. Last year, I picked the Eagles to go 7-9 and was called an optimist. I never thought that Nick Foles would look like Joe Montana or that Chip Kelly's offense could be so productive.
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September 8, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy was fiddling with the toe cap he's been wearing since he injured his big toe a few weeks ago. The Eagles running back was sitting at his locker stall after practice Thursday and he wanted to clear something up. A question about his relationship with Andy Reid as opposed to his still-evolving one with Chip Kelly elicited the following response: "Everybody thinks for some reason there's tension between us. There's no tension," McCoy...
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September 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Can Seahawks buck trend? No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since New England beat the Eagles, 24-21, in February 2005. Since then, the defending Super Bowl champion has earned only one playoff win - New England the next year. Since 2005, the defending Super Bowl champion hasn't qualified for the playoffs four times, and the ones that did were a combined 1-5 in the postseason. Seattle, which retained most of its team, appears a solid choice to buck this trend. First-round QBs Blake Bortles (Jacksonville)
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September 5, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
JORDAN MATTHEWS was miffed. Stronger than miffed, actually. He was incensed. When he wasn't taken in the first round in May's draft, Matthews was livid. And probably a little insulted. "Sitting there that first day, I had a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth when I had to come back the second day," said Matthews, the SEC's all-time leading receiver who is now an Eagles rookie. "I thought I was going to go the first day. But then, when the Eagles picked me [in the second round]
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September 5, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THE QUESTION: What to expect from Nick Foles? You don't know. They don't know. Even he doesn't know. Foles might lead the league in passer rating again and disprove Donovan McNabb's latest assertion (that Foles isn't a franchise quarterback) . . . or he might throw 10 interceptions in the first half of the season and get benched in favor of Mark Sanchez. Nobody knows whether Foles is the real thing. For one thing, he has never entered an NFL season as a starter. That means he has never had the entire league spend the entire offseason preparing to target his weaknesses.
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September 5, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME Jeremy Maclin played in a game that counted was on Dec. 30, 2012 at the Giants. The Eagles lost, 42-7, with Maclin scoring their only touchdown. Afterward, Andy Reid, even more ruddy-faced than usual from a bitter wind, held what everyone understood was going to be his final Eagles postgame news conference. Maclin found himself answering questions that day about whether his teammates had quit, in losing 11 of their final 12 games. "I don't want to say so. Then again, I'm not them, so I don't know," Maclin said in the visitors' locker room.
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