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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 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 Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly likes to do everything fast, but the speed with which he turned around the mess that Andy Reid had left behind at the NovaCare Complex shocked just about everyone in the NFL. From worst to first in the NFC East was not envisioned by many and admired by all. So how did the Eagles do it, and, even more important, how can they take it to another level in 2014? Kelly's genius as an offensive mind often gets much of the credit, and there is no denying he was the mastermind behind the fastbreak format that had opposing teams taking notice from opening night against Washington right through the playoff loss to New Orleans.
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September 5, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
Here are five keys to offensive success for the Eagles. 1 Nick Foles' continued development: As good as Foles was last season, he's still learning the job. He wants to get the ball out faster, take fewer sacks, while still avoiding interceptions. It isn't a huge knock to say Foles' numbers were better than his play sometimes last season, keeping in mind that his play, after starting the season as Michael Vick's backup, was quite impressive. If Foles stalls or goes backward, so will the Eagles.
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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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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 Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' first injury report of the season came out Wednesday, and Jeremy Maclin's name was nowhere to be found. Maclin's summer has been full of milestones leading up to the season opener Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He practiced on the first day of training camp, July 26. A day later, it was exactly one year since he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. On Aug. 8, he started the first preseason game. On Aug. 21, he stood up in practice after collapsing the same way he did when he hurt his right knee.
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