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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 Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
IN THE NFL, they already use words such as "Beast," "Freak" and "Monster" to describe Zach Ertz. Only in his second year, after a season in which his potential was hinted at but nowhere near realized, Ertz's speed, size and beat-your-butt intensity has made him the centerpiece of all discussions about Chip Kelly's offense, Pro edition, 2.0. But at home, back in Danville, Calif., he's the little guy. OK, slight exaggeration there, but the truth is...
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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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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 3, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are 10 burning questions that should begin to be answered as Week 1 unfolds: 1. How healthy are Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Arian Foster, Montee Ball, Wes Welker, Jeremy Maclin, Sammy Watkins, Rob Gronkowski and other nicked-up stars? It's never a good sign to head into Week 1 already nursing an injury, but these guys have no choice. 2. Who will emerge from obscurity? Last season Julian Edelman, Julius Thomas, and the Chiefs defense became prized free-agent acquisitions after stellar early-season performances.
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September 3, 2014
THE EAGLES assemble today at NovaCare to get ready for Sunday's season opener against Jacksonville, kicking off Chip Kelly's second year in charge. What do we know about Kelly that we didn't know a year ago? Here are some thoughts on three topics: 1 He knows how to get players to buy into his methods, even pro players. This is one of the great secrets of coaching, maybe the most crucial challenge for any coach. When Kelly came in with his new ideas about practice pace, nutrition, sleep habits and so on, I figured players would embrace the program at least for a while, mainly because he was the new guy in charge, and NFL careers are extremely finite, so why would you want to waste your time, and his, not doing what he asked?
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August 30, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Buddy Ryan coached and lived in Philadelphia for five years, long enough for his son, Rex, to understand that, despite all the stereotypes to the contrary, the core of the city's sports culture isn't bitterness. It's sentimentality. So Rex Ryan, the New York Jets' head coach, did an interesting thing Thursday night in an otherwise uninteresting football game: He started Michael Vick at quarterback and left him in for one play. Vick took the field, pantomimed throwing the football once, and handed the ball off to running back Daryl Richardson.
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August 29, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
Keenan Allen, Chargers: Allen's 71 catches were the seventh-most ever by a rookie wide receiver. He slipped to the third round coming out of Cal because of a knee injury. He's not sneaking up on anyone anymore. Antonio Brown, Steelers: Second in the league in catches (110) and yards (1,499). Look for him to improve on eight touchdowns and crack the top-five receivers heading into 2015. Dez Bryant, Cowboys: Since he had 12 TDs in 2012 and 13 in 2013, he's going to get 14 in 2014, right?
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August 28, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
THE GUY WHO is going to make you forget about DeSean Jackson this season isn't Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper or even rookie Jordan Matthews. The guy who is going to make you forget about Jackson isn't even a wide receiver. He's a tight end. He's Zach Ertz. He's not Jimmy Graham. Yet. He'a not Jason Witten or Rob Gronkowski. Yet. And while you might think I'm jumping the gun mentioning somebody who has played only 459 NFL snaps in the same breath with three of the most dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside.
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August 26, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IT'S GOING to happen every time Jeremy Maclin takes an awkward stride, suffers a hard hit or has his body contorted at a strange angle. Eagles fans are going to hold their collective breath and likely not exhale until Maclin is back on his feet and participating in the next play. That's how much the Eagles have banked on Maclin not just returning to form but actually being a better receiver than before he suffered the ACL tear to his right knee that cost him the entire 2013 season.
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