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December 31, 2014 | Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
IF ONLY THE NFL world was as Chip Kelly depicted it Monday. In his season wrapup news conference, the Eagles' coach brushed aside a question about the importance of finding a quarterback you could "hitch your wagon to" by indicating it was just as important to find a linebacker or a safety who was wagon-hitching-worthy. But the list of Super Bowl winners over the past decade-plus suggests it isn't. The guy who becomes Chip's quarterback is likely to define his tenure here. Right now, the needle swings toward Nick Foles, because he's under contract and because he clearly has some of the traits of a top-notch QB - intelligence, size, a decent arm, selflessness, coachability, a relentlessly positive outlook.
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December 31, 2014 | Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE FINAL GUN had hardly sounded before the tweets began. Jeremy Maclin was campaigning to come back. Trent Cole was begging to stay. Maclin, the Eagles' best receiver since they took him in the first round in 2009, can hit the open market and cash in on a career season. Cole, ranked second on the team's all-time sack list, is due more than $35 million over the next three seasons. Maclin sounds willing to forgo free agency and, possibly, take a little less Treasury green to stay in Eagles green.
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December 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - LeSean McCoy finished up the second-most productive season of his career yesterday with 99 yards on 17 carries in a meaningless victory over the New York Giants. McCoy, the Eagles' all-time leading rusher, ended his 2014 with 1,319 yards on 312 carries, two fewer carries than he managed a year ago, when he led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards. A year ago, there was no doubt where McCoy stood in the Eagles' offensive hierarchy. He was the centerpiece of a highly effective run-based offense, one that set a franchise scoring record.
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December 30, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Though Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher had been a target of opposing offenses and fans, his absence Sunday forced the Eagles into personnel changes on defense. The results were mixed. The secondary surrendered 429 passing yards and a touchdown, but the Eagles were able to defeat the New York Giants, 34-26, in Sunday's season finale at MetLife Stadium. Fletcher, who injured his hip in practice, was replaced on the outside by Nolan Carroll, who was making his first start for the Eagles after earning 26 starts during the previous four years for the Miami Dolphins.
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December 30, 2014 | BY RICH HOFMANN, Daily News Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Where exactly the talk started is unclear, but there has been talk among those who talk that maybe Eagles coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman aren't getting along so well, and that maybe Kelly would prefer someone else to buy his groceries in the future. Well, forget that. Because while he was noncommittal about the future of his starting quarterback, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was quite definitive about his general manager. He says that Roseman is staying.
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December 30, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham Jr. snagged Eli Manning's pass by the sideline, cut toward the middle of the field past safety Malcolm Jenkins and, after strutting backward the final 10 yards leading to the end zone, fired the ball at the wall that separates the field from the stands at MetLife Stadium. The explosive rookie's 63-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown didn't end up factoring into which team won and which team lost yesterday's meaningless Week 17 game, but it accentuated yet another woeful performance from the Eagles' most-maligned position group.
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December 30, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - LeSean McCoy lay on the turf with the medical staff checking his left knee late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 34-26 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. McCoy initially feared it was something serious, based on the way he went down. Other players knelt around him, hoping it wasn't. McCoy eventually arose and limped off the field on his own power. He wanted to go back into the game, but the clock was winding down by that point. The Eagles' Pro Bowl running back avoided a scare.
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December 30, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Mark Sanchez had finished what was his final game as the Eagles' starting quarterback, and perhaps as any kind of Eagles quarterback, and as he walked through a corridor here at MetLife Stadium, people kept stopping him to shake his hand and hug him. This had been his home stadium for four years when he was with the New York Jets, and there were so many familiar faces stopping to congratulate him after the Eagles' 34-26 victory...
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December 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles finally made that crucial, final-minutes play yesterday. They made it at least a couple of weeks too late to save their season, and the two guys responsible - Trent Cole with the pressure on Eli Manning, Nate Allen with the pick and 40-yard return of Manning's floater, as the clock ticked down inside 3 minutes left - might have made it too late to save their Eagles careers. But they did make it, and there was music in the MetLife Stadium visitors' locker room, and the pain from the Eagles having missed the playoffs at 10-6, following their 34-26, season-ending victory over Manning's New York Giants, seemed a little less wrenching, at least for a few hours.
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December 30, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If when December began, you assured Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie that his team would end its season with a win, he would have been a very happy man. At that time, with the Eagles appearing all but certain of qualifying for the postseason, the only scenario that would fit such an ending would be a win in the Super Bowl. That's not quite how things turned out, however, and after three straight losses that eliminated them from the playoffs, the Eagles did win their last game, a minor-key 34-26 finale against the New York Giants.
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