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September 9, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
HAVING HIS FIRST NFL field-goal attempt turn out to be a 51-yarder to tie the score in the fourth quarter was "pretty cool," Cody Parkey said afterward. So was the rookie kicker from Auburn, who later hit from 28 yards, and managed touchbacks on five of seven kickoffs in the Eagles' 34-17, season-opening victory over Jacksonville. Would he have rather tried the 28-yarder first? "It doesn't matter, as long as we get 'em both on the board," said Parkey, who came to the Eagles in an Aug. 21 trade with the Colts - against whom he will kick a week from tonight.
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September 8, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There have been longer civic waiting periods for local sports fans than the one that stretched this year from Jan. 4 to Sunday's opening game for the Eagles. It just doesn't seem that way. The Phillies played baseball for 98 years before winning a championship in 1980. Now that's a long wait. The Flyers and Sixers are trying to end droughts that have lingered for more than a generation. Those are becoming considerable waits as well. But the Eagles - finally, the Eagles - appear headed toward breaking their own eternal streak of frustration.
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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 8, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles run The Eagles had the NFL's best rushing offense last season, and the only major change was replacing Bryce Brown with Darren Sproles. Allen Barbre, a solid run blocker, is filling in for Lane Johnson at right tackle for the first month of the season. But the central figures are back, with LeSean McCoy running the ball and an offensive line that includes Pro Bowlers Jason Peters and Evan Mathis on the left side. The Jaguars ranked No. 29 in rushing defense last season.
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September 8, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Nick Foles shared a table with former Philadelphia quarterbacks, the select fraternity who are the only ones who understand the life Foles now lives, he would ask them about the aftermath of a bad game. "And the emotions that go with it, just how we're a unique profession," Foles said in an interview with The Inquirer. "If you have one bad game, it's really going to be talked about. . . . I would ask them how they dealt with it when they had that bad game, when everybody was down on them, what they do. Because that's what I want to learn.
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September 8, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
A PLAYER'S first game with a new team in a new city can make for a memorable experience. To that end, Malcolm Jenkins envisions his Eagles debut tomorrow as transpiring nothing like his introduction to the NFL 5 years ago. It came during the Saints' season opener at the Superdome after, on the second play from scrimmage in the second half, starting cornerback Tracy Porter went down briefly with an injury. So on third-and-6, New Orleans stacked the box and blitzed Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, leaving the just-inserted Jenkins, a 21-year-old rookie, to attempt to blanket Calvin Johnson all by himself.
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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 7, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The draft had just ended, and Trey Burton was fielding calls like most of the rookies who just missed out on being selected. He knew the Eagles were interested. The feeling was mutual. But the post-draft scramble for undrafted rookies is a free-for-all, and while Burton's multiposition four years at Florida might have lowered his draft stock, it would certainly make him an appealing addition to any training camp. The Eagles had more in mind than just a camp body, though, and Burton envisioned as much, because of his familiarity with Chip Kelly's offense.
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September 6, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The problem with understanding the Chip Kelly offense is that there is no Chip Kelly offense. This is a head coach who is difficult to stuff inside a well-defined box, and the same goes for whatever schemes his offensive team happens to use in a given series or game or season. Heaven knows, people have tried since Kelly left Oregon to join the Eagles. There have been lots of labels - zone-read, read-option, hurry-up, quick-strike - but the labels just don't stick. "We run the See Coast offense," Kelly said last season.
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September 6, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly was born 30 years after Knute Rockne died and 15 months before Amos Alonzo Stagg's death, so Kelly never entered a room with either of the famed football coaches. Kelly likes to say that unless a coach sat with Rockne or Stagg, he's just stealing someone else's ideas. But just like Kelly's offense, it's more complicated than he makes it seem. Invention begets innovation, and Kelly's concepts were introduced to the NFL with an up-tempo offense that scored more points and accumulated more yards than any other Eagles team in franchise history.
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