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December 8, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
They'll talk about the defense a lot during the broadcast Sunday afternoon from Lincoln Financial Field. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will talk about Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas and the Legion of Boom. They'll talk about the Seattle Seahawks and how the defense that trampled its way to last year's Super Bowl title appears to be resurfacing just as this season hits the stretch run. Eventually, they might get around to mentioning the other team's defense. They might point out that Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin leads the NFC with 121/2 sacks or that defensive end Fletcher Cox has emerged as a force among the home team's front seven.
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December 8, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
We'll never know what the Eagles would look like had they drafted Russell Wilson instead of Nick Foles, but it is likely Chip Kelly would be using the zone-read more than he does now had Andy Reid drafted the Seahawks quarterback, as he intended. Fact: Kelly does not need a mobile quarterback to win in the NFL. Fact: Kelly has successfully catered his offense to the skills of Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles. Fact: Kelly still employs the zone-read even though neither quarterback has proven to be much of a threat to run the ball.
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December 8, 2014
THE EAGLES' crushing victory over Dallas left us Birds fans giddy with visions of the Super Bowl dancing in our heads. It made for an incredibly fun Thanksgiving weekend. But, as usual, our pessimistic side has crept back in. People have been stopping me on the street (under the misguided view that I know what I'm talking about) and asking, will we get home field advantage? Will we win the division? Are we certain to make the playoffs? WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? That phrase made me think back to my days as a law student, when I lived alone in an attic apartment on 22nd Street and a hit song of that era was, "Worst That Could Happen.
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December 7, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
TRENT COLE remembers maneuvering his way around a pile of linemen, trying to find a path to the ballcarrier. Seven Eagles defenders had clashed with Seattle's offensive front at the line of scrimmage, Philadelphia's 15-yard line. Initially, the Seahawks' first-down running attempt didn't appear as if it would amount to much of anything. Maybe a yard. "Everybody was up and the pile was moving," Cole recalled this week of the 2011 play. "And how come this man comes popping up out of the pile with God-dang 15 people on him?
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Rubbing shoulders with superstar athletes can be thrilling for mere mortals like myself. (I ran junior-varsity cross-country as a high school senior. Not kidding.) But can professional athletes teach us management skills? Keep your expectations within reason. Increasingly, Philadelphia financial firms are corralling sports executives, professional athletes, and coaches to speak, with the idea that "behind-the-scrimmage line" backstories will uncover secrets to success. Maybe, maybe not. But it's an experience for which Philadelphians are paying big bucks.
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December 7, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cody Parkey is often the first Eagles player to take the field for practice. Specialists are frequently the earliest, but the rookie kicker is a solitary figure on most days. He stretches, visualizes his kicks, or just soaks in the air. It's a process Parkey said he first honed at Auburn. "I'm either sitting in my chair, texting maybe," Parkey said, "or I'm out there getting better. " Special teams coordinator Dave Fipp will sometimes join his kicker as he gets a few early kicks in before the rest of the team arrives, but Parkey didn't put foot to leather at any time during the first three practices this week.
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December 6, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles get a shot at the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, and it's a good measuring stick, especially since coach Pete Carroll's team comes in playing its best football of the season. Going into the game, it is fair to say the jury is still out as to whether the Eagles' offense and defense are good enough to reach and win the big game that will be played Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. The offense scores a lot of points, but it also leads the league with 28 turnovers and is ranked 29th in red-zone production.
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December 6, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the running backs' meeting room, Duce Staley shows his players clips of past Eagles runners. They might identify a uniform number and recall a certain run, but they don't usually know the names. LeSean McCoy knows the names. McCoy has studied the top rushers to play in Philadelphia, and he has relationships with some of them. On Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, McCoy could surpass Wilbert Montgomery to become the leading rusher in Eagles history. He needs 48 yards to eclipse Montgomery's 6,538 yards.
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December 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Musgrave, Joe Montana, and Steve Young used to have a contest that involved rolls of tape, goalposts, and killing time. Quarterbacks are typically always up for a challenge, and this one had the three then-49ers competing to see who could toss the most rolls of tape into the hollow end of a goalpost. "It was just something to do, little contests because we're very competitive, whether it be Ping-Pong; punt, pass, or kick; or quarterback Olympics," Musgrave said Thursday.
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December 5, 2014
THE PICK This will be the Eagles' biggest win of the season, if they can pull it off, and I think they can. Seattle, after scuffling a little there for a while, is healthier now, and back to being really, really good. But the Seahawks are 3-3 on the road, 2-2 outside their time zone. And as good as Marshawn Lynch is, the run is what the Eagles' defense does best. Even without DeMeco Ryans, they would much rather you run at them than go deep against Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams all day. I'll be surprised if Seattle churns out a whole bunch of points.
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