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January 6, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The last time Riley Cooper touched the football this season it glanced off his left hand and fell to the turf at MetLife Stadium and the Eagles were forced to punt. It probably was the last time he was targeted as an Eagle. If so, it was a fitting way to go out. The Eagles gambled on third down late in the game and Sam Bradford went to Cooper, who had run a post route. The ball was thrown a touch high, but the timing was off. Cooper didn't look back at his quarterback until the last moment and the ball ricocheted off his outstretched hand.
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January 5, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For the first time in three years, Sam Bradford had walked off the field after his final game of an NFL season, and he kept walking - through a tunnel to the visitors' locker room at MetLife Stadium, from the locker room to a news conference area, from behind that podium back to his locker. The room had quieted some by then, his teammates dressing quickly to board the Eagles' team bus and begin their offseasons, and Bradford paused before leaving to consider a question that, for all the tumult of these last four months, he never allowed to define him or his career.
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January 2, 2016
By Marc Bookman Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin was suspended on Dec. 22 by the Court of Judicial Discipline for his part in the email scandal engulfing the commonwealth. His defense was telling. "Perhaps my demeanor was 'one of the boys,' " he told the court. "But what I sent was to people who were 'one of the boys.' It was in the locker room. " Lawyer Samuel C. Stretton, a purported expert in legal ethics, supported the locker room theory of defense. "There isn't a judge alive - or a man alive - who hasn't looked at pornography or laughed at an off-color joke," he said.
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December 31, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
BY ALL RIGHTS, Lane Johnson should be Chip Kelly's greatest ally. Johnson is not a disaffected castoff casually lobbing oblique accusations of racism. The right tackle is Chip Kelly's first draft pick, a cornerstone of the team, young, capable and utterly fearless. Johnson also is pathologically honest; a chronic truth teller; the George Washington of Eagles players. Kelly's three-year stint is indefensible for a straight shooter such as Johnson. On Wednesday, he shot Kelly straight through the heart.
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December 31, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
ON SOME LEVEL, Sam Bradford must wonder that he can't catch a break. After the Eagles disappointing loss to Washington on Saturday night, the Eagles quarterback, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, said he wanted to stay in Philadelphia. Bradford talked about stability and not wanting to go through the process of learning a new offense again. He said he believed he would have that here. Then Tuesday night, head coach Chip Kelly, the guy who handpicked Bradford to direct this offense, got fired.
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December 14, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan were geniuses at different times for the same amount of time: two years. That's how long each of them had atop that pedestal before the rest of the NFL knocked them off. If you're a head coach and want to be a genius for more than two years, you'd better have Joe Montana or Tom Brady as your quarterback. Otherwise, there will be a reckoning, and it will be humbling. Kelly's reckoning, of course, began in the final four weeks of last season, his second with the Eagles, and has continued through the first 12 weeks of this one. His up-tempo, simplified-playbook approach to offense doesn't catch opponents off guard as often as it once did, and his reliance on a rigorous sports science program has at times inspired eye rolls from at least some of his players.
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December 14, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray are about as different as running backs can get in the NFL, both on and off the field. One runs like an improvisational jazz musician with unpredictable results. The other methodically reads the notes and plays them as written. Their football styles are an extension of their personalities. McCoy is capricious. He is often gregarious but can turn inward on a dime. He can be brutally honest, sometimes to a fault. Murray is introverted. His words are measured, as is his demeanor.
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December 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WITH REPORTERS nearly climbing atop one another to hear his words - like a crowd of standbys vying for the last boarding pass on the final flight of the night - DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia's first-class passenger of the week, said he doesn't want to play anywhere else. Murray refused to divulge anything about his much-discussed conversation with Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie on the team charter back from New England last Sunday evening. But Murray denied he was frustrated with anything other than losing, and expressed no longing for Dallas, where he led the NFL in rushing a year ago. Murray's confab with Lurie became public through tweets and a story by ESPN's Ed Werder, who is based in Dallas and knows a lot of former Cowboys, their family members, agents and friends.
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December 8, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - After it was over, everybody wanted to know what it said about this Eagles team. That's how it goes in these parts. Every final score has to be a referendum of some sort. Chip Kelly said it best the last time the Eagles won a game. You don't know what one week's result says about your team until the next week. When the Eagles beat the Cowboys a month ago, it looked like a turning point. One week later, it looked like it was not. Same goes for Thanksgiving Day: a third straight loss, a second straight game allowing 40-plus points, a team that looked like one of those fried turkey accidents you always read about.
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December 6, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRODHEADSVILLE, Pa. - The sound of muttering was mixed with the click-clack of cleats during Bishop McDevitt's solemn halftime march to the locker room. Twenty-four minutes of game time later, the Lancers returned to the locker room, looking forlorn after losing, 51-7, to District 2 Old Forge in a PIAA State Class A quarterfinal at Pleasant Valley High School. "It's hard to explain," McDevitt coach Pat Manzi said. "We just didn't have it today. They were that much better than us today.
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