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February 2, 2015
PHOENIX - What a difference a year makes. On the eve of the Super Bowl a year ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell delivered an imperious state-of-the-game address, then jousted with reporters in his typically combative manner. Yesterday, Goodell stood before 2,000 reporters and NFL executives a humbler man. His power diminished and his haughtiness gone, Goodell acknowledged his failures of the past year as the league's profile descended to this: A collection of woman-beating, child-abusing, insubordinate cheaters.
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February 1, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - It was a "tough year" for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose performance has come under scrutiny despite the league's soaring popularity. The 2014 season included domestic violence problems; a child-abuse case involving one of the league's best players; officiating controversies; and a league investigation into one of the participants in Sunday's Super Bowl. Goodell's annual state of the NFL news conference Friday capped a season that invited more criticism than celebration for the commissioner.
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January 30, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Given the circumstances, this was probably the option that made the most sense all along. The Eagles needed someone to run personnel for Chip Kelly who knew what Kelly wanted - the coach has exacting player specifications. They needed someone who would not chafe at being subordinate to Kelly, and someone who would be able to forge a working relationship with demoted general manager Howie Roseman, who is still hashing out contracts and minding the salary cap. Ed Marynowitz, named vice president of player personnel yesterday, fit all those criteria.
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January 28, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NFL, a moneymaking machine, is passing up a chance to rake in some extra cash. On Saturday, the head of officiating told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that the Seahawks had been notified that they would be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct if running back Marshawn Lynch made any obscene gesture during the Sunday's Super Bowl. Lynch has been fined twice for grabbing his crotch after scoring a touchdown. In a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction report on ESPN.com, the NFL website store was, until very recently, selling a Seahawks collage of five photos that included a pic of Lynch grabbing something other than a football after scoring in the NFC Championship Game.
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January 26, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Let's start right at the top and say I had no idea that both teams in an NFL game supplied the footballs for their own offenses. The mystery of how a game ball gets from the Wilson factory to its appointed spot on the field never seemed like an interesting subject. There's a bag of balls, and when they need another, some kid tosses one to the official. What could be complicated about that? What could be more elemental to the game than the mere presence of the football? During one of the previous soccer World Cup preparations, U.S. coach Bruce Arena grew tired of taking questions every day on the ball that had been selected for play, one with a supposedly more aerodynamic cover and super technology that would transform it into an unstoppable scoring spheroid.
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January 26, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Darren Sproles started practice Friday with a video camera strapped to his chest. Midway through the session, the Eagles running back wanted to take it off. Never mind that he was practicing for the Pro Bowl, an exhibition in which the only football activity less intense than the game is the practice leading up to it. Sproles wanted to be at his best. To approach practice any other way would go against what made Sproles a Pro Bowler in the first place. Sproles said on Saturday that he has only "one speed," and Eagles coach Chip Kelly has called Sproles the "best training or practice player I've ever been around.
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January 22, 2015
A YEAR AGO at this time, Richard Sherman was the most recognized evil villain in all of football, his wild-eyed postgame rant scaring men, women and children alike and identifying for them at least the Evil and the Good in the upcoming Super Bowl. But as any good comic fan can tell you, evil and good are fleeting designations when it comes to morality plays. When Batman's Robin was killed, he came back as a vengeful hooded character named Red Hood. When a hero-worshiping acquaintance of Spider-Man had a little mishap with electric eels, the switch flipped on him, too, and he turned into a living electric generator named Electro.
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January 21, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
I USED TO THINK that all the talk about the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick being cheaters was just sour grapes. When you lose playoff games and Super Bowls to a team that is as close to an NFL dynasty as there has been in the last 2 decades, there is bound to be talk of improprieties. Of course, the fact that Belichick was fined $500,000 by the NFL for his role in the Patriots spying on, and videotaping of, the New York Jets in 2007 tends to lend credence to charges of underhanded shenanigans.
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January 20, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Since Jeffrey Lurie took over as the Eagles owner in 1994, the team has been to the playoffs 12 times in 21 years. Only four teams - New England, Green Bay, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh - have been there more. Unlike the other four, the Eagles have not won the Super Bowl. Here's a list of how all 32 teams have performed during the Lurie era.    Winning               NFL    Seasons   Playoffs   Final 8   Final 4   Final 2   champions New England    18   16    13    10   7   3 Green Bay    17    16    11    6    3    2    Indianapolis    16    16    10    5    2   1    Pittsburgh    15    13   10    8    4    2    EAGLES    13    12    8    5    1    0    Denver     12    11    8    4    3    2    Baltimore     11    10   9    4    2   2    Dallas    11    10    6    2   1   1    Kansas City     11    7    3   0   0   0    Miami     11    8   4   0   0   0    Minnesota    11    10   6   3   0   0    N.Y. Giants    10    8   4   3   3   2    N.Y. Jets     10    7   5   3   0   0    San Diego    10    8    6   2   1   0    San Francisco    10    10   9   5   2   1   ...
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January 20, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
You watch and try to learn. How did they get there? What makes them so different? What makes them better? Jeffrey Lurie has spent more than two decades studying the NFL's elite teams in this manner, and the Eagles owner would like to think his team belongs in the conversation. In truth, Lurie's Eagles lurk on the fringe of being elite: almost always good, but never quite good enough. In his 21 seasons as the team owner: The Eagles have had 13 winning seasons; only New England (18)
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