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September 6, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There isn't much that Nick Foles remembers from Oct. 20, 2013. The box score and the game film can illuminate most of the dark places in his memory, but it's not as if Foles has much desire to relive the Eagles' 17-3 loss that afternoon to the Dallas Cowboys. It was the low point of his otherwise marvelous second NFL season, one in which he led the Eagles to a division title, compiled the third-highest passer rating in league history, and was selected for the Pro Bowl. Against the Cowboys that day, Foles completed just 11 of his 29 passes, and on the final play of the third quarter, as Foles was scrambling toward the sideline, defensive end George Selvie knocked him to the ground for a sack.
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September 5, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
AFC East NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 2013 record: 12-4 Biggest addition: CB Darrelle Revis Biggest loss: LG Logan Mankins What's the story: Tom Brady is the starting quarterback. Bill Belichick is entrenched as head coach. That formula has been consistently successful since Brady took over as a starter more than a decade ago. Incoming cornerback Darrelle Revis adds another key component to a team that is attempting to win the AFC East for the sixth consecutive season. Prediction: 12-4 NEW YORK JETS 2013 record: 8-8 Biggest addition: WR Eric Decker Biggest loss: RT Austin Howard What's the story: Geno Smith is unproven after a shaky rookie campaign, but will start at quarterback.
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September 5, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE NFL PRESEASON was a yellow mess. Flags, flags everywhere as the league decided that it was time to crack down on the all of the mean and awful things that linebackers and defensive backs were doing to the league's receivers. Never mind that they did this following a season in which the league set all sorts of new scoring records. In the first 3 weeks of the preseason, the zebras threw 902 flags in 49 games. That's 18.5 penalties a game, or 5.1 a game more than they called in the 2013 regular-season.
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September 5, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THE EAGLES' defense was tied for third in the NFL in takeaways last year with 31. Those takeaways, along with more of a pass rush from Trent Cole, turned a disastrous defense into a serviceable defense by the end of the season. They rescued a defense that just couldn't get off of the field, and they did it time and again. The Eagles played it safe in the secondary, choosing to keep everything in front of them - as much as they could, anyway - and take away the big plays. The Eagles themselves might not have called it bend-but-don't-break, but that was the reality most weeks.
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September 3, 2014
THE EAGLES assemble today at NovaCare to get ready for Sunday's season opener against Jacksonville, kicking off Chip Kelly's second year in charge. What do we know about Kelly that we didn't know a year ago? Here are some thoughts on three topics: 1 He knows how to get players to buy into his methods, even pro players. This is one of the great secrets of coaching, maybe the most crucial challenge for any coach. When Kelly came in with his new ideas about practice pace, nutrition, sleep habits and so on, I figured players would embrace the program at least for a while, mainly because he was the new guy in charge, and NFL careers are extremely finite, so why would you want to waste your time, and his, not doing what he asked?
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August 31, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES made decisions yesterday on roster cuts, but chose not to make any of them public, even after they'd been widely reported, in one case by a player himself on Twitter. (That was fan favorite Henry Josey, the 5-8 running back from Missouri who overcame a terrible knee injury in college and ran for 121 yards on 22 carries Thursday night against the Jets. He bid Eagles fans farewell.) So, here is what we could piece together from other sources, and what others have reported, which might or might not be entirely correct.
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August 29, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
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August 27, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NUMBER, if accurate, is staggering. So far, there have been 66 concussions in 49 NFL preseason games. That, according to @NFLconcussions, the Twitter feed that tracks such things. Former NFL player Dave Pear isn't surprised. "It's probably way more than that," he told the Daily News yesterday. "In the preseason, guys want to make teams, so they aren't going to say they're hurt. " It's not the concussions that worry Pear. It's what happens afterward. Pear, who played a combined six seasons (1975-80)
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August 20, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE THING we know about the NFL is that not only is it a league of adaptation, but it is also a league of adjustments. For every measure that one side of the football gets to gain an advantage, the other side of the line will come up with a counter in an attempt to even up the odds. So, no matter that it has made normally unwatchable preseason games unbearable because of a constant barrage of yellow hankies, the NFL has made it clear that it is not stepping away from the decision to emphasize enforcement of its rules against illegal contact.
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