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October 7, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AS CHIP KELLY'S first NFL draft pick and last year's No. 4 overall selection, Lane Johnson started every game for the Eagles a season ago. There were some growing pains, many positives and, behind him and his four cohorts on the offensive line, a heckuva a lot of yards and points. But despite having a season under his belt, yesterday's Week 5 Eagles win over the St. Louis Rams, Johnson said, was "probably the toughest" he has played in his professional career. His first game of the season after serving a four-game PED suspension, the second-year right tackle reassumed his spot at right tackle, returning to game action after just a week of practice, rejoining a unit still missing a pair of mainstays.
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October 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The phrase Change doesn't happen overnight wasn't coined by Chip Kelly, but he would probably nod in approval to the rest of Mary E. Pearson's axiom that change is molded by people who don't give up . The coach was asked several times during the last week about changes he might implement in light of the worst offensive performance the Eagles have had under his stewardship, and Kelly's answers each time were relatively the same. "We're always working on our game plan in terms of what we're trying to do, but I also don't think you just drastically change, and we're going to turn into a run-and-shoot offense and throw the ball a hundred times," Kelly said.
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October 3, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy is not used to this. The NFL's defending rushing champion has never needed to address a stretch like the one he's experiencing now, with 2.7 yards per carry this season. That's the worst during a four-game span since he arrived in Philadelphia. McCoy did not offer answers Wednesday, his first public comments since a 10-carry, 17-yard performance in the loss to San Francisco on Sunday. The results are evident - "just not getting it done," he repeatedly said - and he is unbothered by the criticism.
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October 3, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
LANE JOHNSON doesn't get much benefit of patience. His absence from the Eagles' offensive line for the first four games was not due to injury or some other uncontrollable event. The second-year right tackle and fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft got popped for violating the NFL's policy against using performance-enhancing drugs. In the meantime, the offensive line has struggled. The Birds' attack in general and All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy in particular have suffered as a patchwork group of guys up front have fought to find some cohesion.
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October 2, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS THE hardwired nature of a fully predictable beast; that panic should ensue after an overachieving, decent team fails to win a close game. There will be second-guessing of play-calling, complaints about inexperience and, worst, willful ignorance of reality. It is why sports is so compelling: lack of logic. Even if they had remained fully healthy the Eagles would be lucky to be 3-1. As it stands, they are outrageously fortunate. They don't have an unwinnable game left on their schedule until the Seahawks visit Dec. 7, and by then their offensive line might be whole again.
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October 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles kept Lane Johnson's starting spot waiting for him, plugging Johnson in at first-team right tackle during Tuesday's practice. It was the first time Johnson practiced since serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Johnson's return allowed Todd Herremans to return to right guard. Matt Tobin remained at left guard, and David Molk is still the center. Johnson is slated to start Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams - even if it will take him some time to return to form.
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September 30, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In a span of 21 months, since the firing of Andy Reid and the final ascension of Howie Roseman, the Eagles have constructed as complete a football team as has been seen in Philadelphia in a decade. Oh, it has its flaws. The defense surrenders yards and points like the French. Chip Kelly's Machine Gun offense continually sputters, especially in the early stages of games, even before the offensive-line collapsed. Still, overall, the team has gotten production from everywhere.
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September 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Chip Kelly stood at the podium, and there wasn't a microphone. "Is that a metaphor?" the humbled Eagles coach said. If that were the case, the missing microphone might represent the Eagles running game or lack thereof. Or perhaps it could symbolize the three absent starting offensive linemen the Eagles have been unable to capably replace. Maybe the missing microphone was simply the Eagles offense and Kelly's ability to seemingly always find a way to counter a defense.
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September 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SOONER OR LATER, teams will back off, the Eagles figure. They will notice that the Birds are second in the NFL in points per game (33.7), despite opponents' deployment of safeties in the box and their scheming of linebackers to fly into gaps, all to blunt Chip Kelly's run-based offense. Teams will start worrying more about the fact that Nick Foles leads the league in passing yardage, with 978. At that point, LeSean McCoy will see some daylight, will find a cutback lane or two, and the Eagles' run game will again resemble what we saw last season.
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September 26, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
THIS COULD be one really strange game. Or not. If offensive averages from the first 3 weeks of the season hold, the Eagles will outscore the 49ers 25-1 in the second half, after falling behind 20-9 in the first half. Final score, Eagles 34, 49ers 21. Leaving aside for the moment that it's really, really hard to find a way to score one point by itself, there are all sorts of reasons why it won't happen this way. Foremost is the fact that 3 weeks of something happening doesn't set it in stone; there is no reason why the Birds are destined to be a second-half team all year, though they're outscoring opponents 74-24 in the second half so far, and they're being outscored 54-27 in the first half.
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