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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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August 27, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH A FEW notable exceptions, pass rushing historically has been a young man's game. In the last three years, a total of 58 edge rushers - 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers - have recorded 10 or more sacks in a season. Just seven of those 58 were 32 or older when they did it. Late Hall of Famer Reggie White put up 12 sacks at 34 and 11 at 36 and 16 at 37. Fellow Cantonite Bruce Smith had 84 sacks after his 32nd birthday. Kevin Greene recorded 15 sacks when he was 36 and 12 more when he was 37 before retiring.
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August 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It was another placid day at Camp Chip on Wednesday. No fights, no controversy. Very little that resembled news. Just another day of work for a team that has settled into a nice routine under a coach who is anything but routine. "We're back at it today, and that's great," Chip Kelly said. "That's why we're here. " Unlike a year ago, when everything was new on both sides of the ball and a number of jobs were up for grabs, you probably could write out the starting lineups for the Sept.
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July 29, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy emerged from the scuffle still enraged, needing to be restrained from going after Trent Cole again. The Eagles' star running back was upset when Cole, a veteran linebacker, pushed him off the line during a seven-on-seven drill Sunday. The first fight of training camp ensued. "The whole camp so far, it's been touching a little too much," McCoy said. "And I'm trying to let them know, 'It's OK if you can't cover me.' " McCoy flashed a smile and emphasized his friendship with Cole.
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July 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SOMETIMES WHEN we touch, the honesty's too much . . . LeSean McCoy has probably never heard that 1977 Dan Hill song, and he is much better for it, since it regularly earns a high spot in polls ranking the worst-ever lyrics. But McCoy had an issue with being touched yesterday by his Eagles teammate and buddy, Trent Cole, after McCoy became the 879th running back, by unofficial Daily News count, to elude the second-day training-camp pass coverage of a pursuing linebacker. Some Eagles described the touch as more of a hard bump, in what was supposed to be a noncontact session.
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June 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 165 hours each week last season, the life of Eagles linebacker Travis Long was not much different from that of the players on the active roster. He participated in every practice. He attended every meeting. He traveled on every road trip. The only difference was those three hours during the game, when his teammates wore uniforms and Long wore a warm-up suit with the other practice-squad players. "In every meeting, traveling, doing everything the same, it did make me feel a part of the team," Long said.
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June 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE WAY reporters watch Eagles organized team activities - only occasionally and even then from a distance - it's hard to reach conclusions about where Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley stand in the battle to become quarterback Nick Foles' primary backup. Sanchez has the stronger, but seemingly more erratic arm. Barkley is throwing better than he threw a year ago, when he was fresh from shoulder surgery. Sanchez is still not quite fully recovered from shoulder surgery last year, and is learning a new offense.
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June 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are a few gray hairs on Trent Cole's face, another reminder that one of the two longest-tenured Eagles is on the other side of 30. Cole, 31, came to Philadelphia as a fifth-round pick in 2005 at age 22. Todd Herremans is the only player who has been on the Eagles as long as Cole. Only 13 players have played more games in an Eagles uniform than Cole. He has more sacks than any player in franchise history other than Reggie White. "Everybody says, 'He's getting old because he's on this side of 30,' " Cole said.
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June 3, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles did not draft Marcus Smith with the expectation that he would be a Day 1 starter, so it was no surprise that Smith did not line up with the first-team defense during organized team activities last week. Smith took most of his snaps with the third-team defense Thursday. But Smith, who is expected to improve the Eagles' pass rush, does not appear to be behind Trent Cole on the depth chart. He's behind Connor Barwin on the weak side. Cole's spot is called the "Predator" in defensive coordinator Bill Davis' system.
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May 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ALL OFFSEASON, Brandon Graham turned down interview requests made through the Eagles. Face-to-face with reporters after yesterday's organized team activity session, Graham's first impulse was to walk away, saying something over his shoulder about not wanting to get himself into trouble. But Graham, 26, the 2010 first-round pick fans will forever blame for not being Earl Thomas, has never been an angry or difficult player. As a rookie - which seems a long time ago now - he routinely shook reporters' hands, even if they were the same hands he'd shaken the day before and the day before that.
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