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December 21, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raise your hand if you were certain before or even during this season that Trent Cole wouldn't be back with the Eagles in 2014. Count Cole among the many. In fact, the defensive-end-turned-outside linebacker wasn't sure he would make it to 2013 after the Eagles hired Chip Kelly and he was told the defense was moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4. "There's a lot of things you think about when a new coaching staff comes in," Cole said Thursday. "They'll bring their own players in, and they do their own thing.
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December 10, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
RESILIENCE somehow defeated hypothermia and malaise and, ultimately, resulted in a happy delirium. Brent Celek slid in the snow 10 yards shy of a sure touchdown then giddily ran back to the huddle, the game in the bag. Lane Johnson flopped on his back, looking like a snow angel in the end zone. Over 3 1/2 hours of whiteout insanity, the Eagles turned a nightmare before Christmas into their own wintry fairy land. "Most fun game I've ever been involved with," Jason Kelce said.
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December 5, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE BIGGEST difference between the Eagles' 2012 defense and this one, the group that hasn't allowed more than 21 points in any of its last eight games, just might be Connor Barwin. It's a little hard to isolate a single factor, when a team changes schemes, coordinators, cornerbacks, and other stuff, but, hey, the Eagles host the Lions on Sunday. Barwin is from the Detroit area, he has an outline of the Motor City skyline tattooed on the inside of his right biceps. Plus, defensive coordinator Bill Davis set the table for us nicely yesterday.
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December 3, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
COMING OFF of their Week 12 bye, the Eagles' defense knew it would be challenged with a different type of quarterback in Arizona's Carson Palmer. Unlike the mobile quarterbacks they faced during the month of November, Palmer was less of a threat to run, which allowed the Eagles to rush the 33-year-old veteran. With numerous blitz packages throughout their 24-21 victory against Arizona yesterday, the Eagles sacked Palmer five times and forced three turnovers en route to the defense's eighth straight effort in which they allowed 21 points or less.
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December 3, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trent Cole and Brandon Graham say they are getting more comfortable with defensive coordinator Bill Davis' 3-4 alignment, as their relentless pash rush showed during Sunday's 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. For the second consecutive week Cole had two sacks, while Graham also added two sacks after entering the game with one. "We were both feeding off each other, and when Trent got that first one I said I have to get one," Graham said. That first one set the tone for the defense.
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December 3, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took just three plays for the Eagles to force a turnover in their first game in two weeks. It was clear that an idle week had not disrupted the Eagles' November momentum. Their hot streak continued into December on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles' 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals marked the team's fourth consecutive victory and kept them in the thick of playoff contention. The Eagles forced three Cardinals turnovers and did not commit a turnover. In a fourth-quarter game that included more late-game struggles, the turnover differential helped the Eagles escape with a 7-5 record.
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November 19, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
BILL DAVIS is an accentuate-the-positives guy, and right now, the biggest positive about his defense is the fact that since that 52-point, 35-first down, 472-yard debacle in Denver in late September, it has held seven straight opponents to 21 or fewer points. Yes, the Eagles still are giving up a lot of yards, including 427 to the Redskins in yesterday's 24-16 win. Yes, they're near the bottom of the league in sacks per pass play. And yes, it got a little hairy there in the fourth quarter when the Redskins scored two touchdowns and very nearly sent the game into overtime before Robert Griffin III made like the Bad Brett Favre and threw a careless, up-for-grabs pass into the end zone that Brandon Boykin intercepted.
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November 19, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a pair of brief scares, the Eagles escaped Sunday's 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins without major injuries. Running back LeSean McCoy and linebacker Trent Cole were taken to the locker room to be evaluated, but both returned to the game. Safety Patrick Chung briefly left the game, and quarterback Nick Foles played with a sore shoulder. McCoy injured his right hamstring on a 16-yard rush in the second quarter. He fell to the ground untouched and immediately clutched the back of his leg. The medical staff went onto the field, and a nervous crowd chanted his nickname, "Shady," when McCoy returned to his feet.
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November 18, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now that Nick Foles has quelled the outcry for a franchise quarterback - OK, not exactly - the look-ahead crowd has set its sights on the Eagles' next biggest need: An outside pass rusher. But is it as simple as looking at the total number of sacks generated by outside linebackers this season (five) and coming to the conclusion that the Eagles need to add a pass rusher either via the draft or free agency? Or is the argument more nuanced? Is the sack overrated, as defensive coordinator Bill Davis suggested recently?
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November 9, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the start of the 1999 season, new Eagles coach Andy Reid had whittled the 60-or-so-man roster he was handed in January down to 24 remaining players. By the start of his second season, that number had been trimmed to 17 - about half of whom were part of a core that reached the playoffs in each of the next five seasons. But many players who were an integral part of the Eagles in the late 1990s - not exactly an era to remember - didn't make it that far as Reid discarded many pieces and built the team to his tastes.
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