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October 15, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WHEN THE SEASON began, it seemed that one thing the Eagles lacked was a slam-dunk Pro Bowl performer on defense, a talent other teams would have to game plan around. There was a time when Trent Cole was that guy, and Cole is still playing well at 32, but Cole's most recent Pro Bowl appearance followed the 2009 season. Though it's early yet, if the squads were chosen today, you'd have to think Connor Barwin, the outside linebacker opposite Cole, might be that guy - maybe along with Malcolm Jenkins, the safety whose cover skills have freed Barwin to rush the passer to the tune of six sacks, tied for third in the NFL going into last night's action.
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October 14, 2014
THE MAGNITUDE of the moment cannot be overstated. First, the Eagles faced a bye week six games into the season. They were 4-1, but it was a shaky 4-1. Most recently they nearly blew a 27-point lead at home to the woeful Rams. Second, it was prime time, "Sunday Night Football," ostensibly the best game of the week's docket. Third, it was home, against the hated Giants. For the first time in Chip Kelly's 23-game tenure as an NFL coach, there were certain expectations. A loss to the Giants would place the 5-1 Cowboys atop the NFC East, would put the Giants in second place with the same record as the Eagles.
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October 7, 2014
USUALLY AFTER five games or so, an NFL team has formed an identity. Five games into the Eagles' season, the identity is this: Amorphous. The Eagles, now 4-1 after a 34-28 win over the Rams (1-3), are a special sort of dangerous. They have an offense that can sting opponents, but they have developed a penchant for big plays on special teams and defense that overcome their stars' disappearance and untimely turnovers. "It's big that we're 4-1," said left tackle Jason Peters, who, in his 11 NFL seasons, has seen sloppy play and injury issues doom other squads.
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October 7, 2014 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Cary Williams was beat for 32 yards by Rams receiver Kenny Britt, but aside from that moment, the Eagles' starting outside cornerbacks fared well in the first half. But Williams' and Bradley Fletcher's struggles in the second half mirrored that of the defense as the Eagles nearly coughed up a 27-point lead. They will always give up catches because they lack ideal foot speed, but to see Williams and Fletcher beat on balls in the air defies the Eagles' reasoning for starting the rangy corners over Brandon Boykin.
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October 7, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Minutes after another Eagles victory, left tackle Jason Peters and defensive end Trent Cole discussed just how difficult it is to open the season 4-1. The two veterans have played 19 seasons combined, and they know 4-1 is an impressive feat. Even though a team built with an offensive emphasis became inconsistent on offense, and the defense needed to preserve a lead after surrendering three late touchdowns, the Eagles still escaped Sunday with a 34-28 win over the St. Louis Rams at Lincoln Financial Field.
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September 30, 2014 | By Richard J. Marcus, For The Inquirer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Their inability to stop the run cost the Eagles too much in their first loss of the season, 26-21, to the 49ers on Sunday. The Eagles allowed 218 yards on 42 carries (5.2 per carry), including 119 yards on 24 carries to Frank Gore. "We are the ones that have to get ourselves off the field, there are no excuses," Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "We have to be better against the run. " The Eagles came into the game 13th in the NFL at 105.7 yards rushing allowed per game, and the Niners were 17th in rushing with an average of 112. But the Eagles were without inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who was out with a calf injury.
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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
One week into the NFL season, the Eagles are in the odd position of alternately hoping that last year's results meant something and also hoping they meant very little. On one hand, they would certainly like to see the Nick Foles of 2013 at quarterback when the season continues in Indianapolis on Monday night. Foles rebounded somewhat from a shaky first half against Jacksonville in the opener, but his overall game was not even close to the accurate and efficient play he showed a year ago. And on that other hand, the one that might be more important against the Colts, no one really wants to see the defense of 2013 back on the field again.
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September 14, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Sometimes you have to shed more than the blockers when you arrive in the NFL as a first-round draft pick being paid huge money to pursue the quarterback. Sometimes you have to blast through the hurtful rhetoric, too. Injury-prone , underachiever and, worst of all, bust have been attached to Brandon Graham's name. He heard them all. "The hardest part was hearing the fans saying what they say and hearing the media and I wasn't able to defend myself because I was hurt," the pass-rushing outside linebacker said Wednesday after the Eagles finished their first day of practice in preparation for Monday night's game against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
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September 9, 2014 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
It had been nearly three years since Darren Sproles had as many carries as he did Sunday against the Jaguars. But one rush in particular ignited the trailing Eagles and helped turn a 17-point deficit into a 17-point win. Faced with a fourth and 1 at the Jaguars' 49, the offense hustled to the line. Center Jason Kelce said the defense didn't look set, and when Sproles got the handoff in an inside zone read play, he ran through a giant hole. Kelce had the key block, and Sproles scampered virtually untouched into the end zone.
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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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