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Archive: July, 2011

What they're saying about the Eagles

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 11:54 AM
As we continue to wait on the (potential) end to the lockout, here is a roundup of what they're saying about the Eagles: According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles faced three receivers or more 47 percent of the time last season. In other words, the Eagles needed their nickel back (Joselio Hanson)... Read more

Overstating Kolb's value as a backup

Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 11:08 AM
The case for keeping Kevin Kolb has been made several times since the end of last season, and on its surface, the argument is reasonable. With Michael Vick's style of play and an offensive line that has question marks, the Eagles could very well need a backup to step in at some point next season. So... Read more

How Rodgers-Cromartie stacks up

Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 10:21 AM
The latest Kevin Kolb rumor is that the Cardinals are prepared to offer cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in exchange for the Eagles' backup QB. This one came from Arizona radio host Mike Jurecki, who identified the offer as a "straight-up" deal that would not include any draft picks, at least... Read more

Vick's role in avoiding sacks

Monday, July 18, 2011, 12:52 PM
Last week, I wrote about the 34 times that Michael Vick was sacked in 2010 and promised there would be a Part 2. That comes today with a look at Vick's role in those sacks and some thoughts that tie everything together. But first, let me respond to some Tweets, e-mails, comments I received on the... Read more

How the Eagles' offense lines up

Sunday, July 17, 2011, 10:24 AM
While the Eagles are expected to address defense in free agency, offensive personnel will look similar to the group that took the field in 2010. Assuming Kevin Kolb gets dealt, the Birds will need to add a backup quarterback. If Jerome Harrison bolts, a No. 2 running back could be necessary also.... Read more

What they're saying about the Eagles

Friday, July 15, 2011, 8:06 AM
Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles: Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com names the 25 worst players in the NFL. Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson makes the list at No. 24: Patterson was a last resort at cornerback forced into action by injuries; teams avoided Asante... Read more

Do Eagles have internal options at DE?

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 12:50 PM
Before the 2010 season, the Eagles' plan for improving their defense seemed clear: Find a way to improve the pass rush with the front four. The Eagles sent guys like Chris Clemons, Jason Babin and Darren Howard on their way. They traded for Darryl Tapp and moved up to take Brandon Graham in the first... Read more

Report: 'Skins worried about Eagles landing Haynesworth

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 9:26 AM
When the Redskins make a decision on what to do with Albert Haynesworth, they'll have the Eagles in mind, according to a report. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network recently wrote a detailed piece about Washington's plans once free agency and trades are allowed. Team sources tell La Canfora they can't... Read more

Why Vick was sacked 34 times

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 11:46 AM
Once the NFL conversation shifts to what's happening on the field, my guess is you're going to hear two numbers closely associated with the Eagles: 49 and 34. The first is the number of sacks the Eagles gave up in 2010, and only three teams (Chicago, Arizona and Carolina) allowed more. The second... Read more

Another lockout update; DeSean gets ripped

Monday, July 11, 2011, 9:01 AM
The headlines have looked the same for months now. And many of you have probably ignored them. I don't blame you. Cautious optimism followed by setbacks has pretty much been the ongoing cycle during the NFL lockout. While there is still no deal in place, the latest update from ESPN's Adam Schefter... Read more
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