Although the Philadelphia Eagles have made a ton of moves this offseason, led by head coach Chip Kelly, former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith isn’t buying stock in the birds just yet. Kelly has completely reshaped the team’s roster heading into the upcoming season and whether or not he made the right moves this offseason remain to be seen. There are quite a bit of concerns and Smith is rightfully skeptical about some of the additions and subtractions from the team that Kelly has made. All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
"On if he thinks the balance of power in the NFC East from the Cowboys to the Eagles:Smith: “No, I don’t think it switches the balance of power. I think the balance of power still has to be played between the goal lines. But I do know that Philadelphia do have a very good football player in DeMarco Murray. But I still think that our Dallas Cowboys are a team that you have to deal with. And you cannot take us lightly. We’re going to have to come back and build upon the things that we did last year. And I don’t see any reason why we cannot.”"
Good Sign for Cox – Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com
"Anyone who saw the movie Rounders should remember the famous line John Malkovich delivered in a nasally, awkward Russian accent – “Pay that man his money.” That’s the way I feel about the Eagles and Fletcher Cox…pay that man his money.There is some thought that you don’t pay 3-4 DEs big money. Their job is mostly to 2-gap. Find an athletic DT and move him to DE, ala Cedric Thornton. You can get several years of good play for minimal money. Go spend big money on LBs since they are the true life blood of the 3-4."
Eagles used two running back sets less than any NFL team in 2014 – Brandon Lee Gowton of BleedingGreenNation.com
"During the 2013 NFL season, no team ran out of single running back formations more often than the Philadelphia Eagles did. The Eagles used a single back set on 98% of their runs.One may have figured this number might change to some extent in 2014. The Eagles added Darren Sproles last offseason so there was reason to believe Philadelphia might use some sets with both Sproles and LeSean McCoy. However, that wasn’t the case."
Training Camp: 5 Questions To Ponder – Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"The scripts are written for every day of Training Camp, so the Eagles will hit the ground running when they report to the NovaCare Complex on August 1. Training sessions begin on August 2 and it’s going to be, as you know, fast, fast and faster.In these hauntingly quiet days leading to the open of Training Camp, the mind wanders. And wonders. There are many topics to consider, starting at the top."
Stock Up, Stock Down for Every NFL Team at the Start of 2015 Training Camp – Dan Hope of BleacherReport.com
"No team ended the 2014-15 NFL season with a higher stock than the New England Patriots, who defeated the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLIX. Going into the start of their 2015 training camp, however, the Patriots appear to be among the teams that have taken a step back this offseason, while many other teams have made forward progress toward challenging New England for this year’s championship."
There’s nothing that makes me happier than watching Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry do the “shmoney dance” following a sack.
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