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Eagles decide on Pat Shurmur as OC (Rotoworld)


Eagles hired former Browns coach Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. It's an extremely odd fit, as the punt-happy Shurmur is the antithesis to everything Chip Kelly stands for, at least on paper. Shurmur has 15 years of NFL experience, however, and spent 2002-08 with the Eagles. Shurmur should be a competent guiding hand for Kelly as he makes the adjustment to the big leagues, but won't be the architect of Philly's offense. Kelly is expected to serve as his own play-caller. Source: Jason La Canfora on Twitter

Jason Witten finalist for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award


along with Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, and Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns

D. Harris led NFC in punt returns with 16.1-yd avg


Dwayne Harris led the NFC in punt returns with a 16.1-yard average. Also, Dan Bailey converted 29 of his 31 field goal tries to allow the Cowboys to finish in a tie for first in field goal accuracy at 93.5 percent.

Pat Shurmur (Former Browns HC) joins Eagles as OC


Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter Former Browns HC Pat Shurmur is expected to join Chip Kelly's coaching staff in Philadelphia, likely as Eagles' offensive coordinator. ProFootballTalk says: "Shurmur and Kelly have very different offensive backgrounds, and questions could be raised about whether their two approaches to coaching offense can mesh. But it’s also to Kelly’s credit that he wants to bring in an experienced NFL coach who does things differently than he does. Kelly has said that he wouldn’t necessarily run the same kind of spread offense in the NFL that he ran at Oregon, and hiring Shurmur as offensive coordinator would be a strong indication that he wants to employ a more conventional approach in the pros." http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/20/pat-shurmur-expected-to-join-chip-kellys-staff-in-philadelphia/

Former Kiffin Asst. Rod Marinelli Will Be New D-Line Coach


The Cowboys’ defensive staff is beginning to look more like the successful Tampa Bay staff of the late ‘90s. Rod Marinelli is set to rejoin defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as the Cowboys’ new defensive line coach, after leaving his post as the defensive coordinator of the Bears.

Spencer Earns First Pro-Bowl Appearance


Nick Eatman reports that Anthony Spencer will be attending his first Pro-Bowl, replacing Clay Matthews. Demarcus Ware was selected but unable to attend because of his surgeries, so that also helped make room for Spencer as the second OLB alternate. Much deserved. Congrats, Always Anthony!

Eagles GM Roseman "woefully out of his depth"


By Jason La Canfora | CBS Sports NFL Insider "I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me one esteemed coach or another advised one of the Eagles' top candidates not to take the job precisely because of Roseman's presence there. Roseman isn't the general manager they should tie their wagon to. It's clear Chip Kelly wasn't leaving Oregon for anywhere unless he had a large measure of control over the organization, and owner Jeffrey Lurie has already entrusted that to Roseman. There has been trepidation by some candidates to go all-in given the questions about this existing power structure. The rumblings about Roseman lacking nuance and foresight, about him turning people off with how drunk with power he's become, only grow louder as his coaching search grows stranger."

Bleacher Report: Breaking Down the Cowboy's transition to Tampa 2 Defense


Bo Martin has a general breakdown of the Tampa-2 defense, and how he seems Cowboys personnel fitting the scheme.

Report: PHI interviewed ex-Ravens HC Billick


CSN Philly reports the Eagles interviewed ex-Ravens head coach Brian Billick for their head-coaching vacancy last Monday. The timing of the report is interesting, as Billick is currently announcing Sunday’s NFC Divisional round game on FOX. The Super Bowl XXXV winner has drawn just cursory interest around the league since being let go by the Ravens after the 2007 season. Although Billick’s background is on offensive side of the ball, his Baltimore defenses often carried the weight of the offense on its back. CSN Philly’s Reuben Frank is told Billick is "considered among the leading candidates" for the position. Source: Reuben Frank on Twitter https://twitter.com/RoobCSN/status/290554724569190400

Report: Significant concern over RG3's knee


A league source tells Profootballtalk.com that there is "much greater concern" about Robert Griffin III's reconstructed right knee than Griffin or "anyone connected to the Redskins" has let on. Griffin will end up rehabbing both knees because surgeons were forced to use a patellar tendon graft from his left knee in order to fix his right. He tore the ACL, LCL, and partially tore his meniscus in the right knee. Per PFT's source, the "biggest concern" is with Griffin's knee cartilage. Due to two knee constructions and ultimately three surgeries since 2009 at Baylor, there is concern "about how much (cartilage) remains and how long it will last" in Griffin's knee(s). A potential end result could be a bone-on-bone condition, which can lead to microfracture surgery and/or shorten a football player's career. Jan 12 - 2:30 PM Source: Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

Kelly turns down Eagles, sticking with Irish


SI's Pete Thamel reports Brian Kelly has decided to turn down the Eagles' head coaching job, and remain at Notre Dame. There had been talk in recent days that Kelly's interest in the Eagles was legitimate, but it reeked of a leverage play from day one. Already due a big raise after taking the Fighting Irish to the national title game in his third year on the job, Kelly's coffers should only be filled further following his NFL flirtation. The Eagles have now attempted to lure each of Kelly, Bill O'Brien and Chip Kelly from the college ranks, only to be spurned each time. According to CSN Philadelphia, Seahawks DC Gus Bradley is now the Eagles' "top candidate." (Source: Rotoworld)

Eatman: Ryan not runnings meetings for last month


Link is to Cowboys Break from yesterday. Starting listening at about 24:30, Eatman says some stuff about being "not Kumbaya" on the defense and "rumors and little stories" coming out, and then says... "Rob Ryan was setting up meetings and not even in the meetings for the last month of the year, didn’t run the meetings, Matt Eberflus was running it. Been told that Jerome Henderson wasn’t even attending meetings at time, because of that."

Rob Ryan hired as Rams DC


We play them next season. It’s one of our two "3rd place" conference games. that will be an interesting storyline. now we can go back to rooting to beat the Ryans! lol

Werder: Cowboys likely to let Spencer walk


Rotoworld: ESPN's Ed Werder stated on SportsCenter Friday that the Cowboys will likely let free agent OLB Anthony Spencer walk in free agency following the hire of Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator. Spencer was a 4-3 defensive end at Purdue, but the Cowboys must feel he's much better suited to 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros. Kiffin will be changing Dallas' defensive scheme to a 4-3. Spencer is coming off a breakout season in a franchise-tag year with 11 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 95 tackles playing on the typically production-unfriendly strong side. The 29-year-old will be a highly sought-after commodity on the open market.

Dez named PFW's Most Improved Player for 2012


Clarence Hill ‏@clarencehilljr Dez Bryant has been named Pro Football Weekly's Most Improved Player for 2012...X Factor getting recognition

Werder: Monte Kiffin is Cowboys’ top DC target


Tim MacMahon ‏@espn_macmahon @edwerderespn just said on @ESPNDallas’ Ben and Skin Show that he believes Monte Kiffin is the Cowboys’ top DC target.

Andy Levitre (Bills) best G on FA market


Andy Levitre - G - Bills Impending free agent LG Andy Levitre made it clear while cleaning out his locker on Monday that he intends to shop for the best offer on the market this offseason. The Bills opened preliminary talks in the offseason, but they went nowhere. A picture of durability on an oft-injured offensive line, Levitre has started 64 consecutive games since entering the league as the 51st overall pick in the 2009 draft. Levitre is Rotoworld's No. 1 ranked guard on the market this year. He should attract plenty of suitors if the Bills don't re-sign him before free agency kicks off. (Rotoworld.com)

Now when I get up or I go to a league meeting or I do anything that’s got NFL on it, I’m higher...


Now when I get up or I go to a league meeting or I do anything that’s got NFL on it, I’m higher than a kite.

Jerry Jones, in an interview with Bob Costas, via DMN blog (yes, taken out of context, but doesn't that explain a lot? lol)

Report: Eli Manning experiencing 'tired arm' (Rotoworld)


According to NFL Films' Greg Cosell, Eli Manning's struggles the past 2-3 weeks are due to a "tired arm." Cosell said colleague Ron Jaworski first noticed the arm fatigue on game tape. They then got it confirmed with someone in the know. "I looked at Eli on Monday; Jaws looked at Eli on Wednesday," Cosell said. "And he made a very interesting comment. It really struck me ... It looks to him like Eli’s arm is a little tired. And that he’s not driving the ball at the intermediate and deeper levels the way we’ve come to expect. Because Eli has a strong arm. And we even got that sort of confirmed by someone who’s a lot closer to the situation. His arm’s a little bit tired right now. He’s missed some throws that he would normally make." Manning has struggled in each of his last three games, and in the last two completed just 25-of-54 passes (46.3 percent) for 317 yards (5.87 YPA), no touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Giants head to Cincinnati on Sunday.

4th & Long Runner Up a "really fast, really elusive weapon"

Andrew Hawkins - WR - Bengals Fox Sports Ohio calls Bengals slot receiver Andrew Hawkins a "really fast, really elusive weapon." "I get chills thinking about Andrew taking the ball for that touchdown," said backup QB Bruce Gradkowski. Hawkins' role was limited in Week 2, but he impressed by making five or six defenders miss on a 50-yard touchdown. The Sideline View's Adam Caplan notes that Hawkins has become a "huge element" to the passing attack, functioning as an extension of the running game. He's worthy of a roster spot in PPR formats. Source: Fox Sports Ohio Watch the highlight here... really watch it Did Irvin miss picking Jesse Holley over this guy?

Eagles C Kelce on IR, out for the season


Eagles placed C Jason Kelce (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. A Tuesday scope revealed that Kelce will need his ACL repaired along with the MCL. He'll be out anywhere from 6-12 months. It's a major loss for the Eagles, as they'll now have to roll with inexperienced Dallas Reynolds and fringe talent Steve Vallos at the pivot spot. They were already playing without All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters, who tore his Achilles' tendon during the offseason. Source: Jeff McLane on Twitter

Redskins DE Adam Carriker needs knee surgery (Rotoworld)


DE Adam Carriker is expected to undergo surgery after seriously injuring his knee in the Redskins' Week 2 loss to the Rams. Carriker went down on the second play of the game and never returned. He'll have an MRI on Monday, but the Redskins are not optimistic. "It doesn't look good," coach Mike Shanahan said. The 'Skins also lost OLB Brian Orakpo to another pectoral injury, leaving a gaping hole in their pass-rushing stable. It's good news for their Week 3 opponent, the Bengals. Source: Washington Post

Eagles give up on 2011 2nd-rounder Jarrett (Rotoworld)


Eagles waived S Jaiquawn Jarrett. Jarrett was widely viewed as a reach when the Eagles selected him with the 54th overall pick in last year's draft. Although he was billed as an athletic hard hitter, Jarrett's instincts never developed. Often left floundering in coverage, Jarrett also showed a penchant for taking bad angles and missing tackles. Though he was given plenty of opportunities to win a starting job, Jarrett had tumbled to third-team defense after a disastrous preseason opener a month ago. He was picked four picks after Bruce Carter. The Eagles second round pick has washed out already. Our second round pick took a redshirt year from injury, but now appears to be a dynamic starter. Just a little perspective when it seems like we're the only team that misses on picks...

Agent: Eagles will release Mat McBriar


By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com Former Cowboys punter Mat McBriar will be released by the Philadelphia Eagles, according to agent Jack Bechta. Bechta tweeted that the move is likely to become official Thursday. Chas Henry beat out McBriar, a two-time Pro Bowler in Dallas, for the Eagles' punting job. McBriar, who had offseason surgery to repair a nerve condition stemming from the drop foot that prematurely ended his 2011 season, averaged 41.3 yards on eight preseason punts. "I suspect he will be snapped up quickly," Bechta tweeted. The Cowboys opted not to re-sign McBriar, who averaged 45.3 yards per punt during his eight-season tenure in Dallas, after a late July workout because they didn't want to match the $300,000 in guaranteed money the Eagles were offering. Chris Jones, McBriar's replacement, has averaged 44.7 yards on 13 punts this preseason.

Giants CB Amukamara has high-ankle sprain (Rotoworld)


Giants RCB Prince Amukamara has been diagnosed with a right high-ankle sprain. The word comes via the CBS telecast. It's a minor victory that Amukamara has avoided a break, but high-ankle sprains can often linger for more than a month. Amukamara is now extremely doubtful to be ready for Opening Night on September 5, meaning the G-Men will be forced to turn to Bruce Johnson or Michael Coe opposite Corey Webster as they wait for a timetable on Terrell Thomas (knee). Amukamara, who was limited to seven games by a foot injury as a rookie, went down untouched on a first-quarter tackle of Brandon Marshall. Source: New York Daily News

Giants DT Shaun Rogers blood clot season ending (Rotoworld)


Coach Tom Coughlin indicated that the blood clot in DT Shaun Rogers' leg is a season-ending injury. It's bad luck for a player who had shown renewed commitment by dropping 50 pounds since the start of the offseason. With Marvin Austin (back) and Chris Canty (knee) also sidelined, the Giants' depth up front has taken a hit. Turning 34 in March, Rogers may have played his last NFL snap. Aug 14 - 3:35 PM Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter

Eagles HC Reid: Maclin's hamstring strained (Rotoworld)


Eagles coach Andy Reid revealed following Thursday night's preseason opener that Jeremy Maclin is dealing with a strained hamstring. Maclin suffered the injury in pre-game warmups and was a late scratch for Thursday's exhibition opener. The severity of the strain is unknown, but hamstrings are tricky and can cost players a significant amount of time if setbacks occur. Look for the Eagles to proceed cautiously with Maclin. They are counting on him to be their No. 1 receiver this season.

Eagles WR Riley Cooper has been diagnosed with a fractured left collarbone. Cooper went down...


Eagles WR Riley Cooper has been diagnosed with a fractured left collarbone. Cooper went down trying to reel in a deep bomb from Michael Vick. The Eagles have yet to release a timeline, but Cooper should be considered doubtful for Week 1. It's an ill-timed injury for a player who was thought to be locked in as the Eagles' No. 4 receiver, but highly unimpressive on offense last season. Despite Cooper's edge in blocking and special teams play, his injury opens the window for sixth-round rookie Marvin McNutt to make a run at his job. Jul 28 - 5:07 PM (From Rotoworld)

Jeff McLane on Twitter

NFP: A Look at Cowboys Play Action Scheme: 2011 Wk 2 OT play to Jesse Holley


Matt Bowen breaks down the run/pass keys that the Cowboys showed in personnel, WR release and TE blocking technique on the pass from Romo to Holley that set up the game winning field goal against San Franscisco in week 2 last season.

The Shutdown Corner Podcast: Greg Cosell on the NFC East Draft

Now, it's time to turn our attention to the NFC East. First, we discussed two recent posts by Greg on the must-read NFL Films blog: One on the "winnability" of certain modern quarterbacks, and another on whether the Dallas Cowboys' window has closed (whatever that means). From there, it was a natural progression to talk about what the Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins did in the draft to upgrade their rosters. Greg also reveals some details on a VERY interesting project he's doing with Ron Jaworski.
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