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Hard to Find Bright Side of Phillies

Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer

Lurie's Contempt for Kelly Obvious

Mike Sielski, Philadelphia Inquirer

How 'Jaws' Helped Eagles Get Their Man

Les Bowen, Philly Daily News

Pederson Not Sexy, But Also Not Wrong

Dave Zangaro, CSN Philadelphia

Eagles Count on Pederson's QB Expertise

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer

Andy MacPhail, the Phillies president, is telling everyone to be patient. The team didn't become the worst in the major leagues in just one season, and it will take more than just ...(full article)

If you’ve been paying attention to the Eagles’ head-coaching saga - the firing of Chip Kelly, the hiring of Doug Pederson, the whole schmear in between - then you know Jeffrey ...(full article)

There were 20 to 25 candidates "that we spent a lot of time on," when the Eagles made a list of head-coaching possibilities, Ron Jaworski said Friday. He said a thorough vetting pr...(full article)

Back away from the ledge, Eagles fans. It really might not be that bad. Based on the mentions that came flooding into my Twitter account early Thursday evening in the wake of the b...(full article)

Doug Pedersonhad never called a play as an NFL offensive coordinator until this season. His boss, Andy Reid, handled those chores. The Chiefs coach added more to Pederson's plate i...(full article)

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