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Morning Muse: Eagles’ December meltdown complete with elimination from playoffs


Morning Muse MugThe Philadelphia Eagles will not be ending the 2014 season with a playoff run. That reality was cemented after the Dallas Cowboys’ 42-7 blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

The outcome is not surprising, as the Birds made their playoff odds infinitely more difficult with their loss 27-24 loss to the Redskins on Saturday. And the total December implosion of the Eagles was complete. Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: Eagles’ December meltdown complete with elimination from playoffs’

Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie back where he wants to be


Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is hitting his stride in OTAs. Image via PhiladelphiaEagles.com

The Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary had a tough time last season. Stacked with talent, the unit simply couldn’t find a way to effectively utilize the talent of its three Pro Bowl corners: Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Their poor performance cost secondary coach Johnny Flynn his job, the sole member of the Eagles coaching staff to be fired after the disappointing 2011 season.

In came Todd Bowles from Miami, bringing the experience and record of success needed to strengthen the performance of the Eagles defensive backfield. Bowles doesn’t plan to use a magic wand. He plans to get his guys to return to basics.

“We make it too complicated sometimes. It’s still blocking and tackling. It’s executing the fundamentals.”

Another basic the team will get back to is using Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie where he has been successful–on the outside. He struggled when asked to play in the slot last season but now is finally finding his stride with the Eagles in OTAs. And the receivers he’s covering at practice have taken notice. When WR Jeremy Maclin was asked which of the corners have been impressing him so far in OTAs, he singled out DRC. Continue reading ‘Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie back where he wants to be’