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I think having Bowles on staff already made firing Castillo an option. They didn't have a similar alternative to Washburn - I'm assuming Brasher is just doing a 1-month favor to Reid. Also, it would have been really hard to justify dumping the Wide 9 at the bye after spending two years getting the players Washburn wanted to run it, and after it did get sack results in 2011. Unfortunately, the DL just never came around this year.
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In marketing, what they're calling an "advisory committee" is known more commonly as a 'focus group.' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_group Its smart of them to do this from a profit perspective, but don't expect it to influence the football side of the operation.
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The nfl.com stats page does give total penalties and total penalty yardage by offense and defense http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?offensiveStatisticCategory=GAME_STATS&season=2009&seasonType=REG&d-447263-o=2&conference=ALL&tabSeq=2&role=TM&d-447263-p=1&d-447263-s=PENALTIES_TOTAL&d-447263-n=1 Which actually puts us at 4th most offensive penalties and 25th most defensive penalties. However, one thing I learned from reading Dr. Z at SI is that the league #s tend to be aggregations from individual team's stats, and there can be a wide difference in how particular teams sort stuff. Maybe that's improved, but I'm skeptical about accepting the nfl.com numbers at 100% face value until I know more about their methodology for allocating penalties works. I'm concerned they're lumping all penalties on returns into the offensive category, which would account for the discrepancy.
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I think Bruce's comment about Nunn becoming available is that's he's operating under the assumption the Eagles are still desperate at WR. Considering the Eagles' recent history at wideout that's understandable, and AFC fans probably didn't get to see much of DJax last year. However, one reason they were willing to trade Lewis is because the draft picks they've sunk into the position - DJax, Avant, Baskett, and presumably Maclin - plus Curtis have made the position into a strength.
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I'm sure it wasn't about the $$$ per se, but about the precedent set. If the Eagles wrote off $8 million to the city, what'd be the next amount they'd be expected to give away? On the other hand, the city did give the team $96.2 million to build the Linc, money that it turns out the city didn't have to spend. They also got ~$85 million from the state.
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I can see newspapers going to a pay-per-article system, where they charge a nickel or a dime to read a particular story online; the headlines would still be free and serve as a "grabber" to make you want to read the details. Thing is, I don't know if 5c/story or 10c/story would be enough to sustain the model, and people are going to balk at anything more than that, or at paying an big annual fee for something they don't use every day.
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