Jun 152011

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Mudd bringing new approach to Eagles’ pass protection

June 14 Allentown Morning Call:

Guards firing out on pass plays. Tackles angling in their dropbacks. All the linemen turning their backs on the line of scrimmage, if necessary.  Although none of these methods are particularly new or radical to the NFL, they are to the Philadelphia Eagles of the past decade-plus, regardless of how much new offensive line coach Howard Mudd tries to downplay it.

Sources: Labor talks “almost blew up Tuesday”

June 15 ESPN.com:

At a time when many are waiting for and anticipating a labor deal, there was a time Tuesday when talks clearly regressed.  One person close to the talks even went so far as to say, “This almost blew up yesterday.”  How close it did is a matter of opinion. But what is factual is that the moment came shortly after lawyers from both sides were brought back into the process.

NFL source: Labor negotiations 80-85 percent complete

June 15 CBSSports.com:

Inside the super duper not-so-secret meetings, jokes are exchanged, when threats were before. Handshakes are commonplace. So are smiles and chit chat: How’s the wife? How’s the kids? Good to hear. Tell them I said, Hi.  These are the new owners and player meetings that are now apparently moving faster than light speed with a great sense of politeness toward a collective bargaining agreement.

Sign of progress? Owners asked to clear schedules next week

June 14 NFL.com:

The NFL has asked owners to keep their schedules open next week, when the league holds meetings in Chicago, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer confirmed Tuesday.  The owners are scheduled to meet June 21, and the memo from the league asked for flexibility by the owners in case the meeting spills into Tuesday night or Wednesday.

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