The Linc - Merry Christmas!

Rich Schultz

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/25/2013.

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You could make an incredible team out of the players who were injured against the Eagles this season - JimmyK, Philly.com
On Monday, it was reported that Tony Romo would not play against the Eagles in the Week 17 finale. That is a huge break for the Eagles, who are trying to win their first NFC East title since 2010. It is nothing new for this Eagles team, which has avoided having to face star players all season long. In fact, you could put together an extraordinarily decorated team comprised of the players the Eagles missed. Here's what I came up with.

Merry Christmas, Eagles Fans - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Eagles fans must have been very good little boys and girls in 2013. Santa already dropped off our presents and I have to say that he was very generous. We got a great coach in Chip Kelly. I’m sure there are doubters here and there, but Kelly has been great this year and appears to be the real deal. He is an X’s and O’s guru. He knows how to motivate players. And the players seem to like him. Before you think he’s soft, remember that he cost Shady $100,000 back in the offseason, benched DeSean, made Mike Vick fight for his spot and made the defensive guys shift to a 3-4.

All-22: Kelly’s Principles At Work - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
When Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker met with reporters Monday, he noted that the Eagles basically used the same five run plays out of different formations Sunday night to pile up 289 yards on the ground. If Chip Kelly heard that assessment, it would probably put a big smile on his face – because it’s true.

Face it, Eagles fans: Your team is good - Mike Sielski, Inquirer
Once news broke Monday afternoon that Romo would not play Sunday because of a back injury, there surely were more than a few Eagles fans who shook their heads and said, Great. Now Kyle Orton's gonna keep us from reaching the playoffs. That sort of thinking seeped into the region's culture long ago, and for a city that's won one major pro sports championship in 30 years, the attitude is understandably difficult to shed. But step back for a second and consider where the Eagles find themselves. They have won six of their last seven games. Their head coach, in his first season in the NFL, has the rest of the league desperate to decode his offensive system. Their quarterback has thrown 25 touchdowns and two interceptions and has compiled the third-best passer rating in NFL history - and he has started just nine games. Their defense held the conference's highest-scoring team to 11 points Sunday night. And now, standing between them and a division title is Orton, who in 2011 lost his starting job to Tim Tebow.

Tony Romo or Kyle Orton? Eagles ready for both - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
There was no big celebration in the coaches’ offices Monday. When the ESPN report citing unnamed sources reached the Eagles that a back injury would keep Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo from facing the Eagles in Sunday’s NFC East championship game, the only thing that happened in the Eagles’ offices was a slight shift in film work. After losing to a 3-9-1 Vikings team missing Adrian Peterson two weeks ago, the Eagles aren’t in the position of taking anybody lightly. "I think we learned a pretty valuable lesson against Minnesota," Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis said. "And it’s fresh in our minds."

Foles Not Ready For Magical Ride To End - Alex Smith, PE.com
As the year 2013 comes to a close, many people will reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the next calendar year. When Nick Foles looks back at 2013, he’ll have a lot to be thankful for. Three hundred and sixty six days ago, Foles, who was still the team’s backup at the time, suffered a fracture in his right hand and missed the Eagles’ regular season finale against the New York Giants. One year later, Foles has not only taken over as the Eagles starting quarterback, but he’s also put up one of the most memorable seasons in Eagles history. On Sunday night, the Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys in the regular season finale for the NFC East championship. Foles is not ready for this magical storybook season to draw to a close.

Video: Terrell Owens rips Philadelphia in Hardee's/Carl's Jr. cheesesteak burger ad - Philly.com
Well of course.

"We're from Philadelphia, and we fight" t-shirt - PhillyPhaithful

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