The Linc - Year One of Chip Kelly

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/17/2014.

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Chip Kelly's top 15 quotes in his first year as Eagles head coach - JimmyK, Philly.com
Kelly wasn't just a great coach in his first season with the team. He was also a very entertaining quote. In the past, Andy Reid was very forthcoming with injury updates, but his press conferences were about as exciting as watching paint dry. Kelly has been the complete opposite. He refused to talk about injuries, but makes up for it in spades by answering questions with personality and humor. We pulled all of Chip Kelly's press conferences from the beginning of training camp, and dumped them into a Word document. That document ended up being 257 pages, containing 157,886 of Kelly's spoken words.

A Year With The Chippah - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
First and foremost, Kelly has been a dynamic leader. The whole organization just feels different. He didn’t come in like Buddy Ryan, full of swagger and bold promises. He didn’t come in like Andy Reid with his own detailed plan. Kelly came in with some simple philosophies and ideas that he felt could work at the NFL level. There is no 5-year plan. Kelly wants to win now. At the same time, Kelly has essentially forbidden anyone on the team from talking about the Super Bowl. Instead, Kelly preaches "Win the day." Do that often enough and the Super Bowls will follow. Kelly hired a veteran coaching staff that designed an offense and defense based upon some primary ideas of his. There is no Chip Kelly offense or Bill Davis defense. There is the Eagles offense and defense. Kelly brought in a training staff that embraces cutting edge technology and unique ideas. Kelly taught the players how to practice and how to train before he even thought about teaching them how to play football.

Ten Things We’ve Learned About Chip - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
1. He can design/call offense at an NFL level.
This was the biggest question going in. Kelly moved up the ranks quickly, going from offensive coordinator at New Hampshire in 2006 to Eagles head coach in 2013. So naturally, there were doubts about how his ideas would translate against bright defensive minds and talented players. But the Eagles finished with the second-best offense in the league, per Football Outsiders. They were second in yards (417.2) and fourth in points (27.6). The team set franchise records in points, yards, touchdowns, passing yards and (fewest) turnovers.

Roseman reflects on one year of Chip Kelly - CSN Philly
One year ago today, the Eagles officially named Chip Kelly as their next head coach. GM Howie Roseman sat down Tuesday with CSN's Derrick Gunn and discussed the hiring process and how the organization approached Kelly's first year with the team. After first meeting with Kelly -- who initially turned them down -- the Eagles were so impressed by his progressive approach that they considered implementing some of his concepts and policies.

Eagles fans recall Seahawks safety, the one who got away - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Earl Thomas still hears from Eagles fans on Twitter. And they keep bringing up Brandon Graham. Thomas, an all-pro safety for the Seattle Seahawks, remembers draft day in 2010. The Eagles traded to acquire the No. 13 pick. Brian Dawkins signed in Denver a year earlier, and the team was still looking for a replacement. Speculation was widespread that the Eagles moved up to take Thomas, a star at Texas. "They said Earl Thomas right here, and I'm like: 'OK, the Eagles, Philadelphia,' " Thomas said Wednesday as he recalled the coverage of the draft. "And then they said, 'Brandon Graham.' And then I got this call from Seattle."

Shrine Game Winners: Day 3 - Tony Pauline, PE.com
Tre Boston/S/North Carolina: Boston, 6-0, 198, turned in a terrific practice for the East on Wednesday. Effective in both seven-on-seven drills as well as full scrimmage, he displayed top-notch ball skills and the ability to make plays out to the sidelines. Besides breaking up several passes, Boston played with discipline, instincts and did a terrific job recognizing routes when lined up in zone coverage. Leaving the final day of full pads practice, there's no doubting Boston improved his stock in a draft weak at the safety position.

The Coldest Yard - NYTimes.com
Why football fans should root for a frigid and snowy Super Bowl.

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