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The Linc - Chip Kelly isn't the Problem

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Film review: The problem is the quarterbacks, not Chip Kelly - Derek Sarley, Eagletarian
There’s nothing wrong with Kelly’s offense that better quarterback play wouldn’t fix. Last week, Nick Foles was terrible, despite ample opportunities to make plays. This week, Mike Vick and Matt Barkley took turns throwing errant passes and ignoring open receivers in favor of futile checkdowns.

The defensive line is not only the strength of the Eagles' defense, it's also the youngest in the NFL - JimmyK,
The Eagles' DL is indeed the strength of the defense. Fletcher Cox is already playing at a high level, and at 22 years of age, he still has great upside. Cedric Thornton has been a pleasant surprise this year, as the coaching staff has repeatedly singled him out as the best performing defensive player on the team. Meanwhile, Vinny Curry is a skilled pass rusher with an extremely impressive first step, and Bennie Logan has had some good moments as a rookie.

DGR - Offense vs. Giants - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Last week was a disaster primarily due to a nightmare performance by Nick Foles. This week was more of a team effort. QBs, skill players and linemen all had a hand in this debacle. Total offensive letdown. On the bright side, it is great to see the guys working together so well. I totally agree with Chip Kelly that Sunday’s struggles were more about execution than scheme or talent. There were some simple mistakes and some critical mistakes. When you do have the 3rd string QB in, you need the supporting cast to pick up their level of play. Help the young guy out. That didn’t happen at all. Think about it…were there any highlight plays? Did anyone make a great catch? Did the runners do anything special? Players struggled to do the average, let alone anything more.

All-22: Diagnosing the Issues On Offense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
One of the fundamental principles of Chip Kelly’s scheme is to set the offense up to take advantage of one-on-one matchups. There’s plenty of blame to spread around when it comes to reasons why the Eagles have managed just one field goal offensively in their last eight quarters. But one is the failure to capitalize and win those matchups.

Animated Kelly Tackles QB Question - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
"It’s about beating Oakland, that’s it. It’s a one-week season and that’s all it is. Last week it was about beating the Giants. There wasn’t. ‘Hey, what are we going to be like next year and let’s go see if we can activate G.J. [Kinne] and throw him into the mix.’ That’s not our mentality. Our mentality is, who are we playing right now. And I think it’s a disservice to those other players on our team and it’s a disservice to our fans if I’m thinking about who our quarterback is going to be next year. I’m thinking about beating who we are playing this week. And we’re playing the Oakland Raiders and that’s it. That’s the deal."

DeSean Jackson worth the money, not a headache - Matt Hammond, The700Level
It doesn’t take much rolling up of the sleeves to establish that DeSean Jackson is a less than cost-efficient asset. Since 2011, he ranks 33rd among NFL wide receivers in receiving touchdowns, 17th in receiving yards per game and 13th in yards per catch. All account for the first eight weeks of this year, his supposed "breakout" year.

Sopoaga made impact on Eagles' young D-line - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
"Soap was a guy who as a veteran always let us know the reality of the league and he would always pull us to the side and tell us what the NFL was really like," rookie defensive lineman Damion Square said. "He was a guy who coached us up, let us take some extra reps, even if they were his reps. Soap was a great friend and a great motivator, showed me a lot of things, getting a feel for playing the nose [tackle], things like that.

NFL may consider negating touchdowns for taunting penalties - PFT
NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network that he thinks the Competition Committee will explore changing the NFL’s taunting rules to make them more similar to the taunting rules in the NCAA. In college football, if a player commits a taunting penalty on a touchdown, the touchdown is called back and the 15-yard penalty is enforced from the spot where the taunting began.

Eagles are wise to look ahead - FanSpeak
The Eagles didn't have a wholesale roster turnover in year one, which was somewhat understandable given some of the situations. But for year two there is no longer a reason to hold back. If a player doesn't fit the long term plan of the Eagles, Philly has to trade them or release them to clear them off the books. Hanging on to guys, due to either sentimental reasons or because you don't want to admit making a mistake will only set you back. Now sometimes contract dead money can make this house cleaning prohibitive, but it doesn't mean it's still not a good long term idea.

Michael Carter-Williams Dominates as Sixers Win Over LeBron James, Miami Heat - Liberty Ballers

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