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Kellystrator: Week 15 -
In this exclusive All-22 feature, head coach Chip Kelly stops by the studio to break down some of the best plays from the team's Week 14 game against the Seattle Seahawks ...

Top NFL GM candidates - ESPN In$ider
The son of former Eagles president Harry Gamble, Tom started his NFL career with the Eagles in 1998. And like his late father, he is a rarity in NFL scouting departments these days: He not only has extensive pro and college scouting experience, but he has experience with contract negations and the salary cap, and he even has coaching experience in his résumé (defensive assistant/quality control coach with the New York Jets for two seasons: 1995-1996). Over the years, several teams have shown interest in him for general manager jobs (most recently last year -- Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers). And it's worth noting that Gamble has worked closely with some of the best evaluators in the NFL such as Bill Polian (with Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts) and Trent Baalke (with San Francisco 49ers). And most recently, Gamble has had a hand in the turnarounds with the 49ers and Eagles, where he has worked closely with head coach Chip Kelly.

Changeup: Eagles Facing More Zone Than Man - Birds 24/7
During the offseason, figuring out ways to beat man coverage seemed like an obsession for Chip Kelly. He saw how teams played the Eagles in his first season. They singled up receivers and used one high safety all season long. They needed the second safety in the box to help against LeSean McCoy and the Eagles’ prolific rushing attack. And playing man coverage was a simple solution to dealing with tempo.

Chip Kelly Update: Forget Seattle, Beat the Cowboys - Fishduck
The Philadelphia Eagles under Chip Kelly keep reaching for the stars. They encourage fans to hope for a Super Bowl run with unselfish teamwork, clever schemes on both sides of the ball, and emerging young talent. Then reality slaps them back down to earth, as the Eagles lose to the top level of NFL teams: Green Bay (at Lambeau), San Francisco and Arizona in their home stadiums. Sunday, the world-champion Seattle Seahawks beat the Eagles more soundly than the 24-14 final score indicates.

Eagles' Sanchez needs to improve on his deep throws - Inquirer
By Thursday, Mark Sanchez didn't want to talk about the Seahawks game, and who could blame him? He wasn't the only Eagles player on offense who wanted to wipe away the memory of last Sunday's 24-14 loss to Seattle. As impressive as the Seahawks' defensive performance was, the Eagles left plays on the field, particularly in the passing game.

Eagles asking a lot of Malcolm Jenkins - Inquirer
When the Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins, they touted his versatility and noted that the former Saints safety could cover receivers out of the slot. It wasn't until training camp, however, that their plans for Jenkins came more into focus. They wanted enough flexibility that they could stay in their base defense even if offenses went with "11" (three wide receivers) personnel.

News, Notes And An NFC East Battle -
There is far too much season remaining to declare the winner of Sunday night's Cowboys-Eagles game the NFC East champion. We know, of course, that the stakes are very, very high for Round 2 of this rivalry ...

Eagles All-22: Teams keying on Darren Sproles - CSN Philly
One of the big mysteries of the Eagles’ offense recently is the disappearance of Darren Sproles. Sproles made such an impact over the first month of the season he could have made a strong argument for team MVP through the first quarter of the season.

Previewing the most important NFL games in Week 15 - SB Nation
The Cowboys get a chance at redemption this week, and a shot at flipping the script on what has looked like Philly's division to win. With a loss to the Seahawks, the Eagles suddenly look vulnerable with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, and Dallas has a real shot at sending Philly into a potential tailspin by beating them this week. However, a bounce-back win by Chip Kelly's crew would cement them as NFC East favorites and potentially change the complexion of the entire playoff picture. As Five Thirty Eight writes, "The Cowboys' playoff chances climb to 84 percent with a road victory but drop to 36 percent with a loss. An Eagles victory would all but assure them a playoff berth, resulting in a 96 percent probability of both postseason play and a division title."

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