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10 final thoughts on the Eagles final game - BGN
Chip Kelly might not be perfect (who is?), but he's damn good. This Eagles team set a franchise record for points scored with well below average play from the quarterback position for most of the season. That's an incredible accomplishment. Imagine if they didn't lead the league in turnovers and their red zone offense was even merely average instead of horrible?

Lurie: ‘I Think We’re Pretty Close’ - Birds 24/7
Does he feel this team has the quarterback play it takes to be a Super Bowl contender? "I think it remains to be seen," said Lurie. "Very hard to answer that until you accomplish it. You can point to people that have accomplished it: Aaron [Rodgers] and Tom [Brady] and Peyton [Manning] and those guys, and that’s the elite of the NFL. Until you accomplish that, you can’t say you have it. You just always have to make that position the most important and do whatever you can to be the best at that position you can. There is a scarcity of quarterbacks, let’s face it. There are a lot of teams that really struggle at that position. So we always have to try to win big and focus on that position at all times."

No clues on what Eagles plan for future QB - Daily News
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie stood in the locker room after the final game and was simultaneously optimistic and clinical in his dissection of the team's 2014 season. He was optimistic about the young talent on the roster but clinical about the problems. He identified three areas that need fixing: turnovers, red-zone inefficiency, and too many deep passes against the defense.

LeSean McCoy uncertain of future but willing to be flexible - CSN Philly
McCoy, who made the Pro Bowl for the third time, spoke as if he’s expecting the front office to approach him about a contract restructure, which he didn’t rule out. "I’m sure we can work something out and hopefully everything does work out," McCoy said. "They know how I feel about them, I know how they feel about me, so we will see what happens. At the end of the day, man, it is a business."

Losing streak didn't lose Kelly the locker room - Inquirer
The circumstances on Sunday were far different, but the meaningless game part was not. Chip Kelly never entertained the idea of resting certain starters to see how some younger players would fare under the lights. He had more to lose, particularly if the Eagles ended the season with four straight defeats. But his players responded with a 34-26 victory at MetLife Stadium and the minor consolation of finishing the year with 10 wins. There were some of the usual issues - secondary play, quarterback mistakes - but closing out Kelly's second season on a high note reflected that the Eagles' trust in their coach has yet to waver.

Despite secondary’s efforts, Eagles win season finale - The 700 Level
On the bright side, the Philadelphia Eagles were victorious in their regular-season finale against the New York Giants, cementing a 10-6 record for the second year in a row by a final score of 34-26. Unfortunately, not one bit of it mattered. Even had the Birds handled their business last week at Washington, they still would have missed out on the playoffs.

PHI 34, NYG 26 - Iggles Blitz
I don’t have a lot of definitive thoughts right now. I agree with Chip that we need to study the season to come up with the right assessments. Obviously figuring out QB and improving the secondary are at the top of the list.

Win Closes Roller Coaster 2014 -
Ten wins is not a small feat in the NFL. It doesn't happen for every team. For this 10-6 Eagles team, though, the feeling as they exited MetLife Stadium following a 34-26 win over New York was decidedly bitter. And sweet ...

NFL Playoff Guide - SB Nation
NFL playoff schedule and bracket.

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