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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/21/2014.

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NFC East Day - Iggles Blitz
In studying the other 3 teams, it is hard to see them as very good. I know I can be biased toward the Eagles so I tried to be thorough as I took a look at their other rosters and overall situations. We see surprise teams every year in the NFL. You never want to casually dismiss a team without looking at everything.

Walk Chip's Way: Eagles' Kelly a stickler for discipline - Inquirer
As much as Chip Kelly requires his players to run on the practice fields behind the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles coach demands they keep off the front lawn. The grass that greets visitors to the team's practice facility - finely manicured every Monday - is lined with walkways. But the shortest path between the Eagles' indoor bubble and the nearest entrance to the locker room is not.

Foles' success comes from heroes: Mom and Dad - CSN Philly
Nick Foles' dad had already tried to operate a restaurant once before, back when the family lived in Mississippi. That restaurant failed. Closed down soon after it opened. Foles will never forget the effect that had on his dad.

Chip Kelly: Last season was ‘just OK' - Delco Times
The Eagles went 10-6, won the NFC East and were a walk-off field goal from advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Not bad. Unless, that is, you’re Chip Kelly. "We were just OK," said Kelly, who finished fourth in the Associated Press coach of the year voting, of his rookie NFL season.

Pressing matters for Eagles receivers - Inquirer
As of Saturday, though, the Eagles can tackle and hit, and their defensive backs can practice bump-and-run coverage against wide receivers, and their receivers can work on freeing themselves of that coverage. Given the philosophies and theories that informed many of the franchise's player-personnel decisions this offseason, it's particularly important that those receivers hone that skill. It's why the Eagles drafted Jordan Matthews in the second round and Josh Huff in the fourth, why they re-signed Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, and in part why they were willing to release DeSean Jackson.

Military, other coaches inspire Kelly's training techniques - The Intelligencer
Like his quarterback Nick Foles, the Eagles' Chip Kelly set a high bar in his first season as the team’s head coach. If Foles’ coming season is to be judged on his 27 touchdowns, two interceptions, and 119.2 passer rating from last year, then Kelly’s success will be viewed in context with the 10 wins and one NFC East Division title he coaxed from his team despite never having coached a pro game in his life.

Kelly: ‘There Should Be No Closed Doors’ - Birds 24/7
"I’ve never agreed with that," he said. "We’re all Philadelphia Eagles, so there’s no place that’s [sacred or] not sacred or you’re not allowed to go. And I think sometimes in certain times, that’s where problems occur in the locker room, because coaches aren’t in the locker room enough. I think you shouldn’t have to worry about, ‘Well the coaches are here, we have to act any differently in the locker room.’ They should be able to behave the way we were all taught to behave: to be a good person, to be a good teammate, to be a good neighbor. That’s just part of the deal. Just like if I had my way - there’s obviously I think fire codes to it - there should be no doors on anything because you shouldn’t have to worry about what’s going on behind closed doors if you’re doing things the right way."

Can The Eagles Take The Next Step? - PE.com
It didn’t take long for the Eagles to turn things around and regain their perch atop the NFC East division. In Chip Kelly’s first season as the head coach, the Eagles roared down the stretch in 2013, winning seven of their final eight games in the regular season, to win the division and reach the postseason for the first time since 2010. The season ended too quickly, with a last-second loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round, and now the Eagles are back for more. They approached the offseason aggressively and continued to improve the roster and now enter 2014 as the defending division champs and one of the league’s rising young teams.

The only linebacker who mattered - SB Nation
Forget the touchdown dances, Hall of Fame middle linebacker Mike Singletary made hitting something to smile about to a generation of NFL fans who came of age in the 1980s.