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The Influencer - Grantland
The NFL has gone from doubting Chip Kelly to trying to mimic his innovations. Can the question-everything coach and his Eagles stay ahead?

How Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly converted LeSean McCoy into a believer - ESPN The Magazine
The eight truths LeSean McCoy had to learn about Chip Kelly before he became a believer -- and the NFL's most dangerous weapon.

Patriots' Vince Wilfork: Jason Kelce 'one of the best centers in the league' -
"BEEEEEEEEEEAAAAASSSSST!!!!!" That's what Patriots NT Vince Wilfork yelled at Eagles center Jason Kelce after practice Thursday, as Kelce was being interviewed by a dozen or so reporters. Over the last two days, in addition to the joint practices the Eagles held with the Patriots last year, Wilfork and Kelce have gotten to know each other quite a bit, and Wilfork thinks highly of Kelce's game.

How the Chip Kelly offense works - ESPN
Debunking myths about Eagles' O, and explaining what makes it tough to stop.

Eagles ‘D’ Produces Different Results Vs. Brady - Birds 24/7
Davis is a smart man. Since the day he got here, he's been tempering expectations. Last summer, he warned everyone that switching to a two-gap 3-4 would be a process. After the team got smoked by the Broncos in Week 4, he promised that they were actually showing progress. And that progress showed in the second half of the season when they held opponents to 21 points or fewer in nine straight games.

Ducks Fly Together -
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has singled out big defensive end Brandon Bair for praise at all three of his press conferences since their first preseason game at Chicago. On Wednesday, he took reps with the first team during their rainy practice against the Patriots. The little-known lineman now has a serious shot to make the Eagles’ roster.

Zach Ertz, budding talent, needs to see more playing time - Inquirer
His play through all of training camp -- which ended with Thursday’s light practice -- and the first preseason game has suggested that Ertz needs to see more time with the first team. But whether Eagles coach Chip Kelly needs to see improvement in the second-year tight end’s blocking, or he doesn’t yet want to promote him over veteran Brent Celek, or he’s waiting to unveil an offense that is heavy with two tight ends, Ertz will have to wait.

NFL Heroes: All the Humans (and Machines) That Make Football Great - Grantland
Chip Kelly is one of the heroes.

Vince Young back at Texas as DDCE development officer - Burnt Orange Nation
VY will be back on the 40 soon.

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