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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/25/2014.

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Chip Kelly, Teacher and Student - About
If there was ever to be an NFL head coach equivalent to "The Most Interesting Man in the World", it would have to be the man steering the course of the Philadelphia Eagles' franchise, Chip Kelly. Kelly is a fascinating study. His success is undeniable. Kelly won 46 games to only seven losses as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks before making the leap to the NFL as head coach of the Eagles. In just his first season with Philadelphia, Kelly became the second head coach since the 1966 merger to win a division title in his first season on a NFL coaching staff.

What makes Chip... Chip? -
When Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia last year, little was known about the enigmatic coach from Oregon. Over a year and a half later, he remains a mystery to most - aside from his fast-paced offense.

Hey Chris Baker... scoreboard -
Baker was expelled from Penn State after being involved in two separate off-campus fights. He's also a pretty loathsome homophobe (exhibit A and exhibit B). So, OK Chris, congrats on your legal but cowardly hit. Foles led a ballsy go-ahead TD drive directly thereafter, and your team, you know, lost. In other words... Scoreboard, bitch.

The Unknown Side of Sports Science - Iggles Blitz
There’s a guy in Atlanta who hotwired his kitchen stove so that he could make a proper pizza using the self-cleaning cycle, which gets you up to 800-900º instead of the usual 525º. He melted down a couple of ovens in the process, but today Jeff Varasano’s restaurant is rated as one of America’s "elite 8" pizzerias by Rachel Ray. Chip Kelly is doing something similar with the Eagles, reinventing the entire training process with amazing results, and it’s hard not to be excited by what he’s getting out of his players. But as injuries pile up, it might be wise to ask whether he’s melting a few ovens himself.

All-22: Issues Plaguing the Eagles’ Defense - Birds 24/7
Billy Davis has had to strike a balance quite a bit since taking over as the Eagles defensive coordinator last year. He is honest in admitting when his unit doesn’t play well, but he’s also a positive person by nature and tries to look ahead. After all, it’s not like the defense is loaded with talent, and the team is 3-0 heading into Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

Find yourself at Sunday's Eagles game with gigapixel panorama - The 700 Level
You've probably seen these gigapixel panoramas before, maybe at a U2 concert or a Phillies World Series game, but now the Eagles have put one together for some home games at the Linc. It's a heck of a time waster, whether you want to click around and look for Shady McCoy riding a bike or just look for your own seats.

Didinger: Is This Foles' Watershed Moment? -
When the Eagles and San Francisco 49ers meet this Sunday, it will be in a new venue - Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. There will be no more visits to Candlestick Park, a historic stadium, but one that has been in decay for decades. The Eagles played a dozen games in Candlestick Park, starting with a 38-28 loss in 1973. The late Mike McCormack was in his first season as Eagles head coach and Roman Gabriel was the starting quarterback. The last game was in 2010 and the Eagles knocked off the 49ers, 27-24. Overall, the Eagles were 7-5 at the Stick.

All eyes on center David Molk in starting debut - CSN Philly
One thought crossed David Molk’s mind when official word came down that Jason Kelce would need surgery. "Let’s go," said the backup center, now pressed into an indefinite starting role. "That’s what I’ve been waiting for. This is why I’m here. This is why I played in college. This is why I’ve worked my entire life. This is the opportunity."

John Brown, Jordan Matthews highlight a big week for rookie receivers - SB Nation
Matthews, the rookie out of Vanderbilt and the cousin of the G.O.A.T., Jerry Rice, broke out in Week 3 with eight catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets for the Eagles. His two scores really utilized his size and speed running out of the tight slot in Chip Kelly's offense. His first was a classic play-action seam route. The fake inside handoff to Darren Sproles sucked the linebackers up and in toward the line of scrimmage, and Matthews was able to run a little seam route into the end zone. This was an easy read and easy score for quarterback Nick Foles.