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Should the Eagles prepare for life after Shady? - PhillyVoice
Gurley is also an accomplished receiver out of the backfield (37-441-6 in 2013), kick returner (2 return TDs on 11 career kick returns), and is a good pass protector. Imagine a Shady-Gurley 1-2 punch. Yikes.

The Right Fitterer? - Iggles Blitz
One of the benefits to Fitterer would be that he’s been part of the personnel staff that built the best secondary in the NFL. If he came to the Eagles, he’d be inheriting one of the worst secondaries in the league. Even better, Seattle didn’t just throw a bunch of 1st round picks out there. Richard Sherman was a 5th round pick. Kam Chancellor was a 5th round pick. Byron Maxwell was a 6th round pick. The only early pick is Earl Thomas. Seattle has an unusual draft strategy. They obsess on athleticism. This isn’t something the Eagles have done, but Kelly might be willing to listen to Fitterer’s ideas since they have worked very well in Seattle. To be clear, this isn’t Fitterer’s personal strategy, but rather one the entire Seahawks organization believes in.

Weekend Reading: How Kelly Could’ve Ended Up With Patriots - Birds 24/7
Getting back to Kelly, a fascinating story here from John Tomase of WEEI in Boston. It focuses on how Robert Kraft would have hired Gary Crowton to coach the Patriots had Bill Belichick turned him down back in 2000. Where does Kelly fit in? Crowton and Kelly had a shared history, and Crowton recommended Kelly when he left his post as Oregon's offensive coordinator. Crowton said had he gotten the Patriots job, Kelly is someone he would have wanted on his staff.

Mariota a perfect quarterback for Chip Kelly - Inquirer
NFL scouts visited Eugene, Ore., this season and asked Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost what system he would run with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota in the pros. "Whatever the hell offense you want to run," Frost replied. "I think he can do anything." Mariota has turned into college football's biggest star in the offense that Eagles coach Chip Kelly brought to Oregon. When Mariota was a freshman, Kelly predicted that he would win the Heisman. Before Mariota fulfilled Kelly's prediction in December, Kelly called him "the most talented kid I coached in college."

Expanded NFL playoffs’ domino effect on Eagles - Delaware Online
Everything about the Eagles’ season could have changed if the NFL owners voted last year to expand the playoffs from six to seven teams in each conference. They’re expected to vote on the issue in March. That could have affected the perception of the Eagles’ defense, the quarterback situation and even the stunning shakeup after the season that resulted in the elevation of head coach Chip Kelly to the dual role of player personnel director at the expense of former general manager Howie Roseman

Connor Barwin's Rise To NFL Stardom -
The ability was there, ripe to be developed. Connor Barwin was an unpolished NFL draft prospect in 2009. Now he’s a Pro Bowl player, a second-team All-Pro linebacker, and the line he’s taken to stardom has been an interesting one to watch, a case study in diligence, adaptability and patience …

The Cowboys have to stop Jordy Nelson to stop the Packers - SB Nation
Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson have burned opposing defenses all season with big plays. If the Cowboys are going to take down the Packers in the Divisional round on Sunday, they'll have to keep Nelson in check, says retired NFL defensive end Stephen White.