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The Chipadelphia Eagles - Iggles Blitz
Is this too much power for Kelly? I don’t think so. He’s run a program in college where he had to recruit and coach players. He’s been active in the offseason with scouting already to this point. Kelly is consumed by football. This won’t keep him from his family. Football is his family. I think Kelly is open-minded and listens to others. I don’t think he’ll turn into a Mike Ditka type that trades all his picks for some RB that he falls in love with. Kelly came to the NFL and hired coaches he didn’t have close relationships to. He didn’t surround himself with friends and sycophants the way Steve Spurrier did. Kelly was smart enough to know what he didn’t know. I think he’ll listen to advisers when it comes to the nuts and bolts of personnel moves.

Eagles shake-up front office, giving Chip Kelly more power - Inquirer
Kelly, who was hired from Oregon in 2013, is now unquestionably one of the most powerful coaches in the NFL. When he was asked about final say at his introductory news conference, he said control was never an issue for him and he wants to be a football coach - not a general manager. He envisioned a collaborative effort. Going forward, he will be in collaboration with someone that he hand-picks.

Kelly wins, so now it's all on him - Inquirer
While Lurie appeared to have Roseman's back when he said Roseman would return as GM following the season finale, he ultimately sided with Kelly. Roseman got a contract extension through 2020 and likely more money, but for the 39-year-old who only ever wanted to be a GM, he took quite the fall. He essentially has the same job he had a decade ago - in charge of the salary cap and contract negotiations - before he moved over to player evaluation. He appeared to be working on an alternative plan. Roseman or his agent, Bob LaMonte, had approach the New York Jets about their GM vacancy, per NFL sources.

Talking Football: How To Build D - PE.com
The building blocks are in place, and they are impressive: lineman Fletcher Cox, an All-Pro in his third season, linebacker Mychal Kendricks and a relentless group of front seven players ...

Lurie Announces Changes: Kelly In Charge Of Personnel - Birds 24/7
Roseman’s new title is executive vice president of football operations. He will direct contract negotiations and salary cap management while overseeing the team’s medical staff, equipment staff and more. And then the headliner: Kelly will now oversee the player personnel department. He will also lead efforts to hire a new personnel executive, a process that will begin immediately. In other words, the team will sink or swim based on Kelly's decisions. He is in charge of the draft, free agency, roster construction, etc. There is no more ambiguity. Kelly is in charge.

Jeffrey Lurie had no choice but to put Chip Kelly in charge - CSN Philly
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie had no choice. He did the only thing he could possibly do in the long-term interest of the team he’s owned for more than 20 years. He demoted the one person in the organization he’s closest to.

Here's to a brighter 2015 in Philadelphia sports - The 700 Level
There was some excitement around Chip Kelly and the Eagles but we quickly learned that Chip alone is not the savior. You need players to win in this league. Let's hope the Eagles add some much needed pieces in 2015.

Strange but true Eagles 2014 : r/eagles
There were many strange but true moments this season. Here are some.

How all 12 playoff teams can win the Super Bowl - SB Nation
Any given Sunday doesn't stop just because there are games on Saturday now ... it's the playoffs, and all 12 teams in the field technically have a chance to go all the way. Danny Kelly explains how each one could win the Super Bowl this year.