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Eagles News: Rocky Balboa says Philadelphia shouldn't give up on Chip Kelly

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/9/15.

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Sylvester Stallone: DON'T GIVE UP ON CHIP KELLY ... He'll Figure It Out - TMZ
t least one Philadelphian has Chip Kelly's back ... and it might be the biggest one of all -- Sylvester Stallone who's begging the city NOT to throw in the towel on the football coach just yet. With the Eagles nursing a 1-3 record and the offense looking more like Glass Joe than Rocky ... Stallone says things may be looking bad, but Philly has always been an underdog city ripe for a comeback.  "Give him time to develop. It's a new time. It's a new era," Stallone says ... "I don't think it's time for Chip's ahoy yet."

Grading the Eagles at the quarter pole: Offensive line edition - PhillyVoice
Gardner actually played reasonably well before being placed on IR with a foot injury. Barbre has simply not played well at all at LG. Unquestionably, the Eagles would be a better team with Mathis at LG instead of Barbre. As we detailed at length back in July, the Eagles handled the Mathis situation poorly. There's really no excuse whatsoever for the Eagles to have simply dumped him after not addressing the offensive line either in the draft or free agency. They thought Barbre would not be a significant dropoff. Obviously, that was a miscalculation. Or something.

Saints Talk - Iggles Blitz
I don’t know what to make of the Saints right now. Take away the OT score from Sunday and they have 2 more points than the Eagles this year. Sam Bradford has more TD passes than Brees. I know Brees missed a game, but Bradford has struggled mightily and still has more. The Saints run game is only slightly better than the Eagles. And they’ve given up more sacks. The Saints have made changes in recent years. Gone are guys like Darren Sproles, Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and Lance Moore. Brandin Cooks has been disappointing to this point. Marques Colston remains, but age has caught up with him. C.J. Spiller made a huge play Sunday and that might be the thing that gets him going.

All-22: Behind the Offensive Line’s Bad Start - Birds 24/7
Perhaps the most concerning element of the offensive line's struggles thus far is there's no simple fix. When re-watching the game film, you see a plethora of miscues from several different players. "I don’t think there’s any one reason why it’s not getting better," Kelce said. "It just hasn’t been a unified offense out there. There’s mistakes from everyone across the board. Everybody takes their turn." When Kelce says everybody, he's not being hyperbolic. A 2014 Pro Bowler, the center is included in that.

Eagles need to get more sack time - Daily News
AFTER FOUR games last season, the Eagles' defense had just seven sacks. Then, they picked up four in a 34-28, Week 5 win over the Rams and notched eight more the next week in a 27-0 shutout of the Giants, and they were off to the races. They finished the season with 49 sacks, which ended up being the second most in the league to Buffalo's 54. That's worth keeping in mind because the 1-3 Eagles head into Sunday's critical game against Drew Brees and the 1-3 New Orleans Saints with just six sacks. Just five teams in the league have fewer.

Can Sam Bradford take Eagles offense to new heights? -
Bradford connected with Riley Cooper on a 62-yard touchdown pass; with Miles Austin for a 39-yard touchdown pass; and with rookie Nelson Agholor on a 45-yard pass. He also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek. "It's good putting that on tape,'' Bradford said as he and the team prepared for the New Orleans Saints, Sunday "It hadn't really presented itself until last Sunday. Now teams have to respect us getting the ball down field. We did it with some success, Sunday. So now hopefully it will open up the intermediate stuff for us as well.''

Drew Brees Knows Sam Bradford's Path -
Brees led the Saints to a Super Bowl win in 2009 and has missed a grand total of one game due to injury in 10 seasons in the Big Easy. The Saints took a chance on Brees during a time when not many others would have, and almost 10 years later, the Eagles have taken a similar approach in landing Sam Bradford. While the injuries are different, Brees knows what Bradford is going through in terms of re-establishing himself after a potentially devastating injury after a visit with Dr. Andrews.

Will Eagles finally get DeMarco Murray going? - CSN Philly
The Eagles swapped LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso in the offseason. They thought Frank Gore would be the backfield replacement — until Gore bailed and fled to Indianapolis. That’s when Kelly gave DeMarco Murray the hard sell and stole him away from the Cowboys. Kelly the coach raved about Murray being a north-south, one-cut runner. Kelly the GM gave Murray a fat contract. The offensive line and the receivers and the quarterback and so many other people are responsible for the run game’s futility so far, but none of them signed Murray. More than anyone else, Kelly and Murray will take the most heat if the running game continues to struggle. And they should.

Looking Back at the Recent Successes and Disasters of NFL Free Agency - Grantland
This year, outside of Miami, the early front-runners for Tampa’s Worst Offseason title seem to be Chip Kelly and the Eagles. Philadelphia handed Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray a combined $46 million in guaranteed money, and so far, neither of those deals has panned out. As Bill Barnwell likes to often remind me on The Grantland NFL Podcast, the rub with free agency lies in opportunity cost. Even if the market dictates that Byron Maxwell is worth $63 million over six years because another team was willing to pay that much, the moves for him and Murray precluded the team from using that money elsewhere.

6 NFL teams are still undefeated. This is why. - SB Nation
The list includes the usual suspects: Denver, Green Bay and New England. But it also includes two teams from the NFC South and the Bengals. Clearly, we need to take a closer look.

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