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Philadelphia has the worst sports teams in North America - PhillyVoice
The Philadelphia Phillies are an abomination that won't be good for a long time, the Sixers are in year three of tank mode, the Flyers are a disappointment, and the Eagles just lost... at home... to one of the worst teams in the NFL. None of the four Philly teams have a winning record, and two of them are arguably the worst teams in their respective sports. Of the cities with at least three franchises in the four major sports, Philadelphia has the worst teams in North America.

Keep Grinding - Iggles Blitz
I understand the complaints about talent and coaching extend to the whole team. My point is just to show that playing the blame game doesn’t always solve anything. There are times when it is completely clear that change is needed. Rob Ryan did an awful job with the Saints defense last year. They are on pace  to be one of the worst defenses in NFL history this season. That is an extreme and obvious example where the coaching wasn’t anywhere close to being good enough. And that has cost Rob Ryan his job. There are plenty of people who don’t like Chip Kelly as coach. Some hate him as the GM. Some dislike him in both roles. That’s fine. I’m still a believer in Chip and his ideas. Does that mean I agree with everything he does? Heck no. Does that mean he can’t have bad days? Of course not.

Eagles not getting much from wide receivers - Inquirer
If you want to know what Chip Kelly really thinks of his wide receivers, particularly the collection of players who line up primarily on the outside, look at how the Eagles' passes have been distributed this season compared with the previous two. In 2013, outside receivers were targeted 45.4 percent of the time, while inside "receivers" - the slot, tight ends and running backs - saw 54.6 percent. In 2014, outside receivers were targeted 43.6 percent of the time, while inside receivers were targeted 56.4 percent. Through the first nine games this season, the Eagles' outside receivers - Riley Cooper, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff and Miles Austin - have been targeted 27.7 percent of the time, while inside receivers - slot Jordan Matthews, tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek and running backs DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews - have seen 72.3 percent of the targets.

Eagles-Dolphins, The Day After - Birds 24/7
Expectations for the  2015 season were largely built on trust. Trust that Chip Kelly knew what he was doing as a head coach and architect; that the offensive line would hold up despite a big subtraction and no notable additions; that the young receivers would help replace a key veteran; that Sam Bradford would take his game to the next level in this system and avoid injury; and that over time, the new pieces would coalesce to form a contender. On Sunday, that trust absorbed its biggest hit yet. Old habits were re-introduced and the longstanding fears were realized in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Dolphins, leaving considerable doubt as to whether this team has the ability to rise very far above mediocrity.

Chip Kelly knew better than to call Dallas game a turning point - CSN Philly
It was a great answer. It was the kind of answer that made me look up and look around to make sure I heard it right. Chip Kelly generally does his best to dodge and obfuscate after the Eagles lose. But when he was asked about the Eagles’ consistency issues this season and their maddening struggle to focus on details, his response was both candid and unintentionally hilarious. The only thing missing was a shoulder shrug and a smirk, but otherwise it was perfect.

Only Chip Kelly can fix what's become an Eagles nightmare -
Chip Kelly didn't wake up Sunday morning and become a bad coach, despite what most of Eagles nation thinks. You don't have the success Kelly has had in college and in the NFL and just forget how to do it overnight. Kelly, however, woke up Monday with a lot more problems than he dreamed he would have when the weekend began. And now it's time for him to start to solve those problems, and he has to do it in a hurry and with a backup quarterback.

Eagle Eye: Analyzing The Missed Chances -
Sunday’s loss to Miami was as tough a pill to swallow as any game in the last three years. As is always the case, whenever you fall short in a close game, there are dozens of plays you can look at and say, "Well if this had gone differently, the outcome may have changed." The Eagles were one turnover, one big catch, one fewer special teams error and ultimately the result was coming up one point short of the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. As disappointing as that fact is, and it is very disheartening for this team to be 4-5, there’s still a ton in front of the Eagles IF, and only if, they can correct the mistakes and improve their overall consistency across the board.

Saints fire Rob Ryan, name Dennis Allen defensive coordinator - SB Nation
Ryan is out and Allen is in after a poor start to the season and a league-worst defense for the Saints.

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