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Eagles News: Chip Kelly told his players he's staying in Philadelphia

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Chip Kelly addressed college rumors with Eagles - Inquirer
A day after he said didn't feel the need to address his players about rumors that he could be leaving the Eagles, Chip Kelly spent part of Tuesday's morning meeting reassuring the team that he didn't have any plans to leave. "He said, 'As long as they have me here, I'm here,'" running back Kenjon Barner said. Kelly has been mentioned as a possible candidate for various college coaching jobs as long as he's been with the Eagles, but there was a NFL Network report on Sunday that Southern Cal had reached out to him and a report that Trojans representatives had met with him in Philadelphia on Friday.

NFL power rankings: NFC Hierarchy/Obituary after Week 12 - PhillyVoice
I mean... Let's be real -- The Eagles are done, except the rest of the NFC East won't cooperate. Had the Giants beaten the Redskins last week, I would have killed off both the Eagles and Redskins. Instead, the Eagles remain walking zombies and the Redskins are now in the driver's seat in the division. Still, as for the Eagles, we're already looking ahead to the next calendar year.

Graham To Chip: I Got Your Back - Birds 24/7
"I just tried to reach out to him before he do, let him know that I ain't quit on him. I just tried to make sure that he knows that...I see what the media try to do to him, and I let him know that I got his back no matter what." Based on conversations with players after practice, Kelly has changed little in terms of approach this week. And that's being largely viewed as a good thing. Stories have been shared about experiences at previous stops, where coaches would panic amid a slump and make wholesale changes which would only dig the team deeper into a hole. Kelly, it appears, is staying the course as he said he would.

Week 12 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The disintegration of the Philadelphia Eagles over the last couple weeks is mind-blowing. This is a team that ranked second in defensive DVOA just two weeks ago! It's really just two games for the defense, which was perfectly fine when the Eagles narrowly lost to Miami 20-19 in Week 10. The offense has fallen apart over three weeks, or basically since Mark Sanchez became the starting quarterback. Last year, the drop from Nick Foles to Sanchez wasn't very big. This year, the drop from Bradford to Sanchez is apparently much bigger, although the difference is bigger in DVOA than yards per play because of opponent adjustments and turnovers. Take a look at what has happened to the Eagles offense over the last three weeks, and the defense over the last two. For those wondering, Philadelphia is now listed as sixth in DVOA in Weeks 1-10 rather than second because of changes in opponent adjustments and stat corrections.

Eagle Eye: In Defense Of Eric Rowe -
A lot of the talk around last Thursday’s loss surrounded the play of rookie second-round pick Eric Rowe. The cornerback entered the game in the second quarter after Nolan Carroll’s injury, and saw his fair share of reps against Calvin Johnson. In fact, it was pointed out repeatedly on the FOX broadcast that Rowe was "on an island" with no help against Megatron. Was that the case when I watched the tape? Absolutely not. I will show you how it all went down.

Eagles defensive problems: Is it scheme or talent? -
Listen, he's not Jim Johnson. But he also doesn't have a secondary with Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor and Brian Dawkins; or a pass rush with Hugh Douglas and Corey Simon up front or a middle linebacker such as Jeremiah Trotter. There isn't a current player on the Eagles' defense playing above expectations, none. Safety Walter Thurmond is probably the closest, depending on what you expected. Fletcher Cox, the best player on the unit, is having a good year, but not a special year. He has five-and-a-half sacks, and three came in one game against a back-up lineman.

Bill Davis hears calls for his job, but still focused on fixes - CSN Philly
Bill Davis knows what’s being said. He does his best to stay insulated from outside noise by burying himself in his work and the task of transforming the Eagles’ defense back into an effective unit. Still. He’s not in a coma. He can’t help but hear it. He knows in the wake of three straight losses, the last two in blowout fashion, a lot of fans want him gone. Davis said before practice Tuesday all the speculation about his future doesn’t bother him. He’s too focused on getting things fixed to worry about it.

Ziggy Ansah feasted on Mark Sanchez for Thanksgiving - SB Nation
The Lions defensive end came into the league as a talented, but raw, pass rusher in 2013. Last Thursday, he showed the world just how far he's come.

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