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Eagles News: Jeffrey Lurie has a big decision to make on Chip Kelly's future

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/28/15.

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Is Jeff Lurie still committed to Chip Kelly? - Daily News
Watching the Eagles get waxed Saturday night by a mediocre Washington team in a must-win game, it was SO obvious that SO much is wrong, and most of it traces back to decisions Kelly has made over the past three years. Can Lurie convince himself that NOW Chip gets it, that this is the guy to rebuild the disaster-area offensive line, retool the wideout corps he already devoted first-, second- and third-round draft picks to over his first three seasons, and do God-knows-what to a defense that adds talent every year and every year gets worse? Is it not time to wonder if a defense can play far more snaps than any other unit in the league and still be any good at the end of the year, regardless of personnel? This is not the kind of thing you can wave your hand at and say, "Well, so-and-so got hurt, and then we got some bad bounces, but building a team takes time . . . "

Lurie has decision to make involving Kelly - BCT
Last year, was more forgivable, seeing how the team went 10-6 and became the rare 10-win team that doesn’t qualify for the playoffs. And it was just Kelly’s second season. This year, no sir, not this year. Not in a third season that is supposed to be the season a team contends for a Super Bowl under a new coach. Look at Arizona and Bruce Arians. Kelly tore apart his roster in the offseason and tried to build it back up. He failed miserably at both, subtracting key parts and adding questionable others. Exactly how owner Jeffrey Lurie feels about things may become a bit clearer when he will likely meet with reporters in the visitor’s locker room at MetLife Stadium after the game. He did so last year and said that Howie Roseman would return as the team’s general manager. Three days later, he changed his mind, stripping Roseman of his title and giving it to Kelly.

The Eagles' five biggest offseason needs - PhillyVoice
What the Eagles decide to do with Sam Bradford this offseason will be a hotly debated issue this offseason. Whether or not the Eagles re-sign Bradford, one thing feels very clear -- The Eagles need to find a way to get a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft to begin to groom as a long-term answer if Bradford does not pan out. This upcoming draft does not appear to have a bona fide consensus No. 1-overall pick-type like Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota a year ago, but may have a good amount of depth in rounds 1, 2, 3 and beyond. During the offseason and continuing into the regular season, we started taking a look at some of the quarterbacks eligible to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Day After - Iggles Blitz
It always feels weird when a season ends. Whether after a playoff loss or just a regular season game, the finality of the season being over just has a weird vibe to it. The thing you’ve cared about for months and months is gone. Sunday just becomes another day of the week. I know there is one more game to go, but that is basically going to be 3 hours of praying no key players get hurt. There’s not a whole lot to talk about in regard to that game, good or bad. From here on out, the focus is on big picture stuff. The good thing about all of this is that we have freedom from caring. The roller coaster of emotions that comes with watching a team week in and week out can be trying.

Eagles-Washington, The Day After - Birds 24/7
At the same moment Fletcher Cox was guaranteeing victory Wednesday, an entirely different conversation was unfolding just a handful of stalls away. Asked about the atmosphere surrounding the team leading up to the must-win game against Washington, an offensive starter speaking with Birds 24/7 said that he felt the energy was down compared to previous weeks and believed "something [was] off" with the team. "I hope I'm wrong, but we'll see on Sunday morning if I'm right or not," he said. That contrast, it seems, speaks to a big part of the story of the 2015 Eagles -- not "53 angry men" as Jeffrey Lurie's manufactured slogan suggested, but a mishmash of parts that had trouble syncing up long enough to string anything meaningful together. When it clicked it was good, when it didn't it was discord, and there was no telling which was coming from series to series or game to game.

Bill Davis on future with Eagles: 'That's for other men to decide' - CSN Philly
The Eagles’ defense was the strength of the team early in the season. That feels like it was years ago. After the Eagles’ defense was shredded by Kirk Cousins and the Redskins for 31 points in the 38-24 loss, defensive coordinator Bill Davis wasn’t surprised by the question. Does he worry about his future in Philadelphia? "I do not. That’s for other men to decide that," Davis said. "What I think about is how I’m going to get this group of men to play next week. That’s all I’ve done every day and that’s all I’ll do.

In Locker Room, Disappointment Again -
Things started fine, as the Eagles went 80 yards, no problem, scored a touchdown and took a lead Saturday night in a must-win game at Lincoln Financial Field against Washington. And then, mirroring the season, the game went downhill and the playoff hopes died with it in a 38-24 loss ...

Rams punter dishes out cheap shot, cowers in fear when Seahawks retaliate - SB Nation
Getting in a nice block isn't something a punter gets to do everyday so when Johnny Hekker saw the opportunity to put a hit on the Seahawks Cliff Avril, he took it. Only problem is that it was an illegal hit and Johnny got flagged for it. And Johnny soon learned that football is a much safer sport if you stick to punting. After the game, Seahawks players wanted to make sure everyone knows they don't appreciate Hekker's cheapshot on Cliff Avril.

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