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Eagles News: Chip Kelly once used a children's book as a coaching tool

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/5/15.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: From An Ex-Duck Perspective - Birds 24/7
It wasn't all negative feedback, though. A few reportedly brought up the children's book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” which is about a boy who has one thing after another go wrong -- from getting gum stuck in his hair in the morning to being served lima beans for dinner at night -- and is eager to escape his problems. Kelly used that book to frame a talk to his team in the wake of the adversity, according to a New York Times story from November 2009.

Chip Kelly Should Probably Fire Himself - FiveThirtyEight
Sometimes coaches still survive odds like Kelly’s. This table shows the coaches whose jobs were in the most jeopardy 11 games into a season yet went on to keep the job. But if Kelly does manage to stick with Philly beyond this season, he would set a new mark for unlikely job retention. Kelly’s trajectory wasn’t always so negative. After Philly beat Dallas in early November to make their record 4-4, there was only about a 5 percent chance that Kelly would be fired according to the model. But the Eagles’ current three-game losing streak has caused his probability of being fired to skyrocket.

Chip Kelly Update: Rock Bottom or Free Fall? - Fishduck
"Last week, after two straight home losses to bad teams in the easiest part of the Eagles schedule, I wrote that Thursday’s game against Detroit would tell us a lot about how much fight Chip Kelly has left in him. Apparently, not much. The Eagles lost 45-14, and after the game Chip had no attitude. He spoke in the hushed, grieving tones of a funeral reception, and maybe that’s appropriate. Those press conferences are often characterized by the bristling of egos on both sides of the podium. Now, though the media continues to kick the corpse of the coach’s pride, he seems at rest. I’d rather he focus on building the team, connecting with players and scouting next week’s opponent. His stance that he doesn’t care what anyone says about the team has never seemed fully convincing, but maybe it’s true now. If he’s given up the fight against the press, that’s good news for fans, and the team."

Smithology: Making A Krause Call -
Krause was originally an undrafted free agent signing of the Cleveland Browns in 2014, but he was signed to the Patriots’ practice squad in October of that year and stuck around for most of the remainder of the season and offseason. After being released before the start of this season, Krause was signed by the Eagles in late September and promoted to the active roster on November 11. But during his time in New England, Krause left quite an impression on head coach Bill Belichick, who raved about the wide receiver during his conference call this week with the Philadelphia media.

Tests get tougher for Eagles rookie Eric Rowe - Inquirer
Eric Rowe is playing just his second season as a cornerback. The Eagles rookie spent his first three collegiate seasons at Utah as a shutdown free safety. Rowe said he is constantly learning at his new position. And his tests have been stiff. Rowe matched up last week against Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, one of the league's most imposing targets. And on Sunday, he'll be staring down New England quarterback Tom Brady, who Rowe said is the best quarterback he has ever seen at reading defenses. It will be Rowe's first career start. The two-week stretch is the rookie's baptism by fire.

5 Moves that could help the Eagles defense -
Vinny, Vidi, Vici: The Eagles pass rush needs a boost and Vinny Curry is the team's best pass rusher. Get him on the field. Curry played just 15 snaps against the Lions (21 percent of the plays) and got both of the team's sacks. For the season he's played just 30 percent of the snaps, down from 32 percent in 2014. Taylor Hart (26 snaps) played more than Curry against the Lions. Taylor. Hart. That's ridiculous.

DeMarco Murray still not seeing full workload for Eagles - CSN Philly
Ryan Mathews missed the last two games for the Eagles with a concussion, but even that hasn’t led to the obvious increase in workload for DeMarco Murray one would’ve imagined. Murray was on the field for just 42 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps during the 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, and 59 percent in a 45-14 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 12. The reigning NFL rushing champion logged just 27 carries between the two contests. The shared backfield between Murray and Mathews was understandable. Both served as bellcow running backs for their previous teams, and Mathews has been far more effective this season. It’s at least a little surprising the Eagles aren’t leaning on Murray more now. Or is it?

What the heck is a catch in the NFL, anyway? An explainer - SB Nation
The NFL can't ever seem to decide what a catch is and isn't. So how are we as fans supposed to know, anyway? Here's an explainer to help explain the rule book once and for all.

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