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Eagles News: The case for keeping Chip Kelly

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/6/15.

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Eagles need to give Chip Kelly more time as head coach - SB Nation
It's understandable if Eagles fans want Kelly fired, given how poorly this season has gone and with rumors that players have quit on Kelly. But the real blame should lie with Lurie, the man who entrusted Kelly with total control and now may change course before his vision is fully realized. Perhaps after one season of disastrous results, Lurie doesn't want to see Kelly's endgame. But that doesn't mean he has to cut bait with him entirely. Before this year, Kelly had gone 20-12 as an NFL head coach. Maybe Kelly the GM's job should be in jeopardy, but it's difficult to make that argument about Kelly the coach, who has never led a team to a losing season in either the college of NFL ranks. A compromise that allows Kelly to still have a strong hand, but not the final say in personnel matters, could be an agreement worth pursuing.

5 over/unders for Eagles vs. Patriots - PhillyVoice
After forcing 19 turnovers in their first seven games, the Eagles defense has created just one in its last four games. If you're keeping score at home, that's the same number of takeaways as Philly's offense has created over that span. Don't forget, their only turnover against the Bucs came a few plays into the game and was actually credited to the offense -- DeMarco Murray fumbled, it was recovered by Tampa and then Brent Celek and Zach Ertz combined for the forced fumble and recovery. Worse still is the fact that they haven't been able to generate any turnovers in each of their last three games. And things aren't likely to get any easier on Sunday against a Patriots team that ranks third in the league with just nine turnovers this season. That's less than one a game, and Brady has only thrown four interceptions all year.

Is Kelly too loyal to his players? - Inquirer
In his three seasons as Eagles coach, Chip Kelly has never benched a starter based solely upon performance. He has released or traded only three players in-season never for them to return. He is loyal - some may say to a fault. There is a school of thought that coaches, in order the keep players on their toes and to hold them accountable for poor play, should at pivotal times use benchings or cuts to send a message. Players, the theory goes, perform at their best when motivated by fear, and there is perhaps no greater fear than being deprived of playing in the NFL. While it is difficult to say for certain whether the 4-7 Eagles are playing with or without that kind of motivation, they sure haven't looked like an inspired team over the last three weeks.

Eagles’ Scouting Report Of the Patriots - Birds 24/7
Despite Tom Brady’s top targets having difficulty staying on the field, he’s commanded the best offense in the NFL. When asked why the Patriots have had so much success even with injuries, Chip Kelly said the answer is quite simple. “Did they lose Brady?” Kelly joked. “Because that I think would really, truly affect them. And I think it really just speaks to how good a football player Tom is. The fact that they’ve had a lot of moving pieces around him — for them, it’s that ‘next man up’ mentality, which it really helps when he’s the guy pulling the trigger. Because he really is an orchestra leader out there in terms of directing protections, changing routes, changing everything."

Barrett Jones hoping to solidify guard spot for Eagles - CSN Philly
Looking ahead to next season, the Eagles could certainly use a guard. Or two. One may have just fallen in their lap Barrett Jones is considered one of the greatest college offensive linemen ever. He won the Outland Trophy as college football’s best lineman as an Alabama junior and the Rimington Trophy as the best center as a senior. He joined Dave Eslinger of Minnesota as the only player to win both the Outland and the Rimington during his career. Jones was a three-time All-American and three-time national champ in college, but his NFL career hasn’t amounted to much yet.

Going Against Greatness - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles go against Tom Brady on Sunday. With him being 38 years old and the Eagles only facing the Pats every 4 years, this could be their final chance to take down the surefire Hall of Famer. Brady first beat the Eagles in 2003, 31-10. The next meeting came in the Super Bowl following the 2004 season. New England won that game 24-21. The teams didn’t play after that until the middle of the 2007 season. Brady beat a feisty Eagles team led by A.J. Feeley 31-28. The most recent meeting was a 38-20 Patriots win back in 2011. It would be cool to see the Eagles beat Brady. He will go down as one of the Top 5 QBs in NFL history. You don’t get to face guys like that very often. There is no shame in losing to them, but beating them is something that sticks with you for a long time.

Game Preview: Eagles Vs. Patriots -
The Eagles are shipping up to Boston. Well, Foxborough, Massachusetts to be exact. After getting back to .500 with a win over Dallas back in early November, the Eagles have dropped three games in a row, and now the task at hand is to travel to New England and knock off a Patriots team that just suffered its first loss of the season against Denver on Sunday night. Unlike many of the other matchups between the Eagles and AFC opponents, this one has a little bit more juice. The Patriots, of course, topped the Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, capturing quarterback Tom Brady’s third Super Bowl title and leaving the Eagles just four points short of their first Super Bowl. So yes, there’s some history.

Eagles' Chip Kelly and Patriots' Bill Belichick are almost polar opposites - Morning Call
A fascinating contrast of football philosophies will be on display today when the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) take the field at Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots (10-1). On one sideline, there will be Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who in less than three full seasons has come to be known best for discarding top-level players almost always for culture/conformity or size parameter reasons. On the other, there will be Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who over the course of building the most powerful NFL dynasty of the Super Bowl era has established a reputation as a collector of misfits he often molds into champions or, at the very least, near-misses.

Random thoughts on Eagles vs. New England Patriots -
All week I've tried to figure out a way the Eagles could go up to New England and upset the Patriots, couldn't find one. It's not just quarterback Tom Brady, although he's a big reason why "on any given Sunday,'' doesn't apply to this Sunday, it's the Patriots' vastly underrated defense.

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