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Which player on the Eagles' roster is in Chip Kelly's 'doghouse?' - PhillyVoice
I was asked during one of my weekly Eagles chats here at PhillyVoice if there are any players on the roster who are in Chip Kelly's "doghouse." That answer is easy -- Based on Kelly's quotes, it's clearly safety Earl Wolff. Kelly's frustrations with Wolff stem from Wolff's inability to stay on the practice and playing fields, fair or not. Below are all the times Kelly talked about Wolff in the past year, dating back to August. In press conferences, Kelly will typically find something positive to say about a player, and the best he could occasionally muster about Wolff was that he was "OK." There's almost nothing positive at all about Wolff below, and the quotes get progressively worse.

Eagles under the radar: S Jerome Couplin - CSN Philly
Then I see Couplin, who has ideal size and the ridiculously long wingspan that Kelly covets. He spent his rookie season on the 53-man roster of three different NFL teams, so obviously, there’s something about this guy that teams like. He’s raw, sure, but he also had a month last year to learn Kelly’s program and the Eagles’ defense and this entire round of spring camps and training camp to showcase his potential. The Eagles are probably looking for two backup safeties to go along with Maragos. If Couplin can prove himself on special teams, he can easily outlast the other to win a roster spot. He has the measureables and athleticism to keep honing his talent and maybe step into a starting job if Malcolm Jenkins or Walter Thurmond go down with an injury. His development at training camp will be an intriguing storyline.

Former Philadelphia Eagles WR Will Murphy calls 2 seasons in NFL under Chip Kelly 'revolutionary' - OregonLive
There, Murphy was one of nine former UO players on the roster coached by a staff littered with UO connections. Together, they watched as Kelly went against the NFL grain by following his Oregon system. "It felt like I was still in Eugene when I was out there," Murphy said. "It was a blast. They didn't listen to what everyone was saying, like, 'Oh he's crazy.' Chip has always had his plan and he sticks to it and he gets people that are on board with it. "When you get on board and he brings you in, it's amazing to be doing something that's revolutionary. No one's doing it. Everybody wants a part of it now, everyone's trying to get their foot in with them to learn what they're doing."

Fan-Demonium: Kelly Vs. The Class Of '13 -
Kelly has compiled a record of 20-12. The only coach from the Class of 2013 with a better record is Bruce Arians of Arizona. He went 10-6 and 11-5 in his two years out there, giving him a record of 21-11. Neither Kelly nor Arians has yet to win a playoff game. The Cardinals under Arians remind me of the Eagles under Ray Rhodes. They are tough and scrappy and they find a way to win. I just don't know if you can sustain success like that. You can only get players to overachieve for so long. At some point, you need them to play well on a consistent basis. Arizona had a terrific defense in 2013. They gave up a lot of yards last year, but remained tough to score against. Unfortunately, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is now the head coach of the New York Jets. Arians hired James Bettcher to replace Bowles and run the defense. Winning double-digit games for the third year in a row could be a big challenge for Arians.

Will Chip Kelly Win A Playoff Game With the Eagles? - Football Perspective
What this post will not be about: answering the question of whether Chip Kelly will win a playoff game with the Eagles. But coming up with a more precise title for this post is tough, and well, let me give you the background to this post. I was having lunch with the fine folks at Sports-Reference yesterday, and the conversation turned to Kelly. I asked them whether they thought Kelly would wind up being a bust in Philly, and they wisely asked for a more precise question. So I asked: did they think Kelly would win a playoff game with Philadelphia before his tenure ended?

Eagles fans shouldn't forget about tight end Brent Celek -
According to an executive in personnel for another team, Celek isn't finished yet. "I wouldn't say that, not at all,'' the executive said when asked if he thought the Eagles would be making a change at tight end. "The guy has had a hell of a career for them. He does a lot of things for them, an all-around player. And he's still got something left. I wouldn't hand the other guy the job just yet.''

Risk - Iggles Blitz
Compare that to what we’ve heard about Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. There is no question that Jackson is more talented. It isn’t close. But can you ever build a championship team with a guy like him? People love to point out the Cowboys teams of the early 90’s. Listen to Michael Irvin talk and you understand that they worked hard and played hard. They busted their butts in practice. Those players were so ultra-competitive that they weren’t going to allow the partying to affect the on-field product. They wanted to be the kings of the football world. There was no desire to be a rap star. Kelly wants players who want to be great players. He wants stars that he can count on. Guys that will motivate themselves and will help others. Kelly doesn’t want to have to coach effort. That should be a given.

Schefter stepped over line with showing JPP's medical records - Inquirer
Something viewed as pushing the envelope by one news organization could be no big deal by another, or way out of bounds by a third. Obviously, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter did not think anything was morally wrong about posting an image of the medical chart of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

Ken Stabler personified daring and fun - SB Nation
Ken Stabler is remembered for being one of the toughest, coolest and most fun-loving quarterbacks to ever play.

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