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Eagles News: Chip Kelly explains why he made big roster changes

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/28/2015.

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Chip Kelly doesn't know 'exactly' what Howie Roseman does - PhillyVoice
In a round table interview between Kelly and the Philly media, Kelly was asked if he had a good relationship with Roseman. "I have a good relationship with Howie," Kelly responded. "I think he does a good job in what his job is now in terms of overseeing contracts, in terms of overseeing all those other things that are under it. I don't know exactly -- there are some things he's doing -- I don't know exactly what those are. Those are under the direction of Mr. Lurie. But my interaction with from a contract standpoint, I have a good relationship with him."

Kelly: We Weren’t Close Last Year - Birds 24/7
On Thanksgiving night last year, the local fan base was feeling pretty good about its football team. The Eagles had just hammered the Cowboys 33-10, and with a 9-3 record, the playoffs seemed like a near certainty. But even at that point, Chip Kelly says he already knew the team had holes that needed to be addressed. The Eagles lost three of their last four, but per Kelly, it wasn't just that final stretch that led to the dramatic offseason changes. "I knew we had to get better as a team," Kelly said during a session with reporters last month. "And I think in this league, it’s almost year to year. Teams don’t stay up or down, either way. ...And I didn’t feel we were close at the end of the year.

Final Look Back – Great LBs - Iggles Blitz
NTs don’t define how good a LB is, but it struck me how unique the Eagles were to have a pair of great cover LBs in Joyner and Thomas. Not good, but great. Thomas began his college career as a DB. Joyner played SS for a few games due to injury while with the Cardinals. These guys were athletic, instinctive and skilled. Would you believe that Willie T. had more career pass breakups than Lito Sheppard?

The Big Question: Training Camp Preview -
I know we’ve said this all offseason, but it all starts at quarterback, right? There are so many intriguing storylines to follow over the next month, but the biggest one has to be the implementation of Sam Bradford into the offense, both health- and skill-wise, and whether Mark Sanchez pushes for the job himself. Bradford is the great unknown of the 2015 Eagles season. In trading Nick Foles and a second-round pick, Chip Kelly identified Bradford as the guy to run his offense this season. We saw the talent flash during the spring, when Bradford was a limited participant but released the ball quickly and with an easy arm strength, but now we’ll find out just how recovered he is from the torn ACL and how much of a grasp he has for Kelly’s offense. If Bradford stays healthy and is as good as Kelly hopes, the Eagles should be prohibitive division favorites. If not, well, it should be an interesting ride nonetheless.

Eagles believe DeMarco Murray is the best man for their plan - Inquirer
It seems a sure bet that DeMarco Murray, if healthy, will thrive in the Eagles offense. How could a 27-year-old running back who rushed for a league-high 1,845 yards with a north-to-south running style ostensibly suited to Chip Kelly's schemes be anything but successful? There is, of course, the if healthy qualifier that is compounded by Murray's complex injury history and a workload last season that could be labeled as excessive. And there is his inexperience with the zone read plays that are the centerpiece of the Eagles' offense. Both are ample reasons for prudence.

Chip Kelly is man of intrigue under bright spotlight - CSN Philly
Chip Kelly is arguably the highest-profile public figure in one of the country’s largest cities and media markets. Is it even arguable? And yet the head football coach of the NFL franchise known as much for its passionate and overly opinionated fan base as its lack of a Super Bowl title has somehow remained a man of intrigue, a celebrity who avoids the off-field spotlight whenever possible and doesn’t use the media to cultivate an image. "I think most people do, don’t they?" Kelly wondered aloud in recent meeting with reporters. "Unless you’re a Kardashian."

Are the Washington Redskins better or worse in 2015? - The 700 Level
Jay Gruden’s first season on the sidelines in Washington created more questions than it answered. That’s what tends to happen when the head coach jerks around the franchise quarterback and neither one is replaced. Presumably, Robert Griffin III will be under center for Washington when the regular season kicks off in September, and it’s no wonder there’s so little confidence around the league in a potential resurgence. When you’re being yanked in and out of the lineup for the likes of Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy less than two seasons removed from being named Offensive Rookie of the Year, something’s wrong.

Bill Davis is in his best position to succeed -
The Eagles will field the most talented defense Davis has had in his career. He had some talented players in Arizona, including three Pro Bowlers in 2009, but now he has one of the deepest linebacking groups in the league. Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso and Demeco Ryans will form a dynamic unit that will anchor the defense along with the big bodies up front in Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan and Cedric Thornton. That group of guys could very well be the league’s most exciting front seven. With a pass rush like that -- one that ranked second in the NFL with 49 sacks -- and a handful of Pro Bowl-caliber linebackers, Davis has no reason to not see his best coaching season to date.

Washington's NFL team literally thought THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE WORLD read about their training camp - SB Nation
Washington's NFL team claim 58.1 million people read an article about Jon Gruden on their website. This number was impossible, and we explained why. Now we have insight from the PR firm that tried to explain those numbers to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and it turns out the team actually thinks that 7.8 billion people read about their training camp. That's more than the population of Earth.

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