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Eagles News: Howie Roseman needs to be held accountable

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/3/16.

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Lurie needs to spell out Roseman's role - Inquirer
Jeffrey Lurie should give Howie Roseman full control of the Eagles' personnel department. He should hand him the draft and free agency and even let him choose the final 53-man roster. The suggestion may sound outrageous considering Roseman's dubious tenure as general manager. But Lurie made it clear in January when he kept the 40-year old - despite removing him from football operations - that Roseman would return to power if the Chip Kelly experiment didn't pan out. So there's no point in speculating about a future without Roseman. Call it Lurie's blind spot or his unwavering belief that the now-vice president of football operations deserves a second chance, but Roseman isn't going anywhere and he likely has as much power as he ever had.

Five over/unders for Eagles vs. Giants - PhillyVoice
It's hard to tell whether or not Shurmur's play-calling will be similar to what Kelly did prior to his ouster earlier this week, but since there's only one game left, it wouldn't be a surprise to see something that looks very similar to what we've seen from the Eagles to this point in the season. Still, I think you see a fairly balanced attack from the Eagles offense, one that looked similar to splits against Washington. The main wildcard here is just how many plays the Eagles will run -- and how many of them will be rushing plays. Over their last four games, they have run the ball just 39 percent of the time, and that numbers been dropping each week since their win over New England, the last time they ran the ball more than they passed it.

Duce is Numero Uno - Iggles Blitz
The thing you love about Duce is that he’s worked his way up the football ladder as a player and coach. He was a junior college player before earning a spot at South Carolina. He was then a 3rd round pick and had to sit behind Ricky Watters and Charlie Garner. Duce earned playing time and eventually became the heart and soul of the offense in 1999. When Reid gave Duce a coaching job, it was bottom of the barrel. Duce started as an intern and then became a STs assistant. Kelly hired him to coach the RBs in 2013. Nothing has ever been given to Duce. He understands the process of working your way from the bottom to the top. A lot of former star players don’t have the desire or patience to do this. I have a lot of respect for those players who become coaches and grind away just like everyone else in the coaching community.

Jeff Lurie, Howie Roseman should learn from Chip Kelly hire - ESPN
It is a fair point: The same search team that resulted in the Philadelphia Eagles hiring Chip Kelly is now going to interview candidates for Kelly’s replacement. So how can anyone expect better results? There is another way to look at it, though. The men who hired Kelly – Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, president Don Smolenski and general manager/vice president of football operations Howie Roseman – might be exactly the right people to get the process right this time. They learned firsthand the dangers of being seduced by the flashiest candidate.

The Case for Adam Gase - The MMQB
He has succeeded with Tebow, Manning and Cutler. Why one of the sharpest young offensive minds in football will top head-coaching wish lists this winter.

Here's why Eagles should have given Chip Kelly another year -
In his three years as head coach of an Eagles team that was 4-12 the year before he took over and 12-20 the two years prior to his arriving here from Oregon, Kelly went 26-21. As the detractors point out, he was 7-12 in his final 19 games, overlooking that he was 19-9 in his first 28 games with a team that was 12-20 in the 32 before that. How does that compare to some other head coaches past and present? Well, it's a good thing Lurie didn't own the Dallas Cowboys in the early '90s when Jimmy Johnson went 19-29 his first three years before winning a couple of those championships that have eluded Lurie and the Eagles.

Eagles Roster Analysis: Offense - Birds 24/7
Sam Bradford started his first season with the Eagles — and his first since suffering an ACL tear in August of 2014 — tentatively. He didn't throw with his trademark accuracy, he threw red zone interceptions, and he was fallible. Then came the Eagles' bye week, and all of a sudden, Bradford looked like the quarterback Chip Kelly had hoped for. Since the bye week, Bradford has completed 66.3 percent of his passes, thrown eight touchdowns to three interceptions, and averaged 7.45 yards per pass attempt. Those are all good for a quarterback rating of 94.9, and Bradford played good football in the second half of the season.

One Final Time For 2015's Roller Coaster -
They’ve come through the week that was, one of the most unusual in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles, and now in north New Jersey with a singular goal in mind: The players and coaches of this team want to beat the New York Giants on Sunday at 1 PM. That’s the sole focus …

Will Kiko Alonso make a big jump next season? - CSN Philly
When the Eagles traded away LeSean McCoy this offseason for Kiko Alonso, the team thought it was getting a stud inside linebacker. Instead, it got a guy who has struggled to make any plays. Still, Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis was convinced next year will be better for Alonso. “I think he'll make a big leap. I really do,” Davis said Tuesday, hours before the team fired head coach Chip Kelly. “I think having last year off with no football, this year starting with the injury and coming off and always thinking about it, [playing] in a new system — and there are no excuses here for Kiko. Everyone has got to play better and do better.

Chip Kelly’s Problem Wasn’t The Hurry-Up — It Was Everything Else - FiveThirtyEight
Although Kelly had two years left on his contract, the dismissal wasn’t exactly a surprise. According to Elo ratings, our pet metric for gauging team strength, the Eagles have been one of the league’s most underwhelming teams this season. It’s telling that Philly refused to even let Kelly play out the string in Week 17, as if to emphasize the magnitude of the disappointment — this is only the seventh time since 1970 that an NFL team has fired its coach with exactly one game left in the schedule.

The Jets are the team no one should want to face in the playoffs - SB Nation
The Jets are riding a five-game winning streak and are looking like one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL.

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