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December 31, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - Chip Kelly gambled. He lost. But he went back to his bread-and-butter, his zone read, his franchise tailback, his explosive running attack, and the Eagles won. Kelly had not yet been asked to win a game, not only of this magnitude, but of this type in his first season as the Eagles' coach. When the Eagles have won it has been either by a large margin or by them holding on by the skin of their teeth after they jumped out to a big lead. There were games that were tight and that the Eagles put away with strong fourth quarters on the road - against the Giants, the Buccaneers, and the Packers.
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December 25, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Position-by-position grading of the Eagles after their 54-11 win over the Bears on Sunday, focusing on one player at each spot: OFFENSE Quarterback - A+ Nick Foles executed Chip Kelly's offense flawlessly. Only one of his 25 passes did not connect with an open receiver and it could be argued that Brent Celek dropped the lofted screen pass. The other incomplete passes were two that were thrown out of the back of the end zone to avoid sacks and one tossed into the ground at the feet of DeSean Jackson to avoid pressure.
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December 24, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
APPARENTLY, conventional logic has no place in the Chip Kelly Experience. With virtually nothing to gain, it would have made sense last night for the Eagles to dispense to the Bears a healthy dose of Bryce Brown, Damaris Johnson, Allen Barbre, Brandon Graham, James Casey, and, what the heck, Matt Barkley; why risk even Michael Vick to injury? Instead, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters, Trent Cole, Brent Celek and Nick Foles kept their understudies in the wings. It was a heady gamble by Kelly, a first-year NFL coach known for innovation and for daring.
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December 12, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE OVER/UNDER bettors couldn't have been happy. The fantasy players who have stuck with him this season weren't tickled either. Truth be told, if I was Brent Celek's agent, needing to argue his value through his numbers, I wouldn't have been elated either watching him slide down at the 10-yard line with nothing but snow between him and a touchdown late in Sunday's game. But if I was Colt Anderson? Alex Henery? Any of the souls who would have had to line up and chase down Jeremy Ross in the slip-sliding snow one more time?
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December 12, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brent Celek's late-game slide short of the end zone to seal Sunday's Eagles win drew praise from the coaches as an unselfish decision. The coaching staff has applauded the seventh-year tight end throughout this season. The curious part is that statistically, this is not among Celek's finest years with the Eagles. He has 25 catches for 348 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games, and is not among the NFL's top 10 tight ends in any of those categories. Yet coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur habitually laud Celek, often unprompted.
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December 10, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
STEVE VAN BUREN famously assumed the 1948 NFL Championship Game was going to be postponed by snow. Only after an urgent call from Eagles coach Greasy Neale did Van Buren embark from Drexel Hill on a complicated, harried trolley ride to Shibe Park, where Van Buren led the Eagles to their first title. LeSean McCoy took his usual 10:15 a.m. team bus yesterday from the airport hotel where the Eagles always stay the night before home games, riding only a few uneventful minutes up I-95.
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December 10, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
This was the day when Nick Foles finally threw an interception. It was the day when the Eagles' offense had minus-2 yards of offense after the first quarter and zero points at halftime. It was the day when we found out something more about the kid quarterback who already has shown us so much in this increasingly enchanted season. The unexpected snow that turned Lincoln Financial Field into a winter blunderland Sunday afternoon was threatening to bury the Birds when Detroit's Jeremy Ross returned a punt for a 58-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.
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December 10, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
RESILIENCE somehow defeated hypothermia and malaise and, ultimately, resulted in a happy delirium. Brent Celek slid in the snow 10 yards shy of a sure touchdown then giddily ran back to the huddle, the game in the bag. Lane Johnson flopped on his back, looking like a snow angel in the end zone. Over 3 1/2 hours of whiteout insanity, the Eagles turned a nightmare before Christmas into their own wintry fairy land. "Most fun game I've ever been involved with," Jason Kelce said.
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December 6, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There is very little Chip Kelly likes less than the notion that his offense can be categorized and placed on a shelf - even a very special, unique shelf - as if it were just another can of peas in the great supermarket of the NFL. When Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sniffed last week and said Kelly's read-option system was a nice college offense, Kelly didn't seem to mind, or even notice, the criticism. He was more interested in pointing out that the Eagles run a zone-option play now and then, not read-option, and that those plays are just one facet of an offense with many sparkling variations.
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December 3, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Ertz grasped the pass with both hands and touched his pair of black cleats inbounds. A two-handed shove from an Arizona defender sent the tight end spiraling out of the end zone. It was the rookie's second career touchdown and the 6-yard strike was nearly perfect, giving the Eagles a first-quarter lead in Sunday's 24-21 win. The lone flaw was the photograph of tight end James Casey - not Ertz - that flashed across the stadium's pair of 96-foot-wide jumbotrons. Ertz and Brent Celek combined for 97 receiving yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles targeted the league's worst defense against tight ends.
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