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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 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 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 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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November 19, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
"I put the Eagles offense as one of my bottom five. Why did I do it? Not that they are one of the worst five units in the NFL. It's because, 'It's going to be one of the fastest units we've ever seen. What are you going to do to stop it? . . . It's going to be unbelievable.' How is that working out? Is it just the most unbelievable thing you've ever seen?" - Phil Simms, Oct. 24 When reading the above quote, the first thing that comes to mind, aside from the irrationality of the thinking, is how much it seems Simms wanted Chip Kelly to fail, or at least for him to get his newfangled college offense handed to him for a season or two. The old guard of the NFL doesn't like to see a newbie come into its league and have immediate success, and Simms said something without much support and something he likely will regret.
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November 13, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYBODY has an opinion about why the Eagles are 5-1 on the road this season, but have lost 10 home games in a row, dating back to Sept. 30, 2012. Players are starting to reflect the popular idea that something is critically different when the Eagles play on the road. LeSean McCoy was asked about it on the radio last week and asked whether his questioner noticed the lack of booing from the Oakland fans, even after their team had fallen far behind. (Had I been the questioner, I might've asked Shady whether he noticed the thousands of seats in the Raiders' stadium covered by a tarp, and whether he really thought he'd prefer that atmosphere.)
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