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January 2, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE NEW YEAR has already gotten off to good start sportswise in the family household. With Georgia Tech and Wisconsin both winning despite both being at least 6-point underdogs, two sons are happy to see their alma mater win. Hoping to see the good times continue, here are some things we'd like to see happen in 2015 for the Philly pro teams. For the Sixers: * More wins in 2015 than the Eagles. * A top draft pick who is actually healthy enough to play and who has not signed an extension in Europe houres before the draft.
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January 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles and their vice president of player personnel, Tom Gamble, "have agreed to part ways," the team said Wednesday, describing the abrupt exit of the club's most powerful personnel executive besides general manager Howie Roseman. Gamble was believed to be a close ally of coach Chip Kelly. The move was made after a season in which there was tension between Kelly and Roseman, according to several sources. Roseman, Kelly, and owner Jeffrey Lurie were not available for comment, according to a team spokesman.
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January 2, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles pulled back the curtain to reveal the bitterness that had developed between Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman when they announced Wednesday afternoon that they had "parted ways" with Kelly ally and vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble. Aside from a brief statement by Roseman, the Eagles swung the curtain closed with nine hours to go until the new year. Weeks will pass before anyone from the organization is required to talk and be asked to explain why they fired - because that's essentially what it was - someone Kelly had praised only two days earlier.
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January 2, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TUESDAY EVENING, Eagles security officials escorted Tom Gamble out of the NovaCare complex, as is protocol for fired employees, and the team's future got a whole lot more complicated. Gamble, now 51, arrived 23 months ago from San Francisco to give general manager Howie Roseman the seasoned NFL personnel perspective many observers thought Roseman needed. Roseman had risen through the front-office ranks on the business side, though Roseman, now 39, has always seen himself as a personnel guy. Wednesday, the Eagles announced that the team and Gamble had "agreed to part ways.
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January 1, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
These things never work out the way you think they will. Go back to Dec. 31, 2013. A fresh year in Philadelphia sports was about to begin, and at the time, you're thinking that while the Eagles may not be Super Bowl contenders yet under Chip Kelly, they certainly are collapse-proof under him. You're thinking that the Phillies will figure out, maybe before spring training ends, that trying to coax another competitive season out of their aging core...
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January 1, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Among the many "isms" that can stir emotions in this country, heightism is low on the totem pole and, yes, the pun was intended. Nobody is going to lie down in the street or march in Center City because some short guy did not measure up in the eyes of the boss. There is, however, a growing sentiment among Eagles fans that the smallest of their favorite team's five cornerbacks is getting a raw deal and that it needs to stop now. Brandon Boykin, listed at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, is the most popular Eagles cornerback, which after this season is kind of like being the valedictorian in a class of one. What's puzzling is the reason that Boykin has not been given the opportunity to cover wide receivers on a full-time basis.
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January 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Raiders requested and were granted permission to interview Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, according to an NFL source. A date for the meeting had yet to be set. Shurmur, 49, has spent the last two years as the Eagles coordinator, but coach Chip Kelly has called the plays. Shurmur was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012. He compiled a 9-23 record before being fired by a new ownership group. From 1999 to 2008, Shurmur was an Eagles assistant, first as the tight ends coach and then in charge of quarterbacks.
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December 31, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NICK FOLES, invisible to fans and media since breaking his collarbone on Nov. 2, suddenly was front and center yesterday, large and live, ready to take his place as the face of the 2015 Eagles. "I expect to be back here. I expect to be the quarterback," Foles said as the Eagles packed their belongings and headed into the offseason. "I love my teammates and I expect to be back out there, leading them and winning some games . . . I'm excited to come back better than I ever have been.
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December 31, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
OVERALL, CHIP KELLY said yesterday, defensive coordinator Bill Davis has done a "really good job" in converting the Eagles from a wide-nine 4-3 to Kelly's preferred 3-4 defense over the past 2 years. If Sunday's meaningless, 34-26 season-ending victory over the Giants proved anything, it might have been that Davis was right when he kept telling us he really didn't have better alternatives than Bradley Fletcher at cornerback. With Fletcher sidelined by a hip injury, corners Nolan Carroll, Brandon Boykin and rookie Jaylen Watkins put in time outside, where Fletcher and Cary Williams had played almost every snap until the finale.
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December 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles expects to be the Eagles' quarterback in 2015, which was a more emphatic declaration than anything coach Chip Kelly or owner Jeffrey Lurie said about Foles' future in Philadelphia. "I expect to be back here," Foles said Monday in his first public comments since he suffered a broken left collarbone in November. "I expect to be the quarterback. I love my teammates, and I expect to be out there leading them and winning some games. " Foles, 25, is held in high regard in the Eagles organization, and Kelly and Lurie have praised him. But they also stopped short of endorsements for Foles entering the offseason, which was the case after last season.
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