Found October 28, 2013 on This Given Sunday:
There were only 11 games in the NFL Sunday, and most of them were what I like to call "blah." It wasn't the strongest weekend of football, but there was still enough stupidity to satisfy those who enjoy criticizing such things. The stupidest penalty By keeping the ball on the ground on a third-and-14 with just over one minute to play, the Dallas Cowboys knew they weren't likely going to convert to move the chains. The only goal, really, was to keep the clock running. The Detroit Lions were out of timeouts, so a run meant the clock would run under the 30-second mark. Combine that with a field goal attempt and the ensuing kickoff (or even a punt) and you'd be leaving Detroit with about 20 seconds to go the distance of the field.  In other words, the game was pretty much over so long as they kept the clock rolling. In other words, no penalties.  And then Tyron Smith did this: The obvious holding penalty was declined, but it stopped the clock. With a...

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Eagles Issues Run Much Deeper Than Quarterback

The Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia opened with much promise on opening night against the Redskins, but the first-year coach has made many troubling decisions since. Photo: Don't look now, but the Philadelphia Eagles are quickly morphing into a franchise in crisis mode.  Now officially crossing the midway point of Chip Kelly's first season as head coach...

Matt Barkley Disputes Chip Kelly's Goal Line Claim

In the fallout of one of the most important and perplexing moment from Sunday's 15-7 Eagles loss to the Giants, head coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Matt barkley have vastly differing views. On an afternoon filled with perplexing decisions and miscalculations by first-year Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, one play stood out above the rest.  With Michael Vick already...

Way too early to quit on Chip Kelly in Philly...

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Chip Kelly: LeSean McCoy Pressing Right Now

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Eagles Face Another Week of Quarterback Uncertainty

With Michael Vick and Nick Foles' availability uncertain, Chip Kelly face another week of not knowing going into the week who will start Sunday's game. Photo Courtesy: Those observers of the Philadelphia Eagles hoping to hear from head coach Chip Kelly who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Oakland Raiders are once again out of luck.  As it stands, Matt...

Would you take Chip back? How close is Mark Helfrich to earning that lifetime contract?

Down to their third team quarterback, banged up and undermanned on both sides of the ball, Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles fell to 3-5 after a 15-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. The Eagle offense didn't score a touchdown, the Birds' lone score coming on a fumble return by linebacker Najee Goode late in the fourth quarter. Bird droppings: With two Eagle quarterbacks...

Chip Kelly: ‘I Would Think Vick Won’t Be Ready To Go’ vs Raiders

Michael Vick is unlikely to play this week against the Oakland Raiders, and may not play again this season. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said on his regular Monday morning appearance on WIP’s Morning Show that “Vick is unlikely to play Sunday, and that Matt Barkley probably would get the start.” “Matt is healthy, so that’s a positive,” Kelly said. “I would think Mike...

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Don't Expect Eagles To Be Active At Trade Deadline

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman in all likelihood will not be a big player at the NFL trade deadline later this afternoon. Photo Courtesy: At 4pm today all wheeling and dealing in terms of NFL teams making a trade will cease. Unlike the NBA, NHL and MLB, the NFL trade deadline comes and goes with a whimper rather than a boom as is the case in the other professional...

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to start against the Raiders

Nick Foles has been named the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly announced in his weekly press conference that Foles will be the starting quarterback and he will take first-team reps this week. “I was really happy with how Nick practiced on (Tuesday),” Kelly said. “Nick did a really good job. Nick is going to be our starting quarterback this week,...

Tuesday Morning Quick Hits

The purpose behind Quick Hits is to catch you up on the most important news, notes, and links that you may have missed from the day prior. Without further ado, here are Tuesday’s quick hits: 1. Both Michael Vick’s and Nick Foles’ statuses are looking discouraging for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. This means, we may be looking at Matt Barkley making his first career NFL...
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