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Chip Kelly, Fired After 3 Years and a 26-21 Record
The Eagles dropped a news bomb on Tuesday night, firing Chip Kelly after just three seasons.  Kelly went 10-6 in each of his first two seasons in Philadelphia, and he used that success to gain even more power in the front office.  Many of Kelly’s roster decisions this offseason backfired — adding DeMarco Murray, Ryan Matthews, and Sam Bradford, while letting Jeremy Maclin go unreplaced — and they look even worse now than they did at the time.  In a rare moment of prescient thought, here is how I ended a May article on how unusual the Eagles offensive turnover was:

NFL acknowledges receipt of submissions from Oakland, St. Louis, San Diego | ProFootballTalk
The three cities facing the potential loss of NFL franchises have made their final pitches for keeping their franchises in place with new stadiums. On Wednesday, the NFL acknowledged receipt of proposals from Oakland, St. Louis, and San Diego.

Lane Johnson: Players were aware of power struggle | ProFootballTalk
The first draft pick of the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia has revealed his views on playing for the team's recently-former coach. Tackle Lane Johnson, taken fourth overall in 2013, said that the players were aware of the power struggle between Kelly and former G.M.

Agent's Take: 2015 Contract Awards - CBSSports.com
Who was the most valuable trade acquisition of 2015? Who did the most to cash in on a contract year? Which player was the worst contract-year extension by a team? Joel Corry has those answers and more.

Why Kirk Cousins is thriving in Washington - NFL
All of a sudden, the Redskins' Kirk Cousins is playing like one of the NFL's best QBs. Matt Bowen analyzes why that is -- and whether the fourth-year QB can keep it going in the playoffs.

Five players who should be getting more MVP buzz - NFL
We know the obvious names, but how about some non-QBs who deserve some MVP buzz? Sam Monson on the five players who stand out from the crowd.

Names to watch for general manager openings as well as head coaching candidates
It's a given that a number of head coaches will be out of jobs soon, but don't forget about the similarly volatile market around NFL general managers. Adam Caplan has names to watch for openings.

Potential landing spots for Chip Kelly - NFL
Once a hot coaching candidate, Chip Kelly now finds himself unemployed. With plenty of vacancies sure to open up, here are a few potential landing spots.

Arians: Panthers' Ron Rivera should win Coach of Year - NFL.com
Arizona's Bruce Arians is a prime candidate for the Coach of the Years honors. His vote, though, would go elsewhere.

Injury roundup: Alshon Jeffery heads to injured reserve - NFL.com
The Bears put wideout Alshon Jeffery on IR on Wednesday and the Titans won't play Marcus Mariota in their season finale. Here's the rest of Wednesday's injury news.

Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck done for season - NFL.com
Andrew Luck season is officially over. The Indianapolis Colts announced on Wednesday that the quarterback will not play on Sunday versus the Tennessee Titans.

Would 6th seed suit Seahawks better? - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Seahawks and Cardinals both have plenty to play for when they meet this Sunday. Well so much for best-case scenario. As I wrote last week, the Seahawks

Seahawks vs Cardinals; should the Seahawks tank it?
The Seahawks may want to consider resting some of their banged up starters this Sunday as they prepare for the playoffs. Typically it's the higher seeds th

The best and worst in Seattle sports, 2015 | Sportspress Northwest
The Seahawks did something appealing, then something appalling, for the sports year's high point and low point -- in a two-week span. But there was so much more of each . . .

Michael Bennett: Seahawks’ playoff fate is all in their minds | The News Tribune
The Seahawks need to realize that even with a playoff berth already secure, even with having won the past two NFC titles and coming within a yard of two consecutive Super Bowl wins, they haven’t accomplished anything yet this season.

Leap from college coaching to NFL rarely worth the trip - seattlepi.com
[...] if the end game is to win a Super Bowl, candidates applying for NFL head-coaching vacancies may want to downplay their college resumes.

Lynch still hasn't rejoined Seahawks following surgery - seattlepi.com
(AP) — Marshawn Lynch has yet to rejoin the Seattle Seahawks after undergoing abdominal surgery in late November and will not play in the regular-season finale against Arizona. Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Lynch is still "day-to-day," after saying earlier in the week that Lynch could potentially be back for the regular-season finale.

Hawk Talk highlights: What to make of the Seahawks' loss to St. Louis - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Highlights from the latest edition of 'Hawk Talk' with Danny O'Neil, including whether the Seahawks' loss to the Rams last Sunday could signal an early exit from the postseason. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks won't have Marshawn Lynch for regular-season finale - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Marshawn Lynch's return will have to wait at least another week, though Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes it will only be another week. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Audio: Seahawks' Doug Baldwin, Cliff Avril on 'The Huddle' - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'The Huddle' hosts Bob Stelton, Dave Grosby and Dave Wyman were joined by four guests this week, including the Seahawks' two biggest Pro Bowl snubs, Doug Baldwin and Cliff Avril. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Rookie receivers struggled in Week 16 action - Jacksonville Jaguars Blog- ESPN
Rookie receivers struggled in the season's second-to-last week, but St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley showed his stuff yet again.

How Seahawks' Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett work together - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
A daily look around the Seattle Seahawks beat.

Would Opposing Defensive Ends Scare Punter Jon Ryan & More in This Week’s Seahawks Q&A | Seattle Seahawks
You had Seahawks questions; Seahawks.com digital media reporter John Boyle had answers.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: 3 Reasons Seahawks Opponents May Be Least Penalized in the NFL...Again
Every NFL fan spends at least some portion of their Sundays screaming at the refs to throw a flag on the opposing team. Seahawks fans may have more reason to scream than most. Seattle has a good chance to finish dead last in opponent penalties for the second straight year. Many of you have asked if I have a theory about why Seattle appears to get fewer calls than other teams. I have a few.

NFL mock draft: Updated 29th December | Seahawks Draft Blog
#1 Tennessee Titans — Joey Bosa (DE, Ohio State) The Titans have a good, young left tackle and spent a high second round pick on Dorial Green-Beckham. They have some support for Marcus Mariota and should appoint an open-minded, creative Head Coach (the newly-available Chip Kelly anyone?). Taking Bosa gives them a defensive cornerstone.

Lynch not back with Seahawks, Carroll thinks he could play next week | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that there was a chance running back Marshawn Lynch would be back with the team for Wednesday's practice but that didn't come to pass.

How Week 17 will decide Seahawks' first-round playoff opponent - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks will face one of three teams in the first round of the playoffs. Here are the scenarios by which Seattle would end up at either Washington, Green Bay or Minnesota. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Top Seattle Seahawks Have Sparkling Fantasy Football Outlooks Ahead | Seattle Seahawks
Scott Engel at RotoExperts.com reflects back on the 2015 season from a fantasy football perspective and looks at which Seahawks players have fantasy promise in 2016.

Michael Bennett, Marshawn Lynch not at practice Wednesday for Seahawks - Seattle - Scout
Pete Carroll provided an update Wednesday on the Seahawks walking wounded, who just happen to be some of the team's best players.

Cosell: 49ers QB Gabbert 'always teases; not likely to change' | CSN Bay Area
According to Greg Cosell, Blaine Gabbert is who he is and 49ers fans shouldn't expect anything more...

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch granted trademark for "I'm Just Here So I Won't Get Fined"
On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch the trademark to his phrase "I'm Just Here So I Won't Get Fined."

Seahawks' most likely first-round opponent is the Packers - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the Seahawks' most likely first-round opponent -- by a small margin -- is the Green Bay Packers.