This Just In: Chip Kelly Is A Good Coach…

Photo Credit: Benny Sieu - USA Today

Photo Credit: Benny Sieu – USA Today

Read Mike Missanelli on why Chip Kelly’s gaudy numbers might not get the Eagles to the postseason.

Since Chip Kelly is heralded by the Philadelphia media and fan base as a genius who revolutionized football, I decided to take a look at Kelly compared to his peers.

The best way, maybe the only way, to rate NFL head coaches is by wins and losses. With that criterion, many in Philadelphia will be surprised to find out that Kelly is not even the best of his class. That distinction goes to another guy with Philadelphia ties; former Temple head coach Bruce Arians, who took over the Arizona Cardinals job the same year Kelly took over the Eagles job. In fact, Kelly has the exact same record as the man he followed as Eagles head coach, the much-derided Andy Reid.

Here is the win loss record of the seven men who became the new coach of their respective teams in 2013:

Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals 21-9
Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles 19-11
Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs 19-11
Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers 17-13
Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills 14-16
Mark Trestman, Chicago Bears 13-17
Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars 7-24

Of those seven teams, only Arians’ team is assured a playoff spot with two games yet to play.
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…But the Eagles Might Still Miss the Playoffs

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Read Larry Mendte break down the numbers showing Chip Kelly is one of the bestter second-year coaches in the NFL.

The Eagles might likely miss the NFL playoffs this year, and the legend of the fall might be the very same guy who built the team into a playoff contender.

Such is life in the NFL, where one can be riding high one weeek, then shot down with one loss on a chilly Sunday night. And that loss, against the hated Dallas Cowboys, at home no less, has had such a chilling effect on the fan base; it may as well be the Ice Age around here.

Miracles do happen, however. If the Eagles win their last two games, they would be 11-5 – a better regular season record than last year, by the way. And they could very well get lucky with a few well timed losses amongst the other contenders. But until that happens, fans are left in a stew of blame. How could a team that, for an entire season, carried such hopes for greatness, fall so flat at the end? And who is most responsible?
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WATCH: Good Day Philadelphia Anchors Parody Titanic for Some Reason

This morning on Good Day Philadelphia, anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley (sorry, champion flag football teammate Alex Holley) decided to parody Titanic for some reason.

I guess that reason is: It’s a Friday in late December. I guess that’s why I’ve posted it now, too! (Also, the film was released 17 years ago today.)

You can watch the video above.

Someone Stole Froggy Carr’s Costumes

With just weeks to go until the Mummers Parade, someone has stolen Froggy Carr’s costumes! (Excellent “Rat steals Frogs costumes” headline, Daily News. The paper also quotes Sixers beat writer Ed Barkowitz, who has marched with the Frogs for 20 years.)

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Stolen Viola Smashed to Pieces in West Philly

While it didn’t reach the level of a stolen $6 million Stradivarius, the viola Nancy Drye had stolen from her house was valuable: $9,000. And it was a prized possession of the Powelton Village resident, who plays in the Penn orchestra.

Well, it was found smashed in a vacant lot earlier this week. Yes, instead of attempting to fence the viola, the thieves just smashed it and left it at 39th and Haverford.

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D.A. Drops Forfeiture Cases That Drew National Attention

Christos Sourovelis and the house he'll get to keep.

Christos Sourovelis and the house his family will get to keep.

The district attorney’s office has ended its attempts to seize the homes of two Philadelphia families who had sued over the city’s aggressive civil forfeiture practices.

The Institute for Justice, which had sued on behalf of Christos Sourovelis and Doila Welch to shut down the program, announced Thursday that the D.A. had dropped its forfeiture cases against the two.

“We are pleased that Christos and Doila’s families will be able to enjoy their homes for the holidays,” said Darpana Sheth, an attorney with the institute, in a press release.

Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture practices came under scrutiny in late 2012, when City Paper’s Isaiah Thompson wrote that the program brought $6 million a year in assets to the city’s law enforcement community. He explained that the law is intended to seize the assets of drug dealers to prevent the property from being used in crime.

The problem? The government doesn’t actually have to prove the property was used in a crime. And in many cases, it was only tangentially related to an alleged crime.
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Report: Leaky Philly Gas Pipes Pose Climate Hazard

A report from StateImpact Pennsylvania says that leaking gas pipes in Philadelphia are a massive problem. Those old pipes leak enough methane to cause changes to the climate.

It’s not just Philadelphia, of course, but Philly is an obvious example of a place where the problem is worst: An old, large city. Philadelphia has some of the leakiest pipes in the nation. It’s a long, interesting piece.

In Philadelphia, the city gates feed natural gas into 6,000 miles of pipe that run beneath city streets. The “mains” are the pipelines that run along streets, while the “service lines” connect to houses and businesses. About 1,500 miles of main – a quarter of the total – are made of cast iron, some of it dating back to the 1890’s. Cast iron is problematic. It’s strong but inflexible. Joints leak. Countless freeze-thaw cycles cause the cast iron to crack. Heavy trucks rumbling on top can make a pipe give way.

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