January 17, 2013

NFL Notebook: Eagles, Bears fill coaching vacancies

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Chip Kelly
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Chip Kelly said he was returning to coach Oregon 10 days ago, but changed his mind and will be the new coach for the Philadelphia Eagles after four years with the Ducks.

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Trestman, Calvillo
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Marc Trestman, a longtime assistant in the NFL, is the new coach for the Chicago Bears. Trestman spent the last five years coaching in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes.

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He also made the NFC squad last season, but the Giants won the NFC championship and then the Super Bowl.

Denver's Peyton Manning is on the AFC roster.

FALCONS: It's too early to know how much defensive end John Abraham will play in Sunday's NFC title game.

Abraham, the NFL's active sacks leader, made it through just 15 snaps in last week's divisional playoff victory against Seattle before aggravating a left ankle injury that forced him to leave in the second quarter.

"You don't want to lose a good player," Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said. "We won the game so there's something we did right. But it does change things."

The Falcons are making contingency plans in case Abraham is unable to play at full strength against the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome.

Abraham, who has not been available to speak with reporters this week, missed practice Wednesday even though Coach Mike Smith listed him as having limited participation.

But it's clear that the Falcons (14-3) will be pleased to have Abraham on the field for any length of time against San Francisco (12-4-1).

"He's a sack master," linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said. "That's what I like to call him -- Father Abe.

"We look forward to getting him back out there this week. I think the guys that had a chance to play in his absence did a good job stepping in and doing what they need to do in order to help the team get the win."

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