May 28, 2014 |
THE 2014 EAGLES are to assemble for the first time today at NovaCare, as the team begins the spring's first full-squad organized team activities. Reporters won't be allowed to watch, and Chip Kelly and Nick Foles don't talk until Thursday. We're all really eager to glean any faint hint of what Year 2 of Kelly will bring. There's a sense that this team's personnel will have the Kelly stamp on it, much more than the group Kelly inherited from Andy Reid a year ago. Two drafts and two offseasons' worth of free-agent acquisitions - and departures - have turned over the roster.
April 3, 2014 |
Now that we've all moved on from the Total Freakout Stage of DeSean Jackson's departure from the Eagles - we have all moved on, right? - it's appropriate to examine just how they'll go about replacing him, if that's even the proper way to phrase it. Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season - gaudy numbers for any wide receiver and the best in his six-year career. In Chip Kelly's first season as head coach, the Eagles finished fourth in the NFL in points, second in total yards, third in net yards per pass attempt, and first in net yards per rushing attempt, and now that Jackson's gone, the impulse is to wonder how they can approximate such productivity.
March 27, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Wearing his customary Aloha shirt, Andy Reid sauntered into Salon V at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lake Resort early yesterday morning, sat down at his assigned table at the AFC coaches-media breakfast and immediately noticed two reporters from Philadelphia sitting at his table. "Did you just come over here by instinct?" the former Eagles coach said with a smile. I might not regularly cover him anymore, but the NFL's annual March shindig just wouldn't feel like the NFL's annual March shindig without Breakfast With Big Red. I've sat across the table from him at 16 of these now, including the 14 he attended as the head coach of the Eagles.
March 24, 2014 |
Michael Vick moved north to the New York Jets Friday night after an improbable five-year journey in Philadelphia. It started with a cold reception from Jeffrey Lurie and ended with the owner making a glowing statement about the quarterback whose signing created a nationwide controversy. So now that it's over, what should we make of it all? "Much ado about mediocrity" would probably be the most fitting headline. Vick was here for 80 regular-season games. He started half of them and won half of the 40 he started.
March 3, 2014 |
Chip Kelly sure likes Andy Reid's players. In a span of three days last week, the Eagles handed out approximately $133 million in contracts - $46 million of which was guaranteed - to four offensive players who were Reid acquisitions. Nine of the projected 11 starters on offense were here prior to Kelly's arrival and are under contract through at least next season. Rip Reid for his last two seasons in Philadelphia, his subpar record in drafting defensive players, and some lousy late-tenure coaching hires, but he knew how to evaluate players on offense.
January 20, 2014 |
When Joe Banner stepped down as team president in June 2012, many assumed that it was Andy Reid who had won a power struggle within the Eagles front office. In truth it was Howie Roseman. While Roseman had just finished his second year as general manager, Banner was still lording authority over his former protege. Reid continued to have final say on football matters, but managing the salary cap and other contract decisions remained Banner's baby. Roseman had plenty to do and was influential in certain aspects, but the Reid-Banner axis of power limited the clout of the NFL's youngest GM. He (naturally)
January 8, 2014 |
Michael Vick spent a good bit of his Monday morning cleaning out his locker at the NovaCare Complex, filling a large gray garbage bag with personal items, autographing gloves and sneakers so they could be donated to charity. The whole process had an air of finality that even Vick himself couldn't help but recognize. He is a free agent. He wants to be an NFL starting quarterback again. That will not happen here, not with Nick Foles around, and Vick knows it. "It's hard to sum up my time here," he said.
January 7, 2014 |
Eagles fans know how an Andy Reid news conference goes after a loss - especially a complete and utter disaster, such as the Kansas City Chiefs' blowing a 28-point lead to fall, 45-44, to the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game on Saturday. Ahem. It's on him. He has to do a better job of putting his players in better position to win. Time's yours. This painful loss, though, brought in a new wrinkle - stunned silence. "Sometimes the game speaks for itself, so you don't have to say a whole lot," he told reporters during their time on Saturday.
December 11, 2013 |
During his day-after news conference Monday, Chip Kelly quoted Winston Churchill: "Problems in victory are more agreeable than problems in defeat, but no less difficult. " Kelly was talking about the way his coaches and players reviewed film, particularly the film from those games they win - such as Sunday's. The Eagles scored four fourth-quarter touchdowns and routed the Detroit Lions, 34-20, and have won five straight games now, and Kelly was making an important point: A team must be as meticulous about correcting its in-game mistakes after it wins as it is after it loses.
December 9, 2013 |
One day during the 2012 offseason, Marty Mornhinweg turned on the college tape of Nick Foles and liked what he saw. So he walked down the second floor corridor at the NovaCare Complex and into Andy Reid's office. "I said, 'Have you seen this Foles kid?'" Mornhinweg said recently to The Inquirer. "So he watches him, likes what he's watching and says, 'Where's Doug?'" Doug Pederson, the Eagles quarterback coach, was on the road. He was working out other quarterbacks and by coincidence was scheduled next to be in Phoenix to visit Brock Osweiler, the 6-foot-7 Arizona State quarterback.