July 18, 2014 |
IT IS just over a week now until the Eagles begin Chip Kelly's second training camp. It is the time when conversations turn more into actions, when theories become at least a little bit more real. And you wonder. A year into this thing, what do we really know about Kelly? He is the Narrative Killer, the assassin of the preconception. Of that much, we can be certain. The most frivolous exercise in Philadelphia sports journalism is to ask Kelly a question whose premise presumes that the questioner knows what the coach is thinking.
June 21, 2014 |
The Eagles used to hand out T-shirts to their players that had a message for the next season. Two years ago there was the "It's Time" shirt that wound up having more to do with the end of Andy Reid's tenure than it did with finally winning a title. Chip Kelly ended that ritual, but if he was to have shirts emblazoned with a unifying message in the post-DeSean Jackson era, it probably would have the word "Drama" in a red circle and under a slash. The Kelly Eagles in Year 2 are devoid of divalike receivers, controversial quarterbacks, contract holdouts, and the sort of off-the-field drama that seemed to plague the Reid Eagles after their 2005 Super Bowl appearance.
June 11, 2014 |
The former Villanova home of ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid has seen plenty of interest from brokers, but no buyers yet at its price tag of $2.3 million, according to listing agent Kevin Murphy of Main Line Executive Realty in Bryn Mawr. Reid, a college football star at Brigham Young University, won a Super Bowl as an assistant coach at Green Bay, then became a multimillionaire head coach of the NFL's Philadelphia franchise before leaving for Kansas City in 2013. Reid's 15-year-old, five-bedroom house at 1215 Page Terrace has been on the market for about a month, according to Murphy.
June 2, 2014 |
When Andy Reid was fired by the Eagles after the 2012 season, he decided he wanted to get back to doing what he does best: coaching. Reid returned to Philadelphia on Saturday to appear on a panel with Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff at the NFL's Career Development Symposium at Penn's Wharton School. The topic was managing key relationships, and the audience included 70 NFL assistant coaches and player-personnel executives aspiring for bigger jobs. Reid fielded a question about evaluating his shortcomings.
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)