November 19, 2015 |
THEY ARE ALL too familiar now, the names used to indict Eagles general manager Chip Kelly. Evan Mathis should still be on the offensive line. Jeremy Maclin should still be catching passes. At this point, maybe you wish Shady was still here, too. Nick Foles? Ah, not so much. But here are some names often overlooked, names that might have as much, or even more, to do with why the Eagles have lost three games this season by a total of six points. James Casey. Chris Polk. Casey Matthews.
September 1, 2015 |
YOU WANT this defense to be real. Why? Because coordinator Billy Davis is a good guy and his resources have been significantly less than Chip Kelly's on offense since the pair landed here two seasons ago. Because defensive leader Malcolm Jenkins is a superb young man and a fine safety. Because, in defensive end Fletcher Cox, nose tackle Bennie Logan and middle linebacker Mychal Kendricks, you have a young and unholy trinity of personality, perseverance and pain, precious pain.
May 8, 2015 |
MAYBE LESEAN McCoy is right. Maybe Chip Kelly is a racist. Maybe he isn't. To paraphrase Proverbs, if the purposes of a man's heart are like deep water, then Chip Kelly's pool is as opaque as onyx. Nobody can figure out why Kelly likes guys with bad knees, much less whether Kelly prefers players who need more sunscreen. One reality: If Riley Cooper had been cut after his racist remark surfaced in 2013, then Kelly's profile would be different. However, Cooper's retention and subsequent contract extension are more owner Jeffrey Lurie's issue than Kelly's.
March 16, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - We're all about the page views these days, so this story probably should say that MARCUS MARIOTA DID NOT DENY HE REMAINS IN CONTACT WITH CHIP KELLY when Mariota appeared at the Maxwell Awards news conference yesterday. Even more shocking, when asked, MARIOTA CONFIRMED THAT IT REMAINS THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE THE EAGLES WILL STILL ATTEMPT TO ACQUIRE HIM! Furthermore, the Daily News has learned that the large body of water located on the other side of the boardwalk from the Tropicana Hotel and Casino WOULD SEEM TO BE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.
March 8, 2015 |
The Eagles still do not have a new deal for Jeremy Maclin or Brandon Graham, and the agents for both players are free to formally begin negotiating with other teams when the legal tampering window begins at noon on Saturday. Maclin and Graham are among the seven Eagles set to become unrestricted free agents Tuesday, when the new league year begins. Free agents can sign anywhere at that point, and a flurry of activity commences once the clock strikes 12 p.m. that afternoon. After a busy three-week period that included releasing veterans Trent Cole, Todd Herremans, Cary Williams, and James Casey - along with the blockbuster LeSean McCoy trade that will be processed Tuesday - the Eagles appear poised to be big spenders in free agency with around $49.5 million in salary cap space.
March 4, 2015 |
The Eagles added their first free agent of the offseason Monday by signing inside linebacker Brad Jones, a 28-year-old, six-year veteran who was released by the Green Bay Packers last month. Jones, 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, signed a two-year contract and will provide depth at a position that sorely needs it. The Eagles will return starters Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans, although Ryans is coming off his second ruptured Achilles tendon. Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews were the top reserves last season, and Matthews is a pending free agent.
February 22, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Mychal Kendricks and Eric Kendricks played together at Hoover High School in Fresno, Calif., before Mychal starred at Cal and become a second-round pick and Day 1 starter with the Eagles. Eric did not follow his brother to Berkeley, instead going to UCLA, where he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker last season. Now that Eric is one of the top linebackers in the NFL draft, there's a chance that the brothers could be teammates again. "That'd be crazy," Eric said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.
February 20, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - On these endless frigid days and nights, the remote possibility of Marcus Mariota again chucking footballs for his old college coach Chip Kelly is the only thing that is getting many Eagles fans through the winter. Well, that and Mr. Yuengling. I'd love to have some good news to report to them on that subject from the NFL Scouting Combine. But alas, a Marcus & Chip Reunion Tour continues to appear to be nothing more than a pipe dream. Please stop emailing me trade suggestions that you somehow think would entice the Tennessee Titans to part with the second pick in the draft so that Kelly can swoop down and gobble up The Son He Never Had. Trust me, packaging their first- and second-round picks this year and their first-round pick next year along with Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Casey Matthews, Marcus Smith, Cary Williams and Howie Roseman will not get it done.
December 18, 2014 |
More than seven months after the Eagles invested a first-round pick in Marcus Smith, the team still does not know what position he will play in the future. "I'm not positive right now," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Tuesday. "I would say outside [linebacker] first, but I still think the jury's out on him. " A defensive end at Louisville, Smith was drafted as an outside linebacker, where he played during training camp and the preseason. The Eagles moved Smith to inside linebacker after Mychal Kendricks was injured in Week 2. They kept him there throughout the season before he returned to the outside on Tuesday because of Trent Cole's broken hand.
December 11, 2014 |
When Mychal Kendricks' teammates were asked to give his No. 1 attribute, they talked about his athleticism. When defensive coordinator Bill Davis spoke of the Eagles linebacker, he focused on his versatility. Kendricks' athleticism and versatility are tied together, and help explain the blossoming he's had in his third season. But when asked to explain his improvement, which reached its zenith Sunday against the Seahawks, Kendricks focused on his mental state, which he said has become less anxious.