November 18, 2015 |
Chip Kelly confirmed on Monday what has become easily apparent during the first nine games of the season: Within the pecking order of the NFL, the Eagles are just another team. That was also his opinion at the end of 2014, and he ordered up a slew of offseason adjustments in order to reach the league's elite. If the Eagles continue as they are this season, it will be difficult for him to conclude the changes worked, or that more won't be needed again. In fact, during his news conference the day after a loss to Miami that was flyspecked with mistakes, Kelly agreed that the Eagles are still nothing special.
November 18, 2015
Question: What grade do you give Chip Kelly as the Eagles' general manager? Les Bowen: So far, Chip the GM has made a mess of things It's a particularly incendiary week to ask this question. After Sunday, if anybody can justify anything much better than the D that I'm giving general manager Chip Kelly, I'm all ears. Sam Bradford, the injury-question quarterback Chip traded for, was hurt in that ridiculous loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, though the hit Bradford took would have disabled any quarterback in football.
November 17, 2015 |
Long before Sam Bradford's left shoulder sagged and his brain became foggy from a third-quarter hit during the Eagles' debilitating, 20-19 defeat Sunday to the Miami Dolphins, it was fair to wonder exactly what Chip Kelly was doing with his up-tempo football team that seems to be able to accelerate in reverse just as fast as it does in drive. What, for example, was the Eagles coach doing when he put Bradford in harm's way on the final play of the Carolina game a few weeks ago by calling a deep throw with his team down by 11 points?
November 13, 2015 |
It wasn't long before NFL teams wanted a taste of Chip Kelly's offense. While there was initial condescension from old-school hard liners like Bruce Arians, several offensive coordinators quickly implemented some of the Eagles coach's concepts during his first season. By the offseason, one of Kelly's assistants was already hired to run an offense. The Dolphins brought quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor to Miami to inject some life into an offense that was 26th in the league in yards per play and points.
November 11, 2015 |
Chip Kelly was careful not to overstate the importance Eagles' 33-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys because he remembers the Eagles' last victory in Dallas. It was Thanksgiving last year, and the Eagles improved to 9-3 that day. They then lost three of their next four games and failed to make the playoffs. So if there's a public sentiment that the Eagles turned their season around by beating the Cowboys in overtime, it's not a message that Kelly is delivering. "It's always what you do next, and that's why I try to make that reference [to 2014]
November 10, 2015 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Each and every season has its seminal moments and it's usually impossible to tell what they are until it's over. If, for instance, you thought the Eagles' lopsided win in Dallas last season was a defining point, you stood corrected a few weeks later when the Cowboys showed up at Lincoln Financial Field and returned the favor to take control of an NFC East they would eventually win. That's when the questioning of Chip Kelly...
November 7, 2015 |
Against a white brick wall in the bowels of Met Life Stadium late last month, Jerry Jones had proved again how far he was willing to go to keep the spotlight on his precious Cowboys, no matter the mockery and outrage that was sure to follow, no matter the cost to his credibility. By signing defensive end Greg Hardy in March, Jones, the Cowboys' owner and general manager, had dared to defy the post-Ray Rice atmosphere of an NFL supposedly more sensitive to domestic violence. The league had suspended Hardy 10 games after a judge had found him guilty of assaulting and threatening his girlfriend, including throwing her on a bed covered with guns.
November 7, 2015 |
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. was convicted Thursday on bank- and tax-fraud charges, a significant setback in his family's ongoing legal fight with federal authorities. It took a jury of eight men and four women a day and a half to affirm prosecutors' depiction of Fattah as a con artist who cheated banks, his own clients, and taxpayers out of thousands of dollars so he could outfit himself in luxury and project the image of a successful businessman on the rise. But if the verdict caused the slightest crack in his seemingly unrelenting confidence, the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.)
November 6, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH Jr. was convicted yesterday on bank- and tax-fraud charges, a significant setback in his family's ongoing legal fight with federal authorities. It took a jury of eight men and four women a day and a half to affirm prosecutors' depiction of Fattah as a con artist who cheated banks, his own clients and taxpayers out of thousands of dollars to outfit himself in luxury and project a hollow image of a successful businessman on the rise. But if the verdict caused the slightest crack in his seemingly unrelenting confidence, the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., did not let on. Fattah remained stoic as the trial's outcome was announced, saying afterward that he was "disappointed" and "looking forward to a vigorous appeal.
October 30, 2015 |
DONOVAN McNABB returned to Syracuse this week to speak at an insurance trade show. While there, he took some time to talk with Chris Carlson, of Syracuse.com. McNabb, of course, played quarterback for Syracuse before going on to play 11 seasons with the Eagles. He chatted about a wide range of topics, including his DUI arrests (he said he doesn't have a drinking problem). At one point, he even gave advice to Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "Well, he better win soon," McNabb said.