April 30, 2015 |
CRITIQUING and analyzing previous drafts is hardly fair. But it is a lot of fun. Doesn't matter whether it's examining Sam Bowie going ahead of Michael Jordan or wondering about Mike Ricci being picked before Jaromir Jagr, no optometrist could argue with the 20/20 hindsight of such exercises. Anybody who's ever been in a fantasy league knows the sensation of pulling a draft-day gaffe. It's like a hammer to the thumb. So let's look at the 2014 All-Pro teams and where those players were selected.
April 16, 2015 |
The Eagles might think DeMarco Murray is a better fit for Chip Kelly's offense, but Brian Westbrook is not convinced. The former Pro Bowl running back heard that the Eagles favored Murray's one-cut running style. But he doesn't think that explanation is totally fair to LeSean McCoy, who followed Westbrook in the Eagles backfield. "I hear that a lot about Murray being a one-cut runner - it's easy being a one-cut runner when your holes are [as wide] as a truck," Westbrook said in an interview after speaking on a panel at Villanova's Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium last week.
April 10, 2015 |
Before the first and only time he coached against a Chip Kelly offense, Jeff Casteel spent a desert summer morning in the cool comfort of his new office at the University of Arizona, watching film of the 2012 Rose Bowl. Arizona had hired Casteel to be its defensive coordinator on Jan. 14, just 12 days after Kelly's Oregon Ducks had run over Wisconsin, 45-38, in Pasadena, racking up 345 rushing yards, conjuring big plays out of what's supposed to be football's most conservative play call: a handoff.
April 8, 2015 |
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - LeSean McCoy still hasn't spoken to Chip Kelly. The running back said his former coach called him twice, but he didn't answer. So he has yet to hear Kelly's reason for trading him to the Buffalo Bills last month. McCoy said he heard Kelly say to reporters that money was the primary factor. He said he heard Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie say that Kelly thought his shifty running style wasn't ideally suited to his offense. He has another theory. "I don't think he likes or respects the stars.
April 6, 2015 |
The best that can be said about the free-agent contracts Chip Kelly handed out this offseason is that he wants to win now. The Eagles coach identified players he wanted for his systems and made bold moves to acquire them over the last month. But that often meant overpaying when the market suggested he could have gotten free agents such as Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray for less. Kelly paid Maxwell more than $2 million more a year than any other team was willing to pay for the cornerback.
April 5, 2015 |
The rapid evolution of fantasy sports from casual season-long recreation to high-stakes daily Internet games has given U.S. professional sports another source of revenue as well as a headache in determining player-participation policies. Over the last year, all four major sports leagues signed sponsorship deals with daily fantasy websites through players, teams, or the league itself. They are now promoting a business that, while legal in most of the United States, resembles sports gambling because participants profit by correctly predicting success.
April 3, 2015 |
THE EAGLES may not be done moving players this spring. And while that might excite you, it has absolutely petrified those in charge of area stores that carry team jerseys. Petrified is the operative word here. Little inventory coming in, very little going out. "I don't know what Chip Kelly is doing," Frank Sanders, the store manager of Lids Locker Room in the Cherry Hill Mall, was saying yesterday. "So, yeah, I'm a little nervous getting anything in here just yet. " Nearby, Sports Authority is in a state of suspended animation as well, said employee Tina Lopez, saddled with an inventory of shirts of players no longer with the team.
April 1, 2015 |
LIKE THE NFL'S endangered extra point, physicals given to players to make signings and trades official tend to be almost automatic. That might not be the case when Eagles doctors give wideout Miles Austin the once-over, though. Austin, who turns 31 in June, last played a full NFL season in 2012 and has a chronic hamstring problem. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that the Birds have signed Austin to a 1-year deal worth $2.3 million, with another $700,000 possible in incentives.
March 31, 2015 |
ESCAPE THE confusing dissonance that now envelops the Eagles and recognize this reality: Any evaluation of the 2015 version cannot be attempted until at least the end of training camp. The team has too many unknowns . . . and too few players. So much noise surrounds the franchise. Did Jeffrey Lurie or Chip Kelly demote Howie Roseman? Is it stable? Racist? This unharmonious symphony is the work of one man, Chip Kelly, who apparently loves blue-chip players who are better known for their injuries than for their accomplishments.
March 25, 2015 |
PHOENIX - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose only two head coaching hires coached in the Super Bowl this year, is an admirer of Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "If I were an Eagle fan, I would be excited," Kraft said Monday at the annual NFL meeting. "He did an outstanding job in college. I know my head coach [Bill Belichick] has great respect for him. He's trying to put his stamp on what's going on there. This is a tough league, so there will be some challenges. But he's an exciting guy to be around.