April 30, 2015 |
What they have: There are eight wideouts on the roster. The four most relevant names are Miles Austin, Riley Cooper, Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews. Good size and hands, mostly. Unless Matthews or Huff takes a major leap forward, there isn't a real No. 1 in that group. (Huff would have to take a Bob Beamon-sized leap forward to get into that realm.) There also isn't any game-breaking speed there. What they need: See above. We know the Eagles value size and blocking ability in their wideouts, but in another really strong draft for the position, they ought to be able to secure some missing dynamism as well.
April 29, 2015 |
For all the ways Chip Kelly monitors his players' health, the Eagles coach doesn't want to babysit them when they're away from the NovaCare Complex. For all the ways he has simplified instruction and play-calling, Kelly wants players who are smart and studious. It's difficult to say for certain how much more emphasis he places upon character and intellect than other teams, but Kelly has spoken volumes about the kinds of men he wants on his roster both in word - "That's what trying to get, a bunch of guys who are good people," he has said - and actions.
April 24, 2015 |
IF CHIP KELLY has said it once, he's said it a thousand times. Big people beat up little people. Those six words pretty much sum up the Eagles head coach's philosophy as far as the type of player he favors. It was a factor in why 5-9, 175-pounds-soaking-wet DeSean Jackson was shown the door last year and 6-4, 230-pound Riley Cooper was rewarded with a new contract. It was a factor in why he was willing to part with LeSean McCoy last month and replace him with bigger downhill running backs like DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
April 22, 2015 |
CHIP KELLY yesterday added failed Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to the Eagles' 90-man roster. Why not? Tebow, out of football for the past two seasons, joined a quartet of quarterbacks who, to this point, have demonstrably proved unable to help NFL teams win. What's one more? The uproar generated by what likely will be the Eagles' least important offseason move is completely contrived. Tebow is drumming up publicity? Kelly is stoking his own ego? Except for his dubious antiabortion commercial (it posits that Tebow's mother was advised to abort embryonic Timmy, but abortion is illegal in the Philippines, where he was born)
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 4, 2015 |
Jordan Matthews spoke to teammates Riley Cooper and Josh Huff, and the message he delivered was to disregard the perception that the Eagles need a No. 1 wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin left for Kansas City. "People ask me about being the No. 1 wide receiver; Forget it," Matthews said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I want us to be a receiving corps. That's what I want it to be. " Maclin finished with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while playing 87 percent of the snaps.
April 1, 2015
I HAVE an admission to make; one I never thought I'd utter as a 47-year-old man. Please bear in mind that this is not easy for me, because I used to scoff at others for doing the very thing I'm going to share with you. But as difficult as this might be, I need to tell the truth about what I've become, and I need to do it before I change my mind. Before I go there, however, I need to make one thing clear. None of this is my fault. It's all because of Chip Kelly. Had he not cut DeSean Jackson last year, the bitterness would have never taken root.
March 25, 2015 |
PHOENIX - When Andy Reid outbid the Eagles for Jeremy Maclin, the irony that the Chiefs coach was willing to spend top dollar on a wide receiver was not lost on anyone familiar with his past. Reid, of course, hardly ever gave big contracts to receivers when he was with the Eagles, and when he did sign Terrell Owens and DeSean Jackson to long-term deals, they were team-friendly. The rationale, one that team president Joe Banner also perpetuated, was that other positions, particularly along the lines, were of more importance.
March 24, 2015 |
PHOENIX - One year ago, the Eagles' brass arrived at the NFL's annual meeting tight-lipped about DeSean Jackson's future with the team. One year later, they'll arrive for this week's event without a big decision looming but with turbulent offseason activity behind them. Eagles coach Chip Kelly will hold a one-hour roundtable interview on Wednesday morning to further discuss the team's March makeover. Owner Jeffrey Lurie is also expected to speak publicly for the first time since he made the decision to rearrange the front-office responsibilities.
March 24, 2015 |
DeSean Jackson, gone. Jeremy Maclin, gone. Riley Cooper, here. Chip Kelly's decision to keep Cooper rather than his most productive wide receivers over the last two years might not make much sense, but the Eagles coach has never been one to evaluate based on paper. That may be most apparent at the receiver position. Understanding how Kelly values receivers can help explain Cooper's place on the roster and the departures of Jackson and Maclin. It also points out how Kelly intends to replace the 42 percent of receiver receptions, 47 percent of receiving yards, and 46 percent of receiving touchdowns that left with the two Pro Bowlers.