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January 31, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly spent 26 days searching for a personnel executive before promoting Ed Marynowitz, who was in the building all along. The Eagles named Marynowitz vice president of player personnel on Thursday, putting the 30-year-old Media native into the chief player evaluation role that opened after the front office shake-up in the week after the season ended. Marynowitz received a three-year contract. "Ed is someone who has really impressed me going back to my interview process with the Eagles two years ago," Kelly said in a statement.
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January 31, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Philadelphia's scarred football fans will again be reminded on Sunday, the Eagles have won none of the XLIX Super Bowls. But had things worked out differently 57 years ago, they might not only possess a Lombardi Trophy or two by now, they might have had Vince Lombardi himself. Sports history often pivots on seemingly inconsequential acts. And if the legendary coach hadn't abruptly changed his mind in 1958, subsequent NFL history might have had a distinctly green-and-silver hue. That January, a year before the Green Bay Packers hired him, Lombardi agreed to become the Eagles head coach.
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January 31, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly got his man - after Brian Gaine interviewed and decided to stay with the Texans, after Scott Fitterer interviewed and decided to stay with the Seahawks, after Chris Ballard, Jon Robinson, Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutenkunst, and Joe Hortiz declined to interview with the Eagles or their teams declined, and after Chris Polian and Chris Grier interviewed before eventual hire Ed Marynowitz had. And those were only the candidates to be Kelly's second-in-personnel-command...
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January 31, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - If perception were reality, LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles would spend every waking hour of the offseason wondering if they were going to be Eagles next season. The two made promotional rounds on Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX on Thursday and neither seemed very much concerned over speculation about his future. McCoy reiterated comments he made after the season that he would be willing to restructure his contract if the Eagles approached him, but the running back took a hard line when discussing whether coach Chip Kelly would ask him to take a pay cut. "I know how hard it is to keep a team together and I want to be part of this team.
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January 30, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - It seems like ages ago, but Danny Amendola once was with the Eagles. It was for a cup of coffee, and he never played in a game in Eagles green, but the Patriots wide receiver said his nine-month stay in Philadelphia was beneficial. "I came into Dallas, went to Philly, and I was behind some great receivers that are still playing at a high level," Amendola said. "I learned a lot from them, and I knew that if my opportunity were to arise I was going to be ready. " The Eagles signed Amendola in January 2009 after he spent the entire 2008 season on the Cowboys practice squad.
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January 30, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
"Do I want LeSean back? Yeah. Do I want Jeremy back? Yeah. Is that the reality? I don't know. I don't know what's going to happen. What if somebody gives us 17 first-round draft picks for LeSean? We're going to look at everything. " - Chip Kelly, Dec. 29, 2014 LeSEAN McCOY has rushed for 5,075 yards the last four seasons. The only running back in the league who has run for more during that period is the Skittles-munching, word-conserving 4-by-4 who will line up in the Seahawks' backfield Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX (5,357)
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January 29, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The Eagles interviewed the Seahawks director of college scouting, Scott Fitterer, for their personnel executive opening, but he decided to stay in Seattle, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Tuesday. ESPN had reported that the Eagles were expected to interview Fitterer, but there was not any confirmation that a meeting had occurred until Schneider answered questions Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. "He spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles, kept it on the down low," Schneider said.
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January 29, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The New England Patriots reached the Super Bowl with Patrick Chung as their starting safety, which might seem like a cruel joke in Philadelphia. In March 2013, the Eagles signed Chung away from New England hoping that he could help solve the team's ongoing problems at safety. In one season, Chung further contributed to those problems. The Eagles released him after the first season of a three-year, $10 million deal. He resurfaced in New England and earned a roster spot, a starting spot, and ultimately a contract extension.
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January 29, 2015
PHOENIX - Byron Maxwell was the only member of the "Legion of Boom" who did not get one of the Seahawks' 15 podium spots on Super Bowl media day. Maxwell's roaming among Seattle's role players on the overcrowded floor of US Airways Center seemed beneath a player who could potentially be one of the more sought-after free agents in the offseason. Such is life for the junior member of the Seahawks' starting secondary, but the soft-spoken cornerback said he didn't care. "To be honest with you, I'll [stay]
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January 29, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The official Chip Kelly offseason scoreboard shows that his actions hold a significant lead over his words and, in all likelihood, the verbal game won't even attempt a comeback until late March. In typical fashion, the big play from the Eagles head coach came fast and furious. When Howie Roseman wielded his general manager power by firing vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble immediately after the season ended, Kelly's counterpunch resulted in a bloody TKO. Owner Jeffrey Lurie stripped Roseman of all his personnel duties, making it clear that the head coach ruled the decision-making kingdom at One NovaCare Way. That was by far the loudest and most meaningful action by Kelly since the Eagles played their last game of 2014 and he has not spoken a single public word about it. Given the way things work in the silent society shared by so many NFL teams and coaches, it's possible - even probable - that Kelly will not answer any questions about the Eagles' internal power struggle until the March owners meetings in Arizona.
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