June 22, 2015 |
A year ago, some Eagles were unsure who made contract decisions for the team. In December, amid a three-game losing streak, three players sat at their lockers and argued whether it was Chip Kelly or Howie Roseman who had ultimate say over the business side of football operations. Player 1 insisted that Roseman, then the Eagles general manager, controlled the salary cap and contract negotiations. Player 2 agreed but jokingly said a coach who monitors their every move with tracking devices would eventually want complete authority.
June 15, 2015 |
THE MAN who once was certain that Rich Kotite was the guy to lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title is now spending a not-so-small fortune to pick your next president. Norman Braman, the billionaire South Florida car dealer who disappeared from his native Philadelphia two decades ago after a mostly reviled stint as owner of the Birds, is back in the public eye with a brand new model. He's the No. 1 booster of his state's junior Republican senator, Marco Rubio, for the White House in 2016.
June 6, 2015 |
A former Eagles running back was asked Wednesday about his old team. He had left the Eagles a while ago, and he was bitter at the time of the departure, and probably had been bitter for a long time before then, too. Now he was fielding questions from reporters, but he didn't particularly want to answer the questions, because he didn't particularly want to talk about LeSean McCoy. "Our situations," Duce Staley said, "are totally different. " It's coming up on 12 years since Staley, who's been the Eagles' running backs coach since Chip Kelly took over as head coach in 2013, was himself at the center of offseason controversy.
June 2, 2015 |
The prospective third-string quarterback of the Eagles stopped in the center of a NovaCare Complex practice field Thursday to shake owner Jeffrey Lurie's hand and chat a while, and then Tim Tebow turned to his right to face a familiar sight in a familiar setting. There, 105 reporters and writers clustered together in a tight, sweat-stinking group under an oppressive midafternoon sun. It was 90 degrees, the air like moist gauze, and from the weather to the horde of media awaiting Tebow, this could have been Gainesville, Fla., in 2008 or Cortland, N.Y., in 2012.
April 28, 2015 |
After the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy last month, owner Jeffrey Lurie said the team preferred a one-cut runner for its offensive scheme. When Eagles coaches offered evaluations of Riley Cooper last season, they often praised the receiver for his blocking on the perimeter despite a decline in statistical production. The Eagles bypassed more decorated safeties on the 2014 free-agent market to sign Malcolm Jenkins because he offered a better fit for the team's defense. In each case, the Eagles made clear that their evaluation of a player goes beyond what outsiders might think the position requires.
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.
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 30, 2015 |
News Item: Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said last week the demotion of former general manager Howie Roseman was not a reflection on Roseman's abilities as a player personnel evaluator. "I just think Chip [Kelly] wanted his own football player personnel guy next to him at all times," Lurie said. "It was much more Chip's requirement to have sort of a football guy that he was comfortable with in terms of helping him day to day, minute by minute. " Football Guy awoke exactly on time and leaped from bed, landing on the artificial turf rug in a perfect three-point stance.
March 27, 2015
SOMEBODY'S LYING. The question is, does anyone really care? Does anyone care that Chip Kelly's version of how Howie Roseman lost his dream job is incongruous to the version Jeffrey Lurie put forth at the NFL owners' meetings this week? Or that the firing of Tom Gamble, which Lurie deemed "a long time coming," was something Kelly said he knew nothing of and had nothing to do with. And if the answer is no, which it seems to be to many, then the next question seems to be this: Is there a place - or need - for honesty in professional sports these days?
March 27, 2015 |
PHOENIX - So the last piece of Louis Vuitton luggage has been carefully trundled out of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced Arizona Biltmore hotel lobby into the last chauffeured Bentley; the 2015 NFL meetings are over, and for Eagles fans, the highlight was that both Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly spoke. What did we learn? Nothing earth-shattering. Both the team chairman's Tuesday session and the coach's hourlong appearance at the NFC coaches' breakfast yesterday yielded valuable nuggets of new information, they filled in some blanks and buttressed some notions.