May 5, 2016 |
Nelson Agholor was one of the least productive wide receivers in the NFL last season. No receiver with as many routes run averaged fewer yards. And only eight receivers with as many targets had a worse DYAR ranking (defense-adjusted yards above replacement), as calculated by the advanced statistics website Football Outsiders. There will be more on that information later, but even if numbers were taken out of the equation, Agholor's season wouldn't score high on the eyeball exam.
March 24, 2016 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Andy Reid maintained strong relationships with the Eagles' decision makers after his dismissal. So when they asked him about Doug Pederson, Reid was ready with an endorsement. "I thought Doug was ready to be a head coach," Reid said Tuesday on a conference call. "He'd kind of done everything he could do here. I hated losing him because of our relationship, but I'm very happy and proud of him for the opportunity he has to lead the Birds there. " Pederson was a coordinator for only three seasons, but Reid thought he was exposed to enough to prepare him for a promotion.
March 20, 2016 |
The Eagles were the only team in the NFL that didn't have an "outside" receiver with more than 50 targeted passes last season. Most teams had two. Some had three. The Eagles, for various reasons, didn't have a consistent threat outside the numbers or downfield. Only two of four regulars from last season remain on the roster. Riley Cooper was released last month and Miles Austin was mercifully cut with five games left in 2015. Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff return, as expected, but neither was drafted by new coach Doug Pederson or returning general manager Howie Roseman, per se, so their futures aren't as clear as if Chip Kelly had stayed.
March 18, 2016 |
JUST ABOUT the only pressing need Howie Roseman didn't address in the first week of NFL free agency was his team's inexperienced wide receiving corps. The Eagles' de facto general manager checked off that box Wednesday with the signing of former Ram and Raven Chris Givens to a 1-year contract worth $840,000, including an $80,000 signing bonus, a league source said. The source said $100,000 of Givens' base is guaranteed. Givens, 26, has played four seasons in the league, which might not sound like much, but puts him at the top of the Eagles' ensemble, now that Riley Cooper is gone.
March 11, 2016 |
The Kansas City Chiefs were docked two draft picks and fined by the NFL for violating the league's anti-tampering policy because of "improper contact" with Jeremy Maclin when the wide receiver left the Eagles for Kansas City last offseason. The Chiefs lost a 2016 third-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick and were fined $250,000. Andy Reid, the former Eagles coach who now coaches the Chiefs, was fined $75,000. General manager John Dorsey was fined $25,000. The league said the Chiefs had "direct communications" with Maclin during the open negotiating period.
March 10, 2016 |
No new reports have surfaced yet about which side of the NovaCare Complex Howie Roseman is working from these days. It was big news last year around this time when Chip Kelly took control of the Eagles' football operations - at least we all thought he did - and Roseman's nameplate was removed from the office that was in the same wing as Kelly and Ed Marynowitz, the coach's handpicked decision-making assistant. Regardless of Roseman's office location, he obviously has risen and returned as the man in charge of putting together the roster.
February 26, 2016 |
INDIANAPOLIS - A tumultuous year in which Howie Roseman was removed from football operations in favor of Chip Kelly only to be reinstated after Kelly was fired illustrated that the two men had many differences. But as much as they seemingly had polar opposite personalities and football backgrounds, Roseman and Kelly differed on how to manage the Eagles roster and salary cap. It could be said that Kelly's free spending ways ultimately did him in, and as a result made Roseman even more attractive to owner Jeffrey Lurie.
February 17, 2016 |
In the wake of firing Chip Kelly, Jeffrey Lurie had made a pledge to the Eagles players that he claimed would accomplish two things: It would help him find the right man to be their new head coach, and it would reaffirm just how progressive and cutting-edge the Eagles' organization really was. No more would the players have to deal with Kelly's cold-shoulder style of coaching, with his inability or unwillingness to attune himself to the sensitivities and...
February 10, 2016 |
IT SEEMED likely to happen at some point this offseason, regardless, given Riley Cooper's lack of production relative to his salary-cap charge, but it happened Monday, the first day of the 2016 waiver period. That didn't feel like a coincidence. The Eagles, continuing their efforts to change course in the wake of dismissing head coach Chip Kelly, released Cooper, who would have counted $5.3 million against their cap in 2016. They incur a $2.4 million charge by cutting ties, so they gain $2.9 million in cap room.
January 23, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Eagles team that Chip Kelly took over three years ago was coming off a 4-12 season, but it really wasn't as bad as all that. The San Francisco 49ers team that just hired Kelly on the rebound was 5-11 this past season, and it might not even be that good. When you look at the two situations, it's fair to wonder if Kelly benefitted from good timing with the Eagles and will suffer the other side of that coin with the 49ers. That would be a real shame, wouldn't it? The 2012 Eagles were a dispirited bunch that quit on Andy Reid, but the offense was still ranked 15th in the league.