November 20, 2015 |
BACK IN THE 1980s, when Tandy Corporation sold its TRS-80s out of cozy Radio Shack storefronts, the company routinely reviewed the properties for profitability. Stores that chronically lost money were designated "W" stores. Usually, a new general manager would be assigned to those stores. The new GM had three years to turn a profit, which was a reasonable amount of time. Employees often needed to be fired, or at least retrained. The new GM always had to enforce corporate policies that had become lax. Sometimes, there were double books; sometimes, unwarranted employee benefits ("borrowing" a stereo for a month or so)
November 19, 2015 |
THEY ARE ALL too familiar now, the names used to indict Eagles general manager Chip Kelly. Evan Mathis should still be on the offensive line. Jeremy Maclin should still be catching passes. At this point, maybe you wish Shady was still here, too. Nick Foles? Ah, not so much. But here are some names often overlooked, names that might have as much, or even more, to do with why the Eagles have lost three games this season by a total of six points. James Casey. Chris Polk. Casey Matthews.
November 18, 2015 |
If you want to know what Chip Kelly really thinks of his wide receivers, particularly the collection of players who line up primarily on the outside, look at how the Eagles' passes have been distributed this season compared with the previous two. In 2013, outside receivers were targeted 45.4 percent of the time, while inside "receivers" - the slot, tight ends and running backs - saw 54.6 percent. In 2014, outside receivers were targeted 43.6 percent of the time, while inside receivers were targeted 56.4 percent.
November 18, 2015
Question: What grade do you give Chip Kelly as the Eagles' general manager? Les Bowen: So far, Chip the GM has made a mess of things It's a particularly incendiary week to ask this question. After Sunday, if anybody can justify anything much better than the D that I'm giving general manager Chip Kelly, I'm all ears. Sam Bradford, the injury-question quarterback Chip traded for, was hurt in that ridiculous loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, though the hit Bradford took would have disabled any quarterback in football.
November 9, 2015 |
The first game of the rest of Chip Kelly's coaching career with the Eagles takes place in the Jerry Jones Halfway House and Pole-Dancing Emporium on Sunday night and it would be only a short stretch to say Kelly's entire tenure could be defined by what remains on the schedule this season, starting with the Cowboys. There are two schools of thought and two directions the team can take. Either Kelly has been victimized by some bad luck and by the normal settling-in period that a lot of change requires, or he has made an utter hash of the roster that will take years, not weeks, to repair.
November 7, 2015 |
From DeSean Jackson in 2013 to Jeremy Maclin in 2014, Chip Kelly's offense produced a Pro Bowl wide receiver on the right side during his first two years with the Eagles. Kelly also let both receivers go. He drafted Nelson Agholor in the first round last spring and inserted him as the starter on the right side - a spot at which Agholor could excel. But in 41/2 games this season, Agholor recorded only eight catches and 105 yards. He left in the first half against New Orleans with an ankle injury and missed the Eagles' next two games, keeping him from breaking out after the early-season struggles.
November 6, 2015 |
THERE WILL BE DeMarco Murray jerseys in the stands Sunday night at AT&T Stadium, but most of them won't be green. Murray, who last season became the first Dallas Cowboy since Emmitt Smith to lead the NFL in rushing, returns to the glittering dome with the oversized video screen where he broke the 100-yard barrier 11 times in four seasons. "I'm sure emotions will be high for a lot of people, but it's just another game," Murray said Thursday. This week, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters he had no regrets over letting Murray walk in free agency, even though the Cowboys have struggled to replace him. Designated heir Joseph Randle was released this week; Dallas has no one left from the group of backs it had when it let Murray walk ("I had not noticed that," Murray said Thursday)
October 28, 2015 |
Chip Kelly might give Ryan Mathews more playing time at running back if only the Eagles general manager hadn't signed DeMarco Murray to a contract worth $13 million more in guaranteed money. Kelly might consider naming Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback if only the GM hadn't sent Nick Foles and a second-round draft pick to the Rams for the $13 million Sam Bradford. Kelly might admit there isn't enough talent at wide receiver if only the GM hadn't drawn a hard line in the sand during negotiations with Jeremy Maclin and expected Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, Riley Cooper and Miles Austin to account for the lack of a No. 1 target.
October 16, 2015 |
(What once was a nine-alarm fire is now a manageable little blaze. That's what happens in the NFL when a team wins a single game and has a record of 2-3 instead of 1-4, as the Eagles did Sunday against the Saints. There is still plenty to fix, still plenty to talk about as they confront their biggest rivals, the New York Giants. Yes, the Giants - not the Cowboys. But that is an argument for another time. This week, David Murphy and Rich Hofmann began the afternoon in agreement - the beer of choice for both was Sierra Nevada in a can.)
October 9, 2015 |
THE LAST TIME the Eagles played the New Orleans Saints ended up affecting the way the current Eagles are constructed. Three major factors defeated the Birds on Jan. 4, 2014, when they hosted the first and so far only playoff game of the Chip Kelly regime: 1. They couldn't stop the run, after Bill Davis set up his defense to shut down a lethal passing attack oriented around tight end Jimmy Graham. 2. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles played pretty well for a first-year starter but took a half to get going (hmm, that sounds kinda familiar)