August 1, 2016 |
For students of recent Eagles history, the 2014 NFL scouting combine should stand as the first and best indication of the depth of a conflict that came to define the franchise. Chip Kelly vs. Howie Roseman was a battle born of the pair's personalities, backgrounds and opinions about football, and the quarterback position was grounds for one of their fiercest disagreements. Nick Foles had just unfurled a stunning season in Kelly's first year as head coach, throwing 27 touchdown passes and two interceptions, leading the NFL in quarterback rating, yards per attempt, and touchdown percentage.
May 26, 2016 |
THIS WILL TAKE some getting used to. For three years, things couldn't happen quickly enough for the Eagles. They hired fast-talking Chip Kelly, who installed his Machine Gun offense and enacted a slash-and-burn roster reorganization. Kelly got instant production from Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford and even Mark Sanchez. Now, it's all about patience and growth. Yes, the Eagles signed Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel to pricey, short-term contracts, and no, they didn't cut aging left tackle Jason Peters, so they have at least one eye on short-term success.
April 28, 2016 |
The Eagles know they will draft a quarterback in the first round, and their plan for now is to develop that quarterback on the sideline this season. That gives them six other picks - and no selections in the second and fourth rounds - to improve the roster and address some of the depth issues that still remain. Howie Roseman said the Eagles plugged their key holes in free agency, but he structured their trade with the Cleveland Browns in such a way that it allowed them to keep one of their two third-round picks.
February 26, 2016 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles released veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday in a move that opens $3.5 million in salary cap space but takes one of the most respected players off the roster. "What DeMeco Ryans has done for our organization, the class he brought, day in and day out, I just wish him the best as he goes forward with his career, and really, in life," said Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations. Ryans, 31, has been with the Eagles since 2012.
February 9, 2016
FOR EAGLES FANS, Super Bowl Sunday fireworks erupted long before the game began. ESPN's Adam Schefter, a power broker who trades secrets wth teams and agents, reported Sunday morning that the Eagles are unlikely to place the franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford - though Schefter said they retain some interest in signing Bradford. This was bracing news, but opinion is divided on whether Bradford is worth the $20 million or so straight off the cap it would take to franchise him, so it didn't produce a major shock wave.
February 9, 2016 |
The Eagles have not made a decision yet on whether they will use their franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford, according to a league source, despite an ESPN report Sunday that said the Eagles are not expected to use the tag on the quarterback. The ESPN report also said Eagles coach Doug Pederson is interested in reacquiring Nick Foles, although the source said the Eagles have not had any discussions about Foles. With Chip Kelly in charge last offseason, the team dealt Foles in a package for Bradford that included surrendering the team's 2016 second-round pick.
January 3, 2016 |
I SAID EARLIER this year that Chip Kelly was a riverboat gambler. Well, it's absolutely clear now that the gamble he took with the Eagles did not pay off. He'd determined that their 10-6 team could not be a serious Super Bowl contender, so he did a host of things that brought 12 new players to the most important 25 positions on the team. By and large, almost none of these moves enhanced the Eagles and overall clearly weakened the talent pool. Imagine for a second if Kelly had taken only one chance last offseason by just trading Nick Foles for Sam Bradford and a second-round draft choice.
December 10, 2015 |
THIS IS not going to be a fun week to be Kiko Alonso. The guy the Eagles got when they traded LeSean McCoy has not returned to the form that made him the NFL's defensive rookie of the year for Buffalo in 2013. In fact, to Eagles fans, that form might seem about as far away and as relevant as Nick Foles' 27 touchdown passes vs. two interceptions, the same year. "The fact that I got traded for (McCoy) has no relevance at all," Alonso said Tuesday. "It's really just, the guy's a great player.
December 4, 2015 |
No matter how Sam Bradford performs over the final five games of the season, the Eagles will have to make a franchise-altering decision at the quarterback position next offseason. It is a decision that will have far greater repercussions than anything having to do with the head coach. In today's NFL you need a quarterback of certain proficiency if you are to have any chance of winning a championship. It doesn't matter if Bill Belichick or Chip Kelly is your coach, if you have neither a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback and an above-average defense nor a quarterback a notch or two below and a once-in-an-era defense, your chances of snaring a title are virtually nil. This isn't rocket science.
November 30, 2015 |
ALL AROUND the Eagles' locker room Thursday evening at Ford Field, players were saying they hadn't quit on their coaches. I'm willing to take them at their word. Maybe a few have quit, or at least have gotten very discouraged, but I think there is a better overall explanation for a 4-7 team that never came together the way it was envisioned, and now seems completely hapless. They aren't very good, overall, and once they realized that, they plummeted, like Wile E. Coyote running on air. I'll put it another way: If Chip Kelly is indeed replaced, I'll be amazed if the next coach can come in and transform this team into a 10-6 division champ in one season, the way Kelly did in 2013.