Eagles Wake-Up Call: Coaching Or Personnel?

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas – USA Today

Today’s question comes from reader Jim, via the Birds 24/7 Facebook page:

Hey guys, regular reader, not much of a commenter, but here’s a question I have:

A lot of fans are coveting Byron Maxwell, should he make it to free agency. They point out that as a sixth-round pick, he’s an example of how well Seattle drafts and how we need to draft better.

My question is: Is our failure in the secondary a result of poor drafting (Jaiquawn Jarrett) or rather our inability to groom the talent we acquire (Nate Allen)? Allen was about as accomplished a college safety as you could find, and yet he comes to us and is only mediocre. I’m not convinced that had we drafted Earl Thomas early like fans wanted, or even Maxwell, that they would be who they’ve become in Seattle. My feeling is that if we had drafted them, they would just be mediocre players. Where is that line between drafting well and developing the talent you acquire?

This is a question that gets asked whenever a team falls short of expectations. Read more »

Cross Seattle’s Fitterer Off Eagles’ List

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Cross Seahawks director of college scouting Scott Fitterer off the list as a potential candidate for the Eagles’ personnel executive opening.

According to Zach Berman of the Inquirer and other reporters in Arizona, Seahawks GM John Schneider confirmed that Fitterer is staying put.

“He spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles, kept it on the down low,” Schneider said. “He’s staying with us.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Matthews’ Role In 2015

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Today’s question comes from reader Tom, who writes from Sydney, Australia:

Hey fellas, there has been a fair amount of (deserved) criticism directed at Chip Kelly’s: A.) Use of Riley Cooper and B.) Lack of use of Zach Ertz.

Is it possible that Chip realizes in 2015 that his best base personnel combination is moving Matthews into Riley Cooper’s spot and moving Ertz into Matthews’ spot in the slot?

First of all, having a reader chime in from Australia is awesome, so thanks for taking the time, Tom.

I think the answer here boils down to two things: Read more »

McCoy On Mariota: ‘We Want To Win Now’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

During a recent appearance on NFL Network, LeSean McCoy was asked what’d be going through his head if the Eagles mortgaged their future to trade up and land QB Marcus Mariota.

“I’m not sure,” McCoy said. “Because the thing is, we want to win now. I think we have the right players in the locker room to win. Knowing how coach [Chip] Kelly thinks, he wants to win at all costs. So, you never know. He’s a good quarterback, but I think we have a good quarterback with Nick [Foles]. That’s something that we have to wait and see. That’s not my call. I think every situation is different. Some of those other teams like the Redskins, they gave up everything to get RG3. And if things don’t work out like you plan, then what? Who is to blame? There are a lot of questions going into those types of situations where you want to give up a whole draft for just one player.” Read more »

The 2004 Eagles: Where Are They Now?

Eric Hartline / USA Today

Eric Hartline / USA Today

February 6 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the last time the Eagles played in the Super Bowl.

Behind Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens, Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins and others, the 2004 squad made it all the way to Jacksonville before falling to the New England Patriots in the title game.

Our buddy Dan McQuade put together a terrific “Then And Now” piece, looking at what many of those Eagles are currently up to.

From the big names to McNabb and Owens to ones you might have forgotten like Hank Fraley and Dhani Jones, here is the complete rundown.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Thoughts On Ryan Day

Mark Sanchez, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley

Note: Because of our travel schedule back from the Senior Bowl, we’re posting Wake-Up Call early with the news of the Ryan Day hiring.


Chip Kelly called on an old friend Thursday to become the Eagles’ new quarterbacks coach: 35-year-old Ryan Day.

Day spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Boston College. He was BC’s wide receivers coach from 2007 to 2011. In 2012, Day spent a season at Temple as the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach. He was at Temple previously in 2006 as the WRs coach.

But Day’s connection with Kelly goes back to New Hampshire. Day was a three-year starter there at quarterback while Kelly was the offensive coordinator. He then served as the program’s tight ends coach in 2002. Both Day and Kelly attended the same high school – Manchester Central in New Hampshire. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Mariota’s Stock And Grading the ’14 Draft

Matthew Emmons / USA Today

Matthew Emmons / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — There seems to be a new Marcus Mariota rumor every day.

The latest has an AFC scout telling NFL.com that he expects Mariota to slide on draft day:

The scoop: “All these teams high in the draft are all going to see the same things on tape with Mariota, and I’ll bet he starts to fall on draft day. Once that happens, (Philadelphia Eagles coach) Chip (Kelly) will mortgage the future to go get him. If he misses on him, (Kelly) can just bolt back to college.” — AFC scout.

It’s worth keeping in mind that this is just one man’s opinion, but there have been multiple suggestions that Mariota might not end up being a top-five pick. Read more »

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