Rex Ryan. Brian Spurlock / USA Today
PHOENIX, Ariz. — On March 3, Buffalo Bills coaches, personnel people and owners were sitting in a room together going over their plans for the upcoming free agency period.
That’s when GM Doug Whaley’s phone rang.
“We’re sitting around making our plans for free agency, what our team looks like, what we want it to look like, and all of a sudden we get this call from Philadelphia,” said Bills coach Rex Ryan. “And I think that was when the trade started. Probably 30 minutes later, the trade was done.
“We never saw it [coming]. It was an opportunity, that’s it.” Read more »
Chip Kelly (right). Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY
Phoenix, Ariz. — Today’s question comes from Josh, via Twitter:
We now have 33 games worth of material to answer the question: How do defenses defend Chip Kelly’s attack? Read more »
Chip Kelly. Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today
Phoeniz, Ariz. — Chip Kelly got to the owners meetings in Arizona early this weekend to check out the NFL’s veteran combine.
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Former Philadelphia Eagle and Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik sits on the sideline before the NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The Chargers won 33-30. (AP Photo/Brian Garfinkel)
There have been a lot of great items published remembering Chuck Bednarik, who passed away Saturday morning.
Here’s a roundup of some that are worth your time. If we missed any, feel free to post links in the comments. Read more »
Chuck Bednarik. David Boss/USA Today
The Eagles lost one of their all-time greats this morning, as Chuck Bednarik died at the age of 89 at an assisted living facility in Richland, Pa.
“With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and our fans have lost a legend,” said owner Jeffrey Lurie in a statement. “Philadelphia fans grow up expecting toughness, all-out effort and a workmanlike attitude from this team, and so much of that image has its roots in the way Chuck played the game. He was a Hall of Famer, a champion and an all-time Eagle. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this time.” Read more »
Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco
In the days after the Eagles traded him, LeSean McCoy kept an eye on what his former team was doing to fill its hole at the running back spot.
After Frank Gore backed out of his deal, the Birds added both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews to the mix. Chip Kelly said afterwards that the Eagles were able to essentially get two running backs for the price of one (McCoy). But looking at the numbers closely, that’s not really the case. Murray’s deal for the next three years is almost identical to the one McCoy had with the Eagles.
The only differences are Murray gets $18 million guaranteed, and none of McCoy’s contract was guaranteed. McCoy also had a higher cap number for 2015.
Appearing as a guest on The Rich Eisen Show, McCoy addressed the fact that Kelly was willing to pay for Murray, but not for him. Read more »
Today’s question comes from reader Gavin, via e-mail:
My personal thoughts on the trade aside (I’m sure you can guess what they are), I don’t get the timing aspect of this. What was the rush to get this deal done? To my knowledge, there were no salary cap changes/implications/deadlines on the immediate horizon for either Nick Foles or Sam Bradford. I can’t grasp a logical reason as to why this deal had to be made now, and not closer to, or on draft day.
I think the question depends on how you look at Chip Kelly’s motivation to make the deal. If you think he wanted to unload Foles, then I agree with you. The timing was a little strange, especially when you consider what Kelly said afterwards. Read more »
Sam Bradford. Photo courtesy of USA Today.
Before Sam Bradford had fielded the first question, he smiled, looked around and offered up an observation.
“It’s already more people than in St. Louis,” he said to a roomful of reporters at the NovaCare Complex.
When a quarterback is taken with the No. 1 overall pick, the expectation is that he’ll make it to the second contract with the team that drafted him. But that expectation does not always become reality. Bradford started 49 games in five seasons with the Rams. He’s been on the field for just seven games in the past two seasons, and the last time Bradford took a meaningful snap was 17 months ago.
But two ACL injuries did not dissuade Chip Kelly from making a move for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
“I think we had some inside information because [offensive coordinator] Pat Shurmur had the opportunity to coach the kid for a year [in St. Louis], so he knows what he’s like in the meeting room, and he knows what he is like on a daily basis. He knows the consistency that comes with him, and he understands his work ethic. He’s an unbelievable competitor. Read more »
Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong. Ivan Pierre Aguirre / USA TODAY Sports
Today’s question comes from Wayne, via Twitter:
Given all the others moves that the Eagles have made, the wide receiver situation has flown a bit under the radar. Read more »
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There’s an NBC report from Diana Russini out suggesting that the Eagles are looking to trade Matt Barkley so that they can sign Tim Tebow: Read more »