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Chip Kelly likes to talk to other football coaches.
When he was hired, he discussed how Dick Vermeil helped advise him. He talks to Oregon’s Mark Helfrich every week. In the past, he had visits with Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll. Bill Belichick is a friend of Kelly’s. And he hosted Urban Meyer and Kliff Kingsbury last offseason.
One former coach with whom he’s chatted in recent months is Jimmy Johnson. Read more »
Over the weekend, an amazing note about how the Green Bay Packers are currently built surfaced on Twitter:
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After the Eagles swapped Nick Foles for Sam Bradford last week, Chip Kelly casually mentioned how another team had called him offering a first-rounder for Bradford.
Jeff Fisher backed up Kelly’s story to a degree, saying that the Rams too were actually offered a first-rounder for Bradford.
So the obvious question is: Who was that team? Read more »
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Once again, Chip Kelly delivered a curveball this week when the Eagles signed both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews after unloading LeSean McCoy earlier in the offseason.
What to make of the moves in the backfield? Below are five thoughts.
1. I think the bottom line, and it might be an obvious one, is that Kelly prefers Murray to McCoy.
When the Eagles first traded McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso, the thought here (and in other places) was that Kelly felt like he could do more with less at the running back spot. In other words, why invest serious dollars there if he could scheme production with inexpensive options?
On Thursday, Kelly tried to sell the Murray and Mathews signings as a two-for-one deal. In other words, the Eagles were getting two running backs for the same price they would have spent on McCoy. But that’s not really the case. Read more »
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At the end of Chip Kelly’s press conference Thursday, he was asked about reports that the Eagles are looking to deal left guard Evan Mathis.
Kelly didn’t confirm or deny the reports, but his response provided some further insight into what’s been a hectic offseason.
“In the last week, I think every person on this team was talked about on the trade block,” he said. “We’ve had discussions with everybody about everybody and everything. As we put together models, there wasn’t anybody that was untouchable. If we were willing to trade LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, then I think everybody on this team… we had very hard discussions on who we could lose, and if we lost ‘em, what would we do to replace ‘em, and how we would use that money?” Read more »
According to Chip Kelly, this was always part of the plan.
When the Eagles dealt LeSean McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso, they determined their best approach to replace his production was to add multiple ball-carriers. The names at the top of their list? Frank Gore, DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews.
“We obviously lost a tremendous running back in LeSean,” Kelly said Thursday at the NovaCare Complex. “So how do you replace that productivity? What’s available out there? And obviously we thought the three best guys were Frank and DeMarco and Ryan. And we wanted to target two of them. And we ended up with two of them.
“Did we have a master plan that it was always gonna work out like this? No, but we went into it with an idea that if we lose LeSean, we better get two guys.” Read more »
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Marcus Mariota worked out for NFL evaluators Thursday afternoon and received mixed reviews for his performance.
Obviously, Pro Day workouts should be taken with a grain of salt, but below is a roundup of notes from Oregon. Read more »
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In a somewhat surprising move, running back Ryan Mathews signed a three-year deal with the Eagles today.
Terms of Mathews’ deal have not yet been released. The reason it’s surprising is because DeMarco Murray is also expected to sign with the team. An ESPN report suggested Murray would get $18 million in guaranteed money. The Eagles still have Darren Sproles and Chris Polk on the roster. Read more »
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Last offseason, when Evan Mathis was looking to restructure his contract, the Eagles gave him permission to seek a trade.
A year later, it looks like the Birds’ starting left guard could be on his way out soon.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles are working to trade Mathis. And Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says a handful of teams are interested in acquiring his services. Read more »
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It sounds like the Eagles have themselves a new running back.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, DeMarco Murray is en route to Philadelphia and is “expected to sign” with the Birds. Schefter reports that the Cowboys know they’ve lost Murray and have already started to call about other running backs. Read more »