Report: Eagles To Interview Seattle’s Fitterer

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Another name has surfaced in the Eagles’ search for a personnel executive to assist Chip Kelly.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seahawks director of college scouting Scott Fitterer is expected to interview for the position this week.

Fitterer began his stint with Seattle in 2001 as an area scout. He was promoted to his current position in 2010. In that time, the Seahawks have built the core of their current team with guys like Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner. Read more »

Weekend Reading: How Kelly Could’ve Ended Up With Patriots

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

Before we get to the links, we saw that there were some requests for playoff game threads.

Since we’re a blog of the people, we listened and will get those up and running so you can share thoughts and comments on the action.

Now, onto the weekend reading.

If you haven’t seen them by now, here’s a series of Tostitos commercials featuring Chip Kelly. Read more »

McShay: On the Field, It’s Winston Over Mariota

Jayne Kamin / USA Today

Jayne Kamin / USA Today

Trent Dilfer is not the only analyst who has doubts about Marcus Mariota being the top pick in this year’s draft.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network is hearing buzz from personnel people that this is not a good year for QB-needy teams in the top five.

And ESPN’s Todd McShay believes it’s entirely possible that teams will prefer Florida State QB Jameis Winston over Mariota.

“If you’re making the decision based off of what you watch on tape and the football aspect of it, Jameis Winston’s the better prospect,” McShay said during a conference call with reporters this week. “He’s the best quarterback prospect in this draft class. He’s better from inside the pocket than Marcus Mariota, which is really where the foundation of an evaluation should be. Can you win from inside the pocket? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Trade Impact

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As explained here, we’re going to try something new for the Wake-Up Call in the offseason. Each day, we will choose a reader question and make that the topic of the morning post. You can submit your questions in a variety of ways: in the comments section, on Twitter (@Tim_McManus and @SheilKapadia), via e-mail (tmcmanus@phillymag.com and skapadia@phillymag.com) or on Facebook. We’ll choose one each day and answer it.

We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt.

Today’s question (actually two on the same topic):

I know you can’t really answer this without being purely speculative, but I was wondering about the new Chip structure (this ‘era’ needs a catchy name, by the way) and how it might impact trading. From my completely unsubstantiated view, it seemed Howie was one of the more active GMs when it came to trades (picks and players), especially later in the draft.

Do you think it helps or hinders the trade market having someone like Chip who is pretty new to the league? – Jason

Given the new front office structure and the fact that the Eagles’ organization traditionally does a lot of wheeling and dealing with trades in the offseason and especially on draft day, how does that work now? Howie or Chip’s domain since it involves players and “nfl strategy”? – Mike Read more »

Lyght Leaving Eagles Coaching Staff

Assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyght is leaving the Eagles to become the cornerbacks coach at Vanderbilt, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Lyght was part of Chip Kelly’s original staff. He assisted defensive backs coach John Lovett with the secondary. Given the lack of talent in the back end, it’s tough to place too much blame on the individual assistants. But there’s no denying that the secondary was the weakest part of the defense. Read more »

Chip’s Search: Tracking the Candidates

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

On Jan. 2, Jeffrey Lurie announced that the Eagles would begin a search for a new personnel executive to be appointed by Chip Kelly.

Since then, several names have been linked to the opening. Below is a rundown, which we’ll keep updated until the Eagles make a hire. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Marcus Smith Question

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As explained here, we’re going to try something new for the Wake-Up Call in the offseason. Each day, we will choose a reader question and make that the topic of the morning post. You can submit your questions in a variety of ways: in the comments section, on Twitter (@Tim_McManus and @SheilKapadia), via e-mail (tmcmanus@phillymag.com and skapadia@phillymag.com) or on Facebook. We’ll choose one each day and answer it.

We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt.

Let’s get to today’s question: Read more »

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