Three Eagles Numbers That Matter

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From the idea of a QB-friendly system to limiting big plays on defense, here are three Eagles numbers that matter.

64.1 – That was Mark Sanchez’s completion percentage with the Eagles last year. He also averaged 7.8 YPA. Those numbers really pop if you compare them to what Sanchez produced with the Jets: 55.1 and 6.5.

So why am I bringing this up now?

There has been a lot of talk about how QB-friendly Chip Kelly’s scheme is. We had a large sample size (62 games) of who Sanchez was with the Jets. And we got a smaller sample size (nine games) last season with the Eagles. But in a couple of base indicators – completion percentage and YPA – Sanchez performed significantly better in Kelly’s scheme than he did with the Jets.

On the other hand, Sanchez’s interception rate remained nearly identical: 3.7 percent with the Jets and 3.6 percent last year. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Will the Chip-Marynowitz Setup Work?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes via Twitter.

I think the best way to tackle the question is to dissect the good and the bad.

Let’s start with the good. We rounded up a bunch of reaction yesterday, and plenty of informed people seem to have really positive things to say about Marynowitz. He’s worked under guys like Nick Saban and Bill Parcells. And he seems to have a good reputation in the scouting community.

Because Marynowitz has already been here, he knows what Chip Kelly is looking for in players. He knows the Eagles’ scheme. And he’s informed on the current state of the roster. Considering we’re approaching February, and free agency/the draft are coming up, those are all good things.

Now, the question marks. While Marynowitz may possess the scouting chops, he’s never handled other parts of the job. He hasn’t put together a draft board or conducted trade talks. He hasn’t had to determine when to walk away from a high-priced free agent or accurately project where prospects will be selected. Read more »

Notes: On Gamble, McCoy And the Power Structure

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Tom Gamble has a new home.

The former Eagles vice president of player personnel is back in San Francisco as a senior personnel executive with the 49ers, the team announced.

“Tom is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable and respected personnel men in the business,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He played an instrumental role in our personnel department from 2005-2012 and is well versed in our system having played a role in its development. Read more »

Bicknell Decides To Stay With Eagles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Bob Bicknell spoke to 49ers coach Jim Tomsula about the team’s offensive coordinator opening, but decided he did not want to leave the Eagles, league sources told Birds 24/7.

An earlier report from The Sacramento Bee suggested that the Eagles had blocked Bicknell from interviewing, but Chip Kelly has been pretty consistent in his philosophy that he won’t stop assistants from pursuing potential promotions. Read more »

Eagles Rookie Review: Player-By-Player Breakdown

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Below is a player-by-player look at how the Eagles’ rookie class performed in 2014 and what to expect going forward.

Marcus Smith (1st round, 26th overall)

He got on the field in eight of 16 games. Smith was inactive twice and a DNP-coach’s decision six times. In all, the Eagles’ first-round pick played just 68 snaps all season.

Smith started the season at outside linebacker, but switched to inside linebacker after the Eagles were decimated by injuries. At times, Billy Davis tried to use him in a specialized role in sub packages, but Smith’s head appeared to be spinning, and that experiment didn’t last. Read more »

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 »

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