An Eagles Slant To the Wild Card Round

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Like many of you, I spent the weekend watching four playoff games and fell into the habit of viewing many things through an Eagles lens.

Keeping that in mind, here are five thoughts, along with a flurry of observations. Read more »

Eagles Expected To Interview Sheldon White

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Another name has emerged in Chip Kelly’s search for a new personnel executive: Sheldon White.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles are expected to interview White, who has spent the past six years as the Detroit Lions’ vice president of player personnel. White has been with the Lions for 18 seasons, first starting out as a scout in 1997. Read more »

The Aftermath: Five Thoughts On the Eagles

Derik Hamilton/USAT Sports

Derik Hamilton/USAT Sports

We’re not even a week removed from the Eagles’ final regular-season game, yet the franchise that is still in search of its first Lombardi Trophy has already had an eventful offseason with the moves that have taken place in the past 72 hours.

Below are five thoughts on everything that has happened and what it means going forward.

1. The Eagles sent out two different statements Friday evening. One contained Jeffrey Lurie’s announcement of new roles for Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman. The second contained expanded thoughts from Lurie on the future of the franchise.

In that statement, the owner offered the following on how the new setup came about.

“I have a very good relationship with Chip that continues to grow stronger and stronger,” Lurie said. “When we spoke, he was thoughtful, thorough and professional. There were no demands, no threats – quite the contrary – he was passionate, engaged and articulated a dynamic and clear vision on how this fully integrated approach will work. We look forward to seeing it come to life over time.”

No demands? No threats? On the surface, maybe that was true. But the potential of Kelly bolting – maybe not immediately, but in the near future – must have had a significant impact on Lurie’s decisions. Read more »

Lurie Announces Changes: Kelly in Charge of Personnel

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

After rumors swirled Friday afternoon about the direction of the Eagles franchise, owner Jeffrey Lurie announced changes to the roles of Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman.

Roseman’s new title is executive vice president of football operations. He will direct contract negotiations and salary cap management while overseeing the team’s medical staff, equipment staff and more.

And then the headliner: Kelly will now oversee the player personnel department. He will also lead efforts to hire a new personnel executive, a process that will begin immediately.

In other words, the team will sink or swim based on Kelly’s decisions. He is in charge of the draft, free agency, roster construction, etc. There is no more ambiguity. Kelly is in charge. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly’s Ties To College Title Game

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly’s ties to Oregon are obvious. After the Eagles’ season ended, he was asked if he planned on attending last night’s game against Florida State.

“I’m working,” he said. “I hope they get the chance to play the next week because I think we may be off then. But I’m fired up playing for those guys. Talked to a lot of those guys, and talked to the coaching staff and talked to [Mark Helfrich] last night after our game. He called me after our game. So I’m a big Ducks fan right now and always will be.”

Kelly apparently will be in attendance when Oregon goes for the title against Ohio State next week. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Changeup For 2015

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

We’re always discussing new ideas and ways to improve here at Birds 24/7.

And one thing Tim and I talked about recently was the Wake-Up Call. We get a good amount of questions from you guys in the comments section, on Twitter, via e-mail, etc. But we don’t always get to answer them.

So 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. In the coming months, access to players and coaches is somewhat limited, but as you all know, there’s always something to discuss with this franchise.

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.

One more note: We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt. So be sure to participate! Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Before we get to the links, Happy New Year and thanks from us to all of you for making this site what it is. As we’ve said often, we appreciate all the support in helping to grow Birds 24/7 over the last three seasons.

The Eagles sent out the Tom Gamble press release at 2:16 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. That didn’t exactly stop this group from paying attention and chiming in with opinions. Our Gamble post was published at 2:46 p.m., and as of Thursday morning, the smartest audience in all the land had weighed in with 326 comments.

You’ve proven that the model works. Regardless of month, day or time, Eagles fans want to talk about this team. And you’ve shown that civil conversation can take place even when factions of the fan base disagree. That’s a notion some didn’t think was possible, so congrats. And here’s to more of the same in 2015.

Now onto the links… Read more »

Making Sense Of the Gamble Move

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Tom Gamble is no longer a part of the Eagles’ front office.

Gamble was named the team’s vice president of player personnel during the 2013 offseason. He had previously spent eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers as a respected talent evaluator.

The Eagles may try to spin this as the two sides parting ways, but that seems like a stretch. Read more »

Eagles End Of the Year Awards

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was an up-and-down year for the 2014 Eagles. From the shutout against the Giants to the Thanksgiving Day win in Dallas to the collapse down the stretch, the end result left players and fans with an empty feeling.

Having said that, now seems like a good time to wrap a bow around the year that was. Here are my 2014 end-of-year Eagles awards. Read more »

Year-End Review: Fairly Evaluating Chip Kelly

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

Since the Eagles lost three straight games in December and were eliminated from the playoffs, the range of opinions on Chip Kelly has widened considerably.

Some view him as an over-hyped coach whose team collapsed down the stretch in Year 2. Others defend his every move, regardless of the evidence/results right in front of their eyes.

Below is a thorough evaluation of Kelly, along with a look at the state of the Eagles heading into his third offseason as the head coach. Read more »

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