Cole Says He’s Willing To Rework Deal

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles seem to have a willing dance partner in Trent Cole.

The 10-year veteran appears comfortable with the idea of moving on if that’s the way things break, but his preference is to finish his career in Philadelphia.

Is he willing to rework his deal so he can come back for another season?

“Yes,” he responded. “I want to do whatever I can to make things work. Hopefully it results in me being here.”

The 32-year old’s base salary jumps from $5 million to $10 million next season and he’s slated to make just shy of $35 million over the final three years of his deal. There’s basically no shot he ends up collecting all that coin. Cole and the Eagles will likely have to find some middle ground to keep the relationship going. Read more »

Chip Talks Foles, Quarterbacks

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Jeffrey Lurie said that quarterback always needs to be the top priority, and that the general approach when it comes to the position is to “try to win big and focus on that position at all times.”

So, will the focus be on upgrading that position this offseason?

Chip Kelly wasn’t ready to say anything definitive one way or the other.

“We haven’t made any evaluations of anything at any position,” he said.

“We have a long evaluation process. Time is on everybody’s side here. We don’t have to make any decisions today. You don’t have to make any decisions really until you get close to free agency in terms of how we want to start to shape the roster for 2015. I think we have a real good process in terms of how that works. There is no reason to be hasty in any decisions from that standpoint. You take a look at anything and everything you can. Our goal is to win this thing, and to do that you have to look at everything, no matter what it is. You don’t know what presents itself.”

What you haven’t heard, from the owner or the head coach, is a commitment to Nick Foles. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Secondary Shuffle

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

There was a change in approach and personnel Sunday, but the results were in many ways the same.

The struggling Bradley Fletcher was inactive for the regular-season finale in New York (Chip Kelly said he suffered a hip injury in practice during the week), moving Nolan Carroll into a starting role and rookie Jaylen Watkins into the rotation. Because of the new pieces, Billy Davis opted to have Cary Williams shadow Odell Beckham Jr. instead of keeping the starting corners on their respective sides as is custom. And to try and minimize the amount of big plays, Davis went with more split-safety looks.

The Giants, though, still racked up 429 passing yards and the Eagles yielded five plays of 20-plus yards through the air, adding to their league-leading total. Read more »

Lurie: ‘I Think We’re Pretty Close’

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jeffrey Lurie believes that the overall state of the union is strong. He backed his general manager and head coach, and spoke optimistically about what lies ahead for this team despite the step backwards in Year 2 under Chip Kelly.

“I think we’re pretty close,” said the owner, addressing reporters in the MetLife Stadium visitors locker room moments after the Eagles season came to a close.  “I think we know exactly what we have to upgrade. You see certain teams, they go 8-8, 8-8 and then they break through. We’re at double-digits, double-digits, it doesn’t mean we’ll be double-digits next year but I think we’ve got a really good nucleus of young players, mostly under 27, a lot of players below 30, a lot of up-and-coming stars in this league. It’s all in front of us, but I don’t want to sound overly enthusiastic because we have to fix those three things.”

Those three things, which Lurie called the team’s “Achilles heels that really in the end were not solvable,” were turnovers, red zone offense, and big plays allowed on defense.

“Great, great front seven and outstanding improvement on ‘D’ all over except giving up the deep ball. You can’t do it,” he said.

When Lurie says he knows exactly where the upgrades need to be made, it’s fair to conclude that he is pointing right at the secondary for starters.

Who will be in charge of making the appropriate changes? Read more »

Kelly: Cox Has Been Our Top Player

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Chip Kelly was handed the Pro Bowl list last night so he could call the Eagles that had been selected. His reaction when he saw that Fletcher Cox was a sixth alternate?

“Wow,” said Kelly.  “That was the one that kind of surprised me. I think he’s been our top player. He’s been really unblockable at times. I think he’s a very disruptive force. But sometimes you make the Pro Bowl I guess on reputation. You ask Jason Kelce, Jason will be the first to tell you that he played better last year than he played this year, which is obviously true — he missed four-and-a-half games. Evan Mathis is a second alternate and he missed eight games…so sometimes I think your reputation goes into it.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On Cole’s Future

Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY

Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY

No current Eagles player has been with the team longer than Trent Cole.

A fifth-round pick back in 2005 (the same year the team drafted Todd Herremans), Cole has logged 154 games in Eagles green over the span of 10 seasons.

Has the 32-year-old thought about the fact that Sunday could be his last opportunity to play for this franchise? Read more »

Five Eagles Named To Pro Bowl

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Five Eagles were selected to this year’s Pro Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. They are: Jason Peters, LeSean McCoy, Connor Barwin, Jason Kelce and Darren Sproles for his contributions on  special teams.

Cody Parkey, Evan Mathis, Chris Maragos, Jeremy Maclin and Fletcher Cox were named alternates.

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Notes: On Foles, Cole And the Corner Spot

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Nick Foles continues to work alongside his teammates at practice. He’s ditched the knit cap for a helmet and has ramped up his level of participation of late, signs that his fractured collarbone is on the mend. But it didn’t heal fast enough for Foles to make a return to the lineup this season.

Come Sunday, Mark Sanchez and Foles will have started the same number of games this year. Considering that he hasn’t been in the lineup since November 2 and has yet to play a full season in the NFL, has the coaching seen enough to know what they have in Foles?

“I think we know what we have in Nick,” said Pat Shurmur. “We’ve seen a guy that by last count I think is 14-4 as a starter (under Chip Kelly). So that’s really how you judge a quarterback.” Read more »

Chip: Not the Time For Evaluations

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly and the media faced a conflict of interest as they engaged in their back in forth Monday, a day after the Eagles were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

With one game remaining on the docket, Kelly had little interest in getting into big-picture, end-of-season evaluations, while the press had no use for particulars about Sunday’s finale in New York. That was part of the dynamic at play during an interesting and at times testy 15-plus minutes on the edge of the NovaCare practice field.
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