An Update On the GM Search

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Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles have expressed interest in Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutenkunst and Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz for their vacant personnel executive position, according to Pro Football Talk. But they will not have the opportunity to interview either of them.
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Bicknell Decides To Stay With Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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?

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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 »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Here is a rundown of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

ESPN.com teamed up with Pro Football Focus to figure out how close each team is to competing in the Super Bowl. Despite the Eagles missing the playoffs, the analysis suggested the team is just two players away from getting to the title game. Phil Sheridan notes the positions the Eagles could improve heading into next season:

Secondary: The Eagles’ pass defense truly broke down in the last month of the season. Opposing quarterbacks completed 61 percent of their passes for 1,177 yards and six touchdowns in December. During the three-game losing streak that knocked Philly out of the playoffs, the Eagles allowed 14 pass plays of more than 20 yards, the second-most in the league. Half the secondary starters — CB Bradley Fletcher and S Nate Allen — are scheduled to become free agents. A third, cornerback Cary Williams, could be on his way out, thanks to his $8.1 million cap number. Whether it’s through free agency or the draft, this beleaguered unit is in need of a major overhaul. Seattle’s Byron Maxwell would be worth a look. Read more »

Wake Up Call: Could Foles Be Trade Chip?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes via email from reader Matt:

I had a question about the Eagles drafting Mariota (you’ve heard of that possibility right???). I’ve seen the arm and a leg scenarios about what we’d need to give up to go from 20 to the top five. I’ve heard the names Cox and McCoy most often when talking about adding in current players in addition to draft picks…What I don’t think I’ve seen yet is Foles’ name mentioned as a bargaining chip. He has to have value around the league, right? Wouldn’t one of these teams at the top like the Bucs, Titans or Jets want to hedge their bets a little on drafting a quarterback and instead take Foles who has shown some success, plus our 1st round pick and maybe one more or a 2nd round? That would cut down on the amount of picks for us to give up, while still giving that team a viable starting option from Day 1. I know it’s a big gamble to give up on Foles, but if we think Mariota is the answer, there’s no point in having 2 QB’s right?

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