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

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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 »

Eagles Name Marynowitz VP Of Personnel

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have named Ed Marynowitz their new vice president of player personnel.

“Ed is someone who has really impressed me going back to my interview process with the Eagles two years ago,” said Chip Kelly. “He’s very bright, detailed, organized and his vision was aligned with what we want to accomplish. I spoke with a lot of people outside of our organization over the past few weeks and in the end, Ed was the most impressive.

“I can’t tell you how well thought of Ed is in the scouting business. What many people in the football community told me matched exactly what I thought of him from Day One.”

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Draft Buzz: Cornerback Options At No. 20

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Melina Vastola / USA TODAY Sports

As two teams continue to prepare for the Super Bowl, the other 30 have turned their focus to scouting for the upcoming draft.

Here is a rundown of what people are saying the Eagles will do come April 30.

Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting believes that Florida State CB PJ Williams’ physicality could fit in well with the Eagles defensive scheme:

Chip Kelly loves corners who are physical initially and down the field, and PJ Williams certainly fits that bill well. With Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher needing to be upgraded, Williams could quickly become the team’s feature cornerback.

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Wake Up Call: Dungy Likens Mariota To Rodgers

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Opinions vary on Marcus Mariota, but the ones that like him seem to like him a whole lot.

We know that Chip Kelly has a soft spot for the Oregon signal-caller, recently likening his ability to process information to Peyton Manning‘s. Tony Dungy, meanwhile, compared Mariota to another elite signal-caller: Aaron Rodgers. 

“I think Marcus has a lot of the same skill set. He has the same drive and determination. I just really think the world of him as a person. I just think he’s special,” said Dungy, via JoeBucsFan.com. “If I watched Jameis [Winston] as much, and knew as much about him, I’d probably have a similar opinion but I just think Marcus is going to be sensational in the NFL.”
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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 »

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