Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)
Sam Bradford disagrees with the common characterization of Doug Pederson’s offense. Although the Eagles’ new head coach has previously described his scheme as a “hybrid-type system,” many think of it as a typical West Coast offense.
“This is West Coast-based, it’s still got some of those plays and personnel groupings, but I think it’s almost morphed into a little more spread,” Bradford said. Read more »
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Here’s what we saw during today’s practice session as the last week of OTAs got underway: Read more »
Walter Thurmond and Nolan Carroll. (Jeff Fusco)
Former Eagles safety Walter Thurmond is retiring, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported. Les Bowen of the Daily News wrote in March that Thurmond was contemplating the move after a six-year career. Read more »
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Today’s question comes from reader Nilesh via email:
Why will the new wide 9 be better than previous wide 9?
The change in Mychal Kendricks is noticeable. He added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame this offseason, bumping up from his 2015 playing weight of 235 pounds to 250.
“I feel strong. I feel fast still. I’m a lot more stout than I was. I think you can tell — I’m pretty big right now,” said Kendricks. “I don’t know how I’ll feel hitting someone yet — I’m assuming I’ll feel realllly good.”
The decision to bulk up was his own, Kendricks told reporters last week. A big part of the motivation was tied to the different demands that will be presented in Jim Schwartz‘s scheme — which yes, has a fairly heavy Wide-9 element to it. A combination of how the defensive front lines up and (more importantly) how they are instructed to behave means Kendricks and the linebackers will be dealing with a number of unencumbered offensive linemen steamrolling to the second level.
“Initially [the d-linemen] are up the field so it’s not the same as it was last year — reading as opposed to the linemen getting upfield,” said Kendricks. “We may see more people in our face, which means we would have to be more physical, and I’m all for it.”
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Carson Wentz and Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)
In his first public comments about the Eagles trading up in the draft to pick Carson Wentz, Jeffrey Lurie explained to the MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas why his team made the move.
“We see it differently than I guess some other people may,” Lurie said. “We see Sam [Bradford] as absolutely the right guy to quarterback the team. We are so rarely able to draft in the Top 5 in the draft. It’s only been twice in about 15-20 years. So we saw the opportunity, and we liked two quarterbacks. We had to make the move to secure having a potential franchise quarterback for many, many years. Read more »
Ben McAdoo. (USA Today Sports)
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. For those in need of a quick fix, let’s take a spin around the NFC East to see what’s going on with the rest of the division:
New Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is hitting the right notes early, writes Thomas George of SB Nation. Read more »
Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)
This weekend’s roundup of the national stories about the Eagles. Read more »
Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)
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I’m sure it’s not top on the list of what’s most important right now, but please tell me there’s absolutely nothing to worry about regarding a deal for Fletcher Cox? The radio silence from him is concerning to me and I know how much of an impact player he can be. Is there any reported progress towards a resolution between him and the Eagles front office? -Eagles 1018
There’s not much new to report here, but this is (unsurprisingly) the most frequent question we get. I wouldn’t worry about anything unless Fletcher Cox decides to skip the June 7-9 mandatory minicamp. It’s possible Cox doesn’t show up, but there’s no clear indication one way or the other right now. If he does miss it, the Eagles can fine him $76,580, according to former agent and current CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry. Read more »
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Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has started a podcast where he goes one-on-one with decision-makers in the league about how they worked their way up the ladder and the different experiences that have helped shape them.
This week’s subject was Howie Roseman, who spent nearly an hour talking about his path. He recounted his serendipitous run-in with Jack Elway on a plane when he was seven-years old that gave him the confidence to go after a career in football, to his dogged pursuit of said career and the many obstacles he faced. Roseman revealed that he chose to attend the University of Florida because he was “obsessed” with the passing game at the time and wanted to find a job with the Steve Spurrier-led Gators en route to the NFL. Read more »
Rodney McLeod. (USA Today Sports)
Hyperbole abounds during free agency, especially after high-priced signings when teams guarantee tens of millions of dollars to their top targets. This is especially true in the honeymoon period shortly after the contract is inked, and the new addition meets with the local press corps for the first time.
The Eagles have learned over and over again in recent years after being burned by such ill-fated moves, but even while speaking in the shadow of the DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell deals, Rodney McLeod wasn’t really exaggerating in March when he said he and Malcolm Jenkins could become the best safety tandem in the NFL.
It remains to be seen what role McLeod will have in Jim Schwartz’s scheme, which will go a long way in determining how good of an investment the Eagles made in the $37 million safety, but his teammates and coaches don’t really seem to care how he’ll be deployed because of his varied skill set. Read more »