Chip Kelly, Roseman On Geno Smith

The question was about the quarterback position,  and it was offered up to either to Chip Kelly or Howie Roseman, who were seated at opposite ends of the table in the NovaCare auditorium.

You worked out Geno Smith earlier this week. You brought in Matt Scott for a visit. Do you expect to draft a quarterback come April?

The head coach and general manager exchanged glances and waited a beat before Kelly decided to take it on.

“You know, I don’t know,” said Kelly. “I know one thing about since I’ve been here is we’re going to look at anybody and everybody that can help us win football games. If it takes us getting on a plane to watch a guy go work out or bring someone in, they’re not going to be the last two guys that we go to see or bring in here to see. Just because it’s quarterbacks people get enamored with that.”

Smith is widely considered the best quarterback in the draft and the Eagles hold the No. 4 pick, so obviously it will get people’s attention when word gets out that the team brass hopped a flight to work him out. That is especially true when owner Jeffrey Lurie is along for the ride.

Roseman had a separate session with reporters following the introductory press conference for Isaac Sopoaga and James Casey Wednesday, and got hit with several questions about Smith. Roseman was tight-lipped about the QB.

Is Smith a top-10 pick?

“You’re going through the process, you’re trying to get as much information as possible. I can’t comment on anybody else’s draft board and at this point I can comment on ours.”

Has Lurie gone on any trips before to see draft hopefuls?

“I don’t know that we want to get into specifics on who is coming on the trips for us. We’re going to see a lot of people here in the next few weeks, we’re going to try and get as much information as possible to make the No. 4 pick in the draft the right one for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

What was your takeaway from the Smith workout? What did you learn?

“I think at this point in the draft process, as much information as we can keep internally that’s kind of where we are at this point. Obviously he’s an impressive guy.”

The trip to Morgantown could represent legit interest, it could be a smokescreen or it could simply be due diligence. Whatever the case, the possibility of Smith being in play provides another level of intrigue to the upcoming draft.

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  • ICDogg

    I would guess due diligence. I don’t think there’s any way of gauging their possible interest with what we know from the visit.

    • Graham

      Agreed.. I certainly hope they don`t use the 4 on Geno when they just restructured Vick… wait until next year or the year after to get a QB

      • eagleknowledge

        I love you idiots that say wait till next year to take your QB. First
        off how do you know what is going to happen next year. They said the
        same thing last year wait till next year and draft Barkley. Now look
        where Barkley is. He’s dropping into the 2nd round. And 2nd what if they
        aren’t picking in the top 5 again next year then What. Me personally
        think they will be challenging for a playoff spot cause i think the
        coaching last year was SO BAD. If they view Geno as a franchise QB then
        they should run the card up if he is available still at 4. Cause in case
        you dopes haven’t noticed this is a QB league and your never going to
        compete unless you have one.

        • JofreyRice

          The Post So Nice, He Made it Twice!

          • theycallmerob

            It seems this site’s caught a bad case of the trolls recently.

          • JofreyRice

            Yep.

        • Richard Colton

          Im thinking we might be able to wait until NEXT YEAR to get our QB, what do you think?

          • JofreyRice

            I kind of agree with what you’re saying, but I would offer this: What if we wait until NEXT YEAR to get the QB?

          • UKEagle99

            That’s not a bad idea but I think we’re better off waiting until the 2014 draft instead and getting our QB there.

          • eagleknowitall

            Geno Smith could be a pro bowler but i think we might want to wait till next year and get our QB. I Hear 2014 is a good year for QB’s

        • Eaglesrealist

          Since you posted your bloviation twice, ill respond twice.
          And how do you know that there won’t be better QB’s next season, eagleknowledge? I’m sure you cover college football for a living and are Todd McShay’s understudy, but I’d take that sanctimonious attitude and lose it were I you (and thankfully I’m not.) Logan Thomas, Tyler Bray,
          Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd and Johnny Football are all better college players and prospects than ANYONE in this draft. But I’m sure you knew that, right Mel Kiper?

      • MAC

        The Vick deal is a 1 year deal essentially. They are keeping him to implement the system. He probably won’t make it through whole year anyways. So that means we need another guy to start next year. Vick is who he is and there is no successful future with him at the QB position here. Just best available now to play this system. I do not really want to take Smith at 4 bc of other holes and uncertainty with this QB class. However I do think the fact Lurie went to G Smith work out tells me it’s a strong possibility he is our # 4 pick. Just my opinion.

        • jezzyman05

          And if the eagles do take Geno Smith then he will ride the bench and learn. I believe in Bill Lazor, Pat Shurmur and Chip Kelly to develop Geno into a elite franchise QB, look at what Shurmur did to McNabb, Bradford and made a joke pick look almost brilliant with Weeden, Bradford had the best year of his career with Shurmur and we all know McNabb and his career with the eagles only like him or hate doesn’t change the fact that he is the best QB in eagles history, and of course Weeden I’m not even going to start with this mess.

          I trust this front and coaching staff already more than I trust Andy Reid staff since JJ past and Dawkins left, so if Geno is the guy then I think it will be alright.

  • ohitsdom

    I think they’re dangling their fourth pick out there, daring anyone to trade up if they want Geno. To me, Buffalo just became a prime candidate trade up since they cut Fitz. We drop back 4 spots, pick up an extra second and still possibly get Dion Jordan. I’d certainly take it, but it all depends on who comes calling on draft day. Keep that poker face, Howie.

    • jabostick

      Yep.

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      Much rather take Vaccaro than Jordan at this point

      • JofreyRice

        /”vote up” infinity

      • Wilbert M.

        Jordan is scary (re: Mamula)

        • southy

          Jordan was a consensus top LB pick before the combine. His numbers only reaffirmed that he’s a freakish athlete for his size. Not Mamula-esque.

          I still have my reservations about him though. All that athleticism and doesn’t have an inside move and doesn’t seem to change direction well in space.

          • Jezzyman05

            I think you have Jordan mixed up with Jones

          • southy

            I didn’t say THE top LB pick. Go look at pre-combine articles on this site even. Jordan will get mentioned a LOT when talking about no. 4.

      • thefadd

        either will easily be had between 7 and 10, not @4

      • Brian

        SAMs going to be a REALLY tough position to fill though. Jordan/Jones have to be strongly considered.

      • jezzyman05

        You don’t want Vaccaro, he is not a good safety at all, even the radio station don’t think is he any good he is horrible in coverage misses a lot of tackles in fact he missed quite of few tackles against the SOONERS which made Whaley and Williams look really good trust me you don’t want Kenny Vaccaro.

    • theycallmerob

      That would be my ideal scenario, as well. And if not Jordan (or Ansah, or whomever the Eagles value highly at that spot as an OLB), I’d love to grab Vaccaro.

  • Ken

    I think they are just setting the hook for any teams interested in Smith.

  • Niels

    As long as people are guessing in other front offices that is a good thing. I would imagine that since there is a lot of uncertainty about his plans for scheme, etc. the Eagles have the additional advantage of not revealing needs, which would clearly drive up the price (see Smith, Alex and Reid, Andy, for why telegraphing need is bad for negotiations)

  • eagleknowledge

    I love you idiots that say wait till next year to take your QB. First off how do you know what is going to happen next year. They said the same thing last year wait till next year and draft Barkley. Now look where Barkley is. He’s dropping into the 2nd round. And 2nd what if they aren’t picking in the top 5 again next year then What. Me personally think they will be challenging for a playoff spot cause i think the coaching last year was SO BAD. If they view Geno as a franchise QB then they should run the card up if he is available still at 4. Cause in case you dopes haven’t noticed this is a QB league and your never going to compete unless you have one.

    • theycallmerob

      check that tone please, mister. We can’t all be both idiots and dopes. A Top-5 pick does NOT necessarily translate to franchise QB. They need to go BPA at this point, especially at 4.

      • eagleknowledge

        I guess you fit the Dope Comment!! If you read what i said is IF THEY THINK he is a franchise Qb they shouldn’t hesitate to select him. Never said taking him in the top 5 makes him a franchise QB. I hope that they know more then ALL of us and if they see what they think is a franchise Qb then it shouldn’t be a difficult decision

        • UKEagle99

          Your posts and comments may be valid but do you have to be so aggressive? Check the attitude and stick to the topic.

        • Eagle Anti-Knowledge

          In addition to checking the attitude, check for errors before calling other people dopes. It makes you look like the dope. It is “more than” and not “more then.”

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      Geno is an outstanding talent who is a top 10 pick. He has better numbers than any QB in the draft over the last 10 years compiled in a very competitive conference against top competition. He’s burnt a number of high quality safeties and defensive backs who are relevant in this draft.

    • EaglesRealist

      And how do you
      know that there won’t be better QB’s next season, eagleknowledge? I’m sure you
      cover college football for a living and are Todd McShay’s understudy, but I’d
      take that sanctimonious attitude and lose it were I you (and thankfully
      I’m not.) Logan Thomas, Tyler Bray, Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd and Johnny Football are all better college playersand prospects than ANYONE in this draft. But I’m sure you knew that, right Mel Kiper?

      • Jezzyman05

        I’m sorry but Johnny Manziel is not a better prospect than Geno Smith, Johnny has weak arm strength and is not accurate with the deep ball if he declared this year he would a mid round pick at best and probaly the 3rd or 4th best read option QB in this draft. Tyler Bray is in this years draft and is projected to be a mid round pick as well.

        Teddy Bridgewater may or may not be a franchise QB it’s too early to tell he had a solid against decent completion and had a outstanding bowl game against a Florida team that ranked in the top 15 in pass defense it was impressive but teddy needs to prove that this year is not a fluke and with another year like this past year will shoot him to the top pick next year.

        I agree that so far Geno Smith seems to be the top QB in this draft and someone will pay a kings ransom to trade up to get him….he may not be a RGIII or luck but he can still be a elite QB in this league. I don’t want the Eagles to draft him but if we sign a RT in the few days it could very well be our pick, and if Geno is our pick then Nick Foles is sure to be traded while Geno learns the offense behind Vick, not the likely but it wouldn’t surprise me if it happened.

    • Jezzyman05

      I completely agree, I don’t want Geno Smith but I would not be surprise if we ended up drafting him, the guy seems to be the real deal.

      If we draft Smith then Nick Foles is sure to be traded and Geno Smith sits the bench and Shurmur and Kelly groom him to be the next franchise QB which would not be a bad thing.

      The next few days will if the eagles sign either Vollmer,Smith, Winston or Long (most unlikely) then Geno could very well be our guy.

  • http://twitter.com/TheKiltedGinger RedheadedStepchild

    The arguing is funny. Remember all of the QB’s who were taken when McNabb was drafted? Picking a franchise QB in the first round is not a guarantee. Tom Brady is proof of that fact. Colin Kaepernick was a 2nd rounder. Matt Schaub was a 3rd rounder. Sure a lot of the guys are first rounders, but not all first rounders are Franchise QBs. They could always draft the next Ryan Leaf or JaMarcus Russell.

  • D3Keith

    As much as we fans would like to know what they have in mind, I prefer they keep it on the hush-hush. Looks like they’ve played this correctly … so far.

  • Richard Colton

    I’m not loving the idea of trading out of #4. Remember the 2011 draft? 6 out of the top 7 picks have already made the pro-bowl. Only 1 of the next 7 did. Eagles have a lot of holes; they need young stars. Trading down or making a vanity pick isn’t something we can afford to do.

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      I agree. The Eagles are not that talented where they can afford to pass over the best player available with any of their picks. It’s from trading down the Eagles lack sufficient talent to compete today.

      The Eagles trade down looking to save money on players, which they have been exceptional at over the years and, using that strategy you get what you pay for.

      • Wilbert M.

        I’m on the fence with this because this is a unique draft with no true top five or top ten. The Eagles need quantity as much as quality. I’m not sure you lose much quality by dropping down. QB’s have been consistently over-drafted – Ponder at #12, Tannehill at #8, Gabbert at #10. Some team will be chomping at the bit to get Geno Smith – the Birds need to be ready to get knocked over with trade offers.

        • Richard Colton

          Agreed. I’m worried about the Eagles trading out of the top ten and taking a guard or safety. A cornerstone LT or DE is (next to franchise QB) the hardest position to find. We have an opportunity here. lets not waste it.

          • Wilbert M.

            They need to play this carefully, but it can pay off. The Cardinals (haha – sorry about Kolb), Browns, Bills and Jets need QB’s and switching picks with either would still leave us in the top 10 and give us more picks.

        • Max Lightfoot

          No offense, Wilbert, but the phrase generally is “champing” at the bit, not “chomping”, although many folk commonly use “chomping”. Just being a word nerd here.

  • Cordiero

    Smith seems legit but I rather build this defense first and stick with Vick for this year and take a top QB next year even if you have to trade up to get him next year but building the defense is top priority right now i.e. selecting either Jarvis Jones or Dee Milliner with the fourth pick

    • Jezzyman05

      Milliner is not worth the 4 pick, people need to stop this lobbying for Milliner is a good starter but not elite, and honesty go to philadelphiaeagles.com and listen to Howie when is being interviewed by the media hear is what he said:

      “When you go into the draft room and you look at the depth chart and you see all of these players on there, it’s exciting because you don’t have to (reach),” said general manager Howie Roseman late Thursday afternoon,

      “There’s no ‘Have to’ in the draft. As much as you say you want to take the best available player, I’ve been around long enough to know you can say that, but it’s hard when you see the big gaping hole on the depth chart. I think that’s one of the things that we thought was enticing about this is we like the players we brought in here, at the same time we can go into the draft and we can go in any direction.”

      Meaning milliner is not coming here

      The best players available if we stay at the 4th pick is Star, Joeckel, Fisher, Jordan, Ansah, Floyd and the wildcard in this is of course Smith so Milliner nor Jones is getting drafted by us

  • borntosuffer

    It was smart. It made their 4th round pick look more appealing to anyone who wants Geno.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    It’s not surprising Kelly has interest in Geno Smith, The Eagles have been through this same process with an inspiring Quarterback nobody in the fan base wanted and New Coach looking or what’s best for his regime.

    Smith was an exception Quarterback in 2012, with the stats and tape to support his body of work.

  • Andy

    If they can trade back in the first round and get an extra pick this year in the early/mid rounds and someone’s first rounder next year, they should do it. It is going to take more than one year (and draft) to build this team and this draft seems to have more depth than most.

  • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

    Non-answers if I ever heard them. Of course those are questions that you can’t reasonably expect meaningful answers to.

    • Mac

      Those are exactly the kind of answers hr needed to give. Gotta keep speculation high ;)

  • EaglesFanatic

    Became a fan of Geno Smith after watching this interview. Light years more mature than the likes Jermarcus Russell and Vince Young.

    • Richard Colton

      He looks like Eric Allen. Remember that ’91 defense? Ohh man.

  • DunedinEagle

    Prediction: Foles to Buffalo for their third rounder. Eagles take Geno at 4 and I become a Seahawks fan.

  • Jack A

    We drafted a linebacker once that was very much like Dion Jordan. Was supposed to be super fast and could raise havoc with the opposing teams QB. He failed. His name was Mike Mamula. Please don’t draft another Mike Mamula.