Eagles Wake-Up Call: Training Camp Is Here

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Birds 24/7.  Amazing how much has changed since we launched.

Here is an excerpt from our first post:

 The Eagles are coming off a devastatingly disappointing season and the head coach, ring-less for 13 years and counting, is in full fight-out-of-the-corner mode. Joe Banner has been exiled, the organization is potentially on the verge of a significant restructuring  but no worries, says the quarterback, the Eagles have what it takes to create a dynasty. You get the feeling, one way or another, something big is about to go down.

We all know how it played out. The Eagles went 4-12, Andy Reid was fired after 14 years of service, and Chip Kelly got the gig following a roller-coaster coaching search. Now, a lot about the team is unrecognizable. The roster, the staff, the philosophy, practices, even the training camp location has changed. The old guard has been replaced by the new school.

Is the new school legit? That question will keep the Eagles in the national spotlight for the foreseeable future. That, and a quarterback competition/controversy that could ultimately involve three different players.

It is an amazing time to follow this team. There are endless story lines and so many questions to be answered. And it all starts now. We’re excited to get it going.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect in the coming days and weeks:

Today

Rookies and selected vets report. Media availability runs from 12-4, so expect your Twitter feed to be filled with action shots of large men walking into buildings around lunchtime. Thirty players in all are scheduled to show, including the newly-signed Lane Johnson.  Michael Vick, Nick Foles and tight end James Casey are among the veterans slated to check into NovaCare Monday.You can find the full list here.

Camp schedule

Monday, July 22
 
Rookies report
 
Tuesday, July 2312:30Rookies practiceNovaCare
Wednesday, July 2412:30Rookies practiceNovaCare
Thursday, July 25Full team reports
Friday, July 2612:30Full practiceNovaCare
Saturday, July 2712:30Full practiceNovaCare
Sunday, July 2812:30Full practiceThe Linc
Monday, July 2912:30Full practiceNovaCare
Tuesday, July 30Day off
Wednesday, July 3112:30Full practiceNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 112:30Full practiceNovaCare
Friday, Aug. 212:30Full practiceNovaCare
Saturday, Aug. 3Day off
Sunday, Aug. 412:30Full practiceNovaCare
Monday, Aug. 512:30Full practiceThe Linc
Tuesday, Aug. 612:30Full practice with the PatriotsNovaCare
Wednesday, Aug. 712:30Full practice with the PatriotsNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 812:30Full practiceNovaCare
Friday, Aug. 97:30Preseason game vs. PatriotsThe Linc
Saturday, Aug. 10Day off
Sunday, Aug. 1112:30Full practiceThe Linc
Monday, Aug. 1212:30Full practiceNovaCare
Tuesday, Aug. 1312:30Full practiceNovaCare
Wednesday, Aug. 1412:30Full practiceNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 157:30Preseason game vs. PanthersThe Linc
Friday, Aug. 16Day off.
Saturday, Aug. 1712:30Full practiceThe Linc
Sunday, Aug. 1812:30Full practiceNovaCare
Monday, Aug. 19Day off
Tuesday, Aug. 2012:30Full practiceNovaCare
Wednesday, Aug. 2112:30Full practiceNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 2212:30Full practiceNovaCare
Friday, Aug. 2312:30Full practiceNovaCare
Saturday, Aug. 247:30Preseason game at JagsEverBank Field
Sunday, Aug. 25Day off
Monday, Aug. 2612:30Full practiceThe Linc
Tuesday, Aug. 2712:30Full practiceNovaCare
Wednesday, Aug. 2812:30Full practiceNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 297:00Preseason game at JetsMetLife Stadium

Practices at the Linc

Sunday, July 28 – Alumni Day (Donovan McNabb and Chuck Bednarik have committed to be in attendance, according to Sal Paolantonio. Some of the players will begin signing autographs for fans in the HeadHouse Plaza at 10:30 am.)

Monday, August 5 – Military Appreciation Day

Sunday, August 11 – Bobblehead Giveaways (The first 10,000 kids entering Lincoln Financial Field, ages 12-and-under, will receive a LeSean McCoy mini-bobblehead doll.)

Saturday, August 17 – Health and Safety Day

Monday, August 26

More than 200,000 tickets (which are free) have been reserved, according to team president Don Smolenski. Go to PhiladelphiaEagles.com if you would like to attend one of the practices at Lincoln Financial Field. Practices at NovaCare are by invite only.

Camp battles

A list of Sheil’s position previews can be found here. Plus, where the 2013 picks stand going into camp.

Upgrades

The NovaCare practice fields received a $200 thousand facelift, and the Eagles have invested more than $1 million in technology upgrades.

Camp Details

If you’re wondering how much hitting there will be or need more on the camp’s structure under Kelly, here’s a full primer.

 

WHAT YOU MISSED

There will be no holdouts this season, as the Eagles and Lane Johnson came to terms over the weekend.

All the latest buzz on the Birds heading into training camp.

On Kelly, math and “response after turnover.”

Sheil rounds out his position previews with a look at the safeties.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

The No. 1 question Don Banks has entering training camp: Can the Eagles master Chip Kelly’s up-tempo, fast-break offense and exit the preseason looking like an NFL version of the Oregon Ducks?

…OTAs are an entirely different game compared to the preseason, when the shoulder pads go on, the hitting commences and the intensity gets ramped up a notch or three. That’s when we’ll start to see the full effect of Kelly’s break-neck style of offense, and whether or not it can be sustained by his NFL-sized roster.

Complicating the situation, of course, is the quarterback competition that will rage in the coming weeks, with Michael Vick, Nick Foles and maybe even rookie Matt Barkley vying to prove their skill set is the best fit for Kelly’s aggressive and attacking approach. The sooner the Eagles’ offense identifies its trigger man, the better. Starting next week, all seat belts should be fastened for a full-speed takeoff in Philly.

The Delco Times caught up with former Oregon LB/DE  Brandon Hanna to find out more about Kelly.

DT: Do you think Kelly’s training methods will translate to the NFL?

Hanna: “In terms of structure, coaching and knowledge, I think the Eagles are going to be very well-off. Along with Chip, (defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro) is the best coach I have ever played for. They both do everything they can to get the most out of players. Whether it’s athletically, nutritionally, personally or spiritually, they take everything into account.”

DT: What type of player will thrive under Coach Kelly?

Hanna: “The players who push themselves and sacrifice for the team. That’s the mind set you have to have with Chip. He say, ‘We’re going to win with the right people doing the right things.’ If you weren’t a team player and couldn’t abide by the rules set forth, you were gone.

COMING UP

Football season. Congratulations, you’ve made it.

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  • nicksaenz1

    Finally!!! Good luck and good health to our boys. We’re owed the good health after last season, at the least. Excited to see what this looks like by 9/9 in D.C.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Thanks for the year of goodness, you two cannot be appreciated enough for your superb journalism and fair analysis… really can’t be beat. When this many fans are praising your work, it means something. Just promise not to take that big-wig promotion any time soon….

  • Kemoslobe

    Congrats on a great year! This site has become my must-check several times a day daily stop for all things Birds. Thank you and please keep up the good work

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Congrats for the first year, and hopefully many more in the future! Would love to see some numbers on the difference of readers between then and now.. bet you it’s quite a big leap! Best Birds source around.

    Now, when does the podcast start again?!

  • Johnny Domino

    Congratulations on your first of hopefully many years, nothing like this available before or since.

    When we arrive on Sunday, where will we find the 24/7 hospitality tent?

  • BQNinja

    I’m amazed that it’s only been one year. This place feels like home when it comes to keeping up with the Eagles. Keep up the awesome work!

  • cliff henny

    great to have the Eagles back. now, please baby jesus, no non-contact injuries! saw where cowboys lost Crawford, and put both starting guards on IR. love to see the cowboys have a starting o-line of Free and Bell at T, 2 back-up G’s, and that rookie center. maybe the injury bad juju has moved onto Texas(knock on wood)

    Sheil and Tim, thanks for a great site. For an avid fan that’s moved out of town, easily my 1st stop to get my Eagles fix. sure for those in philly it is also, anything has to be better than cataldi and hughes. got sucked into a podcaste the other day, they are just gawd awful

  • EaglefaninAZ

    24-7 has been my first stop for info since it’s inception. Thanks again, guys!
    As far as camp goes, I’m most looking forward to the guys we haven’t really seen yet. Ertz, Poyer, and Casey. Second to that for me would be the whole quarterback thingy. :)

  • Explorer51

    Can’t imagine where an Eagles’ fan would be w/o Birds 24/7! You and Sheil make a great team, congrats on your first year!

  • Birds24/7

    Thank God, Eagles Football is Finally Here!

  • Bdawk20

    Sheil and Tim – thank you for making it feel like football season all year around. Great time to follow this blog!

  • Max Lightfoot

    Way to go, Tim and Sheil! This site is fun even in the offseason! (Is there an offseason?) I really value both your stances on the team – you do not take the easy way out and run with the pack but follow your own curiosities, which result in very interesting, in-depth stories. Thanks again and best of luck in Year Two! Go Eags!

  • Benzino

    FLY EAGLES FLY, ON THE ROAD TO VICTORY
    E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES !!!!

  • zbone95

    Does anyone have 2 front row tickets for the July 28 Practice??? I have 2 front row 122 tickets for August 26 that I would gladly trade for the July 28 tickets. Please email me at zbone95@gmail.com

  • Max Lightfoot

    I suspect that Kelly will be a player’s coach, but different from Andy Reid in that Chip will not hold players’ hands or take them aside to tell them privately that they’ll be starting. He’ll keep everyone guessing until the last minute. Chip will not be worried about individual egos as much as the team’s overall mindset. We’ll see how that works through out training camp and the preseason (practice) games. There may be ulcers for some, but it will be interesting, to say the least.

  • knighn

    And now for some great duos in history:
    Siskel and Ebert
    Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday
    Lewis and Clark
    Hall and Oates
    Simon and Garfunkel
    Siegfried and Roy
    Riggs and Murtaugh
    Batman and Robin
    Bert and Ernie
    Sheil and Tim

  • Maggie

    While this site is great and also my first stop most days, I have to wonder about all the of the sports “writers” out there. Every single one of them seems convinced that Kelly will do everything EXACTLY THE SAME as he did with his university team. Never mind that the guy is smart, never mind all the seasoned NFL coordinators and position coaches he has working with him. Nope, Chip Kelly will run the NFL Eagles just like the University of Oregon Ducks. Strange, I always thought writers were creative and original thinkers.

  • Dan

    Great first year guys! Here’s to the second!

  • Dutch

    That’s pretty much a given considering Vick in games started and completed in the NFC East is 9-1 over the last 3 years. In my opinion the barometer of how well Kelly is doing in this transition will relate to where the Eagles are in the division race in December. The Eagles have pretty much dominated the regular season in the East the last few seasons and to not be in a similar position late this season would not be a good showing for Kelly provide we remain healthy.

  • knighn

    or DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince…
    lol
    This wasn’t an extensive list…