Wake-Up Call: ‘I’d Never Seen Coach Kelly Cry’

Eagles Coach Chip Kelly Facing Field

MOBILE, Ala. – When Josh Huff saw Chip Kelly’s face, he knew something was up.

This was last January. Kelly had just decided to take the Eagles’ head-coaching job, but before the news leaked publicly, he wanted to address his players at Oregon.


"We were just about to start our winter workouts and he came in. I knew right then there was something going on because he’d never come into our winter workouts," Huff said. "I could just see the look on his face and he was just distraught. But he came in, gathered us up and he was just saying he wanted the challenge in the NFL. And I couldn’t do nothing but thank him for what he’s done."

The emotion was something Huff hadn't previously witnessed from the coach he played under for three seasons.

"I’d never seen Coach Kelly cry up until that point," he said. "When you see a man cry like that, that means he cares about that program, he cares about his players. And I care just as much about him as he cares about me."

Huff did just fine in his senior season without Kelly, blowing up for 62 catches, 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns. At 5-11, 201, he doesn't have one single characteristic that is going to wow scouts. But he is productive, versatile and physical. Some projections list him as a mid-round pick.

Meanwhile, on Sundays last fall, Huff kept an eye on the Eagles, confident that his former coach would prove doubters wrong.

"The reason that he left was he wanted to take on the challenge because people thought that his offense wouldn’t work in the NFL," Huff said. "And look what it did his first year. It’s only gonna continue to get better as players get more comfortable in the offense. I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for the Eagles."

And Huff wouldn't mind being part of Year 2 under Kelly. While the Eagles' offense was not identical to what Kelly ran at Oregon, Huff noticed a lot of similarities.

Asked for his favorite memory of Kelly, Huff recalled a game against Stanford his sophomore year.

"It was halftime and he came in... it was a close battle and he came in and I’ve never seen him so fired up," Huff said. "He came in, flipped the table over, he was cussing a little bit. It fired the whole team up. Eventually we went out there in the second half and did what we had to do, made plays and came out with a victory."

Huff got a chance briefly to catch up with Kelly down in Mobile.

"I just saw him today and I gave him a big hug and told him that I missed him," he said.

Perhaps a longer reunion will be arranged come draft time.

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Richard Sherman explains himself in a column on The MMQB:

It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person. When I say I’m the best cornerback in football, it’s with a caveat: There isn’t a great defensive backfield in the NFL that doesn’t have a great front seven. Everything begins with pressure up front, and that’s what we get from our pass rushers every Sunday. To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.

Matt Smith of NFL.com has the Eagles taking Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard with the 22nd pick:

The offense is in great shape. Even the offensive line looks sound. They need help on defense, particularly in the secondary. Dennard is good value here.

COMING UP

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  • Media Mike

    Kelly should have cried a 2nd time when looking at Trent Cole’s anemic game tape vs. a nobody rookie in the New Orleans game.

    Richard Sherman is the man. I’m glad he said all of that about a low-life like Crabtree. Who starts fights with people at charity events?

    Dennard would be a great pick at #22. We’d get a true #1 corner, Ike Reece would be pumped up, and he’d bring a great attitude due to playing with a bunch of death dealers on Michigan State.

    • Tom W

      First armstead gave up 2 sacks that game from cole and graham and forced Bree’s to throw two ints when he wasn’t chucking it short in 1.3 secs. Last time I checked Brees actually had a sub subpar game.

      Second, eagles arent drafting a corner anymore under 6 ft if they can avoid it. Dennard is 5 10. More likely we draft one in rds 3-7 and groom two start in 2 yrs.

      Sherman is a classless chump. Gets lucky on a poorly thrown back shoulder ball when he was beat by the wr but throw was horrible, then he shoots his mouth off and sounds like Rickey Henderson in the process by not giving credit to anyone else on his team. Third, he takes it all back the next day like a coward and fraud after his agent tells him his me me rant will cost him millions and after about two dozen professional athletes bury him on the twitter. Learn some class

      • Beastmode

        I loved it actually. Yeah Sherman’s an asshole, but when in today’s PC world do you get to hear stuff like that.?

        It doesn’t top his epic takedown of the odious skip bayless though:

        • GEAGLE

          Yeah zi loved it!!! We are a silly people. We want our athletes to play with passion and emotion, yet as soon as they show it, we CRUSH them for it lol…..blaming the SHERMinator is absurd..I blame the silly broad on the sideline who stuck a mic in his face 15 seconds after a physical emotional battle had just ended

          • Andy124

            Did people actually listen to what he said? The only thing to complain about is calling Crabtree a sorry receiver. Oh the horror.

            I always thought I was about as uptight as they come when it comes to player conduct, and I couldn’t work up an iota of give-a-shit about his rant. Maybe I’ve just been jaded by all the criminals the NFL employs these days.

          • theycallmerob

            yea, that was my 1st reaction too, when I saw the headlines about Sherman going crazy and then finally watching the clip. I mean, I get the guy’s kind of lacking in the class dept., because if I just booked a ticket to the SB I wouldn’t immediately go taunt my opponent. But it’s not like he cursed, complained about officials, boasted about himself/team to unrealistic degree (the best CB in game comment is accurate enough). The dude’s a little immature, but he’s always backed it up. And I imagine being a 5th rd pick puts quite a chip on one’s shoulder

          • Andy124

            I for one, would be honored to be a 5th round pick.

          • theycallmerob

            I’d give a pinky toe for a TC tryout

          • Richard Colton

            wouldn’t be much of a tryout with 9 toes

          • theycallmerob

            I’d be like Papale, but with a better nickname- Clubfoot Rob. or maybe just “90%”. I think it’d make me faster, no?

          • Richard Colton

            a 9-toed kicker would be a great story. Definitely get a mini 30-for-30 out of that. “Clubfoot Rob – the man who wouldn’t quit”

          • Andy124

            I’m slow and have a weak arm. I’m trying out for QB.

          • Andy124

            nitey cent for short.

          • Andy124

            I wonder what position your wine glass would try out for.

          • Richard Colton

            Left Out

          • theycallmerob

            he’d never beat out Trash Can for a roster spot

          • Andy124

            I have that rare combination of OL speed and wide out size that Chip covets.

          • theycallmerob

            …is that you, Nick Foles?

          • Andy124

            You caught me. That’s why I always yeast himme up.

          • NickS1

            I just tore my ACL. I think Howie might have a contract waiting for me come August.

          • cliff henny

            think Howie has a jar of ACLs on his desk like your grandmom did with Hershey kisses on coffee table. just show up at his office, sure he has an extra

          • theycallmerob

            go for a bionic replacement. I don’t think being half-robot is barred by the NFLPA (yet). It’s a shame Al Davis died, he’d give the bionic man a 6 yr/$75 mil deal on the spot

          • cliff henny

            for 6yrs/75m, i’d cut off my leg and let howie clamp Iron Byron, the long distance titleist driving machine to me. 100% touchback rate and 95 yd FGs.

          • Will

            LMAO…jails are gonna end up with an NFL wing…lol…

          • JofreyRice

            YEAH BUT HE YELLED!!

          • Andy124

            STOP YELLING AT ME!

          • Beastmode

          • cliff henny

            the best skip bayless clip is when he gets owned, absolutely OWNED, by Mark Cuban. am surprised he still had a job after that. it did calm down Stephen A Smith. think Smith was getting too wrapped/keeping up in Worthless’ crazy rants, and saw him for the clown he was and didnt want to go down that path.

      • Adam

        Nnamdi gave eliquate and classy interviews. I’ll take Sherman 7 days a week and twice on Sundays.

      • moesus

        Sherman wasn’t even close to beat on that play. You act like you’ve never done something in the heat of the moment and then regretted it the next day. It happens. I also seriously doubt that his little outburst was going to cost him a penny. He’s going to get paid even if he does that after every game. It doesn’t hurt the team and he backs it up week after week. I wish our defense played with attitude like that.

        I also love how people think that this is the worst thing in the history of the NFL, when the same week a player is arrested for a prior incident in which he had Spice and was supposedly jerking off in a Target parking lot and an ex player is arrested on multiple rape charges.

      • JofreyRice

        I’ve seen people trash Sherman’s outburst, but I haven’t seen the argument that it was a lucky play. That’s a new one. The guy is simply the best cornerback in the league. They threw at him 2 times all game. Besides the fantastic contortion Sherman made to deflect that ball, tapping it up to Malcolm Smith to end the game was sublime. Cary Williams could have a rabbit foot attached to each of his gloves, running on a field of four-leaf clovers and he wouldn’t have gotten that “lucky”.

        He didn’t take anything back. There is a difference between an explanation and an apology. Sherman’s column in MMQB was the former. They interviewed him about 60 seconds from when he made the play of his life, to send his team to the Superbowl, over a guy he’d had a history with. He was amped. The guy has been the best CB in the league for 2 years now, despite being the the 25th cornerback selected in 2011′s draft. The receivers he shuts down week in and week out make almost as much per game-check as his entire rookie contract is worth. Something tells me he uses those facts to motivate himself.

        • Richard Colton

          So on PTI yesterday Wilbon said that Sherman has such an understanding of his position, e.g. QB tendencies, “high pointing” the ball, positioning himself in space, etc… that he predicted being able to deflect that pass to a teammate.

          When a QB like Wilson does it from one end of the football toss, its called “intelligence.” When a defensive player does it, it’s athleticism or luck. Essentially, they’re equal examples of kinesthetic intelligence. Lets give Sherman and smart defenders their due.

          • RIP illa

            Love it!!! Way to cut through the BS.

        • RIP illa

          Very well said. Hat’s off to you sir for actual intelligence.

          Now just say something I don agree w/ so I can ridicule you and call you an idiot!!! :-)

      • mksp

        Richard Sherman is smarter than you. That must make you angry.

    • Will

      Sean Payton called it…Said Trent Cole had an over rated opinion of himself and wasn’t worried in the least about the LT spot in upcoming game against philly…

      • Media Mike

        +10 points to team Will!

  • Will

    CB at #22 when we need an OLBor a Safety…

    • GEAGLE

      Don’t worry, it won’t happen… Just silly nonsense. Think it will come down to WR and OLB….Not just because those are our needs, but because those are strengths of this draft class, so we should be able to find a BALLER at those positions at 22

      • Will

        looking for cut ups on Benjamin…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4feKUNstdxI

        • Tom W

          Hoping the Texas am kid gets past the ravens to us. Seems like more a chip guy w his rac ability

          • GEAGLE

            Ravens need a lot of help. They need another offseason worth of additions to redo their new defense, They need Oline help…so hopefully they pass on Evans…we need that kid to get passed the jets and Ravens
            ..
            I’m expecting a few OTs drafted in the 15-20 range

          • cliff henny

            pay flacco 20m, gonna get him some weapons. Evans gets by Ravens, have a shot.

          • GEAGLE

            Better protect Flacco or the weapons don’t even matter….didn’t they start a senior citizen at OT?

          • cliff henny

            yeah, but freaking Ozzie has a way of plucking 5th rdrs that can play.

          • GEAGLE

            Loved their last draft…

          • cliff henny

            has he had a bad one?

          • theycallmerob

            ha, you could say the same about their OL! Yanda was a 3rd rounder, current C Gradkowski was 4th, and Osemele was 2nd. Oher, the only 1st rounder, may not be back next year. And I’m sure we all remember their backup G/C AQ Shipley

            They need some serious help there. And I’d say the best OT guys, like OLB pass rushers, go in the 1st (whereas interior prospects can be found deeper). I think with Pitta, Dickson, and Torrey Smith coming back, he’ll have a few pass-catchers. There’s some hope for the kids like Marlon Brown. And with the chance Suggs goes and Ngata only getting older….I just don’t see WR in the first 2 rounds for them.

          • Andy124

            Convinced me.

          • Tom w

            I believe pitta and Dickson are both free agents and they have no number wr. I’m just reading what the mocks are saying and a lot have them taking Evans bc they lost bolden. 4-5 tackles could go before they pick too — not much sense picking 6th best otackle when and elite level wr is there. 2013 draft showed atleast 3 starting otackles drafted after rd 1 and historically otackle is an easy position to find a good starter after first rd.

          • theycallmerob

            I mean, sure, anything is possible.
            For the record, I could care less what mocks say, especially in January. I’m sure many mocks also have us drafting CB, but I don’t see it happening in the 1st. Many of the early mocks are lazy and based on need, not BPA. And living here in Bmore for years now, I like to think I have a better idea of how they draft than some national media folks. I just don’t see WR happening in the first, it’s so deep that many talented guys are going to be there in later rounds. Flacco (and the run game) first and foremost needs help in front of them. And I guarantee 1, if not both, of those TEs are back.

          • theycallmerob

            I agree with Geags, they need an OT more than WR. Will help their anemic run game too

          • cliff henny

            hope Ozzie goes o-line. Evans would be as good of a fit in Balt as Philly. if he can get by the Ravens, or/and Benjamin, think one will be there.
            .
            reading tommy, sheil’s Sr week, sounds like Atta-guy might have to be 1st rd pick. all i know, is next 3 months are going to be long

          • Will

            Tape on Jermiah Attaochu-doesn’t set the edge very well…

          • GEAGLE

            He will def be a first round pick, or he would go at the latest in the top 10 of round 2
            .
            Attaboy and Calvin Pryor climb into round 1
            Barr will fall to 15-20 range

          • Richard Colton

            He’s already this year’s Armstead – and we haven’t even gotten to the combine.

          • GEAGLE

            Teams are going To LOVE his athleticism and Intensity,,dudes a DOG, that we would be lucky to pluck out of round 1..
            .
            The knock is he can play Undiscaplined and get caught out of position..but that’s easily corrected. Anyone know how many years the Nigerian had been playing football?

            Don’t care what Kiper thinks! Attaboy goes top 40!

          • Richard Colton

            #22 might be too high, if he falls to the 50′s – might be great value.

          • GEAGLE

            Today, you are absolutely right…but by the time this draft process unfolds, I expect him to be a top 40 pick. The draft process is almost like an entire NEW season. These are young kids, some very raw…Some of these kids grow drastically as athletes from January to April. Intense kid who I get the impression will make the most of the all star games, combine and offseason work outs…

            This time every year there are prospects the mock community is completely wrong about..Guys who today are listed as 2nd and 3rd round pick who end up catapulting into the first round as the draft process unfolds. Some are already looked at as top 40 picks, but our mis mocked by the Kipers. Other grow into first round picks these next few months. I happen to think this kid will be one of them…certainly could be wrong. But I want to keep a list this year of draft predictions that are drastically different from the popular opinion..so far I got:
            Pryor and Attaboy drafted top 40
            Barr falling out of the top 13(This years Star Latolulie)

          • Richard Colton

            was playing first-pick.com yesterday – ended up with

            1) WR Benjamin
            2) NT ‘sheed Hageman
            2) OT Morgan Moses
            3) OLB Attachou
            4) S Loston

            and the site told me I had a mediocre draft. Do they change their player rankings as stock rises/falls?

          • cliff henny

            you didnt do the trade down 3 times pick up 8 3rd/4th rdrs then draft 1st rd prospects in 3rd and 4th.

          • Richard Colton

            no – just traded down once. They had Benjamin WAY undervalued.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol if that’s a mediocre draft lol…
            ..Not sure about the updates..
            ..
            I wanna do 3 of those drrafts:
            1) one where we have to trade up to get an impact prospect
            2) one where you don’t make any trades
            3)’a trade back version where you accumulate extra picks

          • Richard Colton

            yeah – I did another one where I traded up to #19 to grab Kahil Mack. Felt like I stole something.

          • Eagles4Life

            That is an interesting site. I think some of the trade proposals probably wouldn’t happen in real life, but I’d take my first 4 rounds in a heartbeat lol:

            1) Kelvin Benjamin, WR
            2) Anthony Johnson, DT
            3) Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB
            3) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB
            3) Dion Bailey, FS
            3) Lamin Barrow, ILB
            4) Dakota Dozier, OG
            4) Brandon Coleman, WR

          • theycallmerob

            this year’s Ansah?

          • Andy124

            this year’s Lane Johnson?

          • Richard Colton

            Let’s not go yeasting him up to the top of round one just yet.

          • cliff henny

            feel confident someone will be there. not sure why people care about the top safeties in this draft. cant start wolff and rookie, Eagles have to get FA upgrade over Allen. maybe try another 5th rd crazy athlete like wolff then coach the heck out of him for depth. maybe if 1 slides into 3rd and just cant pass-up. i will be pissed if eagles dont go wr/olb 1-2 or 2-1. it works out as top need and bpa, strength of draft. after that, can do whatever they want.

          • Will

            Calvin Pryor could start with a FA Vet back there with him…

          • cliff henny

            using alot of resources on 1 position, 12m in ’14 cap and first rd pick. i wouldnt mind a 3rd if a guy slides like buchanon, or loston-think tommy wrote he’s showing alot. strength of draft is wr/olb, and after signing byrd or ward, safety wont be as big of a need. wolff looked decent next to allen/chung, he might look like a world beater next to byrd

          • Will

            Beacannon and Loston lack speed both great hitters in the box but liability in coverage….where as Calvin Pryor you get big hit ability and great in coverage…Chung scared me away from slow safeties…he is listed as second best safety behind HaHa Clinton-Dix…not sure he drops to rd two in the draft Tommy Lawlor likes him at #22 which surprised me…

          • cliff henny

            it’s not pryor, it’s the passing on evans/Barr-freak athlete wr/olb, and pushing wr/olb back a rd each in talent level. safeties can be created or picked up, olb and wrs are almost always drafted.
            .
            now, if eagles dont add ward/byrd/etc…a, i’ll be pissed b, paying alot more attention to pryor.

          • Will

            Be shocked if we win Byrd/Ward sweepstakes…lol…they might go mid-level guy in FA…not the big ticket item we the fans want…if Evans is still there it would be hard to pass him over….expect Barr to be long gone…

          • cliff henny

            took one season off from signing big ticket items. i’m not buying this ‘mid-level free agency’ bs howie is tossing. think what true lesson was, age of player matters. get 26,27 not otherside of 30. Lurie isnt scared to write the checks. first, eagles have money, 2nd, they know how to structure contracts so it’s not 6 yrs huge dead money forever is guy fails.

          • Will

            Hope your right just not getting my hopes up till it happens…

          • GEAGLE

            I talked about Pryor being the best safety in the draft and that he would go in round one, before ANYONE started mocking him in round 1, so I’m pretty familiar with his game….and I’m not sure where you are getting your intel, but The knock on Calvin is people question him In coverage…I still think he is the best safety in this draft class, but he isn’t this day 1, game ready starting safety that you are making him out to be…and say we sign Byrd and draft Pryor, Byrd would be starting with Wolff in September, not Pryor…
            ..
            If we sign Byrd type stud. It probably means we are waiting til rounds 3-5 to draft a safety..and if we were to draft A safety in round 1 after signing Byrd, the safety we would draft would probably be Lamarcus Joyner because there are ways to play Joyner,Byrd and Wolff together…instead of Byrd, if we sign another Chung/Kenny Phillips type, then Calvin Pryor prob shoots to the too of our safety wish list, followed by Clinton Dix

          • theycallmerob

            You and me both. I think we get the best talent at either WR or DB at our current spot in the 1st. OLBs may not last. Any word on Wash St’s Bucannon as far as draft position?
            And I add kempski to that, he’s there too. The holy trinity

          • Richard Colton

            Has to be inversely proportional right? The OTs are moving up – seeing the kid from Auburn in the top 5 now. So are the QBs (could be 5 or 6 in round one). If Attachou moves into round one, it starts looking pretty crowded. Maybe Breslin or Sam or Van Noy is still there well into round two.

          • theycallmerob

            I agree. Still somewhat hoping we trade back, either a few spots later in the 1st or grab a worse team’s 2nd and 3rd so they get back into the 1st (i.e., a bottom 5 or 10 team with high picks in the rounds). Having 2 each from 2nd and 3rd, with 1 of those being early in the round, could get us a lot of talent- an OLB, DB or 2, WR, maybe even an OL. I’m all about hoarding talent myself, and trusting the coaches to instill NFL-caliber technique.

          • Richard Colton

            I really don’t hate the idea. I was 100% opposed to trading back from #4 to mid first round last year. But at #22? If none of the handful of players we have targeted make it that far, there is some talent in round 2 & 3. Can’t expect a star at #22.

          • theycallmerob

            Can’t expect a star at #22

            Not just that, but I don’t see a huge dropoff between, say, 22 and 32. I think there are 15-20 elite talents or athletes, and then another 20-25 very good or potentially great players. Heck, I’d say there are at least 100-125 NFL prospects in terms of guys who could at least be adequate starters or great depth players if they fall to the right team/coaching staff. Very deep draft

          • Richard Colton

            Some fun “what if” scenarios present themselves here. Would you rather have:

            A) SS Haha Clinton Dix at #22 or
            B) OLB Attachou and OT Morgen Moses

          • theycallmerob

            B, all day every day.

            Kind of goes back to the conversations the other day, SF front 7 or SEA secondary. Although I’d rather have the great secondary, look how it was built- by catering to the specific coach preferences and with gems found late in the draft (aside from Earl).

            If we have that dominant front 7 (assuming Attachou can get after QBs and is in green), it’ll make Sconces and Fletch look better. And I know S has been our white whale, but I don’t see Haha or anyone to be a lock at #22 (as far as immediately stepping in and becoming Our Earl).

            And all of that doesn’t even factor in the bonus of Moses solidifying our OL (the real key to Chip’s success). I don’t want to count on all 5 guys playing 16 games every year, we need depth. That’s the real reason Brady has looked good for a decade.

          • Will

            Calvin Pryor could step in….have to disagree with ya there..6’2″ 208 lbs. can cover and light’em up like a LB….

          • theycallmerob

            size, weight, and hitting ability does not mean he can step in right away. It’d be great, but I wouldn’t enter the season counting on a rookie and 2nd year player to be our starting safeties.

          • Will

            Apparently the kid is bright and plays in a sophisticated Defense….he could do no worse than Allen or Chung….relax the Eagles will resign Allen and put Wolff out there and say were fine at safety…

          • Will

            I was thinking FA/Pryor to start out there….This is why I want Seattle to win the SB..might change people’s attitude about the Safety spots and stop skimping there when building a great Defense…

          • cliff henny

            poor jimmy, think he is funny, but i rarely venture to philly.com. not sure why he doesnt do more at bleedinggreennation. guess that sites isnt much for information, articles just seem to be quick hitters/conversation starters.

          • theycallmerob

            he was the BGN editor very, very briefly after the bEast went down; I imagine philly.com pays better. And I only have a bookmark to his site, the Red Zone blog, refuse to navigate anywhere else. Even his comments get kinda goofy at times, half Jimmy fans/educated folk and half is the philly .com usuals.

          • Andy124

            Speaking of philly dot com, McLane today said that Foles wasn’t NEARLY good enough against N.O. What a troll.

          • theycallmerob

            Of course! After the display of elite quarterbacking that we saw in the SEA-SF game, I imagine plenty of guys will take a few shots at Foles. Going to be a long winter for the guy. Hopefully the yoga with his mom builds up enough discipline to keep him from choking those guys.
            Speaking of, I hope Sheil or Tim take some time to catch up with Mama Foles. I wonder if Chip brings her in as a flexibility consultant. Way more interesting than RGKnee’s dad

          • Richard Colton

            I heard she was too busy not making Campbell’s Soup Ads

          • Andy124

            She sounds hawt.

        • Will

          Mike Evans vs Alabama

          • anon

            Next level talent. They aren’t running a pro style offense, but he can play, like Megatron style, i’d give up a pick to move up for that. Especially if I can beat out the giants (probably taking OL) or Cowgirls.

          • Richard Colton

            always open – I think he’ll win a lot of one-on-one balls in the league.

          • cliff henny

            cowboys almost have to take d-line. losing hatcher, might have to release Ware, no one else clears cap, or extend him but he’s on downhill side (though top he just went over was pretty freaking high, so that’s all relative). Giants need everything. not sure how much any of that matter with Eli tossing 20 ints. both messes, it’s glorious!

          • GEAGLE

            Cowboys are a mess. I cam see them going Dline,Oline,Clinton Dix…..man, I wouldn’t be surprise if jerry offers hatcher a 3 year 60 million dollar contract, 30 million In signing bonus..screw the cap, this is Gerruhs world

          • cliff henny

            doubt even JJ will do that. cant see how they can even afford air for the footballs, cap is so hosed.

          • theycallmerob

            yea, I’m more worried they get Hageman than one of the good WR prospects. Although there’s always a solid chance they go CB or RB in the 1st.

          • cliff henny

            bloggingtheboys is worse on Hagemen than i am on Evans. they have serious issues, not even sure restraining order is enough

          • Andy124

            Don’t spend too much time there. Stupid could be contagious.

          • theycallmerob

            huh, didn’t think they were that rational down there. Figuring they’d be calling for a 1st rd OG to pair with their big-time Center

          • cliff henny

            the editor is really good. and they have couple guys that post who know their stuff. would think being a diehard cowboy fan, living in texas, would be pretty annoying. have clueless fans from all over. be like vick fanboys on speeball-from-hell.

          • Andy124

            They need to draft Manzeil. Romo’s not fast enough.

          • theycallmerob

            well played; that would be my dream scenario! Jerrah going with the good ol’ Texas boy, immediately relegating the Romo’s Back and Contract to the bench (I guess that’s technically a waste of 2 roster spots, not to mention the cap hit?)
            And then Vinny Curry pummeling him 2x a year, while he desperately tries to heave a ball over Barwin

          • Andy124

            What a beautiful thought. I would love that so hard.

          • Richard Colton

            and creates a stir in the Dallas media when he starts dating Jessica Simpson.

          • Andy124

            While Orton starts dating Ashley.

          • theycallmerob

            or when he and Dez go to the mall together looking for jeans and booze. Can’t you just imagine them getting arrested together at Buffalo Wild Wings? Manziel for public intoxication, and Dez trying to choke him after having to deal with his lobs all year.

          • Andy124

            Johny starts to walk in to the GAP. Dez grabs him, “C’mon man. We gooder than that!”

            Side note: I said gooder in front of my 5-year-old. She corrected me, “It’s not gooder, it’s better!”.

          • Maggie

            I dunno. She would probably want to drag along those kids of hers.

          • NickS1

            Berwin…

          • cliff henny

            have no idea what the cowboys will or can do if Romo’s back is F’d. his contract is guarenteed and like 27m cap hit in ’15, when Murray Dez Carter and couple other guys come due. only way to resign these guys is to push romo’s ’15 and ’16 huge hits into ’18 and ’19. teams cant cut salary and reduce cap hits, it can be extended out, but cant reduce the total number. orton worked for a game, but think teams would quickly figure that offense out.

          • Michael Myers

            i’d love to see this guy in midnight green opposite djax

        • anon

          Mostly frustrating, 3 drops until you watch him go beast for the first TD. He’s not great at creating space in middle of field Second TD is offensive holding. He is fast though, nice catch on RZ backshoulder throw.

          Think it’s more a Winston highlight reel than a benji one.

          • Will

            The drops will make him fall in the draft…

        • D-Von Funk

          If I’m grading Benjamin strictly off that game, I’m passing on him in the first. Saw way too much that I didn’t like there. Let me preface this by saying I don’t watch a lot of college ball, and have seen minimal tape on the guy. Now that the season is essentially over, I’ll start my scouting of guys we could wind up targeting. Here’s what I did see, though…

          Multiple drops. Concentration may be an issue. Didn’t look especially quick in and out of his breaks and really, didn’t look that fast to me, overall. He’s a long-strider though, so it looks like he may have some build-up speed there. His route running didn’t look very sophisticated either, so I could see him struggling to separate in the bigs. Let’s see, what else? Showed minimal effort blocking and his hands don’t look overly natural. Some of that can be coached, some of that worries me.

          Obviously his size is what’s appealing. And I did like his final TD where he adjusted to the ball over his opposite shoulder. His second TD was blatant offensive PI- or holding- whichever. That gets called even in the NFL. I hate to be overly critical, but I just didn’t see much that I liked there, aside from the size. I’ll definitely have to watch more tape on the guy before I form a strong opinion of him, however.

          • Will

            Evans looks much better in comparison to Benjamin…the drops are trouble some for sure…

          • D-Von Funk

            I concur. Just from watching that 3 minute highlight on Evans below, I have a much better impression of him. The thing that stands out to me initially is Evans’ appears to be a much more natural hands catcher. I saw a lot of double clutching and bobbling in that Benjamin tape before the catch is secured. When coupled with the drops, that concerns me. Evans, on the other hand, snatches the ball with his hands and quickly secures it in those contested situations shown. Again, these are merely first impressions from very limited tape. I can’t wait to dig deeper.

          • Eagles4Life

            Evans got strapped a few games this season though. I wouldn’t be as high on him as people think, because those SEC secondaries were a lot weaker than folks want to say. Evans is slower than Benjamin too.

          • D-Von Funk

            Yeah, like I said, I watch very little college ball during the season. I’ll watch a handful of games, maybe two. It’s not until this time each year that I start “scouting” the draftable guys. Strictly from those two highlight tapes, it appears to me that Evans has the better, more natural hands. The thing that I didn’t see in the more extensive Benjaimin tape that worries me the most, was a “burst” to his game; not off the line, not in and out of his breaks. But really, when it comes to a wideout, it all starts with the hands and you go from there, IMO.

          • Maggie

            There will also be several WR in FA who deserve a third look.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah there names are coop and maclin

      • Uncle Wonder

        It coulda been considered ‘silly nonsense’ when we took a TE in the top of the 2nd last yr. I wouldnt say CB in the 1st this year is out of the question…we could do worse. BPA apparently dictates the pick these days.

        • GEAGLE

          Getting a first round pick in round two can NEVER be considered silly nonsense…I’m telling you we aren’t drafting a corner in round 1, and you can take THAT to the bank! Stop with the BPA, it’s BS…no one COMPLETELY STICKS to BPA, positional value and Needs are always the deciding tie breakers….Big bOard isn’t a ranking of prospects, it’s a board that has the prospects grades on it…often when you look at the top of your big board, there are a few similarly graded prospects, that’s when position comes into play…
          ….
          So, yes we will stick to BPA, but NEEDS get factored into the equation

          • anon

            You”d give Ertz a first round grade? I thought first round picks were for an “exceptional super athlete, the type of rare athletes you can’t find outside of round 1″. Ertz is great but c’mon. I think they don’t take a corner first round b/c corner isn’t really the isssue and there’s better talent at positions of need (or want) as you said.

            I actually think a big body WR that can run routes / beat man is essential for this offense. I think we get some of that from Ertz at TE, but in order to compete with big DBs in this league we’ll need to get a guy.

          • GEAGLE

            Actually, this time last year I THOUGHT Ertz was so good that he was a waste of time to talk about. I thought there was NO CHANCE of him lasting til round 2, which is why I focused my attention on lessor TEs like Gavin Escbar and Travis Kelce…

            So YES, I had a REALLY REALLY High first round grade on ERtz way before he was ever drafted by the eagles

            Ertz is a super athletel…you have to see him run in person to understand

          • Ark87

            runs routes like a receiver, no “like a *big* wide receiver” caveat included, just flat out runs routes like he’s 180 pounds. And I’m not saying he’s finesse, when it comes to going and getting it, he uses his size. His blocking has greatly improved and should continue to do so. I think Vick got this one right, I think Ertz can be special. If he had longer arms people would be talking about him as the next Jimmy Graham

          • Richard Colton

            Poyer had a “2nd round grade” so I think there’s a little grade inflation at work here.

            10,000 draft “experts” X 32 first round grades = 32,000 draft eligible players with first round grades. That’s solid math baby.

          • Will

            So you think he’ll be there at are 2nd pick? Evans, Pryor with our first two picks would be a steal….

          • Richard Colton

            who?

          • Will

            If we go Mike Evans at #22, do you think Pryor will still be around for our 2nd pick?

          • Richard Colton

            I think Pryor goes before Haha, and that neither one is there after pick #35. But if we somehow got Mike Evans at #22, then I honestly would be too drunk to care by the time our 2nd pick rolls around the next day.

          • Will

            lol…

          • theycallmerob

            If they go WR at 1, I’d be drunk as well and cheering for Bucannon in the 2nd; some guys I like for nothing more than the name on jersey or nickname possibilities. The Cannon and the Wolf? I’m sold

          • RIP illa

            Ok help me out a little here. I’m putting off on looking at DBs till last, but am I correct in assuming that all the Pryor love is based on height, weight, and the fact that he can “lay the boom”? Nothing about coverage or being good in coverage from the brief over views I have read and from what I’m reading on here. Am I correct?

            I don’t know what they’ll do, but we as fans always complain about our safties not being able to cover, yet we always bring up guys that can hit and get all starry eyed over them.
            Right now I’m leaning towards us drafting Tre Boston. He’s basically an Earl Wollf type height wise, speed wise, and even projected round wise. He’s been labeled a bad tackler, but that’s not to be confused w/ being afraid to tackle. He’ll stick his nose in there, but more so technique wise. Yet Wolff was pegged w/ taking bad angles on a regular basis. But he can cover his ass off and gets TOs which is a big part of Davis/our D. IMO, if we draft a safety, it’ll be pretty much to replace Allen, and will be a rangy cover guy that can help in run support instead of a big hitter w/ quasi-decent cover skills. Look what Davis preached last year to our Safeties…pass 1st, pass 2nd, pass 3rd.

          • Richard Colton

            Yea – think any safety we draft needs to have solid cover skills, FS or SS. I’m all about value and getting a player. If it happens to be a Safety or OLB or WR in round 1, even better. I’m basing the Pryor love off of the mock drafts I’ve seen in the last week. Probably up to 1,000 at this point. I should get help.

          • RIP illa

            Lol. If you need help then I think we all do!!! I started looking at mocks after the last draft (no lie).

          • anon

            historic draft if that works out

          • bsn

            That’s not solid math. Those “10,000 experts” have probably 95-99% of the same people in the 1st round, just at different spots.

          • Richard Colton

            nope. I double checked my figures and ran the numbers again. still works out. 32K certified players with 1st round talent. Combine is going to be crowded this year.

          • RIP illa

            Agreed sorta. I was all over CBs last year, and his grade came from stats and hype from the season. Once the so called “experts”, or the legit ones, started to break down tape and then saw him at the combine…that grade quickly dropped. Not to mention his so-so (more like underwhelming) senior bowl performance!!!

            Pretty much, a lot of it is name recognition until senior bowl week and after. Props to NFL network for now airing senior bowl practices!!! This is huge, as Howie loves finding guys at the senior bowl!!! Keep your eyes out for the guys the team talk too cuz those are the ones we’re getting. Please let us talk to Justin Ellis…please!!!

          • Richard Colton

            How good would Ellis look in between Cox and Logan up front?

          • RIP illa

            As good as Pot Roast looked against the Pats this past weekend!!!

          • UKEagle99

            You can’t get a 1st round pick in the 2nd round, even if you give 110%. Personally I thought he had a 2nd round grade in all the pre draft hype.

      • levdog

        Agree 100%, Feel strongly that we will grab one of the top safeties in free agency and will take one of the excellent wide receivers with our first pick.

        • GEAGLE

          The ONLY way we are drafting a CB THAT high, is if we are in absolute Love with Justin Gilbert and think he will be an elite NFL corner
          ..
          The way the end of round 1 will probably unfold will be: Pass rushers, WRs, a Dlinemen or two, TEs and CBs
          ..
          But it’s dumb to take a corner, because it’s a deep class and you can find good ones in round 3-4, where as pass rushers will dry up Quickly

        • Maggie

          Or the other way round.

    • Richard Colton

      let’s not pretend it can’t happen. If the highest rated CB on the Eagles board is there at #22, and nobody wants to give anything to move up? It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. I think we all agree that the secondary needs help.

      • Maggie

        And we mustn’t forget that corners and safeties are interchangeable, according to all the people who want Boykin to move back and forth, inside and outside. Even when the DC states that he wants Boykin to thoroughly learn one position. A corner as young backup I can see, but not in first round.

        • EagleDuck

          Great point. The much discussed Jairus Byrd played CB his entire college career. Bills had the smarts to turn him into a FS.

        • Richard Colton

          why not? you don’t think they’ll have at least one CB with a mid first round grade? And say the draft swings wrong for us? If folks are willing to give me 10X odds, I’ll happily pick CB as the Eagles 1st round choice.

    • Weapon Y

      Best Player Available

  • Brian

    He’s gonna make a lot of grown men cry, when he wins the Super Bowl in 2015.

    • G_WallyHunter

      HAHA Philly will have a big crisis on hand, a massive tissue shortage

      • George

        no, this is why there aren’t tissues

  • Will

    Sheil how bout a report on all the safeties at the Senior bowl?

  • Will

    http://edraft.com/nfl/news/2014-senior-bowl-sizing-up-the-strong-safeties/

    A run down on the Safeties at the Senior Bowl…

  • Will

    More tape on Mike Evans vs 6 teams….

  • Media Mike

    Because we’re neck deep in draft:

    Round 1 Pick 22: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama (A)
    Round 2 Pick 31 (DEN): Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama (A)
    Round 3 Pick 23 (K.C.): Craig Loston, SS, LSU (A)
    Round 3 Pick 29 (N.E.): Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 31 (DEN): Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss (A)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Bryan Stork, C, Florida State (A)
    Round 4 Pick 23 (K.C.): Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU (A)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke (A)
    Round 5 Pick 29: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State (A)
    Round 7 Pick 22: Jeff Budzien, K, Northwestern (A)

    • Tom w

      I would puke if that was our first two picks. And I highly doubt we accumulate that many extra picks.

      • Richard Colton

        Yeah. first-pick.com is a little silly with the value they give you for trading down. Still a fun little exercise. Why don’t you do one? See if you can beat MM.

  • Andy124

    Attn Rob:

    Kelce to eat at Wing Bowl

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/Eagles_center_Jason_Kelce_to_eat_at_Wing_Bowl.html

    Thought you’d like to know.

    I think that’s pretty awesome.

    • cliff henny

      better check the beard, he could hide 15-20 wings in there

    • Ark87

      Huls will dictate they be in smoothy form. Kelce will dominate.

    • Andy124

      I imagine this is all part of Huls’ plan to bulk him up for those short yardage plays.

    • theycallmerob

      hell yea! although this part concerns me a bit:
      Kelce said he might trim his heavy beard to minimize the mess.

      • Andy124

        He’s just trolling.

  • Will

    50 Days and counting till FA begins…

  • Wiztopher

    This is touching and paints him in a heart felt light but, I’m sure Kelly could have done without this. How does revisiting his graceful departure of Oregon broaden his already heralded debut in Philly anymore? Tisk, tisk birds 24/7, how very media of you. You guys are that story starved? We love your dissection of schemes and plays but this is way too soap opera. Yikes.

    • Richard Colton

      they do like four stories a day. don’t like the amount of free content? head on over to MMQB, you’ll probably get an Eagles story by July. maybe two.

      • Wiztopher

        So…you like hearing about Kelly crying?

        • Richard Colton

          same reason I love the Winter Olympics – tune in for the sports, stay for the touching personal stories.

      • Wiztopher

        Notice how the comments take a sharp turn towards FA and the draft? I admire the Birds 24/7 loyalty, I love it myself, but I thought the story was meh.

    • RIP illa

      I’m just glad I got to read a post from you that left out the word whilst!!! Thank you .

      • Wiztopher

        Ouch.

        • RIP illa

          Nothing personal. Just a pet peeve of mines

    • theycallmerob

      yea, what’re they thinking interviewing the one Oregon guy at the senior bowl about Chip? Should be stoking the mobile QB argument.

      also, whiners are taken out back and shot ’round these parts

      • RIP illa

        Up vote cuz the last line should be so true!!!

      • Wiztopher

        Strong grease hand there.

  • TNA

    Asst. DL coach Chinander is returning to the Ducks. Bully for him but too bad Eagles couldn’t retain him. At least he’s not going to another NFL team.

  • theedevilsadvocate

    LOB!!!!!!!!!! lol leave sherman alone man he was hyped up that is all.

  • Tom w

    Trent Murphy came in lighter than most thought … 252 … At 6 6 sounds a lot like Barwin … Too bad we need a bit more athleticism and edge rush abilities … Wonder what he runs at combine

  • RIP illa

    Senior Bowl update: Scouts worried about Safties!!! Alotta guys that come up and knock your block off, but are not showing the coverage skills for the evolving position. NIU’s safety, Ward, is showing wel for his ability to cover in the slot.

    We run a safety in the slot when we go nickel. Don’t be surprised if our emphasis is on range and coverage rather than big hitters…pretty much like last year.

  • RIP illa

    Senior Bowl update #2: South Practice

    The best and most exciting Drill of the day thus far, RB/FB v LB/S in pass pro!!!

    Lorenzo Taliaferro RB from Coastal Carolina…DOMINANT!!! Particularly abused Telvin Smith on a repeated basis, but dominated everyone else. The rest not even worth mentioning let alone even close to his pass pro skills!!!

    On the D side…Loston, Barrow from LSU, and Jones from FSU all stood out and showed very well. The only three worth mentioning in terms of blitzing. Great drill. On to WRs V DBs one on one.

    BTW…the uber hyped up Keith McGill sucks!!!! IMO

  • Tom W

    The Nigerian attaboy came in at 6 3 252 … 12 pounds heavier than reported by Georgia tech … Looking really good for edge rusher …. Ashame he won’t drop to 54 after the combine. Maybe we can trade back to early 2d w a qb needy team for Derek Carr and get a 2d, 3d, and 3d next yr and grab attouchi and a wr in rd 2 and a safety and bpa in rd 3

    • Richard Colton

      by the time the combine is over, we may be hoping he drops to #22. like your strategy though – should be a number of OLBs in the second and we wouldn’t have to feel bad about reaching.