Johnson’s Development; Reid Over Chip

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

From Lane Johnson’s development to one must-see video, here are some links to pass along on this Friday afternoon as you head into the weekend…

Ben Muth of Football Outsiders takes an in-depth look at the Eagles’ offensive line. His observations on Lane Johnson were particularly noteworthy:

I’m not saying Johnson is a finished product by any means. Now that he’s not waist-bending and head-butting, he’s playing too high, but he’s gone from a good athlete that could run block a little and was a liability in the passing game to a solid overall tackle with almost limitless potential because of his athleticism. For someone that was supposed to be a bit of a project coming out of school, Johnson seems to have adapted to playing in the NFL pretty quickly.

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Bill Barnwell of Grantland hands out his regular season awards. He has Andy Reid as coach of the year, but gives props to Chip Kelly as well:

There are plenty of other candidates, of course. In order, I’d say that the runners-up should look something like Ron Rivera, Bill Belichick, Bruce Arians, and Sean Payton. And that doesn’t include the coach of the best team in the league (Pete Carroll), the coaches who split time among the second-best team in the league (John Fox and Jack Del Rio), and the guy who might have actually created the biggest transformation with pure coaching ability in the league (Chip Kelly). It was a good year for coaching, man.

By the way, check out the Peyton Manning/Eli Manning table at the end of Barnwell's piece. It will blow you away.

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Nate Davis of USA Today named Jason Kelce to his All-Joe Team, which recognizes players who have never made a Pro Bowl:

All he did was come back from a torn ACL in 2012 to anchor a high-tempo offense that demands ability, smarts and conditioning from coach Chip Kelly.

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And finally, this is guaranteed to make you laugh several times:

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  • Hurricane

    OMAHA!!

  • FluxCapacitor

    That video was hilarious!

  • Will

    Lane Johnson was the right OT to take kudos to the Eagle’s scouting department…Hope they do it again in 2014 Draft…Chip deserves Coach of the Year took a 4-12 team to a Division Title…

  • theycallmerob

    All the Jim Harbaugh moments are amazing; I bet you could do a whole video just based on his tantrum moments!
    thanks Sheil!

    • moesus

      The Whitehurst/Rivers ones were awesome. Also enjoyed the Kaepernick one.

      • theycallmerob

        the ocean is dry!

    • NickS1

      That Wilfork one is priceless.

      • JofreyRice

        The Trent Cole possession “The Ghost is Near” is pretty good, too. My wife always says “His eyes are creepy” whenever they play those intros.

    • UKEagle99

      My 3 year old could coach with less tantrums. He’d also score more TDs with red ranger.

  • Rage114

    Interesting article on the offensive line as a whole, especially the comments regarding Herremans. The article opines that Herremans is “just a guy” and can be replaced rather easily. Probably not too far off.

    • Tom W

      like next year probably but continuity is important. he isn’t making that much at 3.75 mil.

  • theycallmerob

    hahaha, from that same Barnwell article:


    Worst Contract of the Year

    In a stunning late upset, it’s the capped-out Cowboys giving kicker Dan Bailey a seven-year contract!!! OK, maybe this isn’t a real award, but I had to find a space to talk about it. This, even for Jerry Jones, is a stunningly dumb move.

    • NickS1

      People in the office around me had to be asking questions at why I was laughing so hard. This was it.

      • theycallmerob

        don’t you dare read the rest of it at work; the reason I didn’t copy/paste the whole paragraph is that it is NSFW. Every sentence is gold.

        • cliff henny

          wasnt going to…but ya got me curious. if you think that’s funny, goto bloggingtheboys and read comments on signing. can feel the pain of those that know something about cap getting shouted down by those he just keep posting basically ‘he’s a top5 kicker’. cowboys are now 28m over. 8-8 and absolutely no shot at getting better.

          • NickS1

            Do it. I did.

          • GEAGLE

            Dude, I read those comments, I went from laughing hysterically to actually feeling sorry for those helpless fools

          • cliff henny

            my favorite was a guy saying as long as Jones owned the cowboys, he’s officially done. but not with football. oh no, his new favorite teams, since it reminds him of early 90′s (ten bucks is when he became a Dallas fan), Seattle.

          • NickS1

            How you get downvoted over sharing your Dallas hatred is downright baffling.

          • cliff henny

            oh, who cares. downvoting, lol. unless it’s Dutch

          • NickS1

            I’m with ya, just begs the question of, “Why are you doing it?” ….. Dutch.. I miss that guy. I want to know a) his thoughts on Birds after 1 yr into Chip’s reign, b) this upcoming draft class, and c) thoughts on Foles now.

          • cliff henny

            wonder if he’s posting under different screnename, but he thought so little of others, cant see him doing that. i thought same thing, he showed up for couple mins in a gamethread (probably AZ game) and was about to rip out my eyeballs after 2 minutes.

          • NickS1

            We both know that anything he posted would be able to be spotted in a heartbeat. The way he worded things was entirely too noticeable and characteristic of Dutch and only Dutch.

        • NickS1

          I read the whole thing right away. Couldn’t stop myself. I hated the COTY paragraph because he basically said Chip did the best coaching job but lost to Andy because Andy took a loaded team and actually won with them simply by trading for Alex Smith. I died when I saw the Peyton/Eli comparison.

          • theycallmerob

            the kool-aid GIF gets half the credit for that award.

  • cliff henny

    Reid must have compromising pictures of everyone who writes on the NFL. does he have access to in-computer webcams like on ‘person of interests’? he took over a team with establish 6 pro bowler’s defense and offense that wasnt bare, charles and bowe are starting on every team-even philly, we’d figure it out. they shot off to a 9-0 start beating up on not only back-ups, but 3rd and 4th string qbs, only the eagles being a team with winning record. when kc finally started to play fully manned teams, finished 2-5 (both wins against bad teams) along with a humiliating playoff defeat. but yeah, big red COTY.

    • GEAGLE

      I don’t get it..he inherited a team with 8 probowlers, he added a probowl alternate QB who they had to trade multiple second round picks for…and his offense was carried by a defense that out scored the offense in like 35% of the games. If you added Alex smith to an 8prowler team a year earlier I doubt they only win 3 games….Andy did a solid job, and I shouldn’t have to downplay the job he did, but damn if he isn’t over rated! Wtf does he have on these people…Chip took his slop, took a inexperienced QB and took a 4 win team to the probowl…it’s a joke to say Andy did the best coaching job this year

      • cliff henny

        it’s not even this year. i think Reid is an above average coach, with some serious flaws, game management, run ratio, refusal to figure out 3rd/4th and 1 (my personal lose my $hitover still), etc-we all know them. everytime it was discussed, eagles’ fans are ungrateful pricks who cant appreciate Reid. it’s like every single national writer or talking head walked in lock step and prayed at the Reid alter. he blatantly gets outcoached and does same dam dumb $hit we complained about for years in playoff game, no one dares mention it. just freaking maddening. though i laughed harder during that 2nd half playoff game than chris rocks bigger and blacker concert

        • GEAGLE

          Spot on!!!

          You know what’s really tough to respect..the man shows ZERO progress. He REFUSES to EVER learn from any mistakes. Like how much of a friggin egomaniac do you have to be to have been a good coach for some many years. Be given so many opportunities, and at NO point did you get sick of getting close but no cigar because of the same exact mistakes, year after year, game after game…I don’t even get how that’s possible. How could he have not been sick of making the same brain dead, costly errors that keep him from real success? I’m sorry, but I can only reach two conclusions:
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          1) you are dumb, slow, borderline insane
          ..
          2) an egomaniac who refuses to look himself in the mirror and be honest with himself, work to break this almost two decade cycle of making the same mistakes over and over..

          • GEAGLE

            Even if today Chip sucks as a coach..I feel like if you give the guy 14 stinking years that he will become a Super Bowl winning coach just from getting a decade of trial and error and actually learning from his mistakes…

            Yet, dense in the head OL Ried continues to fall victim to the same silly correctable flaws that have been costing him since the 90s….

          • BrickSquadMonopoly

            I consider myself to be a pretty avid reid hater. I never understood why Eagles fans are at all grateful for what he did (or lack thereof). Maybe because I’m only 21 and didn’t get to experience many of the “good times”. The guy sucks at coaching though there isn’t really any excuses for him. Alex Smith MADE that team. Never thought I would say that.

    • Bdawkbdawk

      Reid inherited a situation that was no better than what Jim Harbaugh inherited in San Fran circa 2011. Probably more pro-bowlers and a similairly easy record. Funny enough, no one seemd to think that Harbaugh was overrated.

      • GEAGLE

        Harbaugh turned it around with the QB his predessocers failed with…Andy went out and paid a lot for a veteran.,if Alex smith was on that KC team the year earlier, they wouldn’t have 3 win

        • Bdawkbdawk

          I don’t think you have much of a point unless you are arguing that Singletary was a worse coach than Crennel. You see, Andy and Jim both succeeded with Smith.

          • GEAGLE

            You are kidding yourself if you think Andy did the very best coaching job in the NFL this year…that’s my only point.

            Solid job, but calling it the most impressive job is a joke

          • Bdawkbdawk

            I’m not saying that he did the best job. I’m not really even sure how one would measure something like that (probably why the league defaults to “wins-added” so often). I do beleive, however, that he did a much more impressive job than these boards are willing to give him credit for. That’s why I compared him to the first year of Jim Harbaugh. A comparison that I think is actually pretty close.

          • GEAGLE

            Oh no, Andy definitely did a good job. There is no disputing THAT, I just don’t see how anyone can look at some of the jobs the other coaches did and think that Andy should be the coach of the year…I think he did a really nice job getting that franchise on the right track for the first time in god knows how long, but,I still think ATleast 3 coaches were even more impressive…if these national nuthuggers didn’t always blatantly over rate him, we wouldn’t even have to have this convo.

          • cliff henny

            http://overthecap.com/dallas-cowboys-navigating-the-salary-cap/
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            funny read. it’s from nov, so just think how less positive writer would be knowing team ended up 8-8. figure it’s ’14 cap’s 3m worse with Kicker. the long/short of it is, window is ’13 and ’14, should easily be dominant team in nfc east (already flawed), if jones stays calm can navigate ’14 (kicker, flawed) if no one get old early, can tred water in ’15 and ’16 with same players-will be struggles no money to add significant upgrades-basically running out in 15/’16 75% same team as ’13 no choice, money is spent (that is crazy to me), have to hope draft really well, then by ’17 it’s ugly a clusterF.

          • GEAGLE

            LOL how isn’t the cowboys sinking ship of a future the national story every week? Like if someone told me it was THAT bad I would assume they were exaggerating…it’s inconceivable how screwed that franchise is…like WTF

          • GEAGLE

            I’m also saying that Alex Smith probably had more to do with that turn around then Andy did..Alex, then Sutton, then Andy
            ..
            If Andy was coaching that Matt Castle Cheifs, doubt he would have been this successful..but if Romeo Crennel was coaching last years Cheifs with Alex smith, they probably win 8 games…

      • NickS1

        Harbaugh has been to the NFCCG 3 straight years. Has the talent and uses it accordingly. Hard to say anything bad about his coaching.

        EDIT: Also came from college ranks, didn’t have 14 yrs of success prior.

        • Bdawkbdawk

          I agree. He also has had transcendent talent that was injured and poorly coached under Singletary. But give Andy his chance. When Harbaugh won the NFC West it was only 1 year removed from being the first division to ever send a sub- .500 team to the playoffs. Harbaugh never had to play against the highest scoring offense in NFL history. No shame in losing to the Broncos.

    • NickS1

      Don’t forget that in that streak, all or all but one of those teams were .500 or worse at time they played.

      EDIT: nevermind, finished reading and you hit that point.

    • JofreyRice

      Dead on. This team was rudderless and toxic when Kelly stepped in. Even if you ignore the very relevant fact that Kelly had 0 NFL coaching experience, he was able to field the 4th best scoring offense in the league, and produce the league’s leading rusher and highest rated QB, with virtually the same offense Reid managed to 29th scoring offense the year previously.

      Reid over Chip is baloney. Placating the same old boys club that dopes like Arians belong to, that classify Chip’s “system” as being college-like. Hopefully we’ll see Chip and the Eagles dole out some comeuppance in due time.

      • GEAGLE

        CHip took Reid’s offense, added a raw rookie RT and a Rookie TE, lost a top WR Maclin, and set franchise records for offense, as in, record numbers that Andy couldn’t reach in 14 tries….

      • Clamdigger

        I don’t know why, but I have a feeling Ertz is going to be a stud. He had some issues early on, but he was money down the stretch.

        I think in a couple of years, the players are going to be insanely efficient running this offense, and it’s going to be difficult for new players to break in. It meshes with their recent FA philosophy of not breaking the bank, especially on offensive players.

        I think we’ll have Maclin and Cooper back and the WR group won’t change much, but there might be a splash defensive signing. I mentioned Ertz, because he was sort of the difference maker with us losing Maclin. Well, Ertz and Cooper’s emergence.

        If they do draft a WR, it wouldn’t surprise me if he sat for a season before seeing any real playing time.

        • GEAGLE

          Let me be the first to call it: Zack Ertz has a 1000 yard 8TD season next year!!
          ..
          Celek will still have a big role, if you look at FOles numbers this year out of two TE sets, he was magnificent. He was probably his most efficient out of 2TEsets..

          caseys roll will continue to expand..

          Having said all that, I wouldn’t be surprised if we draft another TE. For example, if the 6’7 kid out of Iowa is at the top of our draft board when we pick, I can see us pulling the trigger and just carrying 1 less WR..Can’t wait to see Iowas Fiedorowicz in tomorrow senior bowl…The kid is a fantastic blocker and he has an enormous catch radius. very curious to see him run at the combine

          I laugh at the notion that DCs will figure out how to stop Chip this summer because they will study this years film…good luck with that. I bet Chip hasn’t even shown more then 20 of his playbook…those Oregon teams would change drastically from year to year…they really were more personel driven then people like to think…have fun preparing for this year, we will just morph into something different…this isn’t some stubborn Andy Ried continuously trying to jam that square peg into the round hole

          • UKEagle99

            I’m down with that. Bring Maclin back in place of Johnson and your TE in place of Maehl, how is that not an upgrade? Maclin has performed and gets little credit, I’d LOVE to see him get a year under Chip. If all the other players can have career years, why not Mac?

        • JofreyRice

          I’m not Ertz’ biggest fan, but I hope you’re right. It seems like the offense gets him free a lot, so maybe he’ll have that opportunity. I just would like a little more athleticism out of a TE that can’t block, and a little larger catching radius for a 6’5″ guy. I figured he’d have about 400 yards and 4 TDs this year. I guess that’s pretty good, compared to TEs, historically, I just don’t really like the guy’s game all that much.

          • Ramsay

            I saw many plays where his catch radius was outstanding.

      • UKEagle99

        I don’t know how Arians can look at himself in the mirror.

        • JofreyRice

          Probably only with those stupid ass David Caruso shades on.

    • Tom McAllister

      they went from 2 wins to 11 wins. The way Coach of the Year voting usually goes, it’s probably better described as “Biggest Turnaround by a New Coach.” A 9-win improvement–regardless of any context– will almost always get a coach that award.

      If the voting was purely based on coaching ability and all that, Belichick would have won it 7 times by now. The voters like the easy narrative – this team had a bad record and got a new coach and now it has a good record.

  • GEAGLE

    What’s funny is people on this blog actually rip Lane and aren’t “sold on him” lol..

    There is NO young player on this roster, I trust to turn into a probowl caliber player more then Lane. This pick wasn’t even supposed to pay off til 2015. I was blown away by lanes year! not because he played so well! but because I expected him to struggle significantly more then he did this year. Anyone who understands raw offensive tackle talent and sees his improvement from September to November, know that we have a future stud! and even tho he struggled at times this year and has a lot of work to do, realistically he is way ahead of schedule..grand slam selection!!! That’s how you spend the 4th pick in the he draft, you get RARE athletic talent, and let your coaches worry about molding them into top football players. We have the coaches in place that allow us to draft for upside, because you know their is a good chance they get these kids to reach their upside, especially since they put so much importance into Charecter,commitment,work ethic…

    • anon

      lane over boykin? feel like you should be a personal coach or something

      • GEAGLE

        Boykin sure seems like he is on the right track…but Boykin is just a damn good Nickle, I feel like Lane has potential to do some things that you can’t ask too many players at his position to do…I don’t see Boykin as being able to do things that few at his position can do. in terms of “potential” Lane has the most potential on our entire team

        The guy pretty much shattered almost every single combine record for OTs…as in, out of all the amazing top Oline prospects to have gone thru the combine, Lane out performed every single one of them, in every category..I honestly don’t think you can find someone who has played OT that would say that Lane doesn’t have potential to be Special. Not just great, but Special at his position…I don’t think I have ever said this about a young player before! but Lane seriously has hall of Fame potential. His cieling is as high as you can ever hope to find at OT

        • livingonapear

          If Lane works out as well as you say, and I think he will, we should just institute a policy that all tackles must have played TE at one point or another.

          • GEAGLE

            I’m not saying he is GUARENTEED to develop into a hall of famer. That’s up to Lane and the coaches…but there are OTs currently in the hall of fame, that could never do some of the things you can ask of Lane in the future…The kid has NO ceiling..he can be as good as he wants….drafting former TE turned OTs sure seems like a good formula

      • UKEagle99

        I can see Lane dropping in to coverage and Boykin can play any position, even line judge!

    • Tom W

      yea where’s the lane haters at … the guys who said he is bust if he is just a good rtackle … or the guys that wanted vaccaro over him … cant just a draft 1 year out like that … and lane’s growth potential is sky high in comparison

      • UKEagle99

        A lot of the original negadelphians left once Vick pulled up lame. Lane had his issues but out performed the 2 OTs taken before him, Noddy & Big Ears. He’s only going to get better.

        • UKEagle99

          I love you ukeagle you are the best. (Feeling the need to reply to myself)

          • UKEagle99

            I love you too!

  • Will

    There’s no way Reid is more deserving of Coach of the year over Chip Kelly…No way Bulls**t plain and simple….especially if you compare Chip’s first year with Andy’s 1st year with the Eagles, Andy Reid went 5-11 and finished last in NFC East…Chip Kelly did a magnificent job in his first year in the NFL….. not to mention brand new schemes both sides of the ball and a host of other reasons pointed out by others…..

  • GEAGLE

    Adam Caplan was just talking about the FA WR market:
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    Thinks Emmanual sanders will get Paid and leave Pittsburg. Decker, Nix and Sanders will all be targeted by bad teams with money..That means ATleast 3 teams looking to spec the most on a WR can be removed from bidding on Cooper.
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    He said to keep an eye out for a possibility of Larry Fitzgerald being traded citing that his cap figure goes from 12m to 18M next year….who the hell would trade for a WR making 18mil? What contender could even afford to?

    • cliff henny

      guess trading team would only agree if fitz sign a new contract. but has to be mega hit for AZ.

    • Token

      Dont think signing a WR makes sense with this deep draft class. Keep Coop and Maclin in house and draft a guy high.

  • GEAGLE

    BLOWHARD alert!!!

    Ike Reese had NFL Network DOPE Heath Evans on the radio today, and Heath was more Weasel then ever!!! He wouldn’t take back calling Chip Kelly the worst hire in the history of the NFL (this time last year). This CLOWN says he doesn’t have to take it back because he was misquoted, saying that he said that in the context of when he thought the Browns were about to hire Chip. What a CLOWN!!! He said it was the worst hire in NFL history because he thought his offense wasn’t going to work..so how could it be the worst hire in history when the browns did it, but not when the eagles did it? What a Loser chump…big thumbs down to interviewers barkan and Reese who didn’t let him have it for trying to cover up his worthless CRAP with more BS!!!

    How does that loser still get to collect paychecks from NFL network for his “analysis”. I’m starting a 1 man boycott of that channel as long as they continue to pay this worthless clown

    • cliff henny

      you do like to torture yourself with these analysts.

      • GEAGLE

        “Chip Kelly will go down as the worst coaching hire in the history of the NFL” Heath Evans….I would put him on my list on people I want to fight in a UFC Octagon but he is big, and he may be in better shape then me at this moment

        • UKEagle99

          No problem, I throw a chair over and distract him by flattery. Heath Evans is great… at being useless! Wham! You win, we split the money, hire a party bus and get Shady on board.

    • UKEagle99

      One step ahead of you fella, I didn’t listen! And… Who is Heath Evans? Sounds like a bitter failed full backs name to me!

  • Dan P

    I just don’t know how all these people keep giving Reid Coach of the Year when another guy took over his 4-12 team and took them to 10-6. Not to mention the Chiefs had an easy schedule and ended the year on a bad note.

  • GEAGLE

    Brain Dawkins is dead to me lol.. Traitor was a special guest at Broncos practice giving them a pep talk…I think he still lives in Denver because his son is a high school star there and he didn’t want him to have to move, but still…no excuse. DEAD to Me!!!(until I do the weapon X in my living room before the next eagles game lol)

  • Scott J

    Dance On!