Chip Talks Free Agency, Eagles Issues

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Chip Kelly
 spoke to the media for the first time since the end of the 2013 season Friday evening prior to the Maxwell Awards in Atlantic City. Turning in his jeans and t-shirt for a suit, Kelly was in town to accept the Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year Award.

Some highlights from the 10-minute media session:

Oregon alums Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward topped the free-agent safety market, but the Eagles walked away instead with Malcolm Jenkins, who came at a cheaper price. Kelly said it wasn’t about the money, but rather the fit.


“In our scheme, when you play against guys like Peyton Manning, you better not always have the same guy doing the same thing. The more versatile your guys are [the better]. I think he can cover, he can play man because he’s got the corner skills, he can also play free safety because he has range but he can also be down in the box,” said Kelly.

“The one thing about Malcolm, we felt all along for us that he was the right guy we were looking for because of his versatility. There are some other guys out there that are tremendous football players but for what Billy [Davis] was looking for and what we were looking for on the defensive side of the ball, Malcolm just seemed to be the guy that, as we kept going through and analyzing everybody in free agency, that was the right fit.”

-- The Eagles have otherwise been pretty quiet on the defensive side of the ball even though it is the area that needs the most help. Asked if the defense has improved enough this offseason, Kelly worked around the true meaning of the question by saying that he doesn’t know because he hasn’t seen the new additions or the unit overall in action. A follow-up question produced the same type of answer.

-- Kelly talked about the addition of Darren Sproles.

“It was just an opportunity to get a guy that we felt could complement what we have. We think we have a special, special back in LeSean [McCoy], but take a little load off of him a little bit. And the fact that he is a punt return/kick return guy is a huge bonus for us. When the situation presented itself, when you get a chance to add someone like that to your roster it gives you a lot more opportunities.”

Sproles will be 31 when the season starts, but Kelly did not seem too worried about the age factor.

“I watched him in person against us, and I know talking to our defensive coaches what their concern was when they had to defend him. I think he’s a really good football player and the fact that we got to add him, I think he’s a piece to the puzzle on the offensive side of the ball.”

-- Kelly sidestepped a question about DeSean Jackson. Asked about the speculation regarding the receiver’s future and his importance to the team, Kelly poked fun at a report from earlier this offseason.

“He’s a priority at receiver before [Jeremy] Maclin, behind [Riley] Cooper. Or is it Cooper before Maclin? Or Maclin before Cooper? I’ll check what you write and I’ll tell you how we feel about it.”

-- The second-year head coach discussed the work that lies ahead in terms of building a complete roster, and how he views free agency in that respect.

“Free agency I think is just additions to your teams. I think the best thing we did as an organization is we signed Jason Peters, we signed Jason Kelce, we signed Coop, we signed Donnie Jones, we signed our good players back before they had an opportunity to go to free agency,” he said. “You look at free agency as a way to complement. We’ve been here a year now, we still have some holes in terms of being a complete football team, and you can fill some of them in free agency. But we still have a ways to go.”

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  • Robert Baer

    I love his Chip-shots at the reporters!

  • Rambler

    I really enjoy Chip’s smarminess in answering the local media’s questions (not you guys, Sheil & Tim). It makes me laugh because I would probably be the same way if I heard the same things over and over. He is a master at side-stepping and divulging just enough to keep it moving along. After all, football is entertainment, and Chip absolutely gets that. I sincerely hope this guy is around for a really long time, and leads the Eagles to consistent success.

    • Kev_H

      I don’t really sense that he keeps too much under wraps. He pretty much lays it out on the table. I’m not sure how one is supposed to answer questions like the one asked about Jackson or the endless Nick Foles questions from last fall. What can you say about a guy’s future in the NFL that means anything? What’s a franchise QB? Drew Bledsoe was one in New England and in Dallas. Kurt Warner was never one. So what do those things even mean? I appreciate that he doesn’t engage in coach-speak nonsense to questions that have no real answers. I mean, what are his options regarding Jackson? A) “I hate him and can’t wait to get rid of him” or B) “he’s our best player and will be so for 1000 years.” There is really nothing in between that wouldn’t get dissected, interpreted, re-interpreted, and re-re-interpreted.

  • ryyndynyyls

    We can all agree that he kind of said nothing, though, right? Hope this draft strategy and scouting is as magical as they’re saying it is.

    • Zack Scott

      Lol yeah he said absolutely nothing. I highly doubt he believes the defense has improved “enough” this offseason even without seeing them “in action”

    • GEAGLE

      Crew Cossel: “I went to 9 pro days, and the eagles were at every one of them”
      ..
      “No team last summer put as much emphasis on ST. everyone says they value but lot of the time it’s lips service..when you go out and sign core ST guys in FA, you are proving what an me phases you put in it..
      ..
      maragos: “Eagles and Seahawks run most of the same ST schemes. It’s exciting to see how much value this franchise buts on ST..

      Donnie jones “Braman is a war daddy ST player
      ..
      Braman’s ST philosophy: maim!Kill and destroy!
      ..
      Nolan: “Coach Fipp was with me in Miami my first two years when I was making a name for myself off ST player. Starter, or bench, I look forward to contributing to this team with my ST play

      Really really like how committed we are to ST..we saw how valuable a damn punter could be. Donnie might have been our best defender, he was THAT good lol. Boykin is fantastic

  • Sum

    “We still have a ways to go”

    All those clamoring for more moves on Defense, rejoice!

  • Scott J

    Sorry Tim, but I love how Chip makes fun of you writers.

  • EaglesFanInPhx

    “we signed our good players back before they had an opportunity to go to free agency”. Sorry Nate, doesn’t look like you’ll be back. Chip doesn’t consider you a good player.

    • cliff henny

      when your best game is the one when no one hears your name, you’re not good. that was my hope of every game ‘please baby jesus, don’t let me hear chung or Allen uttered’

      • EaglefaninAZ

        Preach.

      • Joe from Easton

        Just reminded me of “Sweet Baby Jesus”… Excellent beer by DuClaw… if you’re a beer guy, do it.

  • Neanderthal

    Gonna be D coordinators next yr. “Our priority is Jackson, I mean Ertz, no gotta stop McCoy, but can’t forget about Sprouls. Oh yea forgot Cooper and Maclin or is it Maclin and Cooper. That dang rook Evans can beat us too. Ohhhh my head hurts.”

    • Joe from Easton

      I take it the answer to your above question for you is Evans?

      • Neanderthal

        I would be in a quandary. I love Evans, think Pryor might be BPA, and think edge rusher biggest need

        • James Skip Carl

          Pryor doesn’t fit our scheme

    • cliff henny

      head? least of their worries, better have change of drawers handy! if, no when, eagles land Evans, that lazy eye bastard Stewart Scott will need to create something above redonkulous

      • Neanderthal

        Ha! If Evans is there Chippy will permanently licking his lips.

      • All Things Bad@ss

        Stuart got that from taking a football off the throwing machine right to the eye in Jets mini-camp. Guess that’s why he was never a wide receiver

  • Neanderthal

    Its pick 22. Ford, Pryor and Evans all still on board. Who would you pick?

    • Brazilnut

      Pryor, easily. I think he qualifies as both BPA and position of need.

    • Joe from Easton

      Ford… pass rushers are the premium position in the NFL defensive philosophy today. Peyton had no time to do anything against Seattle. Any QB great or otherwise is neutralized by pass rush. See Brady vs. NY in ’07.

    • Jeff Asay

      Ford

    • Mike Tyner

      Ford, Evans, Pryor in that order

    • aub32

      If we pick Evans, will every other pick be for the defensive side of the ball. Please!!!

      • Neanderthal

        I think Chippy is the anti Buddy. Buddy used figure his d was good enough that O only had to make a couple of plays. Chippy might think if D can get couple of stops his O will be good enough to win

        • Mike Tyner

          yeah, now that you said that id go evans, pryor then ford. Chip seems to salivate over creating mismatches on O and Evans is a freak

    • Richard Colton

      This a serious question? Evans is the highest rated player you have there and it’s not close. How about Ford/Pryor/Odell Beckham Jr.? More reasonable.

      • Neanderthal

        That’s too easy. Our defensive needs are too great to take wr in first , but if its Evans…….

        • oreofestar

          If its Evans you take him but personally if if we are talking about Benjamin or ODB and Pryor is on the board I am taking Pryor

          • Mike Tyner

            yeah KB had a bunch of drops n odell is similar to what we already have

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Those two are fringe 1st rounders at best. Taking them at 22 instead of say 29-30, seems like a slight reach.

        • Richard Colton

          That’s not how the Eagles draft. I like Dee Ford a lot, less high on Pryor. But if you’re expecting the Eagles to go shopping for need in round one, you’re going to be confused by the pick.
          And in my scenario, I’m leaning towards ODB.

          • Neanderthal

            I agree. I was asking what we would do. Not what eagles would do. As good as I think Evans is it would be hard for me to take a receiver in first rd noing what we need on D and that good receiver s will be available later.

          • Richard Colton

            If it were me, I’d say that the Eagles window is now open. I’d have solved my biggest weakness by signing Byrd or Ward. Then I’d use the draft to get better at lots of positions, depending on how the draft breaks out. I think ODB has a better chance of becomming a star than Dee Ford. And I think Evans has a better shot than both of them.

    • Maggie

      The Wyoming QB. Lol.

  • Joe from Easton

    Little off of the point, but I was listening to Mad Dog radio on Sirius and they posed the question of what players was the most painful to lose from your respective team as a fan…
    I called in and said B-Dawk and the host was surprised it wasn’t McNabb…
    Your thoughts?

    • Jeff Asay

      LMAO McNabb. That host either has no clue or was poking the bear for ratings.

      • Joe from Easton

        I’m gonna go with no clue because the reason I called is when he posed the question he was going through diff teams and naming players off of the top of his head and he referenced philly and McNabb. I couldn’t help but to call and clear that up. Told him if he asked ANY philly fan, they’ll prob say Dawk.

        • Neanderthal

          #5 WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. And we will always love #20

    • Jeff Asay

      For me it was Reggie White, but Dawkins is right there.

      • Joe from Easton

        Touche`… I’m a bit young for Reggie, so maybe my dad would say that. I was 5 when Reggie was in his hayday with philly.

        • Jeff Asay

          Understandable. That’s how I felt about Chuck Bednarick. I was in high school the first time Eagles went to the SB.

          What an amazing time for a teen sports fan in Philly. World Series win, SB appearance, Finals appearances in both B’ball and hockey. Almost as good as Boston’s run last decade.

          • Joe from Easton

            Yea, I was in high school when the birds played the pats, and when the sixers went to the finals. I remember watching some Lindros / LeClair flyers hockey too. It was a good time.

          • Warhound

            No other city has had four finalists in one year, ever.

          • Maggie

            He din’t say one year. He said decade.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Reggie rushing was an absolute thing of beauty. Who’da thought a man that size could move that fast with moves like that. I was in my teens & remember saying one day that him rushing just reminded me of a father rushing to save his child from an oncoming car.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Same difference. Neither should’ve gone anywhere.

      • Kev_H

        The thing about Reggie White is that the whole crew scattered away from Braman as soon as they could. White, Simmons, Joyner, Eric Allen, Andre Waters…great, great players all walking out the door with nothing in return.

    • Mike Tyner

      Dawkins should never have worn another teams uniform period.

      • Joe from Easton

        Ever.

      • Joe from Easton

        I believe he’s the only sure fire HOFer I’ve watched in a Bird’s uniform (too young for Reggie).

        • Mike Tyner

          Yeah I missed Reggie too but The Wolverine wasnt anyone to (censored 4 letter word) with

          • Joe from Easton

            Every time I need a jolt I you tube “weapon X”…. never forget his diatribe about how changes to wolverine when he puts on the breathe right strip. That dude was a BAMF, Samuel L. in pulp fiction style BAMF.

          • aub32

            So you think McNabb has no chance at the Hall? I don’t mean first ballot.

          • Mike Tyner

            I think hes fringe at best

          • Joe from Easton

            I didn’t say no chance… just that BDawk is the only sure fire HOFer… McNabb is on the outside lookin’ in with a small chance. If he had one ring he’d be a guaranteed HOFer, maybe not first ballot, but guaranteed. He unfortunately played with Brady and Manning so even though is numbers are great, theirs are better and they have rings. You don’t often see three or four players of the same position and generation make the hall.

          • Kev_H

            Forget Brady and Manning. I don’t see how McNabb gets in before Boomer Esaison, Drew Bledsoe, or Dave Krieg. Boomer especially. Great numbers in a tougher passing era, led a team to the Super Bowl, had an All-Pro season. Krieg put up crazy numbers and won a lot more than he lost mostly with Seattle. Then you have Kurt Warner who is no slouch and ran the “Greatest Show on Turf” with some insane seasons. But I don’t think any of those guys (except maybe Warner) will get in because all the guys coming behind them are going to end up with numbers that completely overshadow them.

            Look at Drew Brees. 4 out of the last 6 years he passed for over 5,000 yards. Aaron Rodgers will have insane numbers. He already has about 25K in yards and 190 TD passes and he hasn’t hit 30. Even Stafford will have crazy numbers. Eli and Big Ben will have better stats than McNabb and are multiple Super Bowl winners. If Donovan put up those stats from 1989-2001 he might be in the conversation, but with his career overlapping so much with Favre, Brady, both Mannings, Ben, Rodgers, Brees and Warner. I just don’t see any room for Donovan.

          • James Skip Carl

            Not even close

          • Mike Tyner

            The heart n soul of the team

          • Jerry Pomroy

            “NOW THAT IS A TASTY BURGER!”

          • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

            Because of this post you made, I youtubed BDawk highlights, came across this video with Sabol. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfK-CRnAcZk

            If you want to get pumped up, skip to about 3:45 when Dawk is talking about coming out of the tunnel. Shit literally made me tear up for the glory days of Dawk. Man I miss him playing for the birds.

            EDIT: Holy shit. 7:30-8:15

        • David Kaicke

          McNabb may have great numbers, but I had to agree with Rush Limbaugh at the time, and I still do today. My memory of McNabb’s Eagles is of an offense that had real troubles keeping drives alive, especially in the big games. Not all of those passes in the dirt were to avoid sacks. Of course it wasn’t all his fault.
          Brady has a way of making his rookie receivers look good. Brady could take what he had and make it work. Donovan seemed to need elite receivers to make HIM look good. My vote would be Honorable Mention.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Here here to that!

        • Mike Tyner

          I nearly broke my tv when I saw he was going to DEN, should’ve given him a blank check

          • Jerry Pomroy

            That was all Joe Banner, or Scrooge if you will, as I like to call him.

    • jon h

      Dawk, Reggie White, Chris Carter (although that was the right move for him) and Keith Jackson (he didn’t want to be here)

      • Joe from Easton

        Forgot about CC, but even he said that he’d never have been what he became if Buddy didn’t cut him. Sad and awesome at the same time.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        KJ has admitted he made a mistake in leaving. He was one of my favorites. His rookie year I was amazed at his talent. Dude was the first of the hybrid TE/WR I can remember.

      • Maggie

        Brian Westbrook.

    • Kev_H

      I kind of wish they’d have moved on from McNabb the day before he did that stupid air guitar thing. That’s an all-time low point as an Eagle fan coming in the middle of being demolished back-to-back by Tony Romo, Wade Phillips and the boys. He had to go.

      It’s kind of like Buddy Ryan, who is probably one of my favorite football people and Eagles of all-time. When he panicked in a playoff game and benched his franchise QB who was having his best year ever and who had been racking up the 4 quarter game winning comebacks up to that point in his career, Buddy had to go. 4th quarter, down by 14 in 1990 was quintessential Randall time, not “let’s see what Jim McMahon can do after sitting on the bench all year” time.

      Buddy had to go in 1990 after that and Donovan had to go in 2009 after that mess down in Dallas. You just can’t recover from those things.

  • SunShine

    Just love how he answered the Djax question.. Handling questions better than Ryno

  • EaglefaninAZ

    Andy’s pressers are still fresh in my mind. I’m loving this guy. Still doesn’t say much, but does it in a way that’s a lot more approachable and amicable.

    • Mike Tyner

      we gotta do a better job and times yours are the only things i remember from andy

      • EaglesFanInPhx

        I just remember “we need to put him in a better position to succeed”

        • Mike Tyner

          So glad i dont have to hear that anymore

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Why didn’t anyone follow up the final comments where he stated that they still have holes to fill to be a complete football team? Of course, he wouldn’t give a straight answer but at least we could read into how he dances around it.

    • Mike Tyner

      No offense at all, but i think we already know as fans what
      we need to shore up. Safety and OLB. No way we dont come out of FA and the draft with at least several options

      • Jerry Pomroy

        None taken, but I think your misunderstanding. I know the holes, you know the holes, I don’t care about the holes. I wanna hear Chip dance around the holes part and talk about his view of a complete football team to see what positions he may value over others.

        • Maggie

          Probably not going to happen. Maybe Chip can dance, but he rarely gives a straight answer that would lock him into a fixed position.

  • MattE

    Legion Of Zoom.

    Go birds

    • Phillymiz

      I just love the “Legion of Zoom

    • JReamer

      That’s brilliant. Must keep that going.

    • Doctor Rick

      I like it.

    • HokieEagle7

      It’s catchy, no doubt, and I like it, but I’d rather the players come up with their own moniker. We’re not trying to be or emulate the Seahawks. The pride is in the Eagles. I like Angry Birds for the D. On offense, Eagles are the League of Speed. (Still like Legion of Zoom tho.)

    • TooBad

      Repost

  • oreofestar

    First round I want Pryor, Evans really I also like Dennard more than most if not all of you and would like him too in the second maybe Devante Adams if we went defense with the first pick, My hope i KVN or Marcus Smith are still there maybe you go Jimmy Ward here or even Borland and in the 3rd Jones is the guy I really want maybe Moncrief or Richardson are still here, Dixon and Bailey are options too there are just so many good scenarios which is why even though I like the Sproles trade we have to find a way to get picks without trading DJAX

  • Rambler

    Its refreshing to me to be able to have a positive attitude towards this team. I never fully bought into the Andy Reid era, even though they were consistently good. Something just always held me back. And while most of the Philly teams are mired in mediocrity (or heinousocrity in the 76ers case), the Eagles are definitely on the upswing. Granted I am biased towards pro football as my favorite sport, so the Eagles will always be my first outlet for expending my energy. But this team, from the players up through the coaches, is just likeable and easy to cheer for. The draft and upcoming season cannot get here fast enough. And thanks to everyone that contributes to this board… I do not always have the time or knowledge, but its great to be able to dive into everyone’s thoughts here. I never used to care about the offseason, but I do now.

    • Brandon Schlosser

      Andy dominated a down NFC. Most times he faced elite teams they came up short. I really liked Andy but ’04 was the only year I felt like we could crush anybody. With Chip it feels like he can outscheme an elite team even with sub-par talent. This might just be he has the “new car” smell that has us so optimistic but I think he is too common sense, in his approach, to fail.

  • jon h

    Hmmm, so he coached those guys (safeties) at Oregon and it appears the Eagles made no effort to go after them. Is anyone else reading between the lines here? Perhaps they’re not good locker room fits for what Chip is trying to build here. I’m not wowwed on the defensive picks yet, but let’s also Give Billy Davis a chance. Unlike our DC the last two year, the guy actually is a DC and we have to trust that he’s picking guys that fit within their system. Pitt grows their D players, perhaps he sees something in the guys we picked and is doing the same thing. Very excited for the season to start.

    • Mike Tyner

      You also have to look at the money and years those guys got. Thats why im not mad we didnt get either

  • G_WallyHunter

    Anyone have a link for it?

  • Phillymiz

    I feel like we have Shady and Westbrook on the same team. 3rd down and 4. Double team DJax, no problem screen to Shady. Cover Sproles, Maclin underneath for 8 yards. Redzone who do you choose? Everybody is an option.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Just read this from Kempski:

    And
    finally, Kelly was asked about the rumors surrounding DeSean Jackson,
    and his importance to the team. Kelly replied, “He’s a priority at
    receiver, before Maclin, behind Cooper, or is it Cooper before Maclin,
    or Maclin before Cooper? So I’ll check what you write, and I’ll tell you
    how we feel about it.”

    I’ll just add in a bit of my own commentary here. The reporter who
    asked the DeSean Jackson question was the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, who
    had previously reported that Jeremy Maclin was a priority over Riley
    Cooper when the two players were still unsigned by the team. The Eagles
    ended up signing Cooper first, but that doesn’t mean that McLane was
    wrong. The Eagles could have certainly valued Maclin more, but were just
    able to get a deal done more quickly with Cooper. Kelly took the
    opportunity to needle Jeff a little, and in the process, say absolutely
    nothing about Jackson. It was really a brilliant answer.

    How awesome is this lol
    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Chip-Kelly-collects-award-talks-to-reporters-on-a-variety-of-topics.html

    • Rambler

      I just read that too. Its pretty fantastic. Again, I just love Chip as the head coach and cannot get enough of him. I have confidence he will lead us to an eventual Super Bowl… but if not, damn I am going to be entertained the whole way.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Yup that’s about it, Lurie and Howie really did hit a grand slam on that.
        So exciting, his handling of the media is so great and we’re in store for many many more jabs and sarcastic answers. Can’t wait
        Big question is did you see at the end of that, Kempski says the Eagles could have already easily said “Desean is an Eagle and will remain an Eagle, end of story” and they haven’t, really makes you wonder

        • Token

          If his contract doesnt get dealt with before the draft, I think theres a better than 50/50 chance hes gone.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya would point to that, or just waiting until summer to restructure ya. Do you think a team would trade for him and his ~10.5 cap hit? Will be real interesting to see.
            I’d hate to see him go, love him as an Eagle, but at the same time I would love to see his stupid attitude and mouthiness go..He’s just such a threat with Nick’s arm and all, and dam imagining this year with Maclin and a better Ertz and Sproles in the mix, DAMN, hopefully he sticks around.
            Maybe selfish him is thinking that there are way too many weapons on this team and he wouldn’t mind being traded at all..

          • TripSquadMonopoly

            Desean Jackson is an elite wideout in the league and you want him gone? True….

          • G_WallyHunter

            Didn’t say I wanted him gone lol see how I said “DAMN, hopefully he sticks around”… Just said if the compensation was right, given the depth of the draft at WR, I wouldn’t see it as a tragedy to unload 30mil and 6 dead money, part of the business, nowhere in there did I say “I hope he leaves”, although yes I did say I wouldn’t mind the attitude leaving IF IT HAPPENED TO HAPPEN, he’s one of my fave eags ever I’m not gonna say I want him gone lol…

          • Kev_H

            How about the gang symbols? I could do without them.

        • Rambler

          Yeah exactly, makes you wonder. Really not sure what to think… my gut tells me that there is no way that they trade Desean. Too many variables, and I mostly think it is manufactured speculation. And really, what we know of Chip so far… when has he completely committed to anything? But after all this talk, I guess it would not surprise me. I cannot stand Bill Simmons “Sports Guy” anymore, but he does that yearly NBA trade value article that is pretty interesting. If no one has done that for the NFL, I would love to see it.

        • Kev_H

          There isn’t an answer he can give that would stop Jeff McLane and others from reading in to it whatever they want. I’m sure if they got the right offer, they’d trade Jackson or any other receiver they have. I assume their preference is to go with what they have this year and maybe trade or cut him next year depending on the draft, Maclin, Cooper, Sproles.

        • Andy124

          Yeah, and he hasn’t said anything about FOles being the long term QB either. They just don’t go there.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya that’s a good point, they just don’t really speak long term for anyone, so it could mean nothing.
            But then, no one has been asking about FOles as the long term answer as of late, seems they are assuming. Many questions regarding Desean have come as of late but only one time to someone who makes decisions (Chip, I don’t think they’ve asked Howie have they?), so either way interesting ya..

    • Andy124

      The context of who he said it to adds so much. I love it. Thanks for highlighting that.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Exactly! Shows that Chip actually pays attention to these media reports and then uses them against the respective reporters. Now thats great, can’t wait for more..

  • TheNest

    Your the man Chip!!

  • GEAGLE

    All our players keep parroting this line about “the energy in the building”
    , how excited everyone is to come work and and accomplish, big things next year, but wtf are our guys supposed to say? We have to take that with a grain of salt, but I don’t know how we can debate it when every new free agent we sign, mentions this “energy in the building” and how exciting the eagles future is. When it’s obvious to new guys after the first day, think it’s fair to assume we are heading in the right direction and their will be special times ahead…what we did is tills most of our holes, and gave ourselves the flexibility to do whatever we want in the he draft. We can just take the player at the top of our board, we can trade up to go get a player we really like..would love to sign like 3 more players to add to our defensive depth and ST

    All day I was so excited for the introduction of Sproles. So dissapointing. Not that it matters but he rivals Ertz as the most brutal, nervous, interview. It is painful to hear Ertz and Sproles public speaking…but as long as they can bust that ass on the field, they can go silent BEASTMODE as far as I’m concerned

    • oreofestar

      Yeah the Sproles stuff was so awkward and tense and the speaking….

      • cliff henny

        Sproles has a stuttering problem, dealing with it his whole life. not sure why Ertz is awkward other than camera-shy

        • GEAGLE

          Oh really, listening to him talk was brutal..Ertz is so camera shy it’s funny, his voice starts to crack like a pubescent teen

  • GEAGLE

    We Alll know we are drafting a WR at some point…unless a big special monster like Evans falls to us, I’m thinking the we will put more emphasis on adding blazing speed! then size, so I think we can rule out most of the big bodied WR who don’t have exception speed….the drafted WR will be a speed Demon. More speed, more stretching the field. Stretching the defense think more space is created for our mismatched to beat their man…

    List the 10 fastest WR of the first 3 round WR prospect..now out of those speed demons, take out the 4 that are the most versatile, can play the most roles;offense and ST)…now out of the 4 most versatile speed demon WR prospect, find the one with the biggest passion, best Charecter, most coachable, and most commitment to sacrifice anything so the team can win and that will be our WR target

    • Andy124

      I’ve done this over and over and it keeps coming up with Allen Robinson. :)

      • GEAGLE

        Love him…but I’m thinking it would be a burner like OBJ/cooks…

  • GEAGLE

    Did the eagles host any free agent visits at Novacare center.

    • Andy124

      Why in the world is Tony Bruno on ESPN?

      Answered your own question there:
      He knows NOTHING!

  • GEAGLE

    If we don’t land Carrington, eagles fans should keep an eye on Corey Wooten…

    • oreofestar

      Hmmmm, do you think we are adding more DBs

      • GEAGLE

        I would assume one of these names would be an eagles: bush,Nate,Indehigbo,major or Clemons, because going into the season with two veterans is probably a good idea! but I haven’t heard anything…I really want the kid from the ravens! but think he will sign with lions

  • Doctor Rick

    Impromptu meet and greet tomorrow at Loews Hotel downtown, Lobby, 10:30 am.
    I’m in town for the morning and would enjoy meeting some of the group here.

  • Kev_H

    When the writers are looking for space to fill in the last year or so, they regularly speculate about U of Oregon connections as if they mean anything. It’s like they think Kelly is Joe College and wants to build an Eagle team out of Ducks. It makes little sense at all if he is qualified for his job.

    Kelly knows what he is doing. I’m sure he evaluates all of the talent from a neutral perspective and goes after what he sees as the best fit. I 100% believe his take on Jenkins. If he wanted to coach Oregon, stay in college, and win the Pac 17 (or whatever it is these days) he wouldn’t have signed with the Birds. You might as well have scouting write ups on Johns Hopkins and New Hampshire players.

    • ochospantalones

      Uh, he’s brought in (or questionably kept) a lot of Ducks already. Patrick Chung. Jeff Maehl. Casey Matthews. Right now they have 5 Ducks on the roster, though they are largely practice squad types: Maehl, Matthews, Josh Kaddu, Brandon Bair and Will Murphy. They had another Oregon player, Issac Reminton at some point last year. I would be shocked if there is another NFL team which has had 7 or more ex-Ducks on the roster in the last year. So this isn’t coming from out of nowhere.

      • Maggie

        That was last year. First year on the job, went with more of a known quantity. You must be a sports writer. You assume that because a person does something once, that they will do it over and over and over. The same as the endless crap about Kelly, the “college coach”, with one “college scheme”.

  • ia

    I still believe DJax is on the trade block for a defensive player(s)/draft pick(s). Then they’ll take a WR in the draft.
    There’s enough trade material in the house.

    • Andy124

      Think about that for a minute. Rookie WRs bust all the time and are basically never big time weapons in their first year. Maclin may not come back all the way from injury. You trade DJ and you risk going in to the year with Cooper as your best WR.

      I like Riley, but they’re not taking that chance.

      The only way DJ gets traded is if they extend his contract, draft a WR early, all the WR on the team play great in 2014, they re-up Maclin and then trade DJ next year. That’s a lot of chips that have to fall just right. And even then I wouldn’t think it’s likely.

  • devCal

    random thought:: doesn’t Chip look like a salamander when he licks his lips during a game?