Three Eagles Leftovers

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From Chip Kelly’s take on offseason workouts to the latest draft buzz, here are three Eagles leftovers.

1. The Eagles began offseason workouts this week as several players returned to the NovaCare Complex and started the journey towards the 2014 opener, which is about four months away.


But the workouts are not mandatory. In fact, very little is mandatory until training camp. The only session players have to attend is a three-day mini-camp from June 17 to June 19. You would think that would annoy some coaches, but Kelly said last month that he has no issues with the system.

"We show up on April 21," Kelly said last month. "I’m gonna have our first team meeting and we’ll go from there. Who’s in that room is entirely up to them at that point in time… so that’s kind of how it works. And I actually told our players I’ve always like that system that it is voluntary in the offseason cause you’re gonna find out where that commitment is and see where they are. I always understand there’s a day or two where guys have things to do, but that’s a different thing."

The sense here is that Kelly operates by the following theory: You treat all players fairly, but that doesn't mean you treat them equally.

Last offseason, he genuinely did not seem bothered at all that Cary Williams was going sconce shopping instead of practicing. The more players in the building, the better. Kelly values that chemistry and commitment. But he also seems to realize that participation in the offseason program is probably more important for some guys than others.

2. Add another name to the Eagles' official visit list: Florida State's Telvin Smith was in town recently, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Smith (6-3, 218) is a hybrid defender. He played linebacker in college, but some project him to safety at the professional level.

From a speed standpoint, few linebackers can match Smith:

Smith had 9.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks last season. I still need to take a closer look at Smith, but Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz has a good write-up posted.

Smith is expected to be a mid-round pick.

3. And finally, a few scheduling notes. As you know by now, basing strength of schedule off previous previous year's records is pointless.

The site FiveThirtyEight.com tried something different:

In cases like this, a better tactic is to make regressive predictions. We can use a regression formula to predict each team’s 2014 Simple Rating from its ratings over the previous two seasons, while building in plenty of regression to the mean to reflect our limited knowledge. If we base each team’s projected 2014 strength of schedule on these regressive predictions (while also taking into account a 2.5-point home-field advantage depending on where the game is being played), we arrive at the following projected schedule strengths for 2014.

They have the Eagles with the 15th-toughest schedule. If you crunch the numbers based solely on last year's winning percentages, the Eagles are 20th.

Meanwhile, Week 1 lines are already out. Vegas has the Eagles as 11-point favorites against the Jaguars. That's the biggest number for any team. The Broncos are the second-biggest favorites (7 points against the Colts).

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  • Eagles1018

    Yeah I don’t know why people are fooled to think were going like 12-4 this season. It’s gonna be tough. And the structure of who we play and when makes it even tougher

    • Eagles1018

      And I’d love Telvin Smith as a strong safety but I think he’s adamant about being a LB. Someone will try him as a Will in a 4-3

      • travis papa

        I wish people would quit acting like the kid has a choice. If he is drafted by a team that wants to play safety he will or be out of the league in 2-4 yrs being labeled as a locker room cancer which infinitely worse than undersized LB. Can you imagine the conversation? We would like to see you practice and play as a safety because that’s the fit we see in our scheme for you. No coach, I’m a LB and that’s where I’ll play thanks for the idea though. Break it down to him in the simplest terms it’s either 20-25% of the snaps in sub/nickel packages or possibly 100% of the snaps as a starting safety. Plus safety money is much better than 4-3 backup LB money.

        • knighn

          Some athletes do this… insist that they are QBs instead of TEs or FBs. See Tebow, Tim.
          Sometimes pride gets in the way of smarts.

          • travis papa

            That’s like comparing apples to elephants. There was nothing at all for these supposed experts to think tebow could lineup block run routes or catch. He is a qb maybe an inaccurate one but he’s a winner and never had a chance to grow and never got a fair shake in Denver or NY. This kid has safety written all over him and it’s not a projection there’s film of him playing man and zone hitting and tackling.

          • Amar

            Are we talking about the same Tebow who couldn’t make it as a #3 QB on the Pats roster, or any other roster in the NFL for that matter ?

          • travis papa

            All 4 things I said about Tebow were true. 1. He was not given a fair shake in Denver or NY 2. He’s a winner having had a winning record no matter who you give credit to for that 3. He is inaccurate but that is fixable to a degree. 4. There is no evidence he could transition to another position effectively at this point considering it takes years of practice to refine the attributes of other positions. A side note I believe NE only carries 2qbs in season so there is no #3 unless he’s viewed as the #2 next yr

          • Amar

            Winning record can be misleading…as you know Vince Young has a winning record. What does that mean ? Good coaching, scheme, defense, special teams and schedule (opposition) all contribute to a team win.
            Tebow didn’t have good numbers even when his team was winning, I would argue Vince Young had better numbers than Tebow when they were both winning games.
            I was a huge Tebow fan (even though he tormented my Geogria Bulldogs for many years) in college. All those coaches, OCs, QB coaches who saw him practice, can’t all be wrong.
            You are right about the Patriots roster, they carry only 2 QBs.

          • paul from nc

            Tebow had many more chances than he deserved. There is no way he is a starting QB and yet He started almost 1/2 the games in 2 seasons with the Broncs.
            He was a gamer, but not enough talent for the NFL.
            With all the teams needing a QB, he can’t even get a call.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            Dead on about New England. Belevhick values roster spots too much to carry a 3rd QB, who’ll never dress anyway given the 46 man game day limit.

          • knighn

            I gave a more detailed reply. Tebow love pisses me off.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            That’s because you hate jesus.

          • knighn

            I love Jesus. I also love God has given us logic, intellect and the ability to choose . When it comes to construction work, I’m going to go with the guy with the best reputation… not the Christian guy who does shoddy work but uses bricks with little crosses on them. When it comes to doctors, once again: I’ll go with the guy with the best reputation, not the guy who has botched multiple surgeries but is a “really nice, Christian guy”. When it comes to QBs, I’ll take the much better Nick Foles, who coincidentally is also a Christian, over the more outspoken, more charismatic, fairly horrible passer “but boy can he run” QB in Tim Tebow.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            No. We’re talking about the one who refuses to lose in final minutes of a game. Even if the scores do look more like a baseball game…

          • knighn

            They gave Tebow two seasons in Denver. Two seasons, 14 regular season starts, 2 post-season starts. In those two seasons with Denver, Tebow completed fewer than 50% of his passes.
            If you can’t get your ball to your targets in the NFL, at least at a 60% rate, you’re not a QB in today’s NFL. It doesn’t matter how much you can run around.
            After stumbling along as a passer for two years in Denver, the Jets gave him a chance to be a backup for a FULL season. And then the Patriots gave him a chance too. Then nobody else gave him a chance to be a QB.
            This is the league where people are desperate for QBs… and nobody was willing to give him a backup job. 3 seasons (plus a 4th off-season) was more than enough chances to prove he could QB. He couldn’t.
            —-
            It didn’t matter that he was a “winner” under the right circumstances. Rex freaking Grossman was a winner under the right circumstances. Neither one of them were good enough as QBs.
            —-
            Tebow had the size and the athleticism to be an NFL player, just like Antonio Gates, who didn’t even play football in college. If Tebow just wanted to play football (as a TE or a FB) somebody probably would have given him the chance… but too many people gave that poor boy the idea that he could QB in the NFL… and that just wasn’t true. Once again: if he truly loved football, and not just being a QB, I believe he could still be playing.

          • travis papa

            Obviously I’m a Tebow fan and obviously we are wasting too much time on him. All I’m saying is I don’t believe he could have transitioned to a new position and he got screwed by 2 teams. If he backs up manning for 3yrs til he retires by just being there everyday he would improve 10 accuracy points putting him at around 58% which McNabb was for his career. He is better than anyone that jax rolled out all yr and would have been the hometown hero selling tickets if he would have blown atleast he would have failed on his terms and jax would have 1-2 #1 overall picks for it. Den instead traded him to NY who flat out lied about his usage and never gave him the chance start skipping over him to mcelroy whose now out of the league also. Tebow could be a backup on atleast 5-7 teams and give a team atleast a chance to go .500 or better. Stl backup was so bad they pulled kellen Clemens off the street graham Harrell in gb. Tyrod Taylor Charlie Whitehurst Austin and Dominic Davis neither of which have I ever heard of.

          • knighn

            You might not like to hear this, but it’s true. Tim Tebow was drafted over a decade after Donovan McNabb:
            1) All QBs, now, get less time to become complete QBs. It doesn’t matter if they were drafted in the first round or not. See Christian Ponder and Brandon Weeden. Both on their way out. That’s just a short list off the top of my head.
            2) A career of 58% was borderline acceptable when McNabb was drafted in 1999. It just isn’t any longer, even for running QBs. And waiting for a player to reach that point when he already had a history of bad footwork, mechanics and poor anticipation just wasn’t going to happen.
            I understand why a team would go with those other guys. About the same skill level without the circus.
            Tim Tebow is a likeable guy. Full of charisma. And you may like what he stands for. But just because a guy is likeable and Christian doesn’t mean he has to blow chunks at his position. For a short list, see: Brian Dawkins, Reggie White, and Kurt Warner.

          • travis papa

            Just saying the guy brings more to the tablethan a handful or more of backups around the league and atleast 2 or 3 starters. Saying he couldn’t start in min cle jax? Nfl is too married to the idea you have to have a Brady or manning or your screwed. Nfl wants to tell you every 5 secs that it’s a passing league and it’s a qb driven league anything that goes against makes them scared and angry. Think about the stigma and backlash today against a running qb only now is it starting to be an acceptable norm with no kicking and screaming against it. For the record I never referenced anything about tebows religion. Ifeel that has no bearing on anything and is used by lazy people on both sides as a fall back for nothing else of intelligence in a discussion. A lot of people say the most religious person in the nfl is troy polamalu and it’s never been an issue for plenty others like you mentioned I guess. Personally I prefer a separation of church state and sports but rarely does that happen because the government has to have their hand in everything.

          • knighn

            The upside of the backups is that they have not yet conclusively proven that they CAN’T be NFL QBs. Tim Tebow has already shown that + he brings a circus with him. The second part (the circus) isn’t his fault but it is a drawback for a team that would consider Tebow.
            The issue with Tebow isn’t that he’s a Running QB, it’s that he’s a crappy QB that runs… unlike his successful contemporaries that are also Running QBs, most notably Cam Newton, Russel Wilson, RG3 and Colin Kap. You are kidding yourself if you think that Tebow’s talent as a QB is anywhere near the level of those guys.
            As for religion: Tebow’s most hardcore supporters have typically identified themselves in a certain way.
            Don’t get me wrong: I love the Almighty God. I also believe, as Galileo did, “The God that imbued me with sense and reason did not intend for me to forego their use”.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            Preach. They need to clone that kids heart, and bottle his competitive spirit. I love me some Tebow, and will fist fight anyone who bad mouths the dude. Lying, I wont fight you, Ill just smack the ish out of you with the king james version.

          • knighn

            Christ came for everyone, not just King James. I’d rather take a modern translation written for all English-speaking people of the 20th or 21st centuries over a version that was written for a 17th century king.
            Tebow has a great heart and a strong competitive spirit. I’d take those as long as I didn’t have to put up with his crappy QBing.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            Ok sure, but which would you rather walk down a dark alley with?

          • knighn

            Which QB or which Bible? Incidentally there was a slightly messed up time in my younger life when I was walking some fairly unsafe streets in Queens, NY with the RSV Bible. That served me well then. I’d probably stick with that.

          • paul from nc

            Coleman had a lot of heart also. He just didn’t have the talent, like Tebow.

        • Maggie

          How can he be an effective DB when he has no vertical?

      • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

        As fast as the passing game is evolving league wide, I think the line between safeties and backers will dissolve into “safebackers” who cover, tackle, and play the run with equal abilty. Belichick sort of led the charge here, with the way he covets versatility. Now you hear Chip singing the chorus. Roster spots are more precious than ever. Soon you’ll have a Kicker who handles all duties, specialized 2 way players, and the death of the long snapper. Or at least, this is how the game evolves in my fantasy world

    • cliff henny

      I wasn’t, 13-3. though, I’ve predicted 13-3 for over 20 yrs.

      • Amar

        Nothing to be ashamed of, I predicted 16-0 after we signed Babin, Cullen Jenkins and the CB-who-shall-not-be-named. I remember reading an article on a very informative website called ESPN from Chris Mortensen calling the hiring of Washburn a coup by the Eagles and a real game changer.

        • reb

          Yeah, it was a game changer…just not in the right direction of change.

    • paul from nc

      Because they think Foles and Cooper will have the same years, the o line will stay healthy all year, Jackson was useless and at least two other teams best players will be out when we play them. Also they’re a little off in the head.
      9-7 is my guess. And that’s if they have a good draft in the first couple of rounds.

  • Andy

    Nothing like a little Bayesian strength of schedule analysis in the morning.

    • UKEagle99

      Personally “I love the smell of strength of schedule analysis in the morning!”

    • mtn_green

      Darts would be just as accurate.

      • Adam G

        Not a fan of sabermetrics either or just against stats/math as a whole?

        • Johnny Domino

          I love stats, as long as they prove my point.

          • LostInChiTown

            60% of statistics are made up on the spot, just to prove a point.

          • Johnny Domino

            “There are lies, damn lies and statistics.”

            Mark Twain

          • TNA

            I wonder if there are stats on game day / practice decision-making and decision making speed. Players talk about mentally being able to play fast. I also wonder if teams have measurements on the variance of speed — guys who can sustain speed over 3 hrs and 70-80 plays and know how to use their speed efficiently in getting around the field are more valuable than a guy who sports 4.2 speed once in a blue moon. On defense, football is also a game of force, so speed should technically be calculated in conjunction with weight, center of gravity and ability to accelerate in short space.

  • Glenn

    Speaking of Cary Williams, we will be drafting his replacement soon. It might be in this year’s first round. Especially if a guy like Dennard slips.

    • Eagles1018

      Hope not in the first round. OLB, S, WR are way more important. I know there’s the BPA philosophy but if the BPA is a LT, with Peters extended through forever and Lane as his successor and Barbre a decent third option, do you still pick a LT?

      • Glenn

        No. However, Cary Williams is not that good. Jason Peters is one of the best. And Cary Williams won’t be here next year, because of his contract.

        • anon

          lots of names behind him on the depth chart.

        • Maggie

          Can’t understand why so many keep yelling, “Put Boykin on the outside!” Why would everybody just assume that he would automatically play the same?

          • peteike

            because hes so athletic, can jump and balls. I get why they keep him in slot though, makes sense that he covers the faster guys there as opposed to the larger WR outside. Not to say it wont happen at some point, I hope it does. Gets one of the better defenders on the field more, that can only be a good thing. Of course then the slot guy better be good or you just expose another potential weakness.

      • Kev_H

        I might, depending on the margin you have him rated over the others. Peters is only $3 million in dead money after 2015, so they are only really tied to him until then.

      • TNA

        Chip’s offense is truly interdependent on all the positions, but the offense really goes nowhere without a solid, versatile offensive line. The Eagles need Mathis to continue being the strongest player in the league, they need Peters to continue being a freak, they need Kelce to continue being the smartest guy on the field, they need LJ to continue developing technique so he can be a freak like Peters, AND they need to acquire/draft players to ensure continued OL dominance. It starts in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

  • mtn_green

    Honestly not interested in a safety/LB tweener, rather take a ‘instincts’ LB in later rounds that has tons of tackles, there are many in later rounds.

  • Eaglehaslanded

    If they ever make another Flintstones movie, Chip Kelly must be picked to play Barney Rubble!

  • jcwhy

    Roby (CB Ohio State) just got arrested for dui type deal… feel asleep at the wheel while parked.. maybe he drops into our laps in the 2nd or 3rd?

    • GumboGumbo

      He just tweeted his breathalizer results which showed he wasn’t drunk

      • jcwhy

        just needed a cat nap.. well thats good for him.

  • Andy124

    Wish we could see Telvin’s spider chart with percentages compared to other safeties.

    • cliff henny

      has he ever played safety? he seems pretty adamant that he’s an OLB, wonder if he’s tried safety and struggled. all I know is 220, heck, beef him up to 240, that’s still 25lbs under where he needs to be. plenty of other 4th/5th round talent in draft, no need to spend 2 yrs figuring out where this guy is going to play. already playing that game with Curry, cant say a lot of us enjoyed it

      • NickS1

        I feel like if he bulks up to 240lbs he loses speed and essentially runs the risk of becoming a new Casey Matthews. No one needs that.

        • cliff henny

          yup, certainly possibility. had my fill of tweeners. no issue with a Barr type needing to add strength, that’s normal. even if he keeps most of his speed, you know the odds stacked against him to be top flight LB in NFL at 235-240…yeah, me either, but sure it’s about 0%. when can get Christian Jones or Kirkley (who is coming in for visit) in similar if not round later.

  • NCBiRDMann22

    Could be the next Cam Chancelor with some more range…plug him in on this team as a predator/slot cover nightmare.

  • oreofestar

    For some reason reports are that the Lions are looking into trading Suh….smh such a beast though

    • oreofestar

      nobody will give them what they want anyway

    • Maggie

      Think rumors surfaced when Suh didn’t bother to show up for voluntary workout. Again. On top of the consensus that the Lions are so undisciplined that they will never win, no matter how much talent they accumulate.

    • paul from nc

      Unless the flat out cut him, I’m not interested.
      He’s a problem

  • George

    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 22: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU (A)
    Round 3 Pick 2 (WASH): Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut (A-)
    Round 4 Pick 2 (WASH): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (A)
    Round 7 Pick 22: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (B)

    What?!

    • oreofestar

      yeah these mocks are just too unrealistic for me…

      • George

        they are getting my hopes unrealistically high, if this happende, i’d be going INSANE

        • oreofestar

          I just don’t do those mocks anymore I would rather do a personal mock draft or a round robin kinda thing with a couple people like we did because it ends up being way more realistic

  • cliff henny

    Tre Mason has broken hand, will miss OTA’s, hope this kills his draft stock.

    • oreofestar

      lol we are horrible people I immediately thought the same thing… I hope so too

      • cliff henny

        oh, I feel no shame in saying I hope Clowney gets in car wreck, is in coma till draft day. as soon as Eagles go on clock, he pops up and is obviously no worse for the wear

        • oreofestar

          You meant to say Mack :P yeah I fell a little dirty sometimes but it is true I want to see Mike Evans get arrested for killing 12 people and then on draft day after we draft him they said no wait we got the wrong Mike Evans :P

          • cliff henny

            trust me, if I was a sheriff, players I liked for eagles would be scared to come to my town. have dead hookers and coke piling up behind my house just waiting for them to drive thru

        • paul from nc

          He’s just another problem child. It’s nice that somebody will take him early. That’s 1 more player for us to choose from.

  • cliff henny

    Henery’s on the clock. trialing by 1 in 4th, trust shady from the 2 1/2 or Henery from 33 yds?

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24538207/extra-points-to-be-33-yarders-for-first-2-weeks-of-preseason

    • devCal

      donnie jones pooch punt…

    • RIP illa

      As it was pointed out to me in a disagreement I had the other day…
      Henery made his 3 long FGs, in consecutive weeks, towards the end of last season. Including a 51 yarder, and he is 85% for his career when kicking long.
      So knowing all of that, the answer is obvious…SHADY!!!

      • cliff henny

        to me, once i lose confidence in kicker, it’s gone. like Bryce with fumbling. he could go 4years and not fumble, and cough one up and guaranteed i’ll yell ‘POS fumbler!’. fans don’t have to be rational about everything

        • RIP illa

          You had confidence in Henery to begin with? ;-)

          Reid made sure he kept Henery outta harms way, so to speak, his 1st year, never really quite trusted him his second, and when he was forced to go to him…he was met with less than stellar results. Hell, even Chip had his times where it was obvious that he was not confident/comfortable with Henery, in certain situations.
          To me the kid has always been someone whom I never had confidence in. 85%, on long kicks, with an 82% overall average is not good enough for an NFL kicker to be considered trustworthy or to be considered to be counted on. Plus the kid has choked, more than once, when the pressure has been turned on.
          Just another situation when stats, don’t tell the whole story and are misleading.

          • cliff henny

            never really thought about him till this year. pretty obvious he mid level kicker on xps and KOs. should be someone better. should just have open tryouts for last 5 months in south America, guarantee there’s some shoeless soccer player that can sink 60 yarders all day…might be most racist thing I’ve ever written, but sadly true

          • RIP illa

            Haha. Not racist, just true. When I played soccer, everyone around the country and overseas knew that Brazil’s #1 export was soccer players. :-) But there’s an abundance of mid level players all over the world that could probably preform well in the league. So sad that the NFL keeps the kicking ranks so secluded. There’s no reason that the list of kicking candidates should be so short.

          • cliff henny

            nope, Gramtica’s were it. after them, none left.

          • Maggie

            Philadelphia does have pro soccer team. I’ll bet someone from the Eagles has checked them and some opponents out already.

          • paul from nc

            I’m more concerned about his kickoff distance than his accuracy. He has choked on a couple, but that happens. Getting the ball out of the end zone is becoming more important than ever.

    • Kev_H

      No brainer just going by the numbers. Kick is the best option, some sort of pass option is probably second best, shady/straight run a close 3rd. McCoy gained two yards or less without scoring on 39% of his carries last year. Henery has been money from that distance since the “Aker’s revenge” game in 2011. Hopefully, Henery won’t be on the Eagles this year anyway.

      • cliff henny

        under 40, think almost every nfl kicker is money. the seperation is getting into 45+ and top 2 or 3 start banging home 50+.
        i’d leave it the same, either have 2nd interior set-back goal post for XPs(so if hit on reg FG its’s considered good), or go with narrower posts and much higher cross bar.

  • Michael

    Ashley Fox is unbelievable – Lazy lazy lazy nonsense…

    “Maclin said he ran routes Thursday for quarterback Nick Foles, whom Maclin has never played with in a game. “We were on point,” Maclin said. “I don’t think [chemistry] is going to be an issue.” – Fox

    - Pretty sure I remember him catching that last 2nd TD vs Tampa but why let silly little things called facts and research get in the way of things…

  • msg1

    Just for the record…releasing your top receiver in his prime , and oh by the way strengthening a weakness for a division rival, while getting NOTHING in return is an organizational failure. It should be a firing offense. The meathead who orchestrated this debacle should never ever make another personnel decision. Releasing Jackson made no football sense. If he was a problem, was release the only answer? Could benching , fining, or suspending have been a way to send a message?

    • Bert’s Bells

      Cool, you’re on the record now.

    • Maggie

      Just for the record, those other methods had already been used on this former player, who is NOW on another team.

    • JosephR2225

      I don’t get the decision either, but I’m confident that what you’ve posted crossed the minds of Howie, Chip and Tom at some point before they released Desean.

    • imnotsorryisaidthat

      you are giving me a headache msg

    • G_WallyHunter

      Tim and Sheil, did you get that for the record?
      are you saying firing offense like this offense will be firing on even more cylinders now that Jackson’s gone?
      or did you mean firing offence

    • paul from nc

      Breaking news story?

  • Scott J

    Apparently bar graphs are out and spider charts are in.

  • IAteLunchToday

    Is Nick Foles married? I think it’s pretty funny that Russel Wilson is in line for a big payday and so he divorced his wife. If I were Mrs. Foles I would be worried :)

    • Maggie

      Are you actually saying that Russell Wilson divorced his wife BECAUSE he was coming into money??? She’s well-rid of him if that’s the case. Also, Foles comes from a wealthy family so it’s entirely possible that he might actually think his wife is more important to him than his paycheck.

      • IAteLunchToday

        I have no idea about the relationship between Russel Wilson and his soon to be ex-wife. I just thought it was a coincidence that they got divorced before he’s due to get a big contract. I mean it kind of makes some sense. If they don’t have the best relationship and he was contemplating divorce then now (before his new contract) would be the time to do it. I wasn’t meaning like ‘oh I’m going to get millions of dollars, I’m going to get divorced so I can do what I want.’ Russel Wilson doesn’t strike me as that kind of person. Neither does Nick Foles. It was more just a tongue in cheek comment, but I can see how the smiley face might throw you off and make you think it’s a serious comment.

        • TNA

          Can you imagine being married to someone who would rather spend time going to preseason spring training for a sport in which he’s not playing in another state right after winning the Super Bowl? Priority was clearly not on family or spending quality or quantity of time with his wife. I mean c’mon – you just spent 8 months wholly focused on football as a QB spending about 8 hrs a day at most, which is probably reserved for sleeping, at home, you win the SB, and then instead of spending time with your wife on some island or at home, you go to Rangers spring training in TX?

          • IAteLunchToday

            I’m really not trying to defend him. But now that you say that, it does make sense. Maybe they have been on the outs for a while and this divorce isn’t so sudden. Maybe his work schedule was hard on her and he thought he didn’t want to spend the next 15-20 years (?, good quarterbacks can play a while, right?) like that. After the season it could have been basically over and so he went to spring training because … why not?

            Honestly, I don’t really care about the personal lives of famous people. I have my own life with my own things going on. I just thought the timing of him getting divorced was very interesting and if Nick Foles has another great year then he is in line to get a big contract just like Wilson so I was just trying to make a little joke. I guess divorce is a touchy subject on here.

      • paul from nc

        Wife more important than paycheck to a pro athlete??????
        Women are a dime a dozen to them.
        Plus, I think he was joking.

  • DoctorRick

    I bet that Sconces is at OTAs this year. I think he has bought in to the system and it will work for him and give him the chance to be an even better player.