Memorial Day Reading: Barwin’s Bash

Eagles Linebacker Connor Barwin Helmet Off
Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.

Some Eagles activity is coming up. The first set of OTAs runs from Tuesday though Thursday this week. We’ll speak with Chip Kelly, and get our first look at the 2014 squad. Plenty to look forward to. For now, a few links to pass along:

The Dolphins’ offense —  now under the stewardship of former quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor — will have a Philadelphia influence to it, writes  Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Associates of new Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Philadelphia’ former quarterback coach, said he was advised by the Eagles not to take the Dolphins job if Joe Philbin didn’t give him total control of his unit. Philbin has given him that authority, and Dolphins players are excited about the system he’s implementing.


“It’s reminiscent of Chip Kelly’s offense in Philadelphia, with the tempo and style,” said one Dolphins player who asked not to be named.

Kelly uses a spread offense, and the player said the spread is an important part of this Dolphins attack, but there is more to this offense than that.

“There are some West Coast offense concepts,” the player said. “Some shotgun, some under center. They’ve discussed having both no huddle and huddle. It’s fast tempo.”

Good story by Chris McPherson over at the team's website on defensive back Davon Morgan, who had been out of the league for over two years and working as an in-house counselor and tutor before catching the Eagles' eye this offseason.

Morgan placed a call to John Ballein, who is Virginia Tech's Associate Athletics Director for Football Operations, asking for a simple favor - to participate in the Hokies' 2014 Pro Day. Morgan knew that with cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Antone Exum on the NFL's radar there would be plenty of scouts in attendance. Morgan may have been three years removed from his own Pro Day, but he was a model citizen during his time in Blacksburg, Va. He was a team captain. His class won three ACC titles. He earned his degree in human development.

If anyone was worthy of a chance, it was Morgan. And Morgan was well aware of the significance of the opportunity.

"This is my last big shot," Morgan said. "I've been through this before. I know what to expect. I've got to do something to stand out."

With head coach Chip Kelly, defensive coordinator Bill Davis and secondary coach John Lovett among the Eagles representatives in attendance at the Pro Day, Morgan put on a show. Afterwards, teams approached Morgan for his contact information, but there was no promise of anything.

And finally, Connor Barwin has been a busy man. He appeared on CSN Philly and offered a couple thoughts on Marcus Smith; had some fun on the new weekly podcast over at PhiladelphiaEagles.com; and even played DJ for 88.5 WXPN the other day for the "Top 5 at 5."

This is all to help promote the inaugural benefit concert being put on by the  Make The World Better Foundation (MTWB), established by Barwin in 2013. It will be held at Union Transfer on June 20 and will feature "Philly Artist of the Year" Kurt Vile.

All proceeds from the concert will be donated and matched by MTWB for the revitalization project at Ralph Brooks Park in South Philadelphia.   LeSean McCoy, DeMeco Ryans, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Najee Goode, Bradley Fletcher, Mychal Kendricks, Trent Cole, Cary Williams, Brent Celek, Bennie Logan and other Eagles are expected to be in attendance.

If interested, visit www.MTWBProject.org.

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  • Dominik

    Re: Lazor

    “Associates of new Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Philadelphia’ former quarterback coach, said he was advised by the Eagles not to take the Dolphins job if Joe Philbin didn’t give him total control of his unit. Philbin has given him that authority”

    So, you hire an OC to be your HC in 2012 (one who hasn’t called plays to begin with) and give your new OC “total control of his unit”. Sure sounds like you have a great HC…

    • G_WallyHunter

      Ya funny eh, I thought Philbin was hired for his offensive expertise? Was that tossed out the window? Looks like it
      I wish Lazor success there but ill always wish for Dolphins failure :)

      • Dominik

        Have to say, with total control over the Offense, you can’t blame Lazor one bit for taking that job. Of course, O-Line is a mess and they have no running game (which is not entirely coincidental, I guess). But they have a pretty talented QB and a good deep threat in Wallace (although totally overpaid). They signed Moreno, we’ll see how he can run without having a HoF QB.

        I hope that the Dolphins have a great offensive season. They’re in the AFC and we don’t play the East, so I don’t care. Having a one year QB coach to be a successfull OC (with a lot of elements of the Chip Kelly offense) would be a good start for the Chip Kelly coaching tree. ;)

        • cliff henny

          hope they struggle mightily. get rid of the notion it’s couple package plays and moving couple guys around and bam, can repeat Kelly’s 1st season success.
          .
          it’s pet peeve of mine, when others try to minimize someone else’s talent to repeatable level by others.

          • Eagles1018

            Don’t take it personal dude lol

          • Dominik

            I don’t know, mate. I get where you’re coming from, but in a copy cat league, it happens. Imho, that would lead to respect for Chip and his approach.

            Lazor can’t imitate Chips playcalling (one of the most important things a good coach delivers, imho). He probably won’t be as good of a game planner. If Lazor is Chip light and has success as Chip light, I’m fine with that. The league will appreciate the original even more. ;)

          • Richard Colton

            I’m hoping he flops – that way it becomes clear right away that Foles made Lazor, not the other way ’round.
            Also I hate the Dolphins. Next to the Pats, there isn’t an AFC team I hate more.

          • Dominik

            If Foles throws 54/4 (and anything under that mark would be a huge disappointment, we should trade the house for Mariota if that happens) and Lazor has the (distant) 2nd ranked Offense in place, who would think Lazor made Foles? That’d mean Chip and Foles made Foles, while Lazor is a good coach.

            Is there a specific reason some of you don’t like the Dolphins? I’m from Europe, so maybe there’s something between Philly and Miami I don’t know yet.

          • Warhound

            I can’t speak for Richards reasons; but no bad blood exists between the two cities. I, too, hate the Dolphins because when I was young I knew some Philly area residents who, instead of suffering with the rest of us, decided to be “fans” of the un-defeated ‘Fins. Yech :-(

          • Andy124

            imo, it is indirectly good for the Eagles for those who leave the Eagles to do poorly. Nothing against them for leaving, just in the pragmatic, selfish sense.

            Plus, I dislike the Dolphins for my own reasons.

          • Dominik

            “imo, it is indirectly good for the Eagles for those who leave the Eagles to do poorly. Nothing against them for leaving, just in the pragmatic, selfish sense.”

            Why? So they won’t leave? I guess the bigger problem would be that talented coaches rather don’t want to come to Philly.

            When I’m a talented Assistant Coach and the 49ers, Buccs and Team X call, I would take Team X because it sucks how the 49ers and the Buccs treat their Assistant coaches (no approval for interviews if they don’t absolutely HAVE to, and if I remember correctly you only HAVE to do it for HC positions, I’m not even sure about that).

            You build a reputation as a Franchise and a coaching staff. Kelly wouldn’t be here if Reid wouldn’t have told him how great the Eagles FO is.

          • Andy124

            Good point.
            I was thinking more along the lines of other teams being discouraged from trying to poach our talent, but I concede your case is stronger.

            I think cliff’s point stands though. It’s only natural that we not want to share our shiny new offense with anyone else. At all.

            Also, screw the Dolphins.

          • Dominik

            “I think cliff’s point stands though. It’s only natural that we not want to share our shiny new offense with anyone else. At all.”

            I get that point. Altough I would say: if Kelly is as successful in his second year as he was last year, teams will adopt. They always will. And if Kelly has a third good year, you can bet Shurmur is getting another HC gig with the assumption that he builds the team like he learned it from Kelly (and Reid, partially).

            Now, we don’t need to be too scared about that. The system isn’t what makes Kelly great, it’s his mind. People adopted the hybrid D looks Belichick does in New England. People adopted Bill Walshs concepts. People adopted the Zone Blitz, 34 2 gap from LeBeau (*caugh* Billy D *caugh*). People will try to adopt the Seahawks D. It’s the nature of the game.

            What made Belichick, Walsh, LeBeau and (probably, we’ll see) Carroll great is that they are (a) the best at what they are doing – you can imitate, but it’s like a chinese product compared to the original: maybe good, but not AS good – and (b) they will always work to improve their system, put tweaks into it. To sum it up: they are always one step ahead, because they will improve while others adapt.

            On another point: it speaks for you if you can concede that someone has a better point. Happens to me all the time (that someone has a better point, not that I’m right :D). It’s a good mindset and although it should be natural, it isn’t. Always appreciate a good discussion culture.

          • Richard Colton

            No bad blood – in fact lots of Philly expats in Miami.
            Here’s my lame personal reason. I grew up in South Philly in the 80s – everyone was either Irish or Italian in my neighborhood. All the Italian kids had Dolphins starter jackets because of Dan Marino. It was like the Cowboys disease, just a milder strain.

          • paul from nc

            Do you mean 57 TD & 4 INT?
            If so, I think you’re expecting way too much. Let alone a “huge disappointment”.
            I would love to get Mariota, but if Foles plays anywhere near last years numbers, I’ll become a believer.

          • Dominik

            Damn it, didn’t make the irony clear enough.

            HoF or bust!!!!

          • paul from nc

            I was hoping, but some of the posters already have him there and believe he;s better than Peyton and Drew together. So you never know.

            But seriously, I’d love the Samoan.

          • Andy124

            I promise you, Foles at QB is a hell of a lot better than Peyton and Drew together. I don’t even know what you’d call a personnel package with 2 quarterbacks on the field together.

          • paul from nc

            Wouldn’t put it past the Chippa

          • OldDocRoss

            Ravens. Hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE the Ravens. The Doplhins? Meh, kind of inoffensive IMO (save for Pouncey being an utter douchenozzle).

          • Richard Colton

            I kind of like the Ravens. Well run organization. The better Harbough (with Philly ties). The Flaccos live in my town. Easy to root for.

          • OldDocRoss

            To be honest I mostly just hate Ray Lewis. And more recently Ray Rice, both for obvious reasons.

            But Lewis was the face of the franchise for years, and an easily hateable face he is.

            Maybe I’m just against people called Ray. A ray-cist! Because puns.

          • Andy124

            Had a friend in college who was a huge Browns fan. I dislike the Ravens because of that history, but it’s not a very intense dislike.

            The full dislike rankings:
            1) Cowboys
            2) Cowboys

            10) Cowboys
            11) Giants
            12) Redskins
            13) Dolphins
            14) Falcons
            15) Ravens
            Temporary dislikes: Pats, 9ers

          • OldDocRoss

            1 through 10 are inarguable. I’d flip the Ravens and Fins, then replace the Fins with the Saints (“Who dat” is the *worst*) and I’d agree with all of it actually. Even the temporary dislikes.

            I don’t dislike the Panthers or Bucs like I did a few years ago, but that’s a hate that could easy be rekindled.

          • Dominik

            I wouldn’t say the better Harbaugh. But liking Jim seems to be more of a rarity outside of San Francisco.

            I don’t know if any of you guys follow soccer at all, but one of the best soccer coaches of all time is Jose Mourinho, an extremely extroverted coach. I love this guy. Jim Harbaugh reminds me of him.

    • PhillySean

      Speaking of the Dolphins….
      the Dion Jordan trade thing is circulating again.

      • Dominik

        I’m not surprised about that. People tend to forget that we probably need another OLB next year if Cole doesn’t accept a huge pay cut. Smith was important because Rookies need to learn and it is important that he learns the NFL game before he has to start for us. But you need a back-up for Barwin and Smith next year.

        Since the cap hit and our projected needs next year (ILB and O-Line probably early) I don’t know if a deal can get done, but it sure would sound great to have Barwin, Smith and Jordan as your OLBs. You can rotate them all the time, giving each guy around 66 % of the snaps, so they are all fresh, while the QB will never know which guy rushes and which guy drops. All three would be able to do both, with Jordan having huge pass rush upside because of his athletism.

        • PhillySean

          Yeah, I just don’t know if a coach on the bubble risks acknowledging a mistake of those proportions. I’m guessing it would take an unquestionably Dolphins friendly trade to avoid the stench of failure. Would love to be proven wrong about that.

          • Dominik

            Philbin hasn’t even the control over “his” offense anymore. That would be the move of the new GM. Still doubt it’ll happen, but I don’t think Philbin would be the deciding factor against it.

          • PhillySean

            yeah, good point.

          • paul from nc

            New GM, so it’s not like he’s dumping HIS 1st rounder from last year. They could spin it opposite of what the the Eagles did, blame the GM,that’s no longer here, and say the coach had nothing to do with that pick.

      • paul from nc

        That would be awesome. June 1st is the date that their cap hit is cut in half, $5MM, I think. When we took Smith, I thought this was a dead issue.
        I haven’t read anything about it yet, But maybe Smith, Graham and ???

        • PhillySean

          I don’t think including Smith makes sense.

          • paul from nc

            What do you think it would take?
            Is there any possibility, the Fins wanted Smith and that’s why we took him, already having this trade in place?

          • PhillySean

            No.
            I don’t think we invested a #1 pick in what somebody else needs or might think they need. Marcus Smith has versatility written all over him. If he had been taken with a top 10 pick, I’d be more inclined to consider the pick mysterious…..

            But at #26, assuming you feel confident that a receiver of Mathews’ calibre is going to be there next pick, who do you go with to upgrade the Eagles roster?

  • Johnny Domino

    Anybody get Barwin’s playlist from XPN?

    • Richard Colton

      It’s a bunch of bands Barwin liked before they were cool. And you’ve probably never heard of them.

      • Andy124

        Barwin left the Texans for the Eagles before it was cool.

      • Kev_H

        If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it will it make Barwin’s playlist?

      • Johnny Domino

        Probably right, avid XPN listener but more excited to hear Pigbag on Funky Friday than download the new Spottiswoode & His Enemies track.

        • Richard Colton

          99% you made that band up. Googled it. they’re real. But now that I’ve heard of them, they aren’t cool anymore.

  • Jack

    With all these Eagles players that want to be the first one there, last to leave…they are going to end up spending all day and night in order to do so. Tremendous character building on this team.

    • MollyMackopo321

      just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
      didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
      there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
      about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
      bought themselves a Chrysler . see here M­o­n­e­y­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

    • Mike Cappelli

      The Novacare center is gonna look like Walmart on black friday morning

  • cliff henny

    “There are some West Coast offense concepts,” the player said. “Some shotgun, some under center. They’ve discussed having both no huddle and huddle. It’s fast tempo.”
    .
    yup, that’s it. Miami has sovled Kelly’s genius. better get used to it, it’s one extreme (revolutionize NFL) or other. read enough Cowboys’ blogs, enjoying listening to them suffer, they think it was all luck.

    • Dominik

      Let’s just hope Chip has more “luck” – year in and year out. :D Maybe they’ll see a pattern then.

    • DoctorRick

      It’s funny how the term ‘West Coast” offense concepts have changed from the Cinncinati-San Francisco Bill Walsh horizontal ball control game into the spread zone read Rich Rodriguez Chip kelly Oregon Philly “West Coast” game.
      I’m still waiting to sing the Single Wing T used, wouldn’t surprise me.

      • PhillySean

        I question how useful the “West Coast Offense” label is. Did anyone feel like they were watching a Bill Walsh derivative during the Reid years? Some scripted plays and controlled passing…sure, but who isn’t doing more controlled passing these days? And I’m not sold on the notion that Reid effectively used those 20 plays to tune into the coverages and subsequently attack weakness in assignments.

        Fast forward to Chip Kelly and the Eagles are running the ball more than they have since the days of Wilbert Montgomery. You think Chip and Andy are doing the same thing? I guess that works….if one thinks chess and checkers are pretty much the same game.

    • PhillySean

      I got that exact line about luck from a Cowboys fan. That was right after they predicted that the Eagles would not win the division. Anything can happen in a given season, but the prediction was delivered without any hedging or qualification.

    • Dominik

      Chip Kellys reaction to those Cowboys fans:

      http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1680957/5b8.gif

  • Warhound

    Let us honor: John Brown, Samuel Hadley, Caleb Harrington, Jonathon Harrington, Robert Munroe, Isaac Muzzey, Asahel Porter, and Jonas Parker – the first Americans to die while under arms and fighting for our independence as a nation. Also, of course, the 1,321,604 who have since given their all – weather it be for a cause now seen as noble or otherwise – in the performance of their duty.

    • Richard Colton

      By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
      Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
      Here once the embattled farmers stood
      And fired the shot heard round the world.

      • Maggie

        A couple of weeks ago, RC, you made mention of a Canadian prime Minister of the 70′s. Trudeau, who was a media darling in Eastern Canada, as I recall. He was no darling in the West.
        The Prime Minister you might have meant was Lester Pearson, who won the Nobel Peace prize in the late 40′s for the genesis of the Peace Keepers.
        Further to the Peace Keepers and PTSD’s please check out Romeo D’Allaire, even on Wikipedia. Sorry I’m having a problem posting URLs.
        Finally, my parents’ wedding portrait. My mother really did defend her country.

        • paul from nc

          And a good looking woman she was. God bless all veterans.

        • Nicodemus_09

          REALLY great old photo. Beautiful.

    • Maggie

      Speaking of Memorial Day leftovers, farmers and honor; here are a couple of other AMERICAN quotes:

      quotation from “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community”
      copyright 1967 by Martin Luther King, Jr.
      page 182-183: “When I see our country today intervening in what was basically a civil war, mutilating hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese children with napalm, burning villages and rice fields at random, painting the valleys of that small Asian country red with human blood, leaving broken bodies in countless ditches and sending home half-men, mutilated mentally and physically; when I see the unwillingness of our government to create the atmosphere for a negotiated settlement of this awful conflict…”

      Excerpts from: Lying For Empire by David Model, Common Courage Press, 2005
      “In 1969, President Richard Nixon and his National Security Advisor, Henry A. Kissinger, unleashed B-52 carpet bombing for over fourteen months against a people who still tilled the soil with water buffalo. The 3,500 bombing sorties resulted in 600,000 deaths.

      The American bombing of Cambodia was a closely guarded secret primarily because the U.S. was not at war with Cambodia.
      The Cambodian Operation is, perhaps, the most blatant violation of international law by the U.S. government since World War II, but it represents only one instance in a series of the illegal uses of force to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign society.

      http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/2012/04/on-a-road-40-years-ago

      Everyone is supposed to have Freedom of Speech, remember?

      • PhillySean

        Hey, I’m all for embracing a warts and all 100% unflinching examination of our history. Not sure this particular day is the most considerate time and place for putting the US on trial.

        Of course it’s your right to talk about whatever you want, and PhillyMag’s right to police it’s own venues for appropriate content.

        But maybe we could let today be about those that served and sacrificed and explore the just/unjust nature of various US foreign policy
        actions on another day.

        • Richard Colton

          Don’t get too upset about it. she’s a lost cause. although to be fair – using Memorial Day to lie about our country from the safety of Canada is only slightly less scummy than her ill informed PTSD rant when the Eagles signed AV.
          Doesn’t know football. Never makes a comment worth reading. Geagle was right.

          • PhillySean

            Not the least bit upset, but thank you. I don’t think of any of this stuff as taboo subject matter. But yeah, great timing. And it’s not like every fallen soldier fell decades ago.

          • paul from nc

            I up voted her post with the parents pic, because I thought it was nice. Then she follows up with that inane 2nd post.
            What is a Canadian complaining about the US for? It’s none of her business.

          • PhillySean

            Legitimate topics for a civil discussion, regardless of nationality if you ask me.
            Was the post in question made in the spirit of civility? Doesn’t look that way to me.

      • Richard Colton

        stay classy

      • Warhound

        As my total included soldiers who died fighting for the CSA and in Americas brutal wars of westward expansion as well as our misguided effort in Vietnam I did note that some of the causes for which they died where probably not worthy of their sacrifice.

        “The Cambodian Operation is, perhaps, the most blatant violation of international law by the U.S. government since World War II…” Wrong! The US bombing of Cambodia was acceptable under international rules of war. A country which cannot maintain control over it’s territories loses the rights of sovereignty over those areas. So when the VC set-up bases and supply lines in Cambodia and the Cambodian government couldn’t, or wouldn’t, prevent such activity the US had a legitimate right to act against them. Note: I’m not defending generally the Vietnam War only the justification for attacking VC bases in Cambodia.

      • paul from nc

        I think the freedom of speech is just for Americans. Most countries don’t honor that.

      • A Roy

        Mags, While you have the right to your speech and opinion, not only is this not the day to share them, but this is a sports blog. Memorial Day is for and about the men and women that died defending this country and it’s ideals, not the politicians and decision makers who sent them to war. Please respect those that died for what they believed in. Tomorrow, you can bash all you want.

    • myeaglescantwin

      respects.

  • JAMIN67

    First OTA’s tomorrow…can’t wait! In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday, and a big shout out to all those who served, and serve, our country.