Eagles Wake-Up Call: Getting Cut By Chip

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

For Emmanuel Acho, cut-down day last year was all positive. The Eagles’ linebacker had played well in the preseason and earned a surprise spot on the 53-man roster.

But things change quickly in the NFL, and two days later, Acho got a call from GM Howie Roseman, telling him the team was letting him go in favor of Najee Goode.




Acho made his way to the NovaCare Complex, but it wasn't just to turn in his playbook. He met separately with Chip Kelly, Billy Davis and linebackers coach Rick Minter. The process wasn't exclusive to Acho. The Eagles offer the same courtesy to every player who is let go.

"Obviously every guy that’s here that’s part of the 90-man roster, their lifelong dream is to be an NFL football player," Kelly said. "To be the one to have to tell them that it’s not gonna happen here is difficult, and it’s something that is inevitable. You have to go from 90 to 75 and from 75 to 53. It’s part of the job, but it’s not a fun part of the job. We make sure that every player meets with me, every player meets with his position coach, every player meets with the coordinator on their side of the ball. You try to be as human as you can with it, but it’s always a difficult time when someone’s goal is to play in this league."

It may seem relatively minor, but it's something that players appreciate. Goode, for example, was released by the Bucs prior to joining the Eagles. He had a brief conversation with then head coach Greg Schiano and never got a clear explanation about why the move was being made.

"I talked to Coach Schiano, and that was pretty much it," Goode said. "Never got to talk to my linebacker coach, never really got a chance to talk to the GM. I was kind of left unclear. That’s why Coach Kelly has always talked to us, he always wants to get a better, clearer understanding of who we are as a person. He always preaches, 'Even if you’re leaving this team... you want to leave here as a better man, as a better person, as a better player.' "

For Kelly, it's a numbers game. In the offseason, they find 90 players they like, knowing all along they'll be forced to cut down to 53 in September.

But he stresses to the players that he will try to help them make another NFL roster if things don't work out in Philadelphia.

"As we told those guys on Day One, goal one for us is that you make this football team," Kelly said. "But then goal two for us is that you get an opportunity to make another football team with the exposure that you get here. And hopefully we prepare you for that.

"These guys have been with us for a long time. We didn’t make many transactions from when we signed this group in May until we had a cut-down to 75, so you’re around the guys a lot. You care for them cause they’re here every day and they’re doing everything you ask them to do. But there’s still a certain amount of numbers that by Tuesday at 4 o’clock, everybody in the league’s gotta be at 75."

It's a philosophy that Acho says players appreciate.

"I think here they care a lot about just helping you make the NFL," he said. "Coach Davis has said since I was with him in Cleveland when he was my linebackers coach there, he’s always harped on everybody can’t make the team, but he wants you to make the NFL. That’s a motto and a mindset that’s preached heavily in Philadelphia. They want you to make the league. Even if you can’t make this roster, they want to help you make another roster."

The Eagles' roster is currently at 75. By 4 p.m. Saturday, 22 more guys will get the call to stop by the practice facility to meet with Kelly, a coordinator and their position coach.

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The Eagles trimmed their roster to 75 by waiving Julian Vandervelde with an injury settlement.

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles, including one league insider noting that Kelly doesn't give a s--- what other people think.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Les Bowen of the Daily News on the Eagles' lack of depth at receiver:

Starters Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin have missed time with injury, Cooper quite a bit of time, appearing only last week against Pittsburgh (three catches, 25 yards). It might be telling that the No. 2 preseason receiver is not a wideout, but tight end Zach Ertz (eight catches, 110 yards).

Second-round rookie Jordan Matthews has done his part, leading the team with 15 preseason catches for 134 yards, in three games. But it would have been nice to have seen much more from third-round rookie Josh Huff, who really wasn't all that distinguishable from Quron Pratt or Kadron Boone in practice.

CSNPhilly.com's Geoff Mosher on Jeremy Maclin and the injury-prone label:

What’s fiction, Maclin seemed to suggest, is that he’s made of glass. That he’s so fragile he can’t be relied on to hold up for 16 games and produce the breakout season that Maclin keeps saying he's primed to do.

Someone had asked the veteran wideout Sunday if scary vignettes, like the one from Thursday's preseason game when Maclin hit the ground hard and stayed there for several seconds, are inevitable moments fans have to accept.

“I don't know, you tell me,” Maclin fired back. “I missed last season off of a fluke injury. Prior to that, I think I missed four games, five games my whole career. So you tell me.”

Maclin’s testiness continued when another reported followed up about perceptions that he’s always nicked or bruised.

Do those theories annoy him?

“It doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “For four years straight I played the most snaps at receiver on our team.”

Apparently, the Giants traded kicker Brandon McManus to the Broncos so the Eagles wouldn't have a shot at him:

COMING UP

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  • G_WallyHunter

    What a great read, gives me all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings inside. When an organization operates as our beloved Eagles are, it builds itself from the inside out as you can see, building for longevity. This is just one more of the many different organizational behaviours or strategies that have made me go “woah”, gotta love it..

    • Reef215

      What gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling is knowing the Giants are that afraid of us that they would spend actual brain power on trying to keep a kicker away from us LOL…..its not going to help Giants……your fate is already written in stone with us. NO HUDDLE NO MERCY

      • airgreen7

        With this action, the Giants have sealed their fate with us….lol.

      • Brian Zee

        This is the kind of thing that elevates the Eagles in terms where guys want to play, both free agents and UDFAs. Goes beyond simply wanting to play for a team with a chance to win.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Agreed. That’s also a plus that I had in mind.

      • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

        #NoHuddleNoMercy Gotta hashtag that so it’s real.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          Gotta get that trending on twitter for the Eags.

          • CHRIS – CB with dreads

            #Ibelievethatwecantrend

          • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

            Our third teamers play tomorrow? I’ll get to work.

  • 76mustang

    Thank you for providing more insight on something Chip has said from the time he arrived. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this organization (DeSean will regret his choices while with the Eagles)? Chip is a true leader. This season can’t start soon enough!!

  • TNA

    Can’t wait for the Boykin post. My new nickname for him is Beta Boykin. High risk high reward. But that’s with my untrained eye. He looks like a consistent standout on ST (not withstanding his return capabilities), and he’s a HR hitter on defense that whiffs every once in a while. Kendricks is similar. Maybe it comes with the territory of being young players that are learning to be consistent. That said, sometimes you need these types of guys to keep the offenses guessing as they’re less predictable than some of the other guys like DeMeco, Barwin and CW.

    • airgreen7

      Keep Roc away from him on ST, tho….

      • TNA

        That kicked ball was the beginning of the end for the Eagles in the NO game. That and the sack that took the Eagles out of FG range.

        • anon

          who really knows what our FG range is these days.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            60% of the time, they work every time.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Nope, that smells like a baby’s diaper filled with Thai food.

          • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

            Bigfoot’s “Richard.”

            Sorry Rich C. Got moderated.

          • jmkrav

            Who knows our extra point range these days…
            #gofortwo

  • TNA

    At this point why would anybody expect anything less from CK and staff?

    Chip Kelly: He cares (unless you’re a reporter who asks him an irrelevant question or if you’re a player who is not worth caring about)

  • eaglespur

    So far everything I read about Chip tells me he is a great, not good, leader. Jeff Lurie, thank you for hiring Chip Kelly to lead our Eagles.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    Garafalo’s tweet makes no sense, he has the whole thing backwards. Broncos assumed Eagles would have interest, so to jump the 8 or 9 spots necessary they tossed NYG a conditional 7th. NYG basically accepted air to allow McM to land in Denver, and why not, cutting him anyways. now, if it comes out NYG called Denver and suggested the trade, knowing the chances McManus wouldnt last after 4 games, then yeah, that was playing keep away, but that is a serious stretch. have to wonder how guys who are supposed to be NFL insiders can be so off on their analysis.

    • JosephR2225

      Depends what the conditions are. I thought the same thing as you at first, that the Giants gave him to the Broncos because the Broncos were willing to give something back and it had nothing to do with the Eagles… but the speculation I have read says that the condition on the 7th round pick is that McManus plays more than four games for Denver in 2014. We know that’s never going to happen because Prater gets back after Week 4, so the “conditional pick”, assuming those are the conditions, is essentially nothing. It’s certainly possible that there was some gamesmanship by the Giants.

      It’s not the worst thing in the world for the Eagles though. McManus gets a four-week audition with the Broncos and is almost certainly available as a FA after that, so they can evaluate how well he does in those first four and they can see whether Henery can get his head right, which I have zero confidence will happen.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        if NYG were gaming, they wouldnt have cut the guy. would have held onto him till last possible second, hoping Eagles went another direction. or, picked up a 3rd kicker like the Buff guy since they are ahead on waiver wire. NYG didnt really care what they got back, MCM was 99.9999% off team, so in the slightest of slight chance McM goes nutso and makes team (Denv currently has Ewell in camp, it’s not even McM’s job yet) and then beats out Prater, NYG get a 7th. the only way NYG could be gaming is if they initiated the contact b/t themselves and Denver, and i seriously doubt that.

        • JosephR2225

          Well Denver waived Ewald yesterday, so I think they are pretty much banking on McManus. And I agree that for the Giants, something is always better than nothing, but this is so little “something” that I think it’s possible they were playing a bit of keep away. At least it’s not totally far fetched to me.

          And for what it’s worth, the best thing that could possibly happen for the Eagles is for McManus to somehow make the team, because then presumably Prater would be available. But I think that’s a virtual impossibility.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            how are they playing keep away? it was announced he was cut, then Denv called to offer pick. if Denv doesnt step up, then McM is out of NYG’s control. it was last second deal. it’s the same Eagles offered for Barner, my guess is that’s the going rate for 70’s cut guys at this point.
            .
            ok on Ewald, what little i read on a Denv blog is he isnt much, and McM was probably walking in clubhouse leader.

          • JosephR2225

            I can’t pretend to know anything about the inner workings of the deal, but I think it’s possible that they announced he was waived and either the Giants or McManus’ agent was contacted by the Broncos. Again, I have no idea whether any of this happened, just doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility to me that they were more than willing to ship him to Denver instead of letting the Eagles get a shot at him.

            But I can certainly see your point as well, and in the long run, keeping a rookie kicker away from a division rival for four weeks isn’t all that much of a competitive advantage anyway.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            of course NYG was willing to ship him anywhere. shipping him can only happen when they have control. they announced he was cut, he was hours away from being out of their control. he was basically off team and they got a 7th rd pick, well, .0000001% at a 7th pick. but that’s not keeping him away from Philly. i’m sure NYG doesnt want Philly to fix it’s kicking issue.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          I think it’s somewhere in the middle of the two. Denver needs some camp competition for Prater’s absence, Giants don’t want a divisional foe to get a potentially good kicker. Denver has to go through waiver process if they don’t make the trade, if NYG doesn’t make a trade, he potentially falls to Eagles. Announcing a cut with some time before the deadline allows for teams to engage in trade discussions instead of hoping he’s claimed by another team before the Eagles. Mutually beneficial for both teams who, at least from the outside, realized the Eagles would be a contender for his services.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            all waivers are announced, teams have time to work out trades. this isnt a special deal. so you are telling me that NYG announced a guy is 70’s cut, was ready to put him on open market in hopes that another team offers them air for his serivices? 2 ways it’s gamemanship(i can think of), if NYG called Denv, and proposed trade, basically saying we’ll take nothing, or if Eagles offered them a 6th, or any better offer and turned it down.
            .
            it is way more likely Denv knew Eagles would take him at 22, and had to get above them.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I agree with Nick in that it’s somewhere in between. Denver may have called the Gints, but the Gints said well this offer is better than nothing (if he is retained on DEN roster to get the conditional pick) AND it also keeps him away from a divisional foe.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            yes, and i have said as much. my issue with his tweet is the ‘keep-away’. it’s implying gamemanship or something NYG did on purpose. sure, they prefer the outcome, not in philly(of course they like Kicking situation is flux) and a pick, but they certainly didnt play ‘keep-away’, guy was being cut and hours from being on open market. what team wouldnt accept a pick for a guy they are cutting, that’s logical. it’s a leading tweet, is all.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I was only agreeing on the “somewhere in between” part.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            But taking a conditional 7th, with the condition of McManus having to active by week 5 to get the pick, speaks to the gamesmanship. They know Prater’s coming back to the team after week 4. It, at the very least, looks to be deliberate by the Giants to ensure he didn’t get to a kicker-needy divisional foe.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            think that’s just getting good value for trade. sure NYG is very happy he’s in Denv, and they got a pick.
            .
            again, i’m sure NYG is 100% ecstatic over outcome…it’s the tone of the tweet, like giants orchastrated this. and yes, it’s win win for both teams. think a better tweet would have been ‘thanks Denver, played keep away from philly’.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            There’s no value. That’s the point. The odds of the Giants actually getting the 7th are about 175:1 (amateur oddsmaker here). He’s gotta be on the roster for week 5, or some condition that basically means they’d have to part ways with Prater or carry two kickers. Which, in all likelihood, won’t happen. It’s not like the conditional 7th we gave Carolina where you can safely place the odds at about 7:2 that Barner makes the team and stays on past week 7 because Oregon. There’s at least A LITTLE gamesmanship by NY.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            right, NYG got a penny for something they were throwing away, why wouldnt they take it. they announced he’s being cut, Denv obviously thought he wasnt making it to 31, so they made a play, they wanted that player. that was only way Denv could get him, right, we both are conceding that point, whether Eags or another team? it’d be like Pitt claiming McM at 15 and saying ‘kept away’. if Denv doesnt call, NY has zero control over player in an hour. Denver had to trade Giants something, Giants just cant hand him over.
            .
            now gamesmanship would be if eagles offered a non conditional 7th, and NYG took a lesser offer.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            My thing is, they didn’t get a penny. They got nothing. They went through extra work to ensure he didn’t fall, which would equate to gamesmanship. Obviously, w/o extra details of the transaction, we’ll never really know who initiated what.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            they got something, not much, as i put the odds of .000000001% above. maybe McM goes off, or Prater gets popped again. my point is, there’s 2 ways trade went down, Denv called NYG, not gamesmanship there, of course Giants are trading, they have zero to lose, announced they were cutting guy. NYG called Denver, then yeah, a ton there, but then why would it have been announced they were cutting him. Giant would have contacted Denver anytime between announcing prater’s suspension and before cut was announced to work out trade. Dennver heard McM was getting cut and knew they had to make a play.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            For all we know they did call before announcing cut and either DEN wasn’t interested at the time and then had second thoughts or couldn’t come to terms. Either way, it’s an added reason to hate NY. Why are you rationalizing this so much?

          • damrvrhunter

            You are a better writer of my own thoughts than myself.I do not understand how “cliff henny” is digging into this position of being absolutely certain of a fact that he has absolutely no way of ever verifying.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        The only stymy I’d add to that is that McManus’ 4wks kicking should be a bit inflated due to the elevation in Denver. Add that to an already strong leg & there may be other suitors if his kicks really boom.

        • JosephR2225

          That surprised me a bit that they went with McManus and not someone like Feely. Feely obviously doesn’t have much power left, but presumably that would be somewhat mitigated by the thin Denver air and three of their first four games are at home.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Feely went 30 of 36 last year for AZ, including 3 of 5 kicks beyond 50 yards and 11-of-12 from 40-to-49 yards deep. That’s not bad, especially since he was money between 40-49yds. What’s odd though is that his KOs weren’t great. But in Denver he probably gets 3-5 more yards per kick.

  • Igglerontheroof

    From this article I assume Chip and his team met with DJax before he left and explained why he was being let go.
    And they gave him the opportunity to land somewhere else.
    Might not have been as cut throat as some folks suggest.

    • knighn

      Perhaps they tried to meet with DeSean and he never showed up. Just like DeSean never showed up for his exit interview after the 2013 season. Or like he failed to show up in the playoffs vs. the Saints.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        Sick burn.

      • Breathe 21

        I gotta say the very last sentence is absolutely false. That man beat Keenan Lewis several times. Foles just didn’t see him deep. If you watch the film, you can easily see it. One of the things Foles needs to work on to become elite is fully going through all his progressions. He tends to go to the short or Riley Cooper a little too much.

        • xmbk

          Don’t see how your last sentence jives with his YPA.

          • Breathe 21

            The Eagles led the league in YAC. That would increase his YPA. Some of you pay too much attention to the stats and not enough to the film.

          • xmbk

            Don’t see how you can twist either tape or stats to say that Foles didn’t show downfield awareness and skills last year. Hard to lead the league in something like that and have it be a shortcoming, but hey, this IS Philly. ;)

          • Breathe 21

            When he reads the defense pre-snap and his first option is the deep ball, he makes the right decision. Chip Kelly’s play design gave Foles plenty of opportunities to take shots deep down field. When he is in pressure situations, he struggles to go through his progressions and throws “hot,” even when it’s covered. We don’t convert 3rd downs when that happens and settle for a punt. On two occassions this offseason(that I counted), Foles was going through his progressions in 3rd down situations, but failed to find Maclin streaking down the sideline UNCOVERED. He felt the pressure and dumped pass off well short of the first down. In order to be ELITE, Foles will have to improve in that area like a Manning, Rodgers, Brady, or Brees. I didn’t say “he doesn’t have down field awareness.” I said he needs to improve on going through his progressions under pressure, especially on 3rd down situations where people are open deep. You are talking about stats, I’m talking about what separates him from elite QBs.

          • xmbk

            Again, Philly. It’s easy to pick examples of missing a guy. I’ve seen
            all 4 of those quarterbacks you named overlook open receivers. But I
            would easily agree with you that Foles is not on their level, and Kelly facilitated his downfield success. I thought
            your original comment implied that somehow Jackson’s failure to show up in playoff games was Foles fault. Don’t agree there, at all. Jackson benefits greatly from a scrambling quarterback and playground plays. Not going to get that from Foles, and I’m pretty certain it’s not what the head coach wants.

          • Breathe 21

            How can you say that last statement when Jackson’s most productive season ever was with Nick Foles? You said Jackson’s “failure” implying he underachieved in that game. They failed as a team. D Jack didn’t have any major hiccups. The d failed to stop the run when it mattered most. ST allowed sproles to put the saints in scoring position. Cooper dropped a wide open pass on 3rd down. Foles took a sack that took us out of fg range on a 3rd down, instead of throwing the ball away. Henery the terrible missed an easy fg. Chung is horrible. Bennie Logan got handled. Our pass rush didn’t get enough pressure. You somehow ignore this and say Jackson failed…

          • xmbk

            Whoa, no offense intended. No doubt that the Eagles lost as a team. But you were the one back in
            your first post who challenged the fact that Jackson failed to show up,
            and pointed a finger at Foles. Jackson has consistently underperformed in the postseason, when coverage gets tighter. Kelly must have mentioned beating man and our problems with that about a thousand times this offseason.

            Jackson’s stats with Vick were better than those with Foles. He should do well with a scrambling RG3. But that’s not a style that is consistent, and it doesn’t do well in the playoffs. He’s a talent and Kelly utilized him to good effect. But he also has limits as an overall player that prevented Kelly from running what he considers to be a more effective system. As a role player, fine. But he’s too limited to be the #1, and managing player value is a key to success in the NFL. You may think a Lamborghini is fun, but if you have to run a farm and can only pick one vehicle, you go for the pickup.

          • Breathe 21

            What? When you talk about underperforming, you must be talking about stats. If you watch the film, he beat Keenan Lewis multiple times. So, who is to blame on those plays? It most certainly cannot be D Jax fault for doing his job correctly. That would mean Foles is at fault. The fact that you keep saying he underachieves and is not effective in this system means you have a serious misunderstanding of the game of football. Jackson is by far the most effective player we had in this system, outside of Shady at a skill position. He does not need a scrambling qb if HIS MOST PRODUCTIVE SEASON BY FAR was with Foles behind center. There are only so many players in the entire league that don’t have limitations. None of them are playing WR for the eagles right now.

          • xmbk

            delete

    • damrvrhunter

      This is what I call a brilliant observation on your part. I sure what to know the answer. These silly sort of fluff pieces where I am supposed to believe that the Chippah and company lay awake at night agonizing over whether the bottom 10 percent of the roster land somewhere else seems like a fallacy. But whatever….this same article will be rinsed and repeated a year from today.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I don’t know about lying awake at night, but I get the sense that Chip is a very selfless, considerate & respectful individual in general. Despite his position, I’m sure he looks at these guys as people and not just numbers on their uniforms. There’s honor in that & I humbly respect that as many organizations & companies just toss people on the street, sometimes just to save a few thousand dollars on their profit margin. I was one of those people after giving 8yrs of dedicated service and completely writing the manual for success in my department & in turn saving the company millions in losses year over year.

      • MagatBrackendale

        Wow. Did the little woman buy the wrong kind of cereal again?

        • damrvrhunter

          Yes yes she did.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Are we willing to wait 4wks into season for a “possible” shot at McManus? That may not seem like much, but it is 25% of the season. Plus we’ll see two teams in that span that we’ll need all the points scored as we can muster between the Colts & 49ers.

    I just want this situation taken care of and behind us. I have zero faith in Henery & I also think this team could really use an upgrade at kicker. Especially when we forced things because the coaching staff seemed to have no faith to send the FG unit on outside of a 35yd kick.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Apparently, Denver’s bye week is week 4, so they’ll be holding on to him through week 5. Week 6 is the earliest he’d kick for us.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Yes but if he’s on their roster beyond 4wks DEN surrenders that conditional pick to NYG.

        It sucks because this is exactly what I wanted us to do, is offer up a conditional pick for him and try him out in an open competition with Henery going 4wks in, when they’d have to make room on roster for Lane’s return from suspension. You’re basically getting that odd luxury to carry an extra player for 4wks before making a decision.

        • anon

          we already gave up a conditional pick for barner. i gotta think they asked about all available kickers and took the one they could get via trade — admittedly he might not be very good.

          the fact that they didn’t move polk, josey or tucker may be good for those guys.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I know. I wanted it pre Barner. That’s not to say we couldn’t have offered up a different pick of course.

          • anon

            yeah should have happened once it was clear spear wasn’t making the team.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Problem is it was clear from the beginning. Kid sucked at college. Seems Chip almost fell in love with the fact that he crushed a guy on one play.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            So did we though. We all wanted him to succeed just to see a hit and chant that “nick”name.

        • MagatBrackendale

          Gotta remember the Eagles are not the only team looking for a kicker.

        • dnabrice

          No way the Eagles were going to keep 2 kickers in their final 53. The way it stands now, Henery will have 4 weeks to prove he’s better than McM.

  • aub32

    Sounds to me that Chip is much more self serving than a nice guy. I am sure he’s smart enough to realize that by helping these players make other rosters that means some other player currently on that roster is due to be cut. Don’t those players have the life long dream of playing in the NFL too? I guess Chip thinks the players he coached are more deserving.

    • damrvrhunter

      Hey you do not want to know to say things like that around these parts. The Chippah is all warm and fuzzy on the inside not some cold calculating efficient machine.

    • Corey Dawson

      He’s just got some loyalty to the guys that show up and play for him, and not to those that don’t. It could also be that he just feels it’s wrong to cut a guy and not tell him why, like it would be to fire or lay somoene off in the regular work world without an explanation. He let’s them go, explains where they fell short, which allows them to work on their game in the offseason and try to make the team next year, or get themselves on another team. Really don’t see the self serving side here, I doubt he’s thinking that another team picking up a player that they belive is stronger than the one they are cutting is an advantage to him.

    • JosephR2225

      I was wondering how someone was going to put a cynical spin on this story. I couldn’t figure it out, but I guess I just couldn’t reach that far.

      It’s a fluff piece. Chip has to make cuts and, even if he’s just going through the motions, I think this says he’s doing it the right way. Doesn’t make him a great coach or a great humanitarian, but I think he’s doing the right thing and there’s not much more to it than that.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        my guess is most coaches treat the players well. the one example is Schiano, who is a well documented horses backside.

    • eaglespur

      yeah, everyone doesn’t get to play, its not T-ball.
      but if this article is true, then at least the cut Eagles employee is getting respect.

      No player is going to agree with the decision, but at least he can feel respected. the player (if he’s mature) feels respected because the leaders are willing to give him their time to explain it to him.
      Uncut players see this, and (if they’re mature) they appreciate it, because they know their time will come too.
      This method shows more leadership and respect to the cut player than those who just put a name on a list, or make a telephone call in the evening.

      • MagatBrackendale

        Definitely better than what some folks here have suggested – clean out their lockers and dump their stuff on the street. One of my favorite coaches of the past used to do the same, including coaching up rookies to make them more “NFL ready” and attractive to another team.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      I recently helped a friend prepare for an interview. She got the job and was happy. So was I, but I now realise there are only so many jobs to go around and that what I thought was helpful and selfless was in fact self serving.

      Thank you for showing me the howling void that lies where my soul should be. It’s better that I know :(

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        shouldnt think of it as helping your friend…what you really did was hurt some unknown person who would have gotten the job. also, that other person was probably more deserving, and without you butting in where you didnt belong, would now be able to feed his family of 5

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          I think we also need to reconsider the merits of Chip’s obsession with winning football games. Every win he accumulates is a loss on someone else’s record. There’s no telling how many people could lose their jobs because of him. And what about the poor fans? Being deprived of seeing their team triumph? I see now that Chip doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Can we get Kotite back?

          • dnabrice

            That was awesome.

            Thanks for the Kotite memory….remember when we went 7-2 and then 0-7 to finish??? Recency bias…he was fired after that year.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Thank you. This is eerily similar to what I considered posting, yet so, so much better. I’m glad I didn’t bother making the “I got successfully trolled” version of your comment.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

        you’ve won the day!

  • anon

    I am glad the juxtaposition is against Coach Schiano — I wouldn’t call him typical of the league.

  • John J. King

    Smart managers, rare as they are, do things like that. Chip is obviously smart.

  • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

    All this talk about kickers had me wondering, who in Eagles history has the best FG percentage? Guess what…It’s Alex Henery. He’s 86% for his career. By contrast Akers was 82%, McFadden was 73% and Tony Franklin was 62% (including a career 27 of 63 from beyond 40 yards). Yet why do I have ZERO confidence in this kid? My brain hurts.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      2 resasons.
      1) Recency bias. Alex’s most recent season was by far his worst, and he’s been bad in the preseason.
      2) Alex’s percentage is inflated by having not attempted as many long field goals as the comparables. You’re also looking at some guys from a different era, where that stats aren’t really comparable.

      • aub32

        Shouldn’t your last sentence be reason number 3?

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Probably. I just tossed that in at the last second.

          • aub32

            I think your points are valid. I do think Henery deserves another year. The recency bias you pointed out seems to have so many fans down on him, despite him having 2 really good years. I think too much fuss is being made over his kickoffs. It’s not like he’s kicking the ball to the 10 yard line. There are few kickers in the league that are good enough to consistently get touchbacks, and even fewer when the weather gets colder and the ball gets harder. I have seen such a fuss about his final kickoff in the Saints game, but no one points out that the Saints kicker was having just as much trouble kicking the ball deep due to the weather.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I’d like to see what Parkey can do. Always excited to add guys from one of my universities.

            I also think the kickoff angst has a lot to do with the Minnesota game, which wasn’t actually his fault.

          • aub32

            Agreed. That had more to do with how poorly our ST aces were doing their job the previous week.

          • dnabrice

            Chips putting him through a stressful situation now. That’s a kicker’s job…play in a stressful situation.

      • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

        You are 100% correct. I just thought it was mind-blowing because in my head he’s been terrible. But really it’s only beyond 40 yds that he’s been terrible. Akers was money inside 40 yards and was above average from 40-49. Not sure how much era plays into the kicking game when you are only going back to the 70’s/80’s. I purposely didn’t include guys before Franklin.

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Could be. I don’t go back quite that far (late 80’s for me). We’d have to look at median %’s for kickers during that time period and break it out by distance and then look at the distance break outs and relative rankings for those older guys you mentioned. Then we need to misuse the word ‘random’ for olddocross’s sake and now we’re talking about more effort than it’s really worth. :)

          • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

            Ha! Way too much effort for kickers. Let’s stick with this stat: Shady only need about 1,100 yards to become the Eagles all-time leading rusher.

          • dnabrice

            That’s impressive considering his age.

      • A Roy

        His percentage is plumped up by Andy Reid (pun intended) not having a team that could score in the red zone. Too many short FGs. (I was going to call them chip shots, but couldn’t find a pun there.)

  • Fly High

    This is why I am an Eagles fan, despite what a few cynical people think, Kelly wants to succeed by being smart, and being a quality human being in how he treats others, that is a team and a coach I can get behind.

  • http://batman-news.com/ Bruce Wayne

    Love everything Chip brought to Philadelphia.. He makes free agents and UDFA’s want to come here and compete for a spot.. Speaks worlds about his coaching and his player first mentality.