Riddick Offers Strong Takes on Roseman, Marynowitz

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Louis Riddick believes that the Eagles front office has been “cleaned up” with the recent restructuring and that the proper people are now in their proper roles.

The former Eagles director of pro personnel turned ESPN analyst sounded bullish on the Chip Kelly-Ed Marynowitz pairing and was candid in his remarks about Howie Roseman, his former boss.

Appearing on the Jon and Sean show on 97.5 The Fanatic, Riddick was asked about the reports of a toxic environment inside the NovaCare and how much Roseman might have been responsible for that.

“Leadership to me is all about credibility and being trustworthy, competency and being someone who people respect as far as your skills are concerned, and then the kind of impact you have on others and the kind of impact you have on the work environment as a whole,” he said. “That’s what leadership is. When you’re in a position of leadership, that’s what you have to bring to the table. When you start to hear news of it being a toxic environment, obviously you are not fulfilling those three criteria as far as I’m concerned from a leadership perspective.  So you can draw whatever conclusion you want from there.” Read more »

Jeremy Maclin Talks Contract

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Yesterday, LeSean McCoy discussed his contract situation while making the rounds at Radio Row. Today, it was Jeremy Maclin‘s turn.

Maclin, who is still not under contract for 2015, was asked if he expects to continue his career in Philadelphia.

“Yeah. I’ve always said that,” Maclin said, via NJ.com. “But at the same time you have to understand what is going on.” Read more »

Three Eagles Numbers That Matter

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From the idea of a QB-friendly system to limiting big plays on defense, here are three Eagles numbers that matter.

64.1 – That was Mark Sanchez’s completion percentage with the Eagles last year. He also averaged 7.8 YPA. Those numbers really pop if you compare them to what Sanchez produced with the Jets: 55.1 and 6.5.

So why am I bringing this up now?

There has been a lot of talk about how QB-friendly Chip Kelly’s scheme is. We had a large sample size (62 games) of who Sanchez was with the Jets. And we got a smaller sample size (nine games) last season with the Eagles. But in a couple of base indicators – completion percentage and YPA – Sanchez performed significantly better in Kelly’s scheme than he did with the Jets.

On the other hand, Sanchez’s interception rate remained nearly identical: 3.7 percent with the Jets and 3.6 percent last year. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Will the Chip-Marynowitz Setup Work?

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes via Twitter.

I think the best way to tackle the question is to dissect the good and the bad.

Let’s start with the good. We rounded up a bunch of reaction yesterday, and plenty of informed people seem to have really positive things to say about Marynowitz. He’s worked under guys like Nick Saban and Bill Parcells. And he seems to have a good reputation in the scouting community.

Because Marynowitz has already been here, he knows what Chip Kelly is looking for in players. He knows the Eagles’ scheme. And he’s informed on the current state of the roster. Considering we’re approaching February, and free agency/the draft are coming up, those are all good things.

Now, the question marks. While Marynowitz may possess the scouting chops, he’s never handled other parts of the job. He hasn’t put together a draft board or conducted trade talks. He hasn’t had to determine when to walk away from a high-priced free agent or accurately project where prospects will be selected. Read more »

Notes: On Gamble, McCoy And the Power Structure

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Tom Gamble has a new home.

The former Eagles vice president of player personnel is back in San Francisco as a senior personnel executive with the 49ers, the team announced.

“Tom is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable and respected personnel men in the business,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He played an instrumental role in our personnel department from 2005-2012 and is well versed in our system having played a role in its development. Read more »

Eagles Name Marynowitz VP Of Personnel

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have named Ed Marynowitz their new vice president of player personnel.

“Ed is someone who has really impressed me going back to my interview process with the Eagles two years ago,” said Chip Kelly. “He’s very bright, detailed, organized and his vision was aligned with what we want to accomplish. I spoke with a lot of people outside of our organization over the past few weeks and in the end, Ed was the most impressive.

“I can’t tell you how well thought of Ed is in the scouting business. What many people in the football community told me matched exactly what I thought of him from Day One.”

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Draft Buzz: Cornerback Options At No. 20

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Melina Vastola / USA TODAY Sports

As two teams continue to prepare for the Super Bowl, the other 30 have turned their focus to scouting for the upcoming draft.

Here is a rundown of what people are saying the Eagles will do come April 30.

Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting believes that Florida State CB PJ Williams’ physicality could fit in well with the Eagles defensive scheme:

Chip Kelly loves corners who are physical initially and down the field, and PJ Williams certainly fits that bill well. With Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher needing to be upgraded, Williams could quickly become the team’s feature cornerback.

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