What They’re Saying: ‘I Think He Is a Mess’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here is what they’re saying about Chip Kelly and the Eagles this week.

Bob Sturm of The Dallas Morning News doesn’t understand any of the moves Kelly has made so far, including the Tim Tebow signing:

I still have no feel for the [Sam] Bradford situation which I assume we are still waiting to see if anything happens in the draft. Then, what do they do with their first pick? Corner? Wide Receiver? Trade everything for [Marcus] Mariota? They have really confused all observers this offseason and also acquired players rehabbing ACL injuries. If he pulls this off and wins big, I will have to concede he is special. Right now, I think he is a mess that has fooled most of the NFL media into thinking he has everything all figured out. I have long said his undoing will be when he gets full personnel control, because that is the fatal flaw of so many coaches. Almost none of them are as successful at “buying the groceries” as they think they can be. Kelly, with no personnel background whatsoever, is betting on himself heavily and sending his accomplished players away. It is a fascinating storyline for sure.

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Eagles Wake Up Call: What If Winston Drops?

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Jayne Kamin / Oncea / USA TODAY Sports

Jayne Kamin / Oncea / USA TODAY Sports

Today’s question comes from Ken by way of email:

We all assume that the Jameis Winston will be drafted by the Bucs, and that the Eagles may be in the mix for Marcus Mariota, particularly if he starts to slip.  But what if the opposite happens?  What if the Bucs select Mariota?  Do you think the Eagles would have any interest in Winston, even if starts falling? Would he be a good fit for the team or the system, or would his character concerns make him a bad fit with Chip Kelly?

After listening to Bucs general manager Jason Licht‘s press conference Monday, I walked thinking Jameis Winston is still their guy. Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/20

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USC WR Nelson Agholor. Jake Roth / USA Today

USC WR Nelson Agholor. Jake Roth / USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates. Read more »

Draft Daily: WR Dorsett Brings Elite Speed

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Miami WR Phillip Dorsett. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today)

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today)

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

THE BACK STORY

In Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach, the Eagles led the league with 80 pass plays of 20+ yards. In Year 2, that number went down, but the offense still produced 63 big pass plays, good enough for third.

A couple big-play threats in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are playing for other teams, so Kelly will now count on guys like Jordan MatthewsJosh Huff and Zach Ertz to make plays downfield. He very well could look for a vertical threat in the draft also.

And one of the guys who fits that description is Miami’s Phillip Dorsett. Read more »

Evan Mathis To Skip Start Of Spring Workouts

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Evan Mathis will not be in attendance for the start of the Eagles’ offseason training program, a league source confirms.

Jeff McLane was first with the report.

Mathis’ name has been mentioned in trade speculation each of the past two offseasons. Chip Kelly told reporters at the owners meetings that, like last year, agent Drew Rosenhaus has been given the green light to seek out potential trade partners for his client. He added that the team is not actively trying to deal the All-Pro guard.

Will he be on the team?

“I hope so,” Kelly responded. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reaction To Tebow

Tim Tebow. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY

Tim Tebow. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY

It was almost as if the Eagles had been quiet for a little bit too long.

Last night, Chip Kelly’s squad stole some more national headlines when news broke from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that the team is planning on signing Tim Tebow today.

I already offered some thoughts. Maybe he wins the No. 3 job from Matt Barkley. Maybe he’ll be used as a runner in specific packages. Maybe he’ll be off the team in September. Who knows? But the idea that he’s going to somehow resurrect his career here as a quarterback seems awfully far-fetched.

At any rate, here’s a sampling of Tebow reaction, with some notes mixed in. Read more »

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