Source: Eagles To Hire Pederson As Next Coach

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson will be the next Eagles head coach, a league source confirms to Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus. The Philadelphia Daily News’ Les Bowen first tweeted the news.

“We have concluded our search for a head coach,” an Eagles spokesman said. “No further interviews are scheduled.” Read more »

What Eagles Fans Were Saying About Andy Reid in 1999

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Seventeen years ago this week, the Eagles hired a new coach.

On January 11th, 1999, after four days of meetings, the Eagles hired former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Andy Reid as the 20th head coach in team history. (Coincidentally, news broke that the Packers hired Ray Rhodes — just fired from the Eagles weeks before — to be their head coach the same day.)

Reid was just 40, the second-youngest coach in the NFL at the time. The Eagles were coming off an embarrassing 3-13 season. “Today the turnaround begins,” Jeffrey Lurie said. “We needed somebody who is confident they can take something that’s been on a downhill slide the last year and a half and not only reverse that, but have a real focused plan on how to succeed in a big way.”

Reid had a similar quote: “This is the first step in putting the Philadelphia Eagles back on the map.” He said he had a plan, but was scant on details.

They were right, of course: After a 5-11 first year, the Eagles went to the playoffs five straight seasons. They won six division titles under Reid. They went to a Super Bowl. He has the most wins in Eagles history. But people were skeptical at first. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Two weeks after firing Chip Kelly, the Eagles still lack a head coach. Here’s what local and national media are saying about Jeffrey Lurie‘s coaching search, the Eagles’ draft prospects, and more.

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Numbers And Reasoning Behind Chip Kelly’s Exit

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jeffrey Lurie’s hiring of Chip Kelly had long been viewed as a risky one with high upside, but also with plenty of room for failure.

Before his time in Philadelphia, Kelly had experienced nothing but success. He was instrumental in turning Oregon into an elite college football mainstay, and was regarded as one of the bright offensive minds in the world.

At the end of the Kelly era, winds had changed. His offense was sliding, his team’s record was sinking, and his defense was breaking.

The Eagles were out of the playoff picture for the second straight season, which didn’t sit well with a fanbase and organization spoiled by Andy Reid’s four consecutive trips to the NFC Championship game in the early 2000s.

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What They’re Saying About The Eagles

 

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what the media are saying about the Eagles this week:

Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia continues to be polarizing, but he deserves another year to flesh out his ideas, writes Yahoo! Sports’s Charles Robinson.

The Philadelphia Eagles are giving the one-or-the-other argument plenty of ammunition in 2015. One moment the Eagles are getting plowed under in losses to the Detroit Lions or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the next they’re beating the defending champion New England Patriots on the road. So the pendulum of opinion swings – Chip is the next Steve Spurrier, Chip is the next Jimmy Johnson.

Neither is a fair estimate at this point. Forty-five meaningful games have passed and it’s still too early to say what Kelly is, good, terrible or mediocre. Nearing the final stretch of his third season, Kelly has lived inside all three of those boxes. Determining which represents him best requires a larger sample size. And that means one thing at this point for ownership: making the correct determination on Kelly means letting this season and next play out.

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Chip Kelly Talks Malcolm Jenkins And Accountability

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

After practice Tuesday, Malcolm Jenkins clarified comments he had made on WIP 94.1 about the way the Eagles hold each other accountable for mistakes.

“From a coaching style, I was brought up a little bit different where most mistakes that teammates or players make were brought up more in a team setting,” Jenkins said Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Chip Kelly was asked about his response to Jenkins’ comments, and why he chooses not to address glaring mistakes in front of the entire team for the sake of time.

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The Departed: LeSean McCoy Returns

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images.

When Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was bugged by injuries in late September, early reports suggested he would miss the entire month of October recovering.

But on Sunday, McCoy was in the lineup for the Bills as they faced the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals stayed undefeated with a 34-21 victory, but McCoy had his best game in the blue and red, taking 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.

“McCoy was back to his cut-on-a-dime ways Sunday, leaving Cincinnati defensive linemen gasping for air on multiple runs,” wrote Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News. “He busted loose for 33 yards on his first carry.” Read more »

New Spygate Piece Touches On Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl

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Photo courtesy of USA Today.

With some NFL owners viewing the punishment for Deflategate as a make-up call by the league for its handling of Spygate, Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta of ESPN the Magazine took a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the Spygate scandal.

From 2000-07, the Patriots reportedly videotaped the signals of opposing coaches in 40 games. The Eagles’ Super Bowl matchup with New England, of course, fell within that window.

When Spygate broke, some of the Eagles now believed they had an answer for a question that had vexed them since they lost to the Patriots 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX: How did New England seem completely prepared for the rarely used dime defense the Eagles deployed in the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on three of four drives? The Eagles suspected that either practices were filmed or a playbook was stolen. “To this day, some believe that we were robbed by the Patriots not playing by the rules … and knowing our game plan,” a former Eagles football operations staffer says.

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