Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Johnson/Kelly Comparison

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When Peter King of The MMQB wrote about Chip Kelly earlier this week, he compared the Eagles’ head coach to Jimmy Johnson.

Before his first training camp practice of the season on Saturday, we spent time in his office, and when we parted, I thought how much he reminded me of Jimmy Johnson when Johnson entered the league 25 years ago. Respectful of the other coaches and teams, but they aren’t going to dictate what he’s going to do. Totally confident that his style will work in the NFL. Unlike Johnson, Kelly’s not brash on the outside. Like Johnson, he knows deep down his way will win. Johnson brought a small, fast defense into a league that was going bigger and bigger. It worked.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie read King’s piece and was asked about the comparison. Read more »

Camp Notes: McCoy/Cole Square Off

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The first fight of training camp featured a pair of prominent Eagles players.

At the end of the very first play of 7-on-7′s Sunday, a large scrum grew near the left sideline. In the middle LeSean McCoy and Trent Cole were locking horns. Teammates successfully separated the two for a moment until McCoy leaped back into the pile trying to get a shot at the outside linebacker. The two launched words back at one another as they were guided to different areas of the field. Eventually, the scene settled.

What happened? Read more »

Brandon Graham, Four Years Later

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At the very beginning of Training Camp 2010, when Brandon Graham was brand new to the scene and the possibilities were endless, he emerged from the training facility at Lehigh University and was greeted by a large group of reporters lining either side of the walkway.

A wide grin on his face, Graham treated it almost like a receiving  line, and shook hands (or even hugged) each member of the media as he made his way to the parking lot.

When a reporter commented that his reaction was different than most, Graham responded, “I’m going to do things differently.”

The scene on Thursday stood in sharp contrast to the one that unfolded some four years ago. Read more »

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