Gruden: A Lot Of Teams Would Trade For Foles

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

Last night, some Eagles got to show off their talents in Glendale, Az., albeit a week earlier than they would have liked. Nine players ended up getting selected to participate in the Pro Bowl, but because of injuries and other reasons, six actually played in the game.

Below is a roundup of Eagles-related news and notes from the event.

Before the game, Jon Gruden gave Comcast SportsNet’s John Clark his thoughts on Nick Foles’ future as the Eagles quarterback:

“Foles can execute and make plays in this offense if he’s healthy,” Gruden said. “He’s been hurt two years in a row. That’s the number one obstacle with Foles, staying on the field. Chip Kelly is sure going to be looking for quarterbacks [in the draft], we all do, and I’m sure that he has Marcus Mariota on his speed dial. Read more »

McCoy On Mariota: ‘We Want To Win Now’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

During a recent appearance on NFL Network, LeSean McCoy was asked what’d be going through his head if the Eagles mortgaged their future to trade up and land QB Marcus Mariota.

“I’m not sure,” McCoy said. “Because the thing is, we want to win now. I think we have the right players in the locker room to win. Knowing how coach [Chip] Kelly thinks, he wants to win at all costs. So, you never know. He’s a good quarterback, but I think we have a good quarterback with Nick [Foles]. That’s something that we have to wait and see. That’s not my call. I think every situation is different. Some of those other teams like the Redskins, they gave up everything to get RG3. And if things don’t work out like you plan, then what? Who is to blame? There are a lot of questions going into those types of situations where you want to give up a whole draft for just one player.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: Less Optimism About Maclin?

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here are some Eagles-related weekend links worth checking out.

On 97.5, Adam Caplan suggested re-signing Jeremy Maclin might not be as easy as some believe because he switched agents from Ben Dogra to Tom Condon (via Bleeding Green Nation):

But I just think that had Maclin not left Dogra, it wouldn’t have surprised me if a deal would have got done already. I think that’s how good the [Eagles-Dogra] relationship is.

So they’ve got to work through this. This will not be easy. But again, I’m just going to make this very clear: I’m not nearly as optimistic. I thought it was an absolute lock when Dogra was there because I kind of know this was going with those guys.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Thoughts On Ryan Day

Mark Sanchez, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley

Note: Because of our travel schedule back from the Senior Bowl, we’re posting Wake-Up Call early with the news of the Ryan Day hiring.

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Chip Kelly called on an old friend Thursday to become the Eagles’ new quarterbacks coach: 35-year-old Ryan Day.

Day spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Boston College. He was BC’s wide receivers coach from 2007 to 2011. In 2012, Day spent a season at Temple as the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach. He was at Temple previously in 2006 as the WRs coach.

But Day’s connection with Kelly goes back to New Hampshire. Day was a three-year starter there at quarterback while Kelly was the offensive coordinator. He then served as the program’s tight ends coach in 2002. Both Day and Kelly attended the same high school – Manchester Central in New Hampshire. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Who Needs Who More?

Matt Kartozian / USA Today

Matt Kartozian / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — Today’s question from reader Seth, via e-mail:

I have a question for a potential Wake-Up Call topic. Who needs the other more? Is it Chip Kelly that needs Marcus Mariota more, or does Mariota need Chip?

Let’s start with Kelly. We’ve directed plenty of criticism his way when warranted (see year-end evaluation here).

But there is something to be said for the fact that he took a 4-12 team and has strung together two 10-win seasons. Does he deserve blame for the way the Eagles finished 2014? Of course. Still though, this team has competed pretty consistently since Kelly has taken over.

As for Mariota, let me admit that I need to do some more homework on him before offering a fully educated opinion on his skill set. But given his measurables and athleticism, combined with what you hear about his work ethic and character, he seems to have the foundation for someone who should be successful. Read more »

Ex-Oregon QB Bennett Gets a Shot

John David Mercer / USA Today

John David Mercer / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — As Bryan Bennett stood on the field after practice preparing to answer another reporter’s question, a Senior Bowl official walked by and tapped him on the shoulder.

“You don’t want to get left behind,” he advised

Bennett (6-2, 210) was the last player standing. The others had exited to change, shower and head to their next scheduled event.

Bennett, however, was soaking it all in. He signed some autographs for local kids who probably didn’t even know who he was. But they saw the yellow Senior Bowl quarterback jersey and figured: Why not?

Then it was time for an NFL Network interview with reporter Alex Flanagan. Telling his story on national TV was certainly not something Bennett could have expected just 24 hours earlier.

On Tuesday, he was in southern California training with Jordan Palmer. Bennett was not originally asked to participate in the Senior Bowl, but Marcus Mariota declined an invitation, and Auburn’s Nick Marshall was moved to cornerback, so he ended up getting the call. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Is Chip Taking On Too Much?

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

MOBILE, Ala. — Today’s question comes from reader Cliff, via e-mail.

Between re-tooling the offense, fixing Nick Foles, scouting for the draft, free agent acquisitions, restructuring current roster and contracts, hiring new assistants and finding a director of player personnel (good lord that’s a full plate, did i miss anything?), how can we tell if and when Chip Kelly is overwhelmed? Do you think he’s taking on too much?

My scary answer: Can’t and too late.

It’s a great question and really one of the emerging story lines of the offseason. Read more »

Senior Bowl: What We’re Watching

Jerome Miron / USA Today

Jerome Miron / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — Welcome to the Senior Bowl, where I’ll be stationed until Thursday. Here are three things we’ll be watching throughout the week.

1. Still searching for a personnel exec.

Last year, after one of the practices down here, Howie Roseman set up shop in the bleachers at Ladd-Peebles Stadium with a handful of reporters. He answered questions about the Eagles’ first season under Chip Kelly. He looked ahead to free agency and the draft. And he discussed the difficulty in scouting safety prospects. It was a casual sitdown with the GM, something that happened every year in Mobile.

But things have changed. Roseman is not even at the event this year, and Kelly is searching for his new personnel executive.

It’s been 18 days since the Eagles sent out a statement on behalf of Jeffrey Lurie, announcing that Kelly would hire his own right-hand man. But so far, the head coach has come up empty. Names of internal candidates like Ed Marynowitz have been floated out there. External candidates like Tampa Bay Bucs director of player personnel Jon Robinson have either been blocked or have declined to interview. Read more »

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