What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles.

Grantland’s Robert Mays writes that Chip Kelly’s plan to revitalize Sam Bradford could very well work.

Kelly’s approach this offseason — wheeling and dealing like few personnel people ever have — has looked insane at times. Plenty of coaches with 20 wins in two years would feel comfortable moving forward with a familiar quantity at quarterback. But the thinking behind the move for Bradford was a bold and commendable one — it seems that Kelly was projecting that both Bradford and his offense could be better than anyone imagined.

It’s still (extremely) early, but the factors that could have led a more optimistic person to feel good about how Bradford translated to Kelly’s style have been on display all preseason. The inhuman accuracy from his first two college seasons — when he completed a combined 68.5 percent of his passes — has been there in both of his preseason starts. Bradford’s 10-for-10 line on Saturday was impressive, but seeing him perfectly locate throws to receivers in reasonably tight coverage was even more encouraging.

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Suggs Hit Shines Light On QB Vulnerability

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Courtesy of USA Today

The rule, Dean Blandino stressed, is not new. It has been in place for some time and was clarified in 2012 “with the proliferation of these read option schemes”  shooting up from the college ranks to the pros. The vice president of officiating sent out a video late last week explaining exactly why the Terrell Suggs hit on Sam Bradford is considered clean and should not have been penalized.

“The key is, it doesn’t matter if this is a read option, zone read, or just a straight handoff from the shotgun, the protections are the same,” he said. “At the mesh point – so when the quarterback is holding the football in the belly of the back and it’s not certain as to who has the football — both players are treated as runners.” Read more »

Chip: Kiko Alonso Dealing With Nagging Leg Injury

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Following Saturday’s 39-26 win over the Packers, Chip Kelly revealed that Kiko Alonso was held out because of a “little nagging leg injury.”

“Kiko tried to run around. His leg is bothering him a little bit, so he tried to run around a little bit pregame and just didn’t feel 100 percent so we held him out. It’s not his knee, it’s not his ACL,” said Kelly. “I don’t know particularly what it is — tendonitis or something like that — so he should be fine.”
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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here’s a look at what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports writes that Chip Kelly‘s decision to acquire Sam Bradford was influenced in part by Nick Saban.

When with the Miami Dolphins in 2006, Nick Saban had the opportunity to sign Drew Brees as an unrestricted free agent. Saban passed because team doctors felt Brees couldn’t mount a successful comeback from the shoulder surgery he underwent the previous season.

Brees continues to prove Miami’s medical staff wrong each year while forging a Hall of Fame career with New Orleans. As for Saban, he retreated to the University of Alabama after a 6-10 campaign with the Dolphins.

Kelly strongly believes Bradford can enjoy similar success to Brees by rebounding from the knee injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of the last two seasons in St. Louis.

“The impact Drew had on the Saints was really what we studied,” said Kelly, who traded 2014 starting quarterback Nick Foles to the Rams last March as part of a package for Bradford. “What would this league be like if Nick Saban had Drew Brees? Would Nick have ever gone back to Alabama?”

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Eagles Notes: Kelly On Sam Bradford, Mychal Kendricks

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Chip Kelly addressed the media prior to Thursday’s practice. Before we get into it, a big thank you to Josh for crushing it over the last few days in my absence. Per your suggestions, I’ll consider treating him to a Del Frisco’s steak to show my appreciation. (On second thought, I have another mouth to feed now, so hopefully he’ll settle for a Shake Shack burger.)

Also, Tucker’s last day was Saturday. He did a tremendous job for us. Big things ahead for the T-Man, and we wish him well. Adam Hermann will be jumping in with both feet on Monday.

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Chip Kelly: NFL’s Head Of Officiating Is Wrong

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After Dean Blandino, the NFL’s head of officiating, said this morning that Terrell Suggs’ hit on Sam Bradford was not a penalty, Chip Kelly stood by the call on the field.

“He said it was a read-option play. It wasn’t a read-option play,” Kelly said. “We know the rules. If our quarterback hands the ball off and isn’t going anywhere, you shouldn’t be able to hit him.”

In the first quarter of the Eagles’ win over the Ravens Saturday, the referee called roughing the passer on the play. However, Blandino reportedly said in an NFL Network appearance today that Bradford appeared to have the option of keeping the ball. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Harbaugh Says the More Things Change…

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Photo courtesy of USA Today.

This brief commingling of his current and former life is giving John Harbaugh an opportunity to retrace the steps that led him from young special teams coach to seasoned steward of a perennial contender.

There were stories that he shared following Wednesday’s practice that shone a light on an era gone by.

“I can remember the Vet — I remember sitting in this office right here and seeing the Vet come crashing down, right? And then like in slow motion video seeing the cats and rats come running with the dust behind them. (Makes exploding noise.)

“When we first got here, Ray Rhodes — the head coach’s office was in the lowest spot in the building. So when the rains came or it flooded in the building during baseball season, everything filed into the head coach’s office. So I’m walking in one morning and I’m just looking at these cats and they’re huge and they’re hunched over and they’re like (scans media tent with bug eyes)…those eyes just watching you walk past. I’m like, ‘Coach, what’s with the cats?’ He goes, ‘You want cats, or you want rats?’ We’ll take the cats.” Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly On Injuries, QB Competition And WR Depth

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Spirits are high at the NovaCare Complex where the Eagles are resuming practice after their preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Here is a quick rundown of what Chip Kelly had to say about the game and a few key injuries during his press conference.

  • Kiko Alonso will be back at practice today after missing the last two weeks with a concussion. Kelly said he doesn’t expect Alonso to be a full participant today, but he will gradually get back in the swing of things over the course of this week.

“I think mentally, he’s good, but he has been out for two weeks,” Kelly said. “So he’ll go through agilities, individual drills and maybe a little seven on seven, I don’t know if they’ll put him in during team [drills], but he should be good to go by the end of the week.” Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles:

Peter King of MMQB.com paid Chip Kelly a visit and asked him about the negative perceptions he’s dealt with this offseason:

Then [Kelly] quoted two people. He said Phil Jackson once said that if you want to be liked, don’t get into coaching. “Then there’s the Mike Schmidt quote,” Kelly said.

Which one?

“He said, ‘Philadelphia is the only town where you can experience the thrill of victory, then the agony of reading about it the next day,’” Kelly said. “It’s part of the territory, and rightly so. These people [media people] are awesome. It’s an unbelievably competitive market. New York has two teams so they gotta go to the Giants and the Jets. Here, there’s one team.”

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