Eagles Wake-Up Call: Where the Weight Lies

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Today’s question comes from reader Jeff:

Are the Birds as bad as everyone thinks? Or was Chip putting guys in bad positions that are not part of their skill set?

Seems like a good one to tackle as the Eagles open training camp today.

The Chip Kelly effect on the 2015 team has been underplayed a bit when discussing this year’s outlook. You can argue the three main reasons for Kelly’s downfall in his final season were 1) a vanilla offense that lacked answers once the league caught up to it; 2) a tempo-at-all-costs approach that routinely stressed his own defense and 3) an inability to adjust his leadership style to meet the needs of the pro athlete.

All three issues are expected to disappear under Doug Pederson. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Johnson Welcomes ‘Better’ Offseason Approach

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Like Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews, Lane Johnson said he also traveled to Oklahoma to spend time with Sam Bradford this offseason – though his visit was more of the rocking chair and lemonade variety.

“No, I did a lot of sitting,” he said when a reporter jokingly asked if he was out there running routes for the quarterback. “I had to rest this offseason. I was tired.”

Johnson skipped the MMA training during the break (though he may spend a month there later in the offseason, he said) and pulled back on the weight lifting so that the body could heal. The 25-year-old dealt with knee and ankle injuries (at a minimum) over the course of the season. With 44 starts and three NFL seasons now under his belt, he is feeling it more than he once did and taking his cues from other veteran linemen on how to properly recover in-between seasons.

“You’re not working out, lifting, you feel like you’re not up to any good. But I felt it was necessary to get the body back right,” said Johnson.

Particularly after three seasons working under Chip Kelly. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Will Eagles Stay Put In Draft?

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Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

In a week dominated by narratives gleaned from the recent owners meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the Eagles still managed to insinuate themselves in both trade rumors and roster moves alike. Here’s the latest from around the web on a possible move up in the draft, and other Eagles news. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo: USA Today Sports.

This year’s owners meetings provided the Philadelphia media with the first opportunity to question Chip Kelly since his firing in December of last year, and also opened up Doug Pederson to an hour of questions.

Here is the latest on what we learned at the coaches breakfasts, as well as the owners meetings as a whole. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Leftovers From the Owners Meetings

Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly at the press conference announcing Kelly's hiring. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly at the press conference announcing Kelly’s hiring. (Jeff Fusco)

A few takeaways from three days at the owners meetings:

— Strolling down one of the grand hallways at the opulent Boca Raton Resort & Club following Tuesday’s media session with Jeffrey Lurie, we ran into Chip Kelly and said a quick hello. Parted ways, walked a few more paces and bumped into Howie Roseman. A couple more, and there was Don Smolenski. One after the other after the other. The whole gang, back together again.

Not really. Read more »

Chip Opens Up About Faulty Front-Office Structure

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

BOCA RATON, FL — Chip Kelly‘s hour-long session with reporters at the owners meetings Wednesday helped shine a light on the level of dysfunction that existed in the Eagles’ front office last season.

Kelly said he never really saw Howie Roseman after the power shift that gave the head coach control and pushed Roseman out of the personnel department. Further, they did not talk directly, per Kelly, and instead used Ed Marynowitz as an intermediary.

Is that a way a front office should work? Shouldn’t there be communication between a cap guy and a personnel guy?

Kelly waited a beat and then replied, “Yeah, you would think.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: Chip’s Big Move

Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota. (USA Today Sports)

Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota. (USA Today Sports)

In case you missed it, Fox Sports NFL insider Peter Shrager recently revealed the details of an Eagles trade that would have landed Marcus Mariota during last years NFL draft. Shrager was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show with the report.

“Last year the Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans — and I know this — a 2015 first-round pick, a 2015 second-round pick, a 2016 first-round pick, they said ‘take any of our quarterbacks’ — that’s Bradford, that’s Sanchez, that’s whoever — [and] take anyone on our defense; we want that No. 2 pick.”

As with any big move — even theoretical — the world of sports opinion was quick to support or decry the unsuccessful offer. Read more »

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