Peter King Q&A: “Chip Kelly Will Admit That Is An Issue”

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Peter King has been to 16 different training camps so far this offseason. T-Mac and I have been to one. So the MMQB Editor-in-Chief is one of the best people to compare the Eagles to other teams across the league. He visited NovaCare today and we asked him about their playoff chances, the team’s biggest question marks and more.

What did you think about Sam Bradford today?

“What I thought was really interesting about Bradford is that he’s not playing with a brace. I asked him about it and he goes, ‘Hey, I got hurt with a brace on it so why should I use the brace? It didn’t help me stay healthy so I’m not going to use the brace anymore.’ I thought Bradford was efficient. I was impressed mechanically with Tim Tebow; he looked different, he looked smoother. Sanchez had a beautiful deep throw today; Barkley looked good too. It’s all going to come down to how they play in the preseason games, but it looks like they could have an interesting choice at quarterback.” Read more »

Bradford “All For” the Pope Blessing His Knee

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

More than 3,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Pope Francis to bless Sam Bradford‘s knees when he visits Philadelphia. After today’s practice, Bradford was told about it and offered his support.

“If I got to meet the Pope, I think that’d be pretty cool,” he said. “If he wanted to bless my knees, then all I’m for it.” Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

A little over 43,000 fans came out to take in Eagles practice at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday. Here’s what we saw.

12:01 – It’s Military Appreciation Day here at the Linc. Service men and women are lined up in the bowels of the stadium from the Eagles locker room to the tunnel. Chip Kelly stops to greet each of them while making his way out to the field. It’s a perfect scene as the national anthem cascades down on the men and women of uniform and the revved up crowd…until the plane shows up.

Greg Hardy helped fund this stunt. The yellow bird first appears by the north end zone, carrying a banner that reads, “We Still Dem Boyz. #Sackscomin.” The crowd breaks into “Dallas Sucks!” chants and fills the bowl with hearty boos. The football juices are officially flowing. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly’s Injury Updates

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly kicked off today’s practice with an update on the Eagles that are currently injured. Here’s a rundown of what he had to say about them and his reaction to a former Eagle getting a new deal.

  • Kelly said that linebacker Kiko Alonso suffered his concussion on Tuesday when the team held open practice at the Linc. He doesn’t have a timetable for his return, but the coach noted that Alonso is still working through the concussion protocol with the Eagles training staff. As for the potential for a re-occurrence, Kelly said he isn’t worried.

“No he didn’t,” Kelly said when asked if Alonso had any previous concussions. “I think this is his first, I don’t think he had any in Buffalo.

“He hasn’t had a history of [concussion problems], so we’re not worried about it right now.”

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Running Diary: Eagle Practice Observations

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what we saw during Friday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex.

11:36 – Let’s start with who’s here. DeMarco Murray’s back, but he did not participate fully as he recovers from an illness.

Kiko Alonso (concussion) was out for the second day in a row. Mychal Kendricks was on the field, but not in pads and did not participate. No reason was given by the team. And the same can be said for Zach Ertz. Read more »

There’s a Reason Players Think Chip Kelly Might Be Racist

Photos | Jeff Fusco except for Tra Thomas | Howard Smith, USA Today Sports

LeSean McCoy, Stephen A. Smith, Tra Thomas and Brandon Boykin (outer photos, clockwise from top left) have all ascribed racial motivations to Chip Kelly’s (center) personnel decisions. Photos | Jeff Fusco except for Tra Thomas | Howard Smith, USA Today Sports

Chip Kelly is not a racist.

But he apparently is oblivious to why some black players may think he’s tinged with a little racism when they unload those charges on their former coach after he has shown them the door.

If Kelly is as smart as we all think he is, he cannot therefore be blind to the fact that his support of wide receiver Riley Cooper has provided the undercurrent of all the sniping done by the likes of LeSean McCoy, Tre Thomas, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, and, last but not least, recently deposed cornerback Brandon Boykin.

And his response this week to the Riley issue was an insult to every reasonably minded fan in the Delaware Valley. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com says Chip Kelly’s moves have not been as unconventional as some might have you believe:

The Eagles traded Foles, a 2015 fourth-round pick and a 2016 second-rounder to St. Louis for Sam Bradford and a 2015 fifth-round choice. Why throw in the second-rounder next year? Because talented quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall carry value even when there are strikes against them. When Kansas City acquired Alex Smith from San Francisco in 2013, the Chiefs gave up a second-round pick that year (34th overall) and a conditional second-rounder in 2014. In 2011, Oakland sent a 2012 first-rounder and a conditional 2013 second-rounder to Cincinnati for Carson Palmer. Both quarterbacks were No. 1 picks.

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Despite Blowback, Kelly Says No Regrets On Cooper Decision

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was around this time two years ago that Chip Kelly and the Eagles decided to bring Riley Cooper back in the fold.

As he took the podium to address their chosen course, Kelly acknowledged that “there is a concern” about Cooper’s comments at a Kenny Chesney concert dividing the locker room, and said he knew this was not a situation that could just be swept under the rug.

“I think it’s gonna take some time…I don’t think this is a situation that’s gonna go away tomorrow,” he said. “And we certainly understand it.”

The argument can be made that Kelly is still dealing with the blowback from that decision to this day in some respects.

The head coach was asked to reflect on the move to stand by Cooper at Tuesday’s press conference. Read more »

Kelly Explains Why Eagles Held Murray Back

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

DeMarco Murray was vague Monday when asked why he was limited in certain aspects of practice during the first day of training camp.

But Chip Kelly offered up a clear explanation today.

“We have a hydration status test, and he was a little bit high,” Kelly said. “Obviously when you see guys that are high from a hydration standpoint, then you kind of pull them back a little bit because that’s when they’re susceptible for an injury, so that was a training staff, coaching decision.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘I Wasn’t Worried About It’

Mychal Kendricks (Jeff Fusco)

Mychal Kendricks (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly has indicated in the past that every player on his roster is available via trade for the right offer. And his actions have backed up that stance.

So it stood out Sunday when he offered a big endorsement of Mychal Kendricks, probably Kelly’s strongest to date.

“No, we haven’t had any other [trade] discussions,” Kelly said. “Mychal Kendricks is not going anywhere. I can tell you that right now. You can write that down in ink, not pencil.”

At one point during Sunday’s practice, Kelly walked over to Kendricks, put his arm around the linebacker, and the two shared a couple laughs.

“He reiterated it just now, letting me know that you guys are gonna be asking these questions,” Kendricks said. “…I’m here to stay. That’s a good thing. Read more »

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