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.
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 »
“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 »
Not long after Sam Bradford officially inked his new two-year, $35 million deal with the Eagles, we asked Howie Roseman about his decision to back a player so closely associated with Chip Kelly and the power play he made at Roseman’s expense. Read more »
As the dust settled after the Eagles’ dramatic firing of Chip Kelly in late December, one of the biggest question marks to arise, other than the quest for the team’s next head coach, was how the move would affect the team’s ability to retain Sam Bradford.
“I mean, yeah. I still enjoy the guys on this team, I enjoy the city, I’ve enjoyed my time here. Obviously, I think a lot of it depends on who they hire as a head coach now and what type of offensive system he wants to run,” Bradford said at the time.
Thursday afternoon, addressing the media for the first time since his two-year, $36 million deal was announced Tuesday, Bradford said the Eagles’ decision to bring Doug Pederson aboard as their head coach played a big role in his willingness and desire to remain in Philadelphia. Read more »
Like many turn-of-the-century relics — the flip phone, dial-up internet, and Blockbuster, to name a few — the fullback has fallen by the wayside across the NFL. Fewer teams still use the bruising position.
But Doug Pederson? Well, Kansas City liked using fullbacks the past three seasons, and the Chiefs frequently relied on Anthony Sherman. Per Pro Football Focus, Sherman was on the field for 550 rushing snaps during his three years while Pederson was the offensive coordinator, while running the ball just five times himself.
His primary job was to get out ahead of the ball carrier and provide an extra body of protection, clearing the way for an offense that ranked in the top-10 in rushing yards each season. Sherman also served as a minor pass-catching threat out of the backfield, catching 36 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns during those three seasons. Read more »
During a 75-minute conference call with reporters Monday morning, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said he believes the Eagles need to focus on building their offensive line, and that Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin could be a good fit at No. 13 in this year’s draft.
“I think, in terms of offensive line, I think that’s the [Eagles’] big need area, the big problem they have right now and going into this year, is solidifying the guys up front for the quarterback, whoever that may be,” Kiper said. Read more »