Weekend Reading: Deep Dive On Bradford

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

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

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News takes a long look into Sam Bradford’s background:

On this particular day, an assistant coach from Michigan dropped by the school to make a sales pitch to young Sam.

The coach knew that, in addition to being an all-state quarterback, Bradford also played on the basketball and golf teams at Putnam City North. Which presented him with an opportunity to drop Michigan alum Tom Brady’s name into the conversation for the 100th time.

“You know, son,” the coach said. “Tom is a big golfer. I think I probably could arrange for you to play a round with him. Would you like that? He’d give you a few strokes, of course.”

Bradford looked at the coach, smiled, and without the slightest hint of arrogance, replied, “I don’t need any strokes.”

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Growth Mindset: The Idea Shaping the Eagles’ Offseason

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way— in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments— everyone can change and grow through application and experience. Do people with this mindset believe that anyone can be anything, that anyone with proper motivation or education can become Einstein or Beethoven? No, but they believe that a person’s true potential is unknown (and unknowable); that it’s impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training.

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When informed recently that copies of her book were circulating around the NovaCare Complex this offseason, Carol Dweck was thrilled.

The Stanford psychology professor has heard the name Chip Kelly before, but she knows very little about him. Kelly and his coaching staff, however, are very familiar with Dweck. They’ve been using her 2007 book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, as a teaching tool all offseason. The book focuses on the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. Read more »

Earl Wolff, Chip Kelly And the Knee

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Earl Wolff still experiences pain in his right knee. He said it only hits when he makes certain movements and it’s “nothing crazy,” but it’s there and serves as a signal that he is not all the way back.

The third-year safety out of N.C. State acknowledged that he expected to be full-go by this point. Still, Wolff says he has been making big strides lately and feels quite confident that he’ll be back to his old self by training camp.

“At the end of the day, man, my thing is all about being healthy, come back being 100 percent for the first time in a long time,” said Wolff, who participated in individual drills for the first time Tuesday. “Dr. [James] Andrews said sometimes it takes six months, sometimes it takes eight months, you never know. He said the main thing is make sure I’m taking care of myself, make sure I’m doing the things he gave me. He basically gave me a protocol. I’ve been doing everything I can do, just going through that right now.”
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Wake-Up Call: Eagles Considering Virtual Technology

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Cowboys are inking a deal which will allow them to use virtual reality technology at practice.

And Chip Kelly said Tuesday that the Eagles could follow their divisional rival’s lead.

Per Recode, the virtual reality headset was developed by a startup called StriVR Labs. A camera is stationed behind the line of scrimmage. Players and coaches can wear the device afterwards and see a 3-D replay from various angles. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

Here’s what we saw during today’s session.

12:23 – We’ve mentioned on multiple occasions how Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz quarterbacks certain drills during practice. Chip Kelly was asked about that today.

“Every person in this building that can contribute is out there contributing,” Kelly said. “You’ll see guys that are in the video room catching passes. You’ve got guys out there with referee shirts spotting the ball for us. So anybody that can help us and make us better in practice can do it, and I’ve seen Ed throw. Ed can throw. He actually throws a couple times when we’ve been out on Pro Days or college visits, and it helps Cory [Undlin] coach. Instead of Cory being the guy that throws the ball in those drills, he’s got someone like Ed that can throw it.”

12:39 – I was asked recently to compare Sam Bradford’s arm strength to a number of different quarterbacks. Based on what I saw of him on film in St. Louis and what I’ve seen in practice, here’s how I would rank it (assuming full health): Read more »

Players Say ‘Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind’ With Mathis

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Asked about the absence of Evan Mathis, Zach Ertz invoked a saying Jim Harbaugh used during their time together at Stanford.

“I hate to say it, but a college coach of mine said, ‘Out of sight, out of mind’, and that’s kind of what we have,” said Ertz. “We have a very good group of offensive linemen. I have a lot of faith in them. Obviously I love Evan, I wish he was here, but at the same time we’re focused on the guys that are here.

“At the beginning of the offseason guys would talk about it, but now that the grind is going ,and we’re running our butts off each and every day. We’re focused on the guys that are out here.” Read more »

Williams: We Were Exhausted, Got Outcoached

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Cary Williams wasn’t afraid to speak his mind when he was in Philadelphia.

And that’s continued now that he’s a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

During an interview with ESPN 710 in Seattle, Williams sounded off about Chip Kelly’s methods and what doomed the Eagles down the stretch last season. He was asked specifically about what was going through the players’ minds before their December matchup against the Seahawks.

“We were talking about the fact that our conditioning and things like that were going to kick in because we worked harder than everybody in the National Football League with the Chip Kelly thing,” Williams said. “When we got out there, we got our teeth kicked in, so all that conditioning didn’t necessarily work. The preparation wasn’t necessarily the greatest that week. So when you’re going up against teams that prepare, practice well, coach well, it’s difficult in games like that. And I think towards the end of the year, we were exhausted, and we got outcoached the majority of the games. Read more »

Chip: ‘No Progress’ With Wolff

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Earl Wolff had what he described as “mini-microfracture” surgery on his right knee back in November in hopes that he could finally put the issue in the rear-view mirror. Shortly after the procedure, he told reporters that he expected to be back to full speed by late April or early May.

It’s now June, and Wolff has spent the majority of the spring workouts on the sideline.

Asked about Wolff’s progress as he works his way back from surgery, Kelly told reporters prior to practice: “Earl has done nothing except stretch, so we haven’t seen…there is no progress right now.”

Is it just a pain threshold thing?

“He’s been cleared from Dr. Andrews a couple weeks ago, but it’s what he can tolerate.” Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

Here’s what we saw during Eagles OTAs on Monday.

12:25 – A shoutout to Andy Reid off the top today. We’ll start with injuries. DeMeco RyansMarcus Smith IIEarl Wolff and Julian Vandervelde are working off to the side. Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles are not here. The Eagles did not provide any reasons why. The OTAs are voluntary.

12:30 – I hate to keep providing video of the defensive linemen, but they are the guys who have been practicing closest to us. Here, they’re working on their pass-rush and their hands with Jerry Azzinaro. Read more »

Signs Of Encouragement For Bradford

Sam Bradford.

Sam Bradford.

During a seven-on-seven period at Monday’s practice, Sam Bradford set up in shotgun, dropped back, surveyed the field and lofted a ball down the right seam.

It was a beauty, hitting Zach Ertz in stride over the outstretched arms of inside linebacker Najee Goode.

The spring has featured several updates on Bradford’s left knee, and that will continue throughout the summer. But Monday offered encouraging signs as Bradford participated in more of OTAs than he had up to this point.

“Everything the past couple weeks has gone exactly how we wanted it to, and I think we’re gonna keep going with the plan,” Bradford said afterwards.

“They’ve been monitoring my workload, and it’s been increasing 10 to 15 percent each week, and I think we’re just gonna keep that increase.”

Fans in the Delaware Valley want a timetable, but Bradford is hesitant to provide one. The date that will bring about either hope or panic is Aug. 2. That’s when the Eagles start training camp.

“I hope so,” Bradford said when asked if he’ll be 100 percent at that time. “I’m excited about that date. I think if everything continues the way it has, I’ll be ready for that. Read more »

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