Eagles Wake-Up Call: What Will the Big Move Be?

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Photo Courtesy of USA Today

Today’s question comes from Wiztopher in the comments section:

What is the biggest personnel move the Eagles execute this offseason? We know the franchise has migrated away from the “all-in” mentality of the Dream Team days, but one thing is obvious, change, whether big or small, is coming and especially so with all that juicy cap space. Read more »

Why Chip Kelly and the Eagles Absolutely Need Marcus Mariota

NCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Oregon vs Kansas State

There’s a lot to love about Philadelphia sports fans, including the fact that we might be the most overly reactive people in America.

Marcus Mariota made a dreadful mistake Monday night in the college football national championship game. He was the quarterback on the team that lost.

Never mind that Mariota didn’t play poorly. In fact, by most statistical measures, he played well. He completed 24 of 37 passes (65%) for 333 yards and two touchdowns, and his one interception was a meaningless one, coming in desperation in the waning moments of Oregon’s 42-20 loss to Ohio State. The Ducks simply got overpowered by a better team. And it was only the fifth loss of a brilliant career where he won 36 other games in three years, the Heisman Trophy, and four MVP awards in four previous post-season games.

Now fans are fans. They watch games from a knee jerk perspective. Probably about 80% of the audience that watched Monday’s national title game had never before seen Mariota and were only buoyed by hype and hope. The kid doesn’t dazzle? Then he must stink.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Conservative Chip?

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

Today’s question comes from reader Jason via email:

I’m curious to see your thoughts on Chip Kelly and his aggressiveness in the NFL.  Coming out of college he had a reputation for taking more chances and being unorthodox during games (more 2 point conversions, on-sides kicks, going on 4th down, etc).  We saw a little of this in 2013, but much less in 2014, IMO.  Is this just a perception thing, or do you think he is acting like many college coaches before him and becoming more cautious/conservative in the NFL?  Maybe a little too much. Read more »

Mariota Declares For Draft

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

Marcus Mariota officially declared for the NFL Draft Wednesday.

“After meeting with my family I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL Draft,” Mariota said in a statement. “My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank Coach Kelly, Coach Helfrich, Coach Frost, the rest of the Oregon coaches and the support staff enough for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete.

“The support I received from the University, the city of Eugene and Duck fans has been tremendous. I will always remember the great times and support I received. Once a Duck always a Duck.

“I will miss being with my teammates.  Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure.” Read more »

On Cardale Jones And Mariota

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

A lot of Eagles fans went into Monday’s game daydreaming about Marcus Mariota, but went to sleep with visions of Cardale Jones dancing in their heads.

Making just his third start, the 6-5, 250-pound redshirt sophomore accounted for 280 yards and scored twice (one passing, one rushing) to help Ohio State topple Oregon, 42-20, in the title game. Suddenly, a player that began the year as a third-stringer was getting talked about as a 2015 draft prospect. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What Would It Take?

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Prior to Monday night’s national championship game, Chip Kelly took his public touting of Marcus Mariota to another level.

“He might be the fastest guy on the field. But his mind is even faster,” Kelly told ESPN during the pregame show. “(He) thinks like Peyton Manning.”

Kelly has not hidden his affection for the 6-4, 219-pound signal-caller, calling him the most talented player he coached on the college level. Ohio State’s 42-20 win against Oregon in the title game is unlikely to change his opinion of Mariota, who went 24-of-37 for 333 yards with two touchdowns and a last-second interception in defeat. Assuming he declares for the draft as expected, the Heisman Trophy winner finishes his college career with over 13,000 yards of total offense and 105 touchdown tosses to just 14 interceptions.

Opinions vary on how high Mariota will be selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, and therefor how likely it is that the Eagles can get within striking distance to land him. Standout executive turned ESPN analyst Bill Polian, for one, believes Mariota will go in the top three and possibly first overall. Read more »

Looking At Maclin’s Value

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Jeremy Maclin is going to be one of the most desirable wide receiver options on the open market, should he get there.

It’s hard to envision a scenario in which Demaryius Thomas or Dez Bryant is allowed to escape Denver and Dallas, respectively. That elevates the likes of Maclin and Randall Cobb to the top of the heap, with Michael Crabtree and Torrey Smith arguably a tier below them.

[Here’s a list of the free-agent wide receivers, courtesy of spotrac.]

The 24-year-old Cobb had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, while Maclin caught 85 balls for 1,318 yards and 10 scores for the Eagles. No matter which receiver you prefer, both have positioned themselves for big pay days — whether that be with their current teams or elsewhere.

What kind of money are we talking about for Maclin? Read more »

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