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It looks like Chip Kelly has finally taken a moment to allow us all to catch our breath and reflect on the moves of the past couple weeks.
We’ll do this three-and-out style, going move-by-move and offering a thumbs up or a thumbs down with explanations. We’ll do three of the moves today and three more in the next installment. Read more »
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The dust seems to have settled since Chip Kelly’s wild foray into free agency. Here is what the national media are saying about the Eagles. Read more »
Over the weekend, an amazing note about how the Green Bay Packers are currently built surfaced on Twitter:
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After the Eagles swapped Nick Foles for Sam Bradford last week, Chip Kelly casually mentioned how another team had called him offering a first-rounder for Bradford.
Jeff Fisher backed up Kelly’s story to a degree, saying that the Rams too were actually offered a first-rounder for Bradford.
So the obvious question is: Who was that team? Read more »
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In the past two weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles have overhauled their roster in a manner never before seen.
And the man calling all the shots: head coach Chip Kelly. Read more »
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Some links to pass along after one of the busiest weeks in Eagles history:
Jenny Vrentas of MMQB.com asked Eagles former president Joe Banner about Kelly’s moves. Read more »
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Once again, Chip Kelly delivered a curveball this week when the Eagles signed both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews after unloading LeSean McCoy earlier in the offseason.
What to make of the moves in the backfield? Below are five thoughts.
1. I think the bottom line, and it might be an obvious one, is that Kelly prefers Murray to McCoy.
When the Eagles first traded McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso, the thought here (and in other places) was that Kelly felt like he could do more with less at the running back spot. In other words, why invest serious dollars there if he could scheme production with inexpensive options?
On Thursday, Kelly tried to sell the Murray and Mathews signings as a two-for-one deal. In other words, the Eagles were getting two running backs for the same price they would have spent on McCoy. But that’s not really the case. Read more »
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Just when people thought they had an idea as to what Chip Kelly was planning for the future, he dealt Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford. Then he doubled down on the number of former Oklahoma Sooners in his backfield by signing former Cowboys running back and current NFL Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray.
Here’s what the national media are saying about the deals. Read more »
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At the end of Chip Kelly’s press conference Thursday, he was asked about reports that the Eagles are looking to deal left guard Evan Mathis.
Kelly didn’t confirm or deny the reports, but his response provided some further insight into what’s been a hectic offseason.
“In the last week, I think every person on this team was talked about on the trade block,” he said. “We’ve had discussions with everybody about everybody and everything. As we put together models, there wasn’t anybody that was untouchable. If we were willing to trade LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, then I think everybody on this team… we had very hard discussions on who we could lose, and if we lost ‘em, what would we do to replace ‘em, and how we would use that money?” Read more »
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Good old-fashioned recruiting played a significant role in the DeMarco Murray signing, turns out.
While it was initially reported that Murray called Chip Kelly Wednesday, it was actually the other way around. Kelly reached out to Murray, setting the wheels in motion for what turned out to be an eventual union just a day later.
“We talked schemes, we talked sports science and we talked city,” the new Eagles running back told reporters. Read more »