Titans Reject Eagles’ Offer, Select Mariota

Eagles Draft 2015
Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

Chip Kelly made a big push, but it wasn’t enough.

The Tennessee Titans decided to stand pat at No. 2 and select Marcus Mariota, the Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner that Kelly once called “the most talented kid I coached in college.”

He tried hard to make a reunion happen. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles offered two first-round picks, a third-rounder, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Brandon Boykin and “more.” He later added that Sam Bradford was part of the package.

Per Jay Glazer, they also tried to make something happen with the Bucs, offering two first rounders, a quarterback and another player, but Tampa declined. Read more »

Top 50: First Round Eagles Cheat Sheet

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Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

Every year, we try to get you ready for the first round with a cheat sheet.

This time around, we’re using Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 list on NFL.com.

The idea here is simple. We divided his list into five different categories:

* The targets at No. 20 – Players in the mix if the Eagles stay put.
* Trade-up candidates – Guys they might be willing to move up for.
* Trade-down candidates – Guys who could be in play if they trade down.
* Wild cards – Prospects who are tough to categorize.
* Don’t count on it – Guys I don’t see them ending up with.

If you haven’t been keeping up with all the draft noise or need a primer for Thursday night, hopefully this piece serves that purpose. Read more »

Mariota-Eagles Dream Not Dead Yet

Eagles Draft 2015
Matt Kartozian / USA Today

Matt Kartozian / USA Today

I do not believe the Eagles-Marcus Mariota dream is dead. If anything, I’ve grown more confident over time that there is substance behind the speculation, and that Chip Kelly is going to try to land his old college quarterback on Thursday night.

The whole idea seems a little fantasy-landish on the surface: How on earth can a team go from 20 to 2? Would Kelly really be willing to hand over the ransom that it would take to get there? Isn’t this whole concept a bit detached from reality? But in a search for stop signs behind the scenes, the vast majority of the people we’ve spoken to have signaled us forward. That continues to be the case even with the draft just one day away. Read more »

Tim Tebow Can’t Play. Period.

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Tim Tebow can’t play.

Within the wide range of opinion on the Eagles’ acquisition of a quarterback who, after two years of absence from the National Football League, is now suddenly on a roster, that is the fact that stands out to me more than anything. Tebow had played in the NFL for a bit. He caught lightning in a bottle, not unlike a lot of athletes who have played in the league. And then, like a burned-out meteor, he fizzled.

Since that flash-dance season in Denver, he has failed with two other NFL organizations and has been judged by every other team in the league to be unworthy to play at the highest level. The last time I saw Tebow, he couldn’t throw a football the way it needs to be thrown for success in the NFL. In fact, it looks painful when he throws it, like a small child trying to hurl a can of paint. There are some athletes who are successful in college, who just don’t have the skill set to play quarterback in the NFL. There is a list of quarterbacks, who, like Tebow, won the Heisman Trophy in college but couldn’t get a sniff of life in the NFL.

So what is it about this kid? What is this compulsion among American sports fans, the idea that the world will be safer for democracy if Tim Tebow is in the NFL? Read more »

Marynowitz: I’m Not A ‘Yes’ Man

Ed Marynowitz. Birds 24/7.

Ed Marynowitz. Birds 24/7.

The success of the Eagles’ new power structure depends in part on 1) whether Ed Marynowtiz provides Chip Kelly with honest, sound personnel advice and 2) whether Kelly listens to it.

Speaking to the media for the first time since being elevated to VP of Player Personnel, Marynowitz addressed the question that has been on the minds of many since he was tabbed as Kelly’s right-hand man.

“I know that’s a common thing that everybody throws out: Is this guy just a ‘yes’ man?  To support the head coach, I don’t believe that’s just to tell him he’s right in everything that he says. You’re not going to disagree just to disagree, either. But I’ve never been afraid to voice my opinion.” Read more »

Marynowitz: Eagles Taking Three-Pronged Approach

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Ed Marynowitz.

Ed Marynowitz.

It’s been nearly three months since Chip Kelly announced he was promoting Ed Marynowitz to vice president of player personnel.

On Thursday morning at the NovaCare Complex, the 31 year old met the media for the first time to discuss his new role, the Eagles’ scouting approach and next week’s draft. Marynowitz obviously was in no mood to offer up detailed evaluations on the prospects, but he did speak at length about what the organization is looking for under Kelly.

Specifically, Marynowitz laid out the three-part evaluation plan the Eagles use under Kelly. Read more »

What They’re Saying: ‘I Think He Is a Mess’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here is what they’re saying about Chip Kelly and the Eagles this week.

Bob Sturm of The Dallas Morning News doesn’t understand any of the moves Kelly has made so far, including the Tim Tebow signing:

I still have no feel for the [Sam] Bradford situation which I assume we are still waiting to see if anything happens in the draft. Then, what do they do with their first pick? Corner? Wide Receiver? Trade everything for [Marcus] Mariota? They have really confused all observers this offseason and also acquired players rehabbing ACL injuries. If he pulls this off and wins big, I will have to concede he is special. Right now, I think he is a mess that has fooled most of the NFL media into thinking he has everything all figured out. I have long said his undoing will be when he gets full personnel control, because that is the fatal flaw of so many coaches. Almost none of them are as successful at “buying the groceries” as they think they can be. Kelly, with no personnel background whatsoever, is betting on himself heavily and sending his accomplished players away. It is a fascinating storyline for sure.

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