Ertz: I Want To Be An Eagle ‘For My Entire Career’

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz didn’t look at a contract extension as something that had to be done this offseason, but when the Eagles approached him after a few days after the season ended about keeping him past next season, he decided to get a deal done.

“Ultimately, this is the best deal at the right time that made sense for me,” he told reporters at the NovaCare Complex Monday afternoon. “I never play the game for money. I pride myself on being the best tight end I can possibly be, and I think this deal signifies that. I’m really happy with the deal.

“My agent did an unbelievable job, but at the same time, I want to be in Philadelphia and whatever price that took, that’s what I wanted to do. And I want to be here for a long time. I want to be here for my entire career.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: Sam Bradford’s Next Move

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Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Snowed in by literal feet of the fluffy white stuff? Stranded without football until Sunday afternoon? Fret not, friends. We’ve compiled a roundup of the best Eagles-related reading for your consumption. Have at it.

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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Here’s what they’re saying about the Eagles this week:

How will Connor Barwin fit into Jim Schwartz‘s defense? Dave Spadaro caught up with Barwin to get his thoughts.

One of the players potentially impacted by the addition of Schwartz is linebacker Connor Barwin, who came off the edge mostly as a pass rusher in the team’s 3-4 front. Should the Eagles use more of a four-man front with three linebackers, where would Barwin fit in? Would he put his hand in the dirt and come hard off the edge? Would he use his long arms and frame as a strongside linebacker and cover tight ends at times? Johnson enjoyed some of his greatest success with Carlos Emmons at the SAM position from 2000-03.

“I’m very excited about Jim Schwartz. I remember meeting with him coming out of the (NFL Scouting) Combine. I’ve had plenty of friends who have played for him and obviously I’ve seen the success he’s had in this league, especially the success he’s had as a coordinator,” Barwin said. “I don’t think it will be as different as people think. We ran a 3-4 with (Bill Davis as defensive coordinator) but we were in a 4-3 over 40 percent of the snaps, if not more. I’ll probably be playing defensive end and if I do play linebacker it will probably be up on the line, like I was on first down here.”

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Kelly ‘Very Comfortable’ With Relationship With His Players

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Chip Kelly didn’t have any clothes.

That, and his dad’s birthday, kept him from meeting with the San Francisco media sooner, he said.

“I was offered the job last Thursday afternoon. I had no clothes. Just had a pair of sweats. Trent [Baalke] had visited me with Jed [York] when I was in New Hampshire. They asked me to come back out and I asked them kind of, ‘What’s the deal?’ And they said, ‘Just jump on a plane.’ So I did. And I really didn’t have any change of clothes,” Kelly explained.

“And then also, the most important part for me was last Saturday was my dad’s 87th birthday so I really wanted to get back home to see him, and Jed and Trent were great with that, and then I came back out on Sunday and we’ve been hitting the ground running ever since.”

With everything now in order and suit on, Kelly spoke publicly for the first time since being fired by the Eagles. He took that opportunity to thank Jeffrey Lurie for giving him the chance to coach in Philly.  Read more »

Three Leftovers From Doug Pederson’s Introduction

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

So much information came out of Doug Pederson‘s introductory press conference, Jeffrey Lurie‘s comments, and Howie Roseman‘s first public address in over a year on Tuesday that there was bound to be a few loose ends left on the cutting floor.

Luckily, we have tape recorders and notebooks to make sure no stone goes unturned. Here are a few noteworthy leftovers from a busy day in South Philadelphia.

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What They’re Saying About Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York dropped a bombshell on the NFL early Thursday afternoon when he tweeted out the news — from his personal account — that the 49ers had hired former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to fill San Francisco’s head coaching vacancy.

Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia came to an ugly, disappointing end. Despite the early success he had, winning 20 games in two seasons, his third year with the Birds brought about plenty of questions about his viability in the NFL.

We’ve compiled a good collection of thoughts, comments and opinions on Kelly’s hiring for your reading pleasure. Read more »

What They’re Saying About Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

It won’t be official until the Chiefs’ postseason run comes to an end, but Doug Pederson will be the Eagles’ next head coach.

Besides the oft-repeated basics — he used to play quarterback for the Eagles; he’s an Andy Reid disciple — there’s plenty left to learn about Pederson.

We’ve collected a decent amount of info on the Eagles’ new man-in-charge, for your reading pleasure.

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Source: Eagles To Hire Pederson As Next Coach

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson will be the next Eagles head coach, a league source confirms to Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus. The Philadelphia Daily News’ Les Bowen first tweeted the news.

“We have concluded our search for a head coach,” an Eagles spokesman said. “No further interviews are scheduled.” Read more »

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