Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly’s Tweaks In Year 2

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

When Chip Kelly took a seat inside a Ritz-Carlton ballroom in Orlando last month and was surrounded by reporters, he knew DeSean Jackson was not going to be back with the Eagles.

Jackson’s release was the biggest move the team made this offseason, and undoubtedly, Kelly had already given a lot of thought about what the Eagles’ offense would like without the speedy wide receiver.

Year 1 under Kelly was a clear success. By just about any statistical measure, the Eagles had a top-five offense that included a quarterback reaching heights even his biggest supporters never envisioned. The team set record after record, the offensive line stayed healthy, and the skill-position players nearly all put up career numbers.

Now perhaps the biggest question facing the team going into 2014 is: How will Kelly alter the scheme to fit different personnel? Read more »

On Spiller, QBs And Outside Linebacker Interest

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The Eagles inquired about Bills running back C.J. Spiller prior to landing Darren Sproles, according to CSN’s Geoff Mosher.

Like Sproles, Spiller is a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. He is also four years younger than Sproles. The Bills weren’t interested in moving the five-year vet so talks never got very serious, according to the report. It’s an interesting nugget nonetheless. Clearly, Chip Kelly prioritized finding a versatile weapon to add to the mix this offseason, particularly given the decision to move on from DeSean Jackson. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Fewer Touches For McCoy?

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The usage numbers for LeSean McCoy from the 2013 season are eye-popping.

The Eagles’ running back played 873 snaps, second-most among all ball-carriers behind only Chicago’s Matt Forte. McCoy’s 314 carries were tops in the NFL, as were his 366 touches.

Yet there were no real signs that the heavy workload slowed him down in the short-term. McCoy carried the Eagles down the stretch, piling up 519 yards and averaging 6.3 YPC in the team’s final four regular season games. In fourth quarters, he led the NFL with 441 yards and averaged 6.0 YPC (fifth-best), according to STATS, Inc. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sproles And the Age Factor

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

On the surface, the why associated with last month’s trade for Darren Sproles is easily answered.

Chip Kelly loves players who are capable of performing a variety of tasks. As we showed with the All-22, Sproles fits the bill. He can carry the ball, he can catch the ball, and he can serve as a return man. He can line up in the backfield, in the slot and even out wide.

While it’s clear he’s capable of doing different things, the question is: Can he still do those things at a high level? Read more »

Kelly: Beating Man Coverage Is Huge For Us

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chip Kelly got a taste last year of how NFL defenses would attempt to slow down the Eagles’ prolific offensive attack.

What he learned was that scheming ways to beat man coverage had to be a major point of emphasis before Year 2.

“People want to play you in man-to-man coverage,” Kelly said last week. “We saw a lot more of that than other people. Getting guys that can get open versus man coverage is a key deal. Whether it’s Coop [Riley Cooper] or Mac [Jeremy Maclin] or DeSean [Jackson] or whatever. That’s the one thing we know as a group going in, is one-on-one coverage is a big deal for us. It is a big deal in this league. People probably  – I think, and I don’t know the statistics if you break it down – may have played us in more man than most teams in the league. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: How Eagles’ Moves Affect Draft Plans

NCAA Football: Tennessee Tech at Oregon

Most draft questions that Howie Roseman fields in the offseason elicit a similar sounding response.

The phrases “best available player” and “stick to our board” are uttered over and over and over again.

Yet every time the team makes moves – re-signing its own players, adding free agents, making trades – questions arise about how draft plans will be impacted. So today, let’s take a look at the moves individually and predict what they might mean come May. Read more »

Chip Talks Free Agency, Eagles Issues

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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 spoke to the media for the first time since the end of the 2013 season Friday evening prior to the Maxwell Awards in Atlantic City. Turning in his jeans and t-shirt for a suit, Kelly was in town to accept the Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year Award.

Some highlights from the 10-minute media session:

Oregon alums Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward topped the free-agent safety market, but the Eagles walked away instead with Malcolm Jenkins, who came at a cheaper price. Kelly said it wasn’t about the money, but rather the fit. Read more »

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