Eagles Wake-Up Call: Goode Eyes Bigger Role

Eagles LB Najee Goode puts on helmet

Two snaps into the Eagles’ Week 9 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Najee Goode got the call.

Mychal Kendricks went down with a knee injury at Lambeau Field, and Goode was chosen to replace him alongside DeMeco Ryans at inside linebacker. He played the rest of that game and then started the following week against the Redskins.

“There was a lot of positive feedback, stuff I gotta work on, but a lot of positive feedback,” Goode said. “Getting in there, not necessarily messing up, doing some good things, showing a lot of good signs and flashes of being a good, consistent player. Making some pass break-ups. Green Bay, was able to disrupt the run a lot different than what they thought they were gonna get. It was a confidence booster for me and to also see what I’ve gotta work on.” Read more »

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Copying Kelly’s Methods

Chip Kelly

Every coach steals. It’s the nature of the business.

Some, like Chip Kelly, come right out and admit it. Others use gentler terms like borrow or integrate or influence.

But the bottom line is: When you see someone else in your industry doing something that works, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t at least look into it.

Which brings us to the topic of today’s post: stealing from the Eagles. Greg A. Bedard of The MMQB wrote on the topic in a recent column:

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: DeMeco’s Role Unlikely To Change

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

During one of the teach periods on Monday, defensive coordinator Billy Davis called for the first-team nickel to take the field and line up against trash cans that simulated the offense.

Brandon Boykin came on the field, and Bennie Logan walked off. But at linebacker, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks stayed put.

Chip Kelly said earlier this offseason that adding depth at inside linebacker was a priority. But the Eagles didn’t see anybody they liked in free agency. In the first round of the draft, they would have loved for Alabama’s C.J. Mosley to fall to them, but that didn’t happen either.

So for now, the plan seems to be to stick with the same guys from a year ago.

“Right now, it’s still the same personnel,” Ryans confirmed. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Different Priorities Under Chip

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

Earlier this week, a reporter asked Chip Kelly if he thought anyone could be plugged into his system and catch 50 balls.

“No,” Kelly joked. “You couldn’t.”

It was a light moment during an otherwise tension-filled session about DeSean Jackson’s release. But it also leads to another discussion about the way the Eagles plan on allocating their resources under Kelly.

Howie Roseman has said the organization projects specific amounts of money it would like to spend at each position. These are guidelines only, as there are always exceptions. But the guidelines are different under Kelly than they were under the previous regime. Read more »

Draft Daily: Close-Up On Alabama LB C.J. Mosley

NCAA Football: Sugar Bowl-Alabama vs Oklahoma

When asked about Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, draft analyst and former scout Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com referenced a current member of the Eagles’ defense.

“I think he’s very good in coverage. I think he’s an excellent blitzer. But the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts,” Jeremiah said. “I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart was his instincts. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. I think he’s one of those guys that could play in either defense; ideally for me I’d like to see him as a Mike in a 4-3.”

Mosley (6-2, 234) is considered by many to be the top inside linebacker prospect in this year’s class. In 2013, he won the Butkus Award (given to the nation’s top linebacker) and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Read more »

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