Missanelli: Another Season of Nick Foles? Please, No!

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during warmups before game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during warmups before game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Three things circulate inside my mind for this column. But where would any sports blog in Philadelphia be without first talking about the problems of the Philadelphia Eagles.

ITEM ONE. The Eagles have reportedly expressed interest in re-acquiring Nick Foles as their starting quarterback. This item is courtesy of ESPN’s insider Adam Schefter, who has been tweeting that the Birds are not that interested in putting a franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford and would rather try to go to war with Foles. To this I say, “Please God, no.” I don’t want to see Nick Foles anywhere near the Eagles practice facility much less as the starting quarterback next season. That ship sailed a long time ago. Foles wasn’t very good here, save for one fluke season, and was even worse with the St. Louis Rams, where he was benched in favor of Case Keenum. What in hell Doug Pederson sees in Foles is beyond me. But apparently the new Eagles coach likes him — which makes me question Pederson considerably. Read more »

Eagles Offseason Outlook: Safety

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Walter Thurmond. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

This week we’ll continue to take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first five installments, we covered the quarterbacks, running backswide receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen. Now, it’s on to the safeties.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

Despite going into the offseason with perilous uncertainty at the second safety position, the Eagles’ safeties were one of the bright spots on an otherwise disappointing defense.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Offensive Line Combine Prep

Ronnie Stanley. (USA Today Sports Images)

Ronnie Stanley. (USA Today Sports Images)

Yesterday, Tim examined the state of the team’s offensive line heading into the offseason. He believes the team will look at both free agency and the draft to replenish a mediocre line.

It’s a good year to pick an offensive lineman in the draft, especially if you’re in the market for a tackle. The Eagles definitely need help at guard, but with Jason Peters in the twilight of his storied career, a good pro-ready tackle certainly wouldn’t hurt, and CBS Sports has six tackles in the top 42 prospects.

Below, we take a look at five linemen who could interest the Eagles. We’ve excluded Mississippi tackle Laremy Tunsil, who you can read about here. He’s projected to go in the top five picks by nearly every mock draft in existence, which, barring a big trade up, would exclude the Birds from selecting the stud lineman. The projected rounds are from CBS Sports. The tape is from DraftBreakdown.com.

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Eagles Sign Najee Goode To One-Year Deal

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles announced Wednesday the signing of linebacker Najee Goode to a one-year deal.

Details of the deal were not disclosed.

After missing the 2014 season with a pectoral injury, Goode was a special teams contributor during the 2015 season, including scoring a 24-yard touchdown on the Chris Maragos-blocked punt in the Eagles’ 35-28 win over the Patriots. It was the second-longest punt return touchdown in team history.

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Eagles Release Riley Cooper

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles announced Monday they have released wide receiver Riley Cooper.

Cooper had three years left on the five-year, $22 million contract he signed after the 2013 season. His dead cap hit is $2.4 million, but he was due over $13 million over the next three years.

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The History of the Philly Boo

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As the clock wound down in the second quarter of the Eagles game against the middling Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the visitors had already piled on four touchdowns. All signs — particularly the Birds’ defense, which resembled matadors and turnstiles — pointed to a rout. In the wake of a heartbreaker loss to the lousy Miami Dolphins the week before here at home, a letdown against the Bucs had season-ending implications. The fans knew this. Which is why, as the players jogged off the field at halftime, a shower of boos rained down. These weren’t your garden-variety “We’re not happy” boos. This was a deafening, guttural roar. A seismic display of frustration. A tsunami of “You suck.” Read more »

Missanelli: Eagles Have No Choice But to Bring Bradford Back

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Here is the current state of the Philadelphia Eagles:

The Birds are operating with basically one man in charge: one Howard Roseman. The Eagles currently have no director of college scouting on board, and they haven’t filled the position of permanent pro personnel director. In fact, they have announced publicly that the position won’t be filled until after the forthcoming NFL draft because that’s when most of the “good” candidates for the position will be available.

In the meantime, a phantom named Tom Donohoe is supposed to be lending a hand in that area, though Donohoe lives in Pittsburgh and it’s not clear whether he even attended the recent Senior Bowl practices and/or game.

Which brings us back to Roseman.

Never before has a man risen from the ashes like Howie Roseman. Dispatched to the equipment room a year ago by team owner Jeffrey Lurie — at the behest of coach Chip Kelly — Roseman hung around long enough to make a triumphant return to the front office. It is clearly his show today. He now gets to play NFL football general manager, his lifelong desire. And it scares me a little, even though Roseman has made a couple of contractual master strokes lately, signing core Eagles players to long-term deals.

Doug Pederson, the new coach, seems to be a mere spectator to the Howie show right now, which is probably the way Lurie wanted it when he re-exalted Roseman. Read more »

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