Dawkins: ‘It Feels Wonderful’ Returning To Eagles

Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas. (Jeff Fusco)

Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas. (Jeff Fusco)

During Howie Roseman’s press conference discussing the Dorial Green-Beckham trade, he noted how the Eagles had just hired Brian Dawkins to work for the team full-time as a Football Operations Executive. Dawkins appeared on the Mike Missanelli show yesterday to expand on what he’ll do for the Birds and how his new gig came about.

“It feels wonderful, it really does. It’s been set in my heart for a while of how to go about doing it. But everything began to kind of fall in place and here I am,” Dawkins said. “It’s gonna be still learning about football operations and everything that goes with it. I’ll dabble in player development; I’ll dabble in player engagement; dabble in scouting and give my opinions in a lot of different areas. So it’s not just everything in one basket so to speak, I’m able to do a lot of things for this organization going forward.” Read more »

Roseman: Green-Beckham ‘Not A Locker Room Cancer’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

While thinking through whether the Eagles should trade Dennis Kelly for Dorial Green-Beckham, Howie Roseman and the personnel department researched the wide receiver’s background, which features a few missteps and arrests.

Green-Beckham was dismissed from the University of Missouri football team in 2014 for allegedly pushing a female down some stairs, after he was arrested twice in marijuana-related incidents. More recently, his work ethic has been questioned on the field in Tennessee, and he tumbled down the depth chart to the point where some thought he wouldn’t make the team.

So what did people say during the course of Roseman’s research? Read more »

Darren Sproles: I Have Two Good Years Left

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

A few hours after inking a one-year contract extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through 2017, Darren Sproles said he has two good years left in him. When asked if he plans to retire after his deal ends, the 33-year-old running back smiled, paused and repeated three words.

“We going see,” he said. “We going see.”

Sproles said his contract, which reportedly gives him $4.5 million in new money, “means a lot” because he wants to finish his career as an Eagle. The signing continues the Eagles’ offseason theme of extending players who have been good contributors, after Chip Kelly’s tumultuous tenure of making personnel decisions. Read more »

Eagles And the RFID Movement

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

A conversation about Howie Roseman’s power took a left turn. Speaking to reporters at the owners meetings back in March, Jeffrey Lurie used a question about Roseman’s rank to touch on a subject that must have been top of mind — RFID and the surge of Next Gen stats that are altering the NFL landscape.

“When you’re talking about the NFL today and football operations, it’s really a very fast moving field if you understand where we’re at,” said Lurie in one of the grand hallways of the Boca Raton Resort. “We’re not where we were when I bought the team 20 years ago or where the league was 10 years ago. I would say if there’s two positions that have to process information and data quickly and completely, it’s quarterback and it’s head of football operations.

“Just as an example, in May, we’re going to be bombarded finally with the data from RFID. That’s going to revolutionize the sport in the long run.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Howie Roseman’s Plan

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Since returning to his throne earlier this year, Howie Roseman has reshaped the Eagles in his vision. His desire to build around a core group of players has been well documented, and he clearly believes the team’s current path is the one that will lead them to the organization’s first Lombardi Trophy.

But the Eagles spending a lot of money in the offseason isn’t an entirely new concept. Five years after “The Dream Team” fiasco, fans still shudder at the mere mention of Vince Young’s words. More recently, the Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray deals serve as cautionary tales. According to Roseman, however, there’s a key difference in the Eagles’ approach, even if they have doled out hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

This week’s roundup of the best Eagles links around the web.

Howie Roseman was a guest on Andrew Brandt’s the Business of Sports podcast to explain what the Eagles were looking for in their head coaching search, as well as Doug Pederson‘s staff.

When we went into the coaching search, we had to find the coach that was best for the Philadelphia Eagles. Maybe not the best coach for other teams who were looking for a head coach, maybe not the best coach for what the media thought was their best coach, but what was the best coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and what we were looking for. We were looking for a leader, we were looking for someone who had a clear plan. We were looking for someone who understood this market and the people in this market, and someone who understood how it looked like when we were having incredible success. And so Coach Pederson had all of those qualities. Read more »

Wisniewski: Quarterback Drama Has ‘Blown Over’

Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, and Chase Daniel. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, and Chase Daniel. (Jeff Fusco)

Stefen Wisniewski joined SiriusXM NFL radio yesterday to discuss the Eagles’ quarterback situation and how his teammates feel about Doug Pederson compared to Chip Kelly, and he said the tension Sam Bradford created by demanding a trade has since dissipated.

“I think it’s definitely blown over from the viewpoint of the other players — I think from the coaches as well,” the offensive lineman said. “(Bradford) seems to be the No. 1 quarterback. Now, is that set in stone? I don’t know for sure, but it certainly seems to be that way right now. And he’s looked good through OTAs and minicamps.”

The free-agent signing added that while he didn’t play under Kelly, his teammates are “very excited” about Pederson and the coaching change. He also raved about Carson Wentz. Read more »

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