The Aftermath: Five Thoughts On the Eagles

Derik Hamilton/USAT Sports

Derik Hamilton/USAT Sports

We’re not even a week removed from the Eagles’ final regular-season game, yet the franchise that is still in search of its first Lombardi Trophy has already had an eventful offseason with the moves that have taken place in the past 72 hours.

Below are five thoughts on everything that has happened and what it means going forward.

1. The Eagles sent out two different statements Friday evening. One contained Jeffrey Lurie’s announcement of new roles for Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman. The second contained expanded thoughts from Lurie on the future of the franchise.

In that statement, the owner offered the following on how the new setup came about.

“I have a very good relationship with Chip that continues to grow stronger and stronger,” Lurie said. “When we spoke, he was thoughtful, thorough and professional. There were no demands, no threats – quite the contrary – he was passionate, engaged and articulated a dynamic and clear vision on how this fully integrated approach will work. We look forward to seeing it come to life over time.”

No demands? No threats? On the surface, maybe that was true. But the potential of Kelly bolting – maybe not immediately, but in the near future – must have had a significant impact on Lurie’s decisions. Read more »

Lurie Announces Changes: Kelly in Charge of Personnel

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

After rumors swirled Friday afternoon about the direction of the Eagles franchise, owner Jeffrey Lurie announced changes to the roles of Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman.

Roseman’s new title is executive vice president of football operations. He will direct contract negotiations and salary cap management while overseeing the team’s medical staff, equipment staff and more.

And then the headliner: Kelly will now oversee the player personnel department. He will also lead efforts to hire a new personnel executive, a process that will begin immediately.

In other words, the team will sink or swim based on Kelly’s decisions. He is in charge of the draft, free agency, roster construction, etc. There is no more ambiguity. Kelly is in charge. Read more »

On Chip/Howie And Speculation

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The decision to part ways with Tom Gamble this week has led many to understandably wonder what’s next. Speculation about further fallout from the Gamble move was put into overdrive when Pro Football Talk offered the following:

A likely conclusion to jump to is that either Chip Kelly or Howie Roseman are on their way out. Our understanding is that there is a move forthcoming, but it does not involve the departure of either Kelly or Roseman. Logic suggests that it will be front-office related.  Les Bowen offers this theory:

That makes some sense. More as it becomes available.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Changeup For 2015

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

We’re always discussing new ideas and ways to improve here at Birds 24/7.

And one thing Tim and I talked about recently was the Wake-Up Call. We get a good amount of questions from you guys in the comments section, on Twitter, via e-mail, etc. But we don’t always get to answer them.

So we’re going to try something new for the Wake-Up Call in the offseason. Each day, we will choose a reader question and make that the topic of the morning post. In the coming months, access to players and coaches is somewhat limited, but as you all know, there’s always something to discuss with this franchise.

You can submit your questions in a variety of ways: in the comments section, on Twitter (@Tim_McManus and @SheilKapadia), via e-mail (tmcmanus@phillymag.com and skapadia@phillymag.com) or on Facebook. We’ll choose one each day and answer it.

One more note: We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt. So be sure to participate! Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Before we get to the links, Happy New Year and thanks from us to all of you for making this site what it is. As we’ve said often, we appreciate all the support in helping to grow Birds 24/7 over the last three seasons.

The Eagles sent out the Tom Gamble press release at 2:16 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. That didn’t exactly stop this group from paying attention and chiming in with opinions. Our Gamble post was published at 2:46 p.m., and as of Thursday morning, the smartest audience in all the land had weighed in with 326 comments.

You’ve proven that the model works. Regardless of month, day or time, Eagles fans want to talk about this team. And you’ve shown that civil conversation can take place even when factions of the fan base disagree. That’s a notion some didn’t think was possible, so congrats. And here’s to more of the same in 2015.

Now onto the links… Read more »

Year-End Review: Fairly Evaluating Chip Kelly

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

Since the Eagles lost three straight games in December and were eliminated from the playoffs, the range of opinions on Chip Kelly has widened considerably.

Some view him as an over-hyped coach whose team collapsed down the stretch in Year 2. Others defend his every move, regardless of the evidence/results right in front of their eyes.

Below is a thorough evaluation of Kelly, along with a look at the state of the Eagles heading into his third offseason as the head coach. Read more »

Kelly On Roseman, Davis And Gamble

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

During his season-ending press conference today, Chip Kelly was asked to describe his working relationship with GM Howie Roseman.

“Good,” he said, offering a one-word answer.

How has the relationship/your influence changed in two years?

“I don’t think anything’s changed,” Kelly said. Read more »

Lurie: ‘I Think We’re Pretty Close’

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jeffrey Lurie believes that the overall state of the union is strong. He backed his general manager and head coach, and spoke optimistically about what lies ahead for this team despite the step backwards in Year 2 under Chip Kelly.

“I think we’re pretty close,” said the owner, addressing reporters in the MetLife Stadium visitors locker room moments after the Eagles season came to a close.  “I think we know exactly what we have to upgrade. You see certain teams, they go 8-8, 8-8 and then they break through. We’re at double-digits, double-digits, it doesn’t mean we’ll be double-digits next year but I think we’ve got a really good nucleus of young players, mostly under 27, a lot of players below 30, a lot of up-and-coming stars in this league. It’s all in front of us, but I don’t want to sound overly enthusiastic because we have to fix those three things.”

Those three things, which Lurie called the team’s “Achilles heels that really in the end were not solvable,” were turnovers, red zone offense, and big plays allowed on defense.

“Great, great front seven and outstanding improvement on ‘D’ all over except giving up the deep ball. You can’t do it,” he said.

When Lurie says he knows exactly where the upgrades need to be made, it’s fair to conclude that he is pointing right at the secondary for starters.

Who will be in charge of making the appropriate changes? Read more »

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