Senior Bowl: What We’re Watching

Jerome Miron / USA Today

Jerome Miron / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — Welcome to the Senior Bowl, where I’ll be stationed until Thursday. Here are three things we’ll be watching throughout the week.

1. Still searching for a personnel exec.

Last year, after one of the practices down here, Howie Roseman set up shop in the bleachers at Ladd-Peebles Stadium with a handful of reporters. He answered questions about the Eagles’ first season under Chip Kelly. He looked ahead to free agency and the draft. And he discussed the difficulty in scouting safety prospects. It was a casual sitdown with the GM, something that happened every year in Mobile.

But things have changed. Roseman is not even at the event this year, and Kelly is searching for his new personnel executive.

It’s been 18 days since the Eagles sent out a statement on behalf of Jeffrey Lurie, announcing that Kelly would hire his own right-hand man. But so far, the head coach has come up empty. Names of internal candidates like Ed Marynowitz have been floated out there. External candidates like Tampa Bay Bucs director of player personnel Jon Robinson have either been blocked or have declined to interview. Read more »

Weekend Reading: How Kelly Could’ve Ended Up With Patriots

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

Before we get to the links, we saw that there were some requests for playoff game threads.

Since we’re a blog of the people, we listened and will get those up and running so you can share thoughts and comments on the action.

Now, onto the weekend reading.

If you haven’t seen them by now, here’s a series of Tostitos commercials featuring Chip Kelly. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Chip, Howie And Contracts

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Each day, we will choose a reader question and make that the topic of the morning post. 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.

We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt.

Let’s get to today’s question:

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Trade Impact

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As explained here, 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. 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.

We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt.

Today’s question (actually two on the same topic):

I know you can’t really answer this without being purely speculative, but I was wondering about the new Chip structure (this ‘era’ needs a catchy name, by the way) and how it might impact trading. From my completely unsubstantiated view, it seemed Howie was one of the more active GMs when it came to trades (picks and players), especially later in the draft.

Do you think it helps or hinders the trade market having someone like Chip who is pretty new to the league? – Jason

Given the new front office structure and the fact that the Eagles’ organization traditionally does a lot of wheeling and dealing with trades in the offseason and especially on draft day, how does that work now? Howie or Chip’s domain since it involves players and “nfl strategy”? – Mike Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Marcus Smith Question

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As explained here, 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. 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.

We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt.

Let’s get to today’s question: Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly’s Clout

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

As Sheil explained on Friday, 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. 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.

We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt. Let’s get to today’s question: Read more »

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 »

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