Eagles Wake-Up Call: Evaluating Hackenberg

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If you want to know how focused the Eagles are on the quarterback position, just look at their coaching staff.

Doug Pederson, former quarterback. Frank Reich, former quarterback. John DeFelippo, former quarterback.  Howie Roseman has mentioned on multiple occasions the benefit of having access to so many QB experts as they go through their evaluations. That expertise should certainly come in handy while sifting through the 2016 quarterback class in search of talent that will translate, and will absolutely be put to the test when it comes to former Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg. Read more »

On Elliott And the Value Of Running Back

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. (USA Today Sports)

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. (USA Today Sports)

How high is too high to draft a running back?

If you asked Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, he’d tell you: it depends.

“There’s this narrative that you can get running backs in the fifth, sixth, seventh round of the draft and free agency,” Roseman said last Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, “but when you look back at the last 10 years, guys who were really in the top 10 in rushing, those guys are high picks.”

Roseman’s statement appears to run counter to an opinion growing in league circles the last few years–namely that you can find a running back virtually anywhere. Read more »

Report: Eagles Working Out Jared Goff

Jared Goff. (USA Today Sports)

Jared Goff. (USA Today Sports)

Turns out, that Howie Roseman-Doug Pederson road trip is to see none other than Cal quarterback Jared Goff.

According to former Eagle scout and current Bay Area analyst John Middlekauff, the Eagles are working out Goff in Berkeley today.

Goff (6-4, 215) is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in this draft along with Carson Wentz. He completed 64.5 percent of his throws as a junior last season and threw for over 4,700 yards with 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Will Eagles Stay Put In Draft?

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Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

In a week dominated by narratives gleaned from the recent owners meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the Eagles still managed to insinuate themselves in both trade rumors and roster moves alike. Here’s the latest from around the web on a possible move up in the draft, and other Eagles news. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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This year’s owners meetings provided the Philadelphia media with the first opportunity to question Chip Kelly since his firing in December of last year, and also opened up Doug Pederson to an hour of questions.

Here is the latest on what we learned at the coaches breakfasts, as well as the owners meetings as a whole. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Leftovers From the Owners Meetings

Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly at the press conference announcing Kelly's hiring. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly at the press conference announcing Kelly’s hiring. (Jeff Fusco)

A few takeaways from three days at the owners meetings:

— Strolling down one of the grand hallways at the opulent Boca Raton Resort & Club following Tuesday’s media session with Jeffrey Lurie, we ran into Chip Kelly and said a quick hello. Parted ways, walked a few more paces and bumped into Howie Roseman. A couple more, and there was Don Smolenski. One after the other after the other. The whole gang, back together again.

Not really. Read more »

Chip Opens Up About Faulty Front-Office Structure

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

BOCA RATON, FL — Chip Kelly‘s hour-long session with reporters at the owners meetings Wednesday helped shine a light on the level of dysfunction that existed in the Eagles’ front office last season.

Kelly said he never really saw Howie Roseman after the power shift that gave the head coach control and pushed Roseman out of the personnel department. Further, they did not talk directly, per Kelly, and instead used Ed Marynowitz as an intermediary.

Is that a way a front office should work? Shouldn’t there be communication between a cap guy and a personnel guy?

Kelly waited a beat and then replied, “Yeah, you would think.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Lurie On Changing Times

Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

BOCA RATON, FL — Jeffrey Lurie was surely aware of the criticism, and even if he somehow eluded it, reporters directly asked him about it yesterday at the NFL’s annual meeting.

If your plan all along was to give Howie Roseman back the power he once had, why not be transparent about it from the start, say the new personnel executive wouldn’t be hired until after the draft and re-assign Roseman the General Manager title?

“In today’s NFL, I don’t know what the words ‘general’ and ‘manager’ mean,” Lurie responded. “So we’re trying to be a little more specific and say ‘football operations,’ because when you’re managing football operations, it’s no longer about watching tape, figuring out who to draft and that kind of stuff. It’s extraordinary collaborative. It’s information intensive.” Read more »

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