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 (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Facebook. We’ll choose one each day and answer it.
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 »
Some links to pass along regarding the front-office shake-up: Read more »
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 »
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 (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Facebook. We’ll choose one each day and answer it.
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 »
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 »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Jeffrey Lurie designed the power structure so that the proper checks and balances were built in.
When he hired Chip Kelly, he set it up so that both the head coach and general manager Howie Roseman would report directly to him. He decided to give Kelly final say on the 53-man roster to even the scales, he said, which would suggest Roseman had heavy influence over the draft and free agency.
“It made sense to balance the player personnel and head coaching, and empower them both, and force a complete collaboration,” Lurie told the Inquirer last September. “That was the strategy behind it. You didn’t have to force it. Happened naturally.”
Kelly seemed on board with that concept. At his introductory press conference, he said that he wasn’t looking for full control and had little interest in owning various titles.
“I just want to coach football,” he said.
His reach has extended well beyond the x’s and o’s, of course. Kelly watches college film on Saturdays during the season and hits the road (often with vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble) in the offseason. By all accounts, he attends more Pro Days than any other head coach in the league.
Roseman spearheads the draft process and there is a host of quality personnel men searching for talent year-round, but it’s impossible to ignore the Kelly influence over the past two drafts.
“We haven’t really gotten there,” Kelly said, when asked who has final say over draft choices. “I think everybody wants to know that, like really what happens in there. But it never gets to that point. I think we look at it, analyze it and kind of come to the same conclusion. But I haven’t yet sat there and I want him and he wants him and then, you know, are we going to box for it?”
Up until recently, the Eagles’ higher-ups had presented a unified front when it came to the personnel process. But when one of his players came under fire a couple weeks back, Kelly put on the gloves for the first time publicly. Read more »
The message from Jeffrey Lurie was clear Wednesday afternoon: He likes the direction his franchise is headed, but he’s not ready to make any grand proclamations.
Speaking to reporters on the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex, Lurie touched on a variety of topics like Chip Kelly’s second year, Howie Roseman’s role with the organization and Nick Foles’ promise.
“He spent the whole year with our players, with the organization, with the NFL, and he’s a guy that’s always thinking, always asking why, analyzing,” Lurie said when asked how Kelly has evolved. “It’s more information for him to be better himself. And it’s a lot easier when you’re in your second year of any situation where everyone has expectations of the way you’re gonna operate – the players, his staff, everyone… in terms of you’re not installing nearly as much. You’re able to just execute. So on both ends, I think he has much more information, and he’ll use that to the best of his ability because he’s smart. And everyone around him will understand better exactly what he was trying to accomplish.” Read more »