Photos: Eagles Mini-Camp



Chip: It’s Not Yabba-Dabba-Do Time

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was in a playful, stone-busting mood as he met with reporters for the final time this week.

It’s getaway day for the players. Minicamps come to a close today, and they’ll have 35 days off before having to report back for training camp. Don’t expect Kelly to be peeling out of the parking lot, though, when the day comes to a close.

“I’ll go home and see my family and spend some time with them but I don’t look at this as I need a break from what we’ve just done. This is our life’s choice and we enjoy it, he said. “This isn’t ike Fred Flinstone with the ‘Yabba-Dabba-Do’ and we’re trying to get out of work, you know what I mean? It’s another day and we’ll finish up with some things before we get some time off. But I think anybody that’s in our situation that coaches isn’t like, ‘I can’t wait to get out of there.’ Most are like, ‘I can’t wait to get back in there.’”

Kelly revealed a couple logistical items as it pertains to training camp. The players will report on July 25. And the team will hold joint practices with the Patriots in New England prior to their preseason game on August 15. Read more »

Photos: Eagles Mini-Camp



Notes: McCoy On Message Received

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy took the podium this afternoon after another hot minicamp practice at the NovaCare Complex. [He went with sweatpants for Wednesday's session; said it was a mental thing.]

McCoy told Albert Breer of NFL.com recently that the release of DeSean Jackson sent a message to the team. He was asked to elaborate.

“I don’t know what you took out of that, but for myself, what I took out of that is no matter how good a player is, it’s a team and if you can’t buy in, anything is possible,” he said.

“I’m not sure about the rest of the team, the concept they took out of that, I’m just speaking for myself. A player like that, who has done so much for this franchise — even in the year Chip was here, the stuff he did — so some players on some teams may think, well, he’s producing on the field, that’s the only thing that matters.” Read more »

Photos From Eagles OTAs



All-22: Close-Up On Kelly’s Use Of the Mesh

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Chip Kelly went into his first year unsure of exactly how opposing defensive coordinators would match up with the Eagles.

What he found out fairly quickly was that the most common strategy was a ton of man coverage. Crowd the box against LeSean McCoy, play with one deep safety and force the Eagles’ passing attack to make plays over the top.

For the most part, Kelly had answers. The offense set franchise records for yards, points and touchdowns. The Eagles also led the league in pass plays of 20+ yards. And one of the most popular concepts the Eagles employed against man coverage was the mesh.

To break down the mesh concept, we called on Villanova wide receivers coach Brian Flinn. Flinn has studied Kelly’s offensive concepts for years and was kind enough to go over the intricacies of this particular one with Birds 24/7.

Meanwhile, Kelly did a film series with PhiladelphiaEagles.com and talked about this play at various points throughout the season. His explanations are also mixed in. Read more »

Photos From Eagles OTAs



Three Eagles Numbers That Matter

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Ranging from Darren Sproles’ role to Nick Foles’ future, here are three Eagles numbers that matter.

4.3 – The number of rushing attempts per game Sproles has averaged in the past three seasons. Back in March, we took an All-22 look at what Sproles brings to the table. The conclusion was that he would have a far greater impact as a receiver than as a ball-carrier.

But Chip Kelly seems to have an issue with that assertion. Last week, a reporter started off a question to Kelly by pointing out that the team essentially was bringing on four new receivers (Jeremy Maclin, Jordan MatthewsJosh Huff and Sproles) from a year ago. The head coach interrupted.

“Sproles is not a receiver,” he said. Read more »

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