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Here is what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. redrafted the 2009 class, moving former Eagles running back and second-round pick LeSean McCoy all the way up to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 3:
I’m breaking my rules on positional value in having McCoy so high, but whom would you put ahead of him here? He leads the draft class in rushing yards with 6,792, and he’s not exactly washed up, as he hasn’t missed a game in either of the past two seasons, and won’t even turn 27 until July. A 10,000-yard career wouldn’t be a surprise.
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It looks like Chip Kelly has finally taken a moment to allow us all to catch our breath and reflect on the moves of the past couple weeks.
We’ll do this three-and-out style, going move-by-move and offering a thumbs up or a thumbs down with explanations. We’ll do three of the moves today and three more in the next installment. Read more »
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In the past two weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles have overhauled their roster in a manner never before seen.
And the man calling all the shots: head coach Chip Kelly. Read more »
According to Chip Kelly, this was always part of the plan.
When the Eagles dealt LeSean McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso, they determined their best approach to replace his production was to add multiple ball-carriers. The names at the top of their list? Frank Gore, DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews.
“We obviously lost a tremendous running back in LeSean,” Kelly said Thursday at the NovaCare Complex. “So how do you replace that productivity? What’s available out there? And obviously we thought the three best guys were Frank and DeMarco and Ryan. And we wanted to target two of them. And we ended up with two of them.
“Did we have a master plan that it was always gonna work out like this? No, but we went into it with an idea that if we lose LeSean, we better get two guys.” Read more »
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The details of the Eagles-Rams trade were sent over by the team just as the conference call with Kiko Alonso began, so reporters were a bit preoccupied trying to digest the terms and make sense of it all (t0 this point, unsuccessfully). But a few questions were fired off and there was some news that came back in return.
The 24-year old linebacker, who tore his left ACL back in July, does not anticipate being “full go” for April or May but the plan is to be 100 percent by the time training camp starts up. Read more »
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Given the flurry of activity the past three days, in many ways it feels like we’re already in the middle of the free agency period.
But as the Eagles were reminded when Frank Gore changed course, the start of the new league year doesn’t officially start until today at 4 p.m. That’s when the LeSean McCoy trade and the Byron Maxwell signing can be finalized.
The Eagles have already filled some holes. Brandon Graham is coming back to start at LOLB. And the Mark Sanchez signing makes it unnecessary for them to add another QB.
Barring something totally unforeseen, Maxwell gives them a starting cornerback. And Kiko Alonso fills a need at inside linebacker.
But there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. Read more »
The recent hiring and firing decisions by Eagles coach Chip Kelly have had a lot of people scratching their heads and ranting and raving. But Cherry Hill resident and longtime Inquirer contributor Stephen A. Smith thinks he might just have figured out what’s motivating Kelly’s questionable decisions: racism. Read more »
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Today’s question comes from David via Twitter:
David’s tweet came right after the Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore signings and before Jeremy Maclin left for Kansas City and Mark Sanchez re-upped, so we’ll have to round back and see if his mood shifted at all as the day went on.
Here’s what the Eagles have done so far: Read more »
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The three-day negotiating period for free agents starts today at noon. We’ll have you covered once the rumors start flying.
But until then, here are some links to whet your appetite. Read more »
Welcome to Salary Cap City, the sports town where we don’t win a heck of a lot, but by gosh, we have an awful lot of money stored up for future use.
The Eagles joined the party (started by the Sixers and Sudden Sam Hinkie) this week when they dropped a series of bombs on their fan base. Boom went Cary Williams and his $8 million salary. Bang went Trent Cole and his $11 million paycheck. And then the carnage culminated with the elimination of LeSean McCoy and his $12 salary cap hit in a trade to Buffalo that brought the Birds linebacker Kiko Alonso. Read more »