What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

With a 45-17 loss to an average opponent comes a certain degree of scrutiny, and that much has been felt at the NovaCare Complex in the wake of the Eagles’ biggest loss of the season.

Here’s what’s being said about the Birds, locally and nationally, including players questioning their teammates’ effort, and the fast-heating seat upon which Chip Kelly sits.

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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Eagles Draft 2015
Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports

Here’s what the media are saying about the Eagles after an interesting Day 1 of the NFL Draft:

According to Pro Football Talk, Chip Kelly made a pretty sizable offer to the Bucs for the No. 1 overall pick.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Eagles offered the following to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first pick in the draft:  the 20th pick in this year’s draft; Philly’s first-round pick in 2016; quarterback Sam Bradford; and another player on the roster.

It’s unclear who the other player would have been.  Possibly linebacker Mychal Kendricks.  Possibly Lane Johnson or Fletcher Cox, but the Eagles were expressing reluctance to include either of those pieces.

It’s unknown whether that same offer was made to the Titans, who held the No. 2 pick and ultimately used it on Mariota.  It’s reasonable to assume something similar to that was placed on the table.

In that same post, Florio brings up the idea of Kelly eventually jumping to Tennessee to reunite with his former quarterback. Read more »

No Mariota? No Hope.

NCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Oregon vs Kansas State

For Philadelphia fans, the most nerve-racking 10-minute waiting period of any professional sports draft ended with a figurative hot knife to the belly.

After months of anticipation coupled with downright obsession that the Eagles would land Marcus Mariota and everything would be right for the world, the Tennessee Titans took Mariota with the No. 2 pick in the draft. And if that weren’t enough, minutes later, the Titans general manager popped out of his war room to say that they were not trading him ANYWHERE. Ouch.

Does it really matter that the Eagles tried hard to get Mariota? Perhaps reports are true that the Birds offered two starting defensive players and three draft picks in an attempt to move into the No. 2 drafting spot. Chip Kelly can never admit that because if he does, he tells the quarterback who now must start for him this year, Sam Bradford, that he wasn’t adequate enough. Bradford’s a big enough boy to understand what was going on this whole time, but still.

I’ve said that if the Eagles didn’t acquire Marcus Mariota, it would haunt this city’s fan base forever. So let the haunting begin. Read more »

Kelly: We Never Offered Players To Titans

Eagles Draft 2015

NCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Oregon vs Kansas State

The godfather offer for Marcus Mariota?

It never happened, according to Chip Kelly.

“We didn’t offer any players to anybody,” he said Thursday night. “We didn’t get into any discussions. It was just a really steep price.” Read more »

Titans Reject Eagles’ Offer, Select Mariota

Eagles Draft 2015
Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

Chip Kelly made a big push, but it wasn’t enough.

The Tennessee Titans decided to stand pat at No. 2 and select Marcus Mariota, the Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner that Kelly once called “the most talented kid I coached in college.”

He tried hard to make a reunion happen. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles offered two first-round picks, a third-rounder, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Brandon Boykin and “more.” He later added that Sam Bradford was part of the package.

Per Jay Glazer, they also tried to make something happen with the Bucs, offering two first rounders, a quarterback and another player, but Tampa declined. Read more »

Eagles Seven-Round Mock Draft

Eagles Draft 2015

NCAA Football: Georgia at Arkansas

Here’s my seven-round mock draft for the Eagles:

Round 1, Pick 20 (20) – Trade for Marcus Mariota.

Originally, I wasn’t going to include trades, but it only makes sense at this point. I think the Mariota deal happens. Let’s take a stab at compensation.

I think the Eagles flip Sam Bradford (and likely a later round pick) to the Browns for No. 19. They then send the No. 19 pick, the No. 20 pick and their 2016 first rounder, along with two players (Fletcher Cox, Mychal KendricksBrandon BoykinVinny Curry) to the Titans for No. 2. Read more »

Mariota-Eagles Dream Not Dead Yet

Eagles Draft 2015
Matt Kartozian / USA Today

Matt Kartozian / USA Today

I do not believe the Eagles-Marcus Mariota dream is dead. If anything, I’ve grown more confident over time that there is substance behind the speculation, and that Chip Kelly is going to try to land his old college quarterback on Thursday night.

The whole idea seems a little fantasy-landish on the surface: How on earth can a team go from 20 to 2? Would Kelly really be willing to hand over the ransom that it would take to get there? Isn’t this whole concept a bit detached from reality? But in a search for stop signs behind the scenes, the vast majority of the people we’ve spoken to have signaled us forward. That continues to be the case even with the draft just one day away. Read more »

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