NFC East Roundup: Replacing DeMarco Murray

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Dale Zanine / USA TODAY Sports

Let’s check in on the rest of the division.

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas does not think Adrian Peterson is in the cards for the Cowboys.

When you are around the Cowboys you learn to never rule anything out, so I will not speak absolutely on what could happen between the Cowboys and Peterson. My opinion? I don’t see it happening. There are just too many hoops to go through and that “financial discipline,” that they were praised for just a few weeks ago would go out the window. It would take premium picks (top three rounds) to get Peterson out of Minnesota, provided the Vikings are even willing to do it. The Cowboys would not be able to fill needs elsewhere by giving up multiple picks. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

Kirby Lee / USA Today

Kirby Lee / USA Today

Here is what the national media are saying about the Eagles at the annual owners’ meetings.

Conor Orr of NFL.com believes, based on Kelly’s comments Wednesday morning, the Eagles will not trade up for a quarterback:

Kelly’s philosophy is simple. More players are better than less players. Drafting is an inexact science and coaches need to arm themselves with the best opportunity to hit on a player.

He reminded reporters of Dallas’ Herschel Walker deal back in 1989 and had the Saints’ Ricky Williams deal brought to his attention.

Kelly, of course, gave himself an out. He said that this is his philosophy but that in every philosophy there is room to change or make alterations. While this may seem leading, though, it was just an out. Every coach can break philosophy for one reason or another.

He just didn’t seem like he was prepared to do it this year.

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Lurie: Mortgaging the Future Can Make Sense

Jeffrey Lurie. Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY

Jeffrey Lurie. Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The question posed to Jeffrey Lurie concerned the power structure that he settled on earlier this offseason.

Was there risk in choosing a model where the head coach has complete control?

“The only model to me that correlates to having big success in the NFL is having a Hall of Fame, franchise quarterback,” Lurie said. “Then you can put any system around that player, and you can rationalize that structure.”

His comment was completely fair. Great quarterbacks oftentimes make mediocre coaches and general managers look extraordinary. And Lurie has been consistent in his belief that the Eagles need a franchise quarterback to finally bring home a Lombardi Trophy.

The question is: Who is that quarterback going to be? Read more »

Gone At 2? Whisenhunt Talks Mariota

Mariota and Winston. Courtesy of USA Today

Mariota and Winston. Courtesy of USA Today

Phoenix, Ariz. — Ken Whisenhunt spent the better part of his morning answering questions about Marcus Mariota. Seated at a roundtable alongside reporters during the AFC coaches breakfast, the Titans head coach was peppered from all angles about his plans at quarterback, and whether they involve Chip Kelly’s former signal-caller.

We’re in the middle of misdirection season, so any comments from a coach or general manager regarding potential draft plans certainly can’t be taken as gospel. That said, Whisenhunt came off as genuinely impressed by what he’s seen out of Mariota to this point in the evaluation process.

“Very high,” he said when asked about the quarterback’s football IQ. “He has very good spatial memory. You say, what is spatial memory? He remembers plays, he remembers fronts, he remembers things in the short term and the long term. We were talking about an unbalanced set that USC ran against them three years ago. And he said, ‘Oh yeah, that was in this game at this time.’ Those are the kind of things that to me are important to that position. You have to have a memory that can see everything and remember it, because when it happens in a game you have to come over and communicate that on the sideline and then you have to have a plan for how you are going to adjust to it. That’s what the really successful ones do. He exhibits that type of quality.” Read more »

Notes: On Murray, Mariota And Chip

DeMarco Murray

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Greetings from the owners meetings. Some notes to pass along while Sheil gets in a few laps at the Biltmore hotel pool:

* Jerry Jones found himself alone in the center of a Philly media scrum as he tried to navigate his way to a meeting Monday. Safe to say he won’t rank that interaction along with his career highlights. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

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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Notes: Foles Emotional After Trade

Nick Foles. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Nick Foles. Photo courtesy of USA Today

When questioned about the level of compensation shipped to St. Louis for Sam Bradford, Chip Kelly — presumably to show the type of value attached to the quarterback across the league — volunteered that he had already been offered a first-round pick for Bradford since acquiring him.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher gave that claim more weight on Friday when he told Pro Football Talk that he was offered a “low first-round pick” for Bradford recently, but decided to do the deal with the Eagles because he wanted Nick Foles.

Foles, wearing a dark blue golf shirt with a large Rams logo sewn into it, had his introductory press conference in St. Louis Friday with Fisher and general manager Les Snead by his side. It took some six minutes before anyone asked Foles a question, as the reporters were curious about the particulars of the trade process and the departure of Bradford initially. When the focus shifted to him, he revealed that he was just finishing up a workout when he received a call from Kelly telling him that he had been dealt.
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Notes From Marcus Mariota’s Pro Day

Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Marcus Mariota worked out for NFL evaluators Thursday afternoon and received mixed reviews for his performance.

Obviously, Pro Day workouts should be taken with a grain of salt, but below is a roundup of notes from Oregon. Read more »

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