Weekend Reading: Chip’s Big Move

Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota. (USA Today Sports)

Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota. (USA Today Sports)

In case you missed it, Fox Sports NFL insider Peter Shrager recently revealed the details of an Eagles trade that would have landed Marcus Mariota during last years NFL draft. Shrager was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show with the report.

“Last year the Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans — and I know this — a 2015 first-round pick, a 2015 second-round pick, a 2016 first-round pick, they said ‘take any of our quarterbacks’ — that’s Bradford, that’s Sanchez, that’s whoever — [and] take anyone on our defense; we want that No. 2 pick.”

As with any big move — even theoretical — the world of sports opinion was quick to support or decry the unsuccessful offer. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles


Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what the media are saying about the Eagles this week:

Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia continues to be polarizing, but he deserves another year to flesh out his ideas, writes Yahoo! Sports’s Charles Robinson.

The Philadelphia Eagles are giving the one-or-the-other argument plenty of ammunition in 2015. One moment the Eagles are getting plowed under in losses to the Detroit Lions or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the next they’re beating the defending champion New England Patriots on the road. So the pendulum of opinion swings – Chip is the next Steve Spurrier, Chip is the next Jimmy Johnson.

Neither is a fair estimate at this point. Forty-five meaningful games have passed and it’s still too early to say what Kelly is, good, terrible or mediocre. Nearing the final stretch of his third season, Kelly has lived inside all three of those boxes. Determining which represents him best requires a larger sample size. And that means one thing at this point for ownership: making the correct determination on Kelly means letting this season and next play out.

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Rapoport: ‘Don’t Rule Out’ Chip Kelly To Titans

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

In the days since the Eagles’ humiliating loss to the Lions on Thanksgiving, speculation and rumors have swirled about the future of Chip Kelly as the Eagles’ head coach and de facto general manager.

His name was linked to the coaching vacancy at the University of Southern California, among a number of college football coaching positions, and his job security with the Eagles was brought into question.

In the face of reports of Kelly meeting with USC officials on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which have since been shot down by Kelly himself, and reporters who are unable to confirm the meeting happened, the Trojans hired interim coach Clay Helton to be the team’s full-time coach for the next five years.

On Monday, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, who reported that USC had contact with Kelly but did not, in fact, meet with him, spoke with 97.5 The Fan’s Mike Missanelli about the situation, and what he expects the Eagles — and Kelly — to do going forward.

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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Chip Kelly

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 »

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