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During a recent appearance on NFL Network, LeSean McCoy was asked what’d be going through his head if the Eagles mortgaged their future to trade up and land QB Marcus Mariota.
“I’m not sure,” McCoy said. “Because the thing is, we want to win now. I think we have the right players in the locker room to win. Knowing how coach [Chip] Kelly thinks, he wants to win at all costs. So, you never know. He’s a good quarterback, but I think we have a good quarterback with Nick [Foles]. That’s something that we have to wait and see. That’s not my call. I think every situation is different. Some of those other teams like the Redskins, they gave up everything to get RG3. And if things don’t work out like you plan, then what? Who is to blame? There are a lot of questions going into those types of situations where you want to give up a whole draft for just one player.” Read more »
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Here are some Eagles-related weekend links worth checking out.
On 97.5, Adam Caplan suggested re-signing Jeremy Maclin might not be as easy as some believe because he switched agents from Ben Dogra to Tom Condon (via Bleeding Green Nation):
But I just think that had Maclin not left Dogra, it wouldn’t have surprised me if a deal would have got done already. I think that’s how good the [Eagles-Dogra] relationship is.
So they’ve got to work through this. This will not be easy. But again, I’m just going to make this very clear: I’m not nearly as optimistic. I thought it was an absolute lock when Dogra was there because I kind of know this was going with those guys.
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MOBILE, Ala. — There seems to be a new Marcus Mariota rumor every day.
The latest has an AFC scout telling NFL.com that he expects Mariota to slide on draft day:
The scoop: “All these teams high in the draft are all going to see the same things on tape with Mariota, and I’ll bet he starts to fall on draft day. Once that happens, (Philadelphia Eagles coach) Chip (Kelly) will mortgage the future to go get him. If he misses on him, (Kelly) can just bolt back to college.” — AFC scout.
It’s worth keeping in mind that this is just one man’s opinion, but there have been multiple suggestions that Mariota might not end up being a top-five pick. Read more »
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MOBILE, Ala. — Today’s question from reader Seth, via e-mail:
I have a question for a potential Wake-Up Call topic. Who needs the other more? Is it Chip Kelly that needs Marcus Mariota more, or does Mariota need Chip?
Let’s start with Kelly. We’ve directed plenty of criticism his way when warranted (see year-end evaluation here).
But there is something to be said for the fact that he took a 4-12 team and has strung together two 10-win seasons. Does he deserve blame for the way the Eagles finished 2014? Of course. Still though, this team has competed pretty consistently since Kelly has taken over.
As for Mariota, let me admit that I need to do some more homework on him before offering a fully educated opinion on his skill set. But given his measurables and athleticism, combined with what you hear about his work ethic and character, he seems to have the foundation for someone who should be successful. Read more »
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Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
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Nick Foles received a vote of confidence from a key member of the offense Friday amid speculation that the Eagles might be moving in a different direction at quarterback.
LeSean McCoy, during an appearance on the NFL Network, was asked if Foles can be “the guy” for Chip Kelly‘s offense.
“I think so. I like Nick,” said McCoy. “The person and the player that everybody thought he was, he is. There were a lot of injuries this year — Nick obviously got injured. He gets all the blame and he shouldn’t. I think Nick is a good quarterback, he is the leader of this team, and things just didn’t work out for him this year due to injury. But we’ve got his back.” Read more »
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There’s a lot to love about Philadelphia sports fans, including the fact that we might be the most overly reactive people in America.
Marcus Mariota made a dreadful mistake Monday night in the college football national championship game. He was the quarterback on the team that lost.
Never mind that Mariota didn’t play poorly. In fact, by most statistical measures, he played well. He completed 24 of 37 passes (65%) for 333 yards and two touchdowns, and his one interception was a meaningless one, coming in desperation in the waning moments of Oregon’s 42-20 loss to Ohio State. The Ducks simply got overpowered by a better team. And it was only the fifth loss of a brilliant career where he won 36 other games in three years, the Heisman Trophy, and four MVP awards in four previous post-season games.
Now fans are fans. They watch games from a knee jerk perspective. Probably about 80% of the audience that watched Monday’s national title game had never before seen Mariota and were only buoyed by hype and hope. The kid doesn’t dazzle? Then he must stink.
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Here’s a roundup of what the media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
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Marcus Mariota officially declared for the NFL Draft Wednesday.
“After meeting with my family I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL Draft,” Mariota said in a statement. “My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank Coach Kelly, Coach Helfrich, Coach Frost, the rest of the Oregon coaches and the support staff enough for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete.
“The support I received from the University, the city of Eugene and Duck fans has been tremendous. I will always remember the great times and support I received. Once a Duck always a Duck.
“I will miss being with my teammates. Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure.” Read more »