Eagles Wake-Up Call: No Rocking the Boat

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

MOBILE, Ala. - Howie Roseman was asked this week whether he talks to current Eagles about draft prospects they might have played with in college.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “You want to know their mindset. You want to make sure that you’re bringing guys in that are gonna fit into your culture. Right now we have a good culture, and that’s a fun part of it. You want to make sure that you continue that and you don’t bring anybody who’s gonna rock the boat.” Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: How Far Away Are They?

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Before we get started: DeSean Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl on Friday. He replaces Andre Johnson, who is not participating because of an unspecified injury, according to the league.

Jackson is the fifth Eagle selected to this year’s Pro Bowl, joining LeSean McCoy, Jason Peters, Nick Foles and Evan Mathis. Peters has opted not to play in the game.

Now onto the mailbag: Read more »

Crystal Ball: Michael Vick

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The Eagles have eight players that are set to become unrestricted free agents: Jeremy MaclinRiley CooperMichael VickNate AllenDonnie JonesKurt ColemanColt Anderson and Clifton Geathers.

Tim and Sheil will look at one free agent per day and give their take on what should and what will happen with these players. Maclin was up first. And they tackled Cooper yesterday. Now it’s onto Vick. Read more »

Rookie Review: How the 2013 Class Fared

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

When asked how happy he was with the Eagles’ rookies this year, Chip Kelly offered a typical Chip Kelly response.

“It’s my favorite draft class for the Philadelphia Eagles,” said the head coach, sarcastically.

“I mean, I was really happy. I’m really, really happy with our young guys. I think they’ve all got really bright futures here. But is that going to happen every year? It’s a catch-22 because if it’s happened every year, then the top of your roster is not what it’s supposed to be. So if each year we’re bringing in 10 or 12 brand new guys and there’s only 46 guys active, they’re taking 10 or 12 guys that were on the team last year. So at some point in time, you hope you’re at a point in time when we’re not having anybody make the team as a young player because the older players we’ve got in place are doing a great job and we’re winning a ton of football games and we’re competing for championships. There’s that catch-22.

“But I think there was a lot of turnover early. I think that’s understandable. It’s a new coaching staff and new systems in every aspect of the game, so that part is a little bit different. But if we’re bringing in 10, 12 new faces every year, then that means we’re not where we need to be right now.”

Keeping that in mind, below is a player-by-player look at how the Eagles’ rookies performed in 2013 and what their outlooks are going forward. Read more »

Kelly: Foles Is the Guy Going Forward

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

On the surface, questioning whether Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles in 2014 might seem silly.

The 24-year-old just put together a season in which he led the league in yards-per-attempt and became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 25+ touchdowns and three or fewer interceptions. Foles’ 119.2 passer rating was the third-highest of any QB all-time for a single season.

But still, considering he is not someone Chip Kelly hand-picked, the question was worth asking.

As you build the roster this offseason, are you planning to have Foles as the starting quarterback going forward?

Yeah,” Kelly said. Read more »

All-22: Diagnosing the Issues On Offense

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One of the fundamental principles of Chip Kelly’s scheme is to set the offense up to take advantage of one-on-one matchups.

There’s plenty of blame to spread around when it comes to reasons why the Eagles have managed just one field goal offensively in their last eight quarters. But one is the failure to capitalize and win those matchups. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Morning Mailbag

chip-kelly-win-in-nfl-marqueeThis is history in the making. For the first time in Birds 24/7′s existence we’re combining the Wake-Up Call with the Twitter Mailbag. Sports journalism in this town may never be the same again. For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

From aerelorn: If we don’t see any improvement from Foles/Barkley this year, but our pick is too high for the top 2-3 QBs, what’s the plan?

I think the Eagles are going to be very aggressive in pursuit of a quarterback this offseason.

If Chip Kelly didn’t know it coming in, it’s ultra clear to him now that you are toast in this league if you don’t have a franchise quarterback. Might sound oversimplified, but it’s proven true time and time again (with a few exceptions along the way). No matter how brilliant the coaching mind or innovative the scheme, your team will have a hard time rising above mediocrity without a capable conductor. Read more »

Barkley: I Never Practiced Goal-Line Play

Matt Barkley throws a pass against Dallas.When Chip Kelly was questioned about his decision to run a bootleg with rookie Matt Barkley on 1st-and-goal from the two yard-line Sunday against the Giants, the head coach said that it was all about familiarity.

“It’s a play we’ve run, we’ve practice continuously here six or seven weeks since the beginning of the season in the red zone,” said Kelly following the game, adding on Monday: “That’s the first play we’ve run since day one here.  We’re going to go to kind of what we know the best, what everybody should understand is what we’re going to go to.  If you ask everybody on our team, they know what we were going to call in that situation.”

Barkley was asked on Tuesday how many times he ran that play personally in practice.

“I never got a rep of that play,” he said. Read more »

Foles Cleared, Back At Practice

foles_940_102013Nick Foles has been medically cleared to return to action and was back at practice Tuesday as the Eagles begin their preparations for the Raiders.

Foles was first up in the passing drills at the beginning of practice, indicating that he is atop the depth chart to start the week. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said that he and Matt Barkley would split the reps 50-50 for now.

“We’ll get a feel for where Nick’s at,” said Shurmur. “He had a good day of meetings, he’ll practice today and we’ll see where we’re at. Read more »

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