NATIONAL NEWS: Anti-Gay Bill Might Harm Atlanta’s Super Bowl Bid

Jason Getz | USA Today Sports

Jason Getz | USA Today Sports

The NFL is speaking out against Georgia’s recently passed “religious liberty” bill.

Georgia House Bill 757, which will allow institutionalized LGBTQ discrimination, has received opposition from the National Football League. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement, “NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.” In other words, Atlanta, which has been named a finalist for 2019 and 2020 Super Bowl consideration, might not make the cut. Other organizations, including Google and Apple, have also publicly criticized the legislation. Read more »

A Guy From Philly Nicknamed “Philly” Is in the Super Bowl

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown (10) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown (10) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium.

Corey Brown didn’t want to be called “Philly.”

It makes sense. Plenty of people drop their college nicknames when they leave school. Corey Brown only became Philly Brown to differentiate him from the other Corey Brown already on Ohio State’s football team.

He was always Corey Brown before that: While playing for the Oxford Circle Raiders as a little kid, while starring at several positions for Cardinal O’Hara in high school. Then he went to college and became Philly.

While he told Comcast SportsNet before the 2014 NFL Draft he didn’t want to come back to the city. “I don’t want to go back. It’s just not a place where you want to raise a family, not right now at least. Besides, I want to go somewhere hot.”

He ended up with the Carolina Panthers, and called himself Philly Brown. He played in 13 games his rookie year. He announced he was going back to Corey Brown — and his college number, 10 — after his rookie year. But after dropping a bunch of passes in preseason, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was going to call him “Philly” again.

“I’m going to call him Philly,” Rivera said. “Philly catches the ball. Corey is a nice young man.” Read more »

Report: Eagles Could Pursue Saints’ Sean Payton

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

According to a report from Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Eagles will pursue New Orleans head coach Sean Payton if he and the Saints part ways in the coming days.

Payton has racked up an 87-57 record in nine seasons with the Saints, including a win in Super Bowl XLIV in 2009.

He was quarterbacks coach for the Eagles from 1997-1998.

The Saints finished the season 7-9 for the second straight season this year.

Adam Gase, the Bears’ offensive coordinator, is reportedly set to interview with the Eagles in the next few days.

DeMarco Murray: ‘It’s A Fresh Start For Everyone’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

DeMarco Murray found out the man who brought him to Philadelphia in March had been fired when the news came across his television screen.

Murray, who failed to produce the way former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly expected when he signed Murray to a five-year, $40 million contract in the offseason, talked at his locker Thursday, two days after Kelly was fired before the end of his third season.

Murray said he had spoken with Kelly since the move, but wouldn’t disclose the sentiments on their conversation.

The 27-year-old running back seemed to have mixed feelings on Kelly’s departure; he said he would never wish losing a job on anyone, and placed blame on the team’s performance, but also said there were things that could’ve been done differently.

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Johnson: ‘Tension Upstairs’ Led To Kelly’s Firing

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Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson was asleep when his head coach was fired.

He woke up from a nap to a text message from a teammate, telling him Chip Kelly had been let go on Tuesday evening. His first reaction was to Google it, to make sure his teammate was telling the truth.

Of course, he was. Kelly is out after just under three years as head coach of the Eagles, and Johnson spoke to reporters at length about what he believed went wrong during Kelly’s tenure, including a potential communication gulf between Kelly and his players.

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Open Thread: Eagles vs. Cardinals

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

It’s a bird battle on Sunday night as the Eagles and Cardinals face off. With a win, the Eagles would keep pace with Washington, who topped the Bills this afternoon, for first place in the NFC East.

We’ll pop in with some updates and thoughts from time to time. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.

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Open Thread: Week 15 Early Games

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

The Eagles won’t take the field until the sun has set, but we’ve got a novel way for you to kill that time: with more football!

Two pertinent NFC East games take place at 1:00, with the Giants (6-7) facing off against the Panthers (13-0) and Washington (6-7) hosting a simmering LeSean McCoy and the Bills (6-7).

That’s right. Week 15 is lit.

You can chat it up and follow along in the comments section below.

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