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.
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.”
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.
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.
The Eagles begin a crucial three-game stretch with a big showdown against the NFC’s second-best team at home. How will Sam Bradford and company handle the red-hot Cardinals after two emotionally-charged wins? Only time will tell. Until then, a bunch of writers took their best shots at predicting the outcome.