Ten Points: Closing The Book On DeSean

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

DeSean Jackson took questions from the Washington-area media yesterday after signing a three-year deal with the Redskins.

And so begins a new chapter in the wide receiver’s life.

The Eagles, meanwhile, remain silent. I know that doesn’t bother some of you, while others would like to hear from Chip Kelly about why the made the decision to release Jackson.

We’ve covered the whole saga extensively for the last month or so, and I understand there is some DeSean fatigue around these parts. But it’s become the story of the offseason for the Eagles. So before we start getting into full draft mode and moving on to other issues, here are 10 points I have to make to separate some myths from reality. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Who’s Affected By Jackson’s Absence?

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

There were plenty of complexities involved with the offense the Eagles ran in 2013.

But at its core, Chip Kelly’s scheme in his first NFL season can be described in relatively simple terms:

* Take advantage of one of the league’s best backs and an athletic offensive line by maximizing production in the running game.

* When defenses load up to stop the run, make them pay by doing damage over the top.

That’s why the Eagles had the top-ranked rushing offense in the NFL, but also led the league with 80 pass plays of 20+ yards (no other team had more than 68).

Of course, with a significant change in personnel going forward, Kelly will make some tweaks after seeing what he has to work with in the spring. Keeping that in mind, here’s a look at how three of the Eagles’ key offensive pieces will be impacted by the loss of DeSean Jackson: Read more »

Wake-Up Call: The Shadow Of the 2012 Draft

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When Howie Roseman was asked last week whether the team was still in position to be aggressive in free agency given the extensions he handed out to current players, the Eagles’ GM offered a short response.

“Yes,” he said.

But before the next question was asked, Roseman clarified.

“It will affect other things going forward, but yes.”

It doesn’t take a detective to figure out what those other things going forward are. In fact, they have names: Nick Foles, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks and Brandon Boykin. You’ll notice the common thread among those four players is that they were members of the Eagles’ 2012 draft class. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Foles Factor

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

It’s safe to assume last week was a good one for Nick Foles.

The Eagles’ starting QB saw the front office lock up four of the guys who make his job easier: left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.

Of that group, Cooper specifically offered a big thank you to the guy who threw him the ball in 2013.

“A lot,” Cooper said, when asked how much Foles’ presence factored into his decision. “I mean, I wouldn’t be put in this situation I’m in now if it wasn’t for Nick. He came in and what a tremendous player and a tremendous guy. He believes in me. He likes throwing me the ball. He’s a great player, and without him I wouldn’t be here to be honest with you. We definitely have good chemistry, and that weighed in a lot into the decision.” Read more »

10 Super Bowl Observations With an Eagles Slant

NFL: Super Bowl XLVIII-Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks

Here are 10 Super Bowl observations with an Eagles slant.

1. Let’s start with a history lesson for the young bucks in the audience. This is what the Super Bowl used to look like. From 1984 to 1996, the NFC won 13 straight titles, and only two of those games were decided by seven points or fewer. We’ve been spoiled as of late with some great Super Bowls. Five of six (prior to last night) were decided by seven points or fewer. But the Seahawks’ 43-8 pounding of the Broncos was an old-school blowout – from the botched snap/safety in the first quarter to the Gatorade dump on Pete Carroll in the fourth. Let’s hope this is the exception and not the start of a trend. With expectations high for a great game matching strength vs. strength, we were instead left with a snoozer. Read more »

Kelly Finishes 4th For Coach Of the Year

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly did a fantastic job turning the Eagles around from 4-12 bottom-dwellers in the NFC East to 10-6 division champs. But that wasn’t enough to earn him Coach of the Year honors.

Instead, Ron Rivera took home the award after helping lead the Panthers to a 12-4 mark in the NFC South. Andy Reid finished second, Bill Belichick was third, and Kelly was fourth, per the Associated Press. Read more »

Lurie Talks Super Bowl, Foles And More

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Jeffrey Lurie
was front and center for Roger Goodell‘s state of the NFL press conference in New York Friday. Afterwards, he spoke with the NFL Network about the future of quarterbacks Nick Foles and Michael Vick, the possibility of Philadelphia hosting a Super Bowl, and more. Read more »

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