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 »
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 »
Congratulations, 25-year-old Nicholas Foles on your recent engagement. And for perpetuating the strange phenomenon of athletes marrying younger than the rest of the general population. (29 for men.) From his fiancee’s instagram:
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Some links with Eagles angles: An ex-GM ranks every QB in the NFL; the 1991 Birds’ defense gets some love; and one more mock draft is released. Read more »
From draft buzz to early 2014 rankings, here’s this week’s roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Michael Vick is not only eyeing a starting gig in 2014, he intends to land a job without having to fight for it.
Speaking with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic Thursday, Vick made it clear that he doesn’t want to go through another drawn-out quarterback competition like the one he experienced last summer with the Eagles.
“You can put me in all the quarterback battles you want to put me in, I just don’t think I would lose one,” he said. “Not saying that out of arrogance, just saying it with confidence because I know what it takes to win. I’ve been playing in this league for 11 years, and the one thing I won’t do, I won’t go to any other place and battle for a position. Why would I do that?” Read more »
At one point this season, Nick Foles had thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Considering the ridiculousness of those numbers, some will naturally wonder whether he was overly conservative.
“I’m not afraid to throw an interception,” Foles said during an interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike at the Super Bowl. “I know that it’s gonna happen. I know that guys are gonna look at me, look to me when I do it, and they’re gonna see how I react. And I want to sling the ball around. I want to throw it around. So if I do happen to make a mistake, the guys know I’m still gonna be slinging it their way and they’re gonna make plays.” Read more »