McCoy On Mariota: ‘We Want To Win Now’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

During a recent appearance on NFL Network, LeSean McCoy was asked what’d be going through his head if the Eagles mortgaged their future to trade up and land QB Marcus Mariota.

“I’m not sure,” McCoy said. “Because the thing is, we want to win now. I think we have the right players in the locker room to win. Knowing how coach [Chip] Kelly thinks, he wants to win at all costs. So, you never know. He’s a good quarterback, but I think we have a good quarterback with Nick [Foles]. That’s something that we have to wait and see. That’s not my call. I think every situation is different. Some of those other teams like the Redskins, they gave up everything to get RG3. And if things don’t work out like you plan, then what? Who is to blame? There are a lot of questions going into those types of situations where you want to give up a whole draft for just one player.” Read more »

The 2004 Eagles: Where Are They Now?

Eric Hartline / USA Today

Eric Hartline / USA Today

February 6 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the last time the Eagles played in the Super Bowl.

Behind Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens, Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins and others, the 2004 squad made it all the way to Jacksonville before falling to the New England Patriots in the title game.

Our buddy Dan McQuade put together a terrific “Then And Now” piece, looking at what many of those Eagles are currently up to.

From the big names to McNabb and Owens to ones you might have forgotten like Hank Fraley and Dhani Jones, here is the complete rundown.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Thoughts On Ryan Day

Mark Sanchez, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley

Note: Because of our travel schedule back from the Senior Bowl, we’re posting Wake-Up Call early with the news of the Ryan Day hiring.

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Chip Kelly called on an old friend Thursday to become the Eagles’ new quarterbacks coach: 35-year-old Ryan Day.

Day spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Boston College. He was BC’s wide receivers coach from 2007 to 2011. In 2012, Day spent a season at Temple as the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach. He was at Temple previously in 2006 as the WRs coach.

But Day’s connection with Kelly goes back to New Hampshire. Day was a three-year starter there at quarterback while Kelly was the offensive coordinator. He then served as the program’s tight ends coach in 2002. Both Day and Kelly attended the same high school – Manchester Central in New Hampshire. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Mariota’s Stock And Grading the ’14 Draft

Matthew Emmons / USA Today

Matthew Emmons / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — There seems to be a new Marcus Mariota rumor every day.

The latest has an AFC scout telling NFL.com that he expects Mariota to slide on draft day:

The scoop: “All these teams high in the draft are all going to see the same things on tape with Mariota, and I’ll bet he starts to fall on draft day. Once that happens, (Philadelphia Eagles coach) Chip (Kelly) will mortgage the future to go get him. If he misses on him, (Kelly) can just bolt back to college.” — AFC scout.

It’s worth keeping in mind that this is just one man’s opinion, but there have been multiple suggestions that Mariota might not end up being a top-five pick. Read more »

A Different Side Of Marcus Smith

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

MOBILE, Ala. — When Lorenzo Mauldin thinks about his former roommate at Louisville, Marcus Smith, he doesn’t see a first-round pick who couldn’t get on the field as a rookie.

He doesn’t see a bust or a player who is destined to fail at the NFL level. Rather, he thinks of former walk-on Dominique Dishman.

The way Mauldin tells it, things weren’t going well for Dishman at Louisville, and he wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue playing football. That’s when Smith stepped in.

“We actually had a walk-on on our team, and he quit,” Mauldin explined. “Marcus got into his head a little bit and started talking to him about how God has a plan for him and everything. He had the talent, so he had to go out there and show it. He had to work a little harder because he was a walk-on. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Who Needs Who More?

Matt Kartozian / USA Today

Matt Kartozian / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — Today’s question from reader Seth, via e-mail:

I have a question for a potential Wake-Up Call topic. Who needs the other more? Is it Chip Kelly that needs Marcus Mariota more, or does Mariota need Chip?

Let’s start with Kelly. We’ve directed plenty of criticism his way when warranted (see year-end evaluation here).

But there is something to be said for the fact that he took a 4-12 team and has strung together two 10-win seasons. Does he deserve blame for the way the Eagles finished 2014? Of course. Still though, this team has competed pretty consistently since Kelly has taken over.

As for Mariota, let me admit that I need to do some more homework on him before offering a fully educated opinion on his skill set. But given his measurables and athleticism, combined with what you hear about his work ethic and character, he seems to have the foundation for someone who should be successful. Read more »

Ex-Oregon QB Bennett Gets a Shot

John David Mercer / USA Today

John David Mercer / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — As Bryan Bennett stood on the field after practice preparing to answer another reporter’s question, a Senior Bowl official walked by and tapped him on the shoulder.

“You don’t want to get left behind,” he advised

Bennett (6-2, 210) was the last player standing. The others had exited to change, shower and head to their next scheduled event.

Bennett, however, was soaking it all in. He signed some autographs for local kids who probably didn’t even know who he was. But they saw the yellow Senior Bowl quarterback jersey and figured: Why not?

Then it was time for an NFL Network interview with reporter Alex Flanagan. Telling his story on national TV was certainly not something Bennett could have expected just 24 hours earlier.

On Tuesday, he was in southern California training with Jordan Palmer. Bennett was not originally asked to participate in the Senior Bowl, but Marcus Mariota declined an invitation, and Auburn’s Nick Marshall was moved to cornerback, so he ended up getting the call. Read more »

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