Eagles Expected To Interview Sheldon White

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Another name has emerged in Chip Kelly’s search for a new personnel executive: Sheldon White.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles are expected to interview White, who has spent the past six years as the Detroit Lions’ vice president of player personnel. White has been with the Lions for 18 seasons, first starting out as a scout in 1997. Read more »

The Aftermath: Five Thoughts On the Eagles

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Derik Hamilton/USAT Sports

We’re not even a week removed from the Eagles’ final regular-season game, yet the franchise that is still in search of its first Lombardi Trophy has already had an eventful offseason with the moves that have taken place in the past 72 hours.

Below are five thoughts on everything that has happened and what it means going forward.

1. The Eagles sent out two different statements Friday evening. One contained Jeffrey Lurie’s announcement of new roles for Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman. The second contained expanded thoughts from Lurie on the future of the franchise.

In that statement, the owner offered the following on how the new setup came about.

“I have a very good relationship with Chip that continues to grow stronger and stronger,” Lurie said. “When we spoke, he was thoughtful, thorough and professional. There were no demands, no threats – quite the contrary – he was passionate, engaged and articulated a dynamic and clear vision on how this fully integrated approach will work. We look forward to seeing it come to life over time.”

No demands? No threats? On the surface, maybe that was true. But the potential of Kelly bolting – maybe not immediately, but in the near future – must have had a significant impact on Lurie’s decisions. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly’s Ties To College Title Game

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly’s ties to Oregon are obvious. After the Eagles’ season ended, he was asked if he planned on attending last night’s game against Florida State.

“I’m working,” he said. “I hope they get the chance to play the next week because I think we may be off then. But I’m fired up playing for those guys. Talked to a lot of those guys, and talked to the coaching staff and talked to [Mark Helfrich] last night after our game. He called me after our game. So I’m a big Ducks fan right now and always will be.”

Kelly apparently will be in attendance when Oregon goes for the title against Ohio State next week. Read more »

Birds 24/7 Is Looking For an Intern

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Birds 24/7 is seeking an intern for the spring semester.

The candidate will help Sheil and Tim update the site, work on special projects and assist with social media. Motivated interns may have opportunities to produce original content, but this is not a writing internship.

The ideal candidate will be extremely detail-oriented and have experience in online journalism. Deep knowledge of the Eagles and the NFL is a must. Knowledge of SEO, web headline writing, Photoshop, WordPress and other content management systems, and professional use of social media is a plus, but not required.

The internship is unpaid. Candidates must be local to the Philadelphia area and currently enrolled full time in an undergraduate program, and are required to receive academic credit for the internship.

Please note that we require interns to put in a minimum of three days a week at our Center City office.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to internship coordinator Tim Haas at thaas@phillymag.com, along with Sheil Kapadia (skapadia@phillymag.com) and Tim McManus (tmcmanus@phillymag.com).

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Changeup For 2015

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

We’re always discussing new ideas and ways to improve here at Birds 24/7.

And one thing Tim and I talked about recently was the Wake-Up Call. We get a good amount of questions from you guys in the comments section, on Twitter, via e-mail, etc. But we don’t always get to answer them.

So we’re going to try something new for the Wake-Up Call in the offseason. Each day, we will choose a reader question and make that the topic of the morning post. In the coming months, access to players and coaches is somewhat limited, but as you all know, there’s always something to discuss with this franchise.

You can submit your questions in a variety of ways: in the comments section, on Twitter (@Tim_McManus and @SheilKapadia), via e-mail (tmcmanus@phillymag.com and skapadia@phillymag.com) or on Facebook. We’ll choose one each day and answer it.

One more note: We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt. So be sure to participate! Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Before we get to the links, Happy New Year and thanks from us to all of you for making this site what it is. As we’ve said often, we appreciate all the support in helping to grow Birds 24/7 over the last three seasons.

The Eagles sent out the Tom Gamble press release at 2:16 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. That didn’t exactly stop this group from paying attention and chiming in with opinions. Our Gamble post was published at 2:46 p.m., and as of Thursday morning, the smartest audience in all the land had weighed in with 326 comments.

You’ve proven that the model works. Regardless of month, day or time, Eagles fans want to talk about this team. And you’ve shown that civil conversation can take place even when factions of the fan base disagree. That’s a notion some didn’t think was possible, so congrats. And here’s to more of the same in 2015.

Now onto the links… Read more »

Eagles End Of the Year Awards

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was an up-and-down year for the 2014 Eagles. From the shutout against the Giants to the Thanksgiving Day win in Dallas to the collapse down the stretch, the end result left players and fans with an empty feeling.

Having said that, now seems like a good time to wrap a bow around the year that was. Here are my 2014 end-of-year Eagles awards. Read more »

Year-End Review: Fairly Evaluating Chip Kelly

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

Since the Eagles lost three straight games in December and were eliminated from the playoffs, the range of opinions on Chip Kelly has widened considerably.

Some view him as an over-hyped coach whose team collapsed down the stretch in Year 2. Others defend his every move, regardless of the evidence/results right in front of their eyes.

Below is a thorough evaluation of Kelly, along with a look at the state of the Eagles heading into his third offseason as the head coach. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Setting Up the Offseason

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Eagles players cleaned out their lockers Monday and had their exit interviews with coaches. In all likelihood, we won’t hear from Chip Kelly again until March.

Keeping that in mind, it’s time to set up the offseason. We’ll be represented at all the major events: the Senior Bowl in January, the combine in February and the owners meetings in March. Below are some notes on where things stand for the Eagles going into the next few months.

Free Agency

The following Eagles are unrestricted free agents: WR Jeremy Maclin, OLB Brandon Graham, S Nate Allen, CB Bradley Fletcher, QB Mark Sanchez, ILB Casey Matthews and WR Brad Smith.

The priority there is Maclin. By all accounts, he wants to be back, and the team wants him back. But there are no sure things. If Maclin were to hit the open market, he would have plenty of suitors. Read more »

Foles: ‘I Expect To Be the Quarterback’

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Until today, Nick Foles had not said a word publicly since injuring his collarbone against the Houston Texans in Week 9.

He tried to assist Mark Sanchez and his teammates behind the scenes the best he could, and Foles was the NovaCare Complex daily. He watched his teammates drop three in a row in December to fall out of the playoff race, but there was nothing he could do to get back on the field.

“It’s definitely been tough,” said Foles. “Any time you’re injured and you can’t be out there with your teammates, it’s difficult to grasp that with all the preparing you do in the offseason during camp and through the first eight games. But at the same time, it was the hand I was dealt, and I knew that when it happened.” Read more »

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