Philadelphia Eagles News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
6/13/13: New Eagles cornerback Cary Williams continues to push the boundaries on voluntary OTA's. He has missed several team workouts with a variety of excuses such as building a home and his daughter's recital. He claims that he is not breaking any rules and that he is there for every mandatory event. He also says that he has to have a life outside of football and does not care what the Eagles think about skipping voluntary workouts. That being said, Williams is fortunate enough to have the talent/luxury of missing OTA's and still be on the team. Most players do not have that.
6/6/13: Eagles cornerback Cary Williams may not be endearing himself to the new coaching staff by missing most of voluntary OTAs with a variety of excuses. He missed days because of dental work, house building, getting married, and his daughter's recital. All of these may be valid, and the practices are voluntary by definition. Williams is expected to be the day one starter at cornerback, but coaches expect players to be present and put in the work. Missing the practices also gives the lower roster guys to get reps, catch up developmentally, and earn the coaches' respect.
5/30/13: The Michael Vick celebration of speed is still active this week, as Vick claimed that he is still the fastest QB in the NFL. There are some fellow speedsters out there like Colin Kaepernick, RG3, and Geno Smith, and this is not intended to determine who can go the quickest. The real issue is that Vick has not been able to stay healthy because of his reckless style, and when he is healthy he has not been able to protect the football. The Mannings, Brady, Rodgers and Flacco may not be nearly as fast, but they have a lot of Super Bowl wins between them.
5/23/13: The Eagles drafted Matt Barkley in the fourth round. Barkley would likely have been a first round selection had he come out a year earlier, but a poor showing from USC in general and Barkley in particular knocked down his draft stock. Head coach Chip Kelly says that this is an open competition, but realistically this is Mike Vick's gig to lose. But this may benefit Barkley. Give the kid a couple years to learn the league and he could turn into a great QB. The problem is that Philly fans are not universally known for their patience.
5/16/13: This is probably just playful teammate bantering, but Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says that quarterback Michael Vick cheated in a race. The two squared off last week on a one on one race which Vick won. McCoy now claims to the media that Vick jumped the gun on the race, and he says he has video evidence to prove it. Is this legit or is it sour grapes? We probably will not find out for sure. Here is hoping that new head coach Chip Kelly lets them race again so we can all see for ourselves.
5/9/13: There is little question that if QB Matt Barkley had entered the draft after his junior season then he would have been a top 10 pick. His decision to stay cost him millions of dollars. He had a subpar senior season on a USC team that played terribly and finished at 7-5, and was destroyed in the Sun Bowl. Barkley slipped to the fourth round and was drafted by the Eagles. Barkley is more of a traditional pocket passer than a runner, so it is curious to see how he will fit in Chip Kelly's offensive scheme.
5/2/13: There is a lot of talk about what kind of offense new head coach Chip Kelly will run in his first season, but the consensus is that it will be a quick, uptempo scheme. Therefore, they need well-conditioned, athletic personnel. Offensive tackle Lane Johnson from Oklahoma fits that bill. He was the fourth overall selection, and will be counted on to anchor the Eagles offensive line for the next decade or so. Philly also made some waves by choosing much maligned USC QB Matt Barkley. Barkley will not begin his career as the starter, but looks like the heir apparent at this point.
4/25/13: The players have been praising new head coach Chip Kelly's up tempo workouts. Starting running back Lesean McCoy even compared it to a track meet. This is what a new coach needs to do – excite the players with a fun game plan, which will excite the (always morbid) Eagles fans. Kelly even brought the entire team personal smoothies to build good will. But the practices must take a back seat as the draft is looming. The Eagles cancelled their planned visit with Alabama cornerback Dee Millner, but did make a public announcement that defensive tackle Star Lotelelei passed his medical exam.
4/18/13: New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is taking advantage of the NFL rule that allows teams with new head coaches to start mini camps a week early. Kelly's first day of practice was an uptempo affair that most players are not used to, but Kelly is trying to set the tone for season. He was hired to bring his high flying offense to the program and that is exactly what he is doing. It is doubtful that any jobs were won or lost on day one, but at least Eagles fans can get excited about possibly watching an exciting offense (or at least on that is willing to take risks on big plays) in the 2013 season.
4/11/13: The Eagles are a very interesting team to watch in the days leading up to an including the draft. The team famously signed a slew of big name free agents two years ago, and that earned them an 8-8 record and a lot of mocking. Last year, they slid to 4-12 so out the door went head coach Andy Reid. New head coach Chip Kelly has a much different style and uptempo game. The Eagles could go a number of different directions, including defensive tackle, offensive tackle, or even a quarterback to groom and replace Mike Vick down the road.
4/4/13: New head coach Chip Kelly has a big task on his hands. The team will start voluntary workouts on Monday, as is the NFL rule since Kelly is a new head coach. But his biggest challenge will not be who will play starting QB (Mike Vick), or who will start on defense. It will be changing a culture within the locker room. There was a lot of finger pointing going on after the Eagles final game last season as many players seem to have quit on the team. Kelly must rebuild trust and accountability before this team is ready to compete in the always competitive NFC East.
3/28/13: Publicly, the Eagles have not named Mike Vick the starting quarterback for the upcoming season, but everyone knows that he will have the job unless he gets injured or jailed. Nick Foles will be the backup, but he does not seem to fit the role in new head coach Chip Kelly's uptempo offense. The Eagles are scouting QBs in the April draft, and owner Jeff Lauria even attended Geno Smith's workout. That may lead people to believe that the Eagles will draft Smith with the fourth pick and groom him for a year (at least) behind Vick. It would also give them the luxury of trading Foles to any number of teams that need a QB.
3/21/13: The Eagles released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, in a move that could only have surprised someone waking up from a two year coma. Asomugha has become the posterchild for the failed "Dream Team" of 2011, when the Eagles somehow landed several marquee free agents and traded backup QB Kevin Kolb for Rodgers Cromartie. That one worked out for them, but most of the free agent signings did not. A 12-20 record later and pretty much everyone is out of the organization now. Asomugha will find work elsewhere, but he will not be making nearly the money he was when with the Eagles.
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3/14/13: The Eagles are clearly moving past the Andy Reid era with a flurry of signings and major cuts. First, Philly released Nnamdi Asomugah. The Eagles brought in Asomugah two years ago with a five year, $60 million deal after he had eight great seasons in Oakland that included four Pro Bowls. But Nnamdi never reached his Oakland form. At one time, it was a toss up between him and Darrelle Revis as the best cornerback in the league. Now he is unemployed. The Eagles signed Bradley Fletcher as a replacement. Fletcher was a third round pick in 2009 and has spent his entire career with the St. Louis Rams.
3/7/13: The Eagles have added another quarterback, bringing their total to four under contract. Philly signed G.J. Kinne to a two year deal. Kinne played three years at University of Tulsa and signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent before last season. He was released in training camp (could he have been a worse option than what the Jets threw out last year?), and spent time in the UFL and Arena League. No one is saying that he will be the next Kurt Warner, but the Arena League does teach QBs to get rid of the football quickly, something that is a premium in the type of offense new coach Chip Kelly will run.
2/28/13: The Philadelphia Eagles are among a handful of teams that have two potential starting quarterbacks on their roster. New head coach Chip Kelly prefers mobile QBs and Michael Vick is the standard there. They also have more traditional pocket passer Nick Foles, who played in several games when Vick got hurt. Former head coach Andy Ried, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, has made inquiries with the Eagles about acquiring Foles. The Chiefs desperately need a QB, and this year's draft seems to be in short supply of them. It is early, but there is a good chance this deal works out.
2/14/13: After months of speculation, the Eagles and Michael Vick restructured Vick's contract to ensure he is with the team for at least one more season. Vick signed a monstrous $100 million contract a few years ago, but turnovers, inconsistent play, and injuries opened the door for his departure. Vick seems to fit in well with new head coach Chip Kelly's offensive philosophy. So even though Kelly says there will be an open competition for QB, it is probably Vick's to lose. Even still, Vick has not shown to be consistent elite quarterback in 10+ years, so maybe it is time for the Eagles to give consideration to Nick Foles or find another QB in the draft or free agency.
2/7/13: There is a lot of speculation on where Michael Vick will play next season. His style of play is reckless and invites big hits. Which equals injuries. And that is what happened last year, opening the door for Nick Foles. Foles showed he was good enough to at least allow the Eagles to cut Vick and save a fortune. Vick is still on Philly's roster, but the question seems to be for how long - especially now that his biggest supporter, Andy Reid, is no longer with the team. In other news, it is rumored that Bengals backup QB Dennis Dixon may join the Eagles and be reunited with his college coach Chip Kelly.
1/31/13: The Eagles made the big college coaching splash of the offseason by bringing in University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly to lead the team after the dismissal of Andy Reid after 14 years. Kelly is yet to hire a defensive coordinator, and that will be a major hire for the rookie head coach. Reid promoted offensive line coach Juan Castillo to DC in 2011 in a bizarre move, one that did not pan out. The Eagles still have a lot of talent on defense, but certainly need a coach that can put it all together. More important still, is that Kelly is considered an offensive innovator, not a defensive-minded guy.
1/24/13: It took a couple of weeks, but the Eagles finally convinced University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly to make the jump to the pro level. Kelly interviewed with a few NFL teams following the Fiesta Bowl, and was rumored to be going to the Cleveland Browns. He then said that he was going to stay at Oregon. Two weeks later and he is headed to the City of Brotherly Love as Andy Reid's successor. It is probably the right time for him to do so, considering his stock has never been higher and Oregon is facing an NCAA probe on recruiting practices.
1/17/13: The head coaching search for Andy Reid's successor continues in Philadelphia, and it appears that the Eagles have interviewed just about anyone who has ever had some sort of coaching experience. The team interviewed three high profile college coaches - Chip Kelly of Oregon, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, and Bill O'Brian from Penn State. All chose to stay at their schools. The latest news is that the Eagles interviewed former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick. Billick led the Ravens from 2000-2007 and won a Super Bowl. He is currently a TV analyst, but that would be an interesting hire.
/10/13: The Eagles parted ways with long-time head coach Andy Reid on Black Monday, and are yet to announce a replacement. While Reid was the most successful coach in Eagles history - he had over 130 wins in 14 years, led the team to many NFC titles, five NFC Championship appearances, and one Super Bowl appearance. - he was often criticized and booed by the Eagles faithful. Philly reportedly interviewed University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, though he decided to stay at the college ranks where he has been extremely successful in four years as the head coach.
1/3/2013: A year and a half after the Eagles proclaimed themselves a 'dream team', the 4-12 team has finally been put out to pasture. Hopes were very high for this team this year, but injuries, turnovers, and inconsistent quarterback play from Michael Vick and Nick Foles equated to an awful season. The last game of the Andy Reid era ended with a 42-7 beating at the hands of the rival New York Giants - Reid was fired the day after the game. But it looks like Reid will not be unemployed long. He is considered the leading candidate for the Arizona job and will likely look at the openings in KC and Chicago as well.
12/27/12: The Eagles probably feel like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. While all the other NFC teams are playing (meaningful) games, the Eagles are left alone with their now 4-11 record. Philly had a chance at this game. They were down 27-20 when QB Nick Foles drove them to the Washington 5 yard line. But Foles was called for intentional grounding with less than 10 seconds left, and the call resulted in a 10 second run-off of the clock, thereby ending the game. The season is almost over, but the Eagles do have a chance to pick on the Giants once again in Week 17.
12/20/12: The good news for the Eagles is that the nightmare season is almost over. After coming from behind to take a 13-10 halftime lead in the Thursday Night game against the Bengals, Philly allowed Cincinnati's defense to dominate the second half, finally losing 34-10 in an embarrassing exhibition of football. With Michael Vick done for the year, backup Nick Foles only managed 182 yards in the air with one touchdown and one interception. But the lack of a running game really doomed the Eagles - only 42 yards for the entire game. With two games left, the Eagles only have four wins on the season, and face a Redskins team trying to get into the postseason on Sunday.
12/13/12: Many people outside of Philadelphia may not have realized it, but the Phillies had won more recently than the Eagles until last Sunday. The Eagles ended a six game losing streak behind the arm and legs of backup quarterback Nick Foles. Foles threw from a career high 381 yards and 2 TDs, plus added 27 yards on the ground and another Touchdown. The Eagles late scores stunned Tampa and gave Philly only their fourth win of the season. Next up is the short week to face a mad and hungry Cincinnati team on the Thursday Night Game.
12/6/12: The Eagles nightmare season continued Sunday at Dallas with a heartbreaking 38-33 loss to their division rivals. Nick Foles threw for 251 yards and one touchdown on 22-34 passing. Bryce Brown had a great game with 169 yards rushing with two TDs. But the Eagles defense could not stop the Cowboys in the fourth quarter, as Tony Romo and company scored 21 points in the final frame. Moreover, Michael Vick has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Philly is now 3-9, and already looking towards next season, though they do have to travel to Tampa this weekend.
The Philadelphia Eagles head into training camp with a lot of expectations surrounding their football team for the upcoming season. The perennially underachieving Eagles, who finished last season with a record of 8-8 after opening the season 4-8, are expected to be a lot better this year and many have even predicted them to be among the top teams in the NFC if everyone manages to stay healthy. Staying healthy is a harder task than it seems for the Eagles, who lost Michael Vick to injury for a substantial portion of last season, forced to turn to backup quarterback Vince Young. This year, amidst talk of a potential "dynasty" the Eagles will look to right the ship and compete again in the NFC East.
4/12/12 The 2011 NFL season was a roller coaster ride for the Philadelphia Eagles. The self-proclaimed "Dream Team" was the talk of the league during the offseason with free agent acquisitions that included Asante Samuel, Cullen Jenkins and Vince Young, among others. However, they failed to live up to their billing during the regular season, getting off to a rocky 1-4 start and sputtering to a disappointing 8-8 finish and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. In 2012, the Eagles hope to avoid the injuries and disappointment that plagued their 2011 campaign and return to glory once again.
The Eagles - Season Preview
After finishing the 2010-11 NFL season 10-6 and first in the Eastern division of the National Football Conference, the Philadelphia Eaglesselected Baylor offensive guard Danny Watkins with the No. 23 overallpick in the 2011 NFL entry draft. While enrolled at Butte Collegestudying to become a firefighter, Watkins was recruited by the school's football coach and began his playing career at age 22. Afterleading the school's team to a perfect 11-0 record in 2008, Watkinstransferred to Baylor University. Watkins would go on to replace former Bears left tackle Jason Smith, who was a first-round draftchoice of the St. Louis Rams in 2009.Philadelphia comes into the 2011-12 NFL season with some of the highest expectations to succeed of any team in the league. The Eaglesscored the biggest free agency signing of the offseason when they nabbed sought after cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The shutdown corner was rumored to be entertaining offers from as many as ten differentteams during this offseason, but eventually settled on the Eagles andagreed to a five-year, $60 million contract ($25 million guaranteed)on July 29, 2011. In addition to being one of the league's top defenders, Asomugha is as well known for his charitable andphilanthropic endeavors. Asomugha's foundation works with victimizedwidows and orphans in Nigeria, while also arranging nation-wide campustours to some of the best educational institutions in the country. As if adding Asomugha wasn't enough, the Eagles acquired another ofthe league's top young corners when they traded quarterback Kevin Kolbfor Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie join four-time Pro Bowler Asante Samuel and immediately make the Eagle's secondary one the toughest in the NFL. With Michael Vick playing up to his MVP potential and DeSean Jackson's abilities as a game changer the Eagles are poised to be the "dream team" Vince Young has coined them as and finally win it all in 2012.
Eagle Tickets - Background
The Philadelphia Eagles, formed in 1933, are one of the oldest teams in the NFL. Boasting seventeen Hall of Famers, the Eagles have had an ongoing procession of great players come through their franchise over the years. Their recent run of success has made them the most successful NFC franchise of the 2000s, making five NFC Championships, and one Super Bowl in the decade. They play at beautiful Lincoln Financial Field, and Eagles fans are noted for their intensity and loyalty. Get Phila Eagles tickets and enjoy a game in one of the more dramatic and energetic settings in the NFL.
2011 Off Season
The Philadelphia Eagles are looking for a big season out of Michael Vick. Last year he made his debut and proved he is just as, if not more, explosive than he was before his hiatus. There are rumors about Favre coming out of retirement again and signing with the Eagles to be Vick's back up but Favre's agent denies these claims. The Eagles finished first in their division last year after the Giants' blunder punting to Desean Jackson. This gave them the tie breaker. The Eagles have signed Nnamdi Asomugha giving them a deep rotation at the cornerback position. They have also signed Vince Young as a back up to Vick. Young has the same skill set just not nearly as refined. We'll see if Vick can turn Young into a successful scramble, run and gun type quarterback. Look again for an exciting season in the NFC East as the Eagles try to take first place is one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles Tickets - The Players
Here's a list of players you'll be hearing about all season: Michael Vick, Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. This is the nucleus of the hyped up roster that is the Philadelphia Eagles. Andy Reid must be excited to have this much explosive talent. The Eagles have lost both Super Bowls that they have made it too (1980 and 2005). Maybe this is the year that the franchise can show city of Philadelphia some brotherly love.
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