Philadelphia Eagles News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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7/10/14: There is a lot of optimism in Eagles' camp these days and for good reason. The NFC East is not the heavyweight it used to be and the Eagles are the reigning division champs. The team really came together last season when Nick Foles took over at QB for an injured Michael Vick and never let go of the starting job. Running back LeSean McCoy thinks that Foles is due for even bigger things this season. He is the undisputed starter and now has experience in the system. Some say that his success is the product of coach Chip Kelly's offensive scheme, but that should not matter to the Eagles as long as they are winning.
7/3/14: Chip Kelly is widely hailed as an offensive genius and innovator, particularly for his time at the University of Oregon. That was a major reason the Philadelphia Eagles brought him in as their head coach last year. Of course, it is the job of any offensive mastermind to keep one step ahead of opposing defenses. Kelly has reportedly been working with more two tight end sets than in the past, and that may be a prelude for the upcoming season. It can be very tough for defenses to cover two good tight ends that can catch, as the Patriots showed for a few years. It could also keep defenses honest and open up the long ball more often.
6/26/14: Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy, last week, claimed that the team releasing star wide receiver DeSean Jackson was a case of shaking up the team to ensure that everyone is on board and buying into head coach Chip Kelly's system. If it was a message to the team, then it probably worked. Kelly, of course, stuck with the traditional response of the release being a football decision, and was not a way to get his players' attention. Whatever the case, the Eagles look primed to return to the playoffs this season and are the clear cut favorite to win the NFC East. And, as long as they are winning, players will 'buy in'.
6/19/14: There has been a lot made of rookie hazing, and hazing in general, over the past year. Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant claims that he was upset at footing the bill for a $50,000+ dinner his rookie year. Just recently, an Eagles rookie said he had a $20,000 dinner to pay for. Enter prankster Evan Mathis. He tweeted out a photo of a $64,000 dinner receipt that had the media up in arms for a day. It turns out that it was a hoax, though pretty elaborate at that. The media is now up in arms about being played for a fool, but it still seems kind of funny.
6/12/14: It is pretty tough to find a football player that says that his team does not work the hardest or that he is toughest on himself. Those are nice clichés, though the proof is in the wins. New Eagle Malcolm Jenkins claims the same. He says that head coach Chip Kelly has them working harder than anyone, and much harder than his former team, the New Orleans Saints. He also says that players are not accustomed to Kelly's formula, but that they have bought in. The Eagles won the NFC East last season, and they should only improve - so buying in should be an easy sell.
6/6/14: It was not an official trade, but essentially the Eagles and Jets swapped backup QBs Mike Vick and Mark Sanchez earlier in the offseason. Sanchez says he is loving his time with the Eagles and is impressed with the offense of his new team. It surely must be a thrill to be able to play with receivers that actually catch the ball. Sanchez claims that he is going into the prime of his career. He is behind starter Nick Foles on the depth chart, and possibly Matt Barkley as well. In any case, Sanchez is certainly showing maturity at this point and admits that missing last season may have been a blessing in disguise.
5/29/14: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says he is the best at his position in the NFL. Unless, of course, he doesn't. After hearing his remarks, the Vikings' Adrian Peterson had a bit of a response. As great is McCoy is (and every fantasy football player certainly wants him because he is a points machine), Peterson is widely regarded as the best running back in the game. McCoy backpeddled on his comments a few days later. It really does not matter because the two never play each other one on one, and McCoy is a perfect fit for the Eagles' offensive scheme.
5/22/14: For a team that supposedly likes to throw the ball around a lot, the Eagles have been shedding wide receivers like a cat sheds fur. First, Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson were shown the door, converted QB Taylor Martinez failed his physical, and now the team has announced that they have released veteran Arrelious Benn. This one will not hurt as much as the other two, as Benn never actually played in a game for Philly. It does add more pressure to starters Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin to perform and stay healthy, because there is not much established depth after them.
5/15/14: The Eagles had all eyes on them when they held the 22nd pick in the NFL draft. Marketing star Johnny Manziel had fallen in the draft and there was more than just speculation that the Eagles would select him. The crowd tremored with excitement as Commissioner Roger Goodell came to the podium and announced that the Eagles...traded the pick to the Cleveland Browns. Philly ended up taking defensive end Marcus Simth from Louisville. Probably a good move overall, but the story would have been great had the Eagles taken Manziel and the circus that comes with him.
5/8/14: A few years ago, Chip Kelly landed Johnny Manziel as a recruit for the Oregon Ducks. Except he didn't. Manziel changed his mind and went to Texas A&M, where he won a Heisman Trophy and became the most celebrated college player in the land. Kelly may have a chance to get Manziel again. There are rumors that Kelly would like to draft Manziel and get him on the Eagles. Manziel would seem to be a good fit with Kelly's offense, and certainly would make the team relevant. To do so, however, the Eagles may have to trade up to get him, though.
5/1/14: When the Philadelphia Eagles acquired Darren Sproles in the offseason, many thought it was a great move to help an already potent offense. One lingering question was what star running back LeSean McCoy thought about it. Well, hopefully questions are answered now. McCoy says that having Sproles in the backfield will help him. One can only imagine some creative two back sets where both running backs are also good receivers. If anything, this adds a new dimension to the offense and one that may well catch the NFL off-guard this next season, much like the wildcat a few years ago.
4/24/14: Former Eagles' wide receiver Desean Jackson typically has something to say, and last week was no different. When asked about the upcoming season, which will be his first with Washington, he said that the Eagles games are going to be special. He also indicated that he did not understand why Philadelphia released him. Of course, he also reportedly celebrated his new contract with Washington with a $20,000 bottle of champagne. Jackson may be a unique talent, but there are a lot of signs out there that indicate that the Eagles were wise to part with him, his bloated contract, and his outsized personality.
4/17/14: A lot of coaches, when they get to a new team, try to bring in some of their former players. In St. Louis, Jeff Fisher seems to have a pipeline to the Tennessee Titans' roster, having signed Jared Cook and Cortand Finnigan among others. Eagles' coach Chip Kelly is reportedly trying to do the same thing as Eagles offered a second round pick and linebacker/defensive end Brandon Graham for former Oregon Ducks star pass rusher Dion Jordan. The Dolphins, reportedly, turned down the offer. Jordan did not have a great rookie season, and that was after Miami traded their first and second round picks last year to move up to number three and select Jordan.
4/10/14: The DeSean Jackson saga continues to dominate all the headlines about the Philadelphia Eagles with players, fans and the media all taking sides. The speculation is that the Eagles dumped him because he had affiliations to gang members and even has flashed gang signs. That being said, it has been well-documented that Jackson and head coach Chip Kelly did not have a strong relationship, that Jeremy Maclin is expected to be back next season, that Riley Cooper had a breakout year last season, and the Eagles may not have wanted to pay Jackson over $10 million this coming season. Chances are that it was not one item, but the accumulation of many that led to the Eagles getting rid DJax. It also helps that this is a deep draft for wide receivers.
4/3/14: There are a lot of things to talk about this week with the Eagles, but signing QB Mark Sanchez is barely a blip on the radar. The Eagles released WR DeSean Jackson after months of speculation. Jackson was due to make more than $10 million next season and the team re-signed Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. The other shoe fell hours after a report surfaced that Jackson may have ties to gang members. The hit will cost the Eagles over $6 million in cap space, but does save them the $10 million in cash next season. It has been a strange story and one that will likely continue.
3/27/14: The debate in Philadelphia just a month or so ago was whether the team should re-sign wide receiver Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper. The thought, at the time, was that the Eagles could not afford to keep both, considering that DeSean Jackson's contract was for over $10 million next season. Maclin has been great in his career but missed 2013 with injury. Cooper had a breakout season in 2013. The team kept both, but now it looks like they are trying to trade Jackson. Jackson is a great talent, but is very expensive, and it may be tough for another team to absorb his contract - except for the Raiders.
3/20/14: Philadelphia had a pretty good offense last season, and that was too be expected when the team installed head coach Chip Kelly's offense. They were also without star receiver Jeremy Maclin for the entire season. Riley Cooper emerged as a legitimate receiving threat. They should be stronger this year as the QB position is settled, Maclin is back, and the Eagles traded for running back Darren Sproles. Sproles is a nice complement to Lesean McCoy, and should do pretty well bouncing out of the backfield with the ability to catch passes and create big plays in space.
3/13/14: The Eagles are letting Michael Vick test free agency as Vick wants to be a starter someplace next season. Philly is willing to take Vick back, by most accounts, if he does not find a starting opportunity with another team. Minnesota and Jacksonville seemed like possible destinations but they both re-signed quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Chad Henne, respectively. He would not be the starter in Philadelphia either, as Nick Foles took command of that job last season. But he still could return in a backup role. It is probably a smart move by the Eagles to keep a light on for Vick if he would accept a supporting role.
3/6/14: Philly is doing their work in keeping their team together. A week ago, it seemed to be a question of which wide receiver to keep, Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper. Now they have both under contract. The team signed Cooper to a multi-year deal after he had a career year and proved that he is a viable complementary receiver. Maclin's is for one year and he is trying to bounce back from a torn ACL that cost him all of the 2013 season. With Maclin, Cooper and DeSean Jackson, this could be a tremendous receiving corps.
2/20/14: My how quickly things turn around. Last summer, it looked like Eagles Riley Cooper may be out of the league for being taped making racially charged comments while drunk at a concert. He managed to stay on the team and ended up having his best season while filling in for an injured Jeremy Maclin. Now he is a free agent (and there are about 50 free agent wide receivers this year) and he is expected to draw a lot of interest. The Eagles may want to keep him, but fellow WR DeSean Jackson is already making $10 million a year. It may come down to if the Eagles want to keep Maclin or Cooper, and who will be the less expensive option.
2/13/14: This may end up being the free agency period of the tight end. Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints may be franchised or become a free agent. Dennis Pitta's time in Baltimore may be coming to an end, as well. The same can be said for Brent Celek of the Eagles. He may be a cap casualty, though. He is owed $4 million next year, but has been primarily a blocking tight end for the past few seasons. On the other hand, Zach Ertz is only due $1.2 million and seems to have developed a chemistry with QB Nick Foles. However, someone will want Celek, who has shown to be a very good tight end in the NFL.
1/30/14: A mini-controversy in Philadelphia this past week - one that should not have any affect on the team in the future. A year ago, NFL analyst Heath Evans said that the Chip Kelly hire (for head coach) was a massive mistake. Evans went on Philadelphia area radio to clarify and said that he wrote his article about the Browns hiring Kelly, but the editors switched 'Browns' for 'Eagles' when Philly hired him. Evans also said that Philly's roster could support Kelly's offense, while Cleveland's could not. Of course, this is simple back-tracking, and should get swept under the rug.
1/23/14: The Mike Vick era in Philadelphia is likely over. Even though he is just a couple years in to a huge contract, it is clear that Chip Kelly prefers Nick Foles as the quarterback of the team. Vick seems to understand that and has acknowledged the situation. Vick also wants to play himself. Chances are that the Eagles will cut him and Vick will be one of the top two free agent QBs on the markets (along with Josh McCown). There are plenty of teams looking for a starting quarterback, including Houston, Oakland, Jacksonville, and Cleveland. Perhaps one of them would sign Vick and have him mentor a youngster for a year or two.
1/16/14: Even though the Eagles were eliminated in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, they appear to be in excellent shape going forward - especially when set against the backdrop of the weak NFC East. They have their franchise QB in place. They have one of the best running backs in the league. They have two excellent wide receivers (that assumes Jeremy Maclin is back at full strength next season). They also have a year of running Chip Kelly's offense under their belt. Comparing that to the rest of the division, and it looks like the Eagles could dominate the NFC East for several years simply by staying out of their own way.
1/9/14: It may not feel like it today, but the Eagles actually had a successful first season under head coach Chip Kelley. A year ago, they were last in the NFC East and among the worst teams in the league. This season, they finished at 10-7 with the division crown and a home playoff game. Losing to the Saints on a last second field goal certainly stings. However, the progress the team made in last twelve months is astounding and they have distanced themselves from the rest of the division. The Eagles may well be back in the playoffs next season, and they will have had more time to learn Kelly's offense by then so they may be better.
1/2/14: Playoff games in the NFL are often times stagnant, defensive affairs. That does not figure to be the case this Saturday as the Eagles will host the Saints. Both feature creative and offensive-minded head coaches who like to showcase their offensive prowess. The Eagles earned the right to host the game as the NFC East Division champs, even though the Saints have the better overall record. One thing going for Philly is that the game is at home and outdoors, two conditions that the Saints have struggled with in the past. Kickoff is at 8:10pm EST on Saturday, January 4.
12/26/13: The Eagles will not go silently into that good night. Philly exposed every flaw the Bears have in a 54-11 destruction of a team trying to lock up a division championship. The win put the Eagles at 8-7 on the season, just in time for the Cowboys annual 'win or go home' game in Week 17. The Eagles will head to Dallas for the last game of the NFL regular season on Sunday (the night game). Dallas looks to be without QB Tony Romo due to a herniated disc and will likely start Kyle Orton in his place.
12/19/13: The Eagles let a great opportunity to seize control of the NFC East slip through their hands as they fell 48-30 to the lowly Minnesota Vikings who were without both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. QB Nick Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another. WR DeSean Jackson had 195 yards receiving and a score, but the Philadelphia defense was schooled by Matt Cassel and the Vikings offense. The Eagles are still on top of the division thanks to a Dallas loss. The Eagles (8-6) host the 8-6 Chicago Bears on the Sunday Night Game in Week 16 and need the win to keep pace with Dallas.
12/12/13: The Detroit and Philadelphia game last Sunday may have been the most entertaining game of the year. It was played in a blizzard with eight inches of snow on the ground. Unlike other venues, where the groundskeeping crew dozed off the snow at halftime, the Eagles kept the white stuff on the turf, and it worked out well for them. RB Lesean McCoy ran for a franchise best 217 yards and two scores. The Eagles overcame two kick returns for touchdowns to win 34-20. The win keeps the Eagles at the top of the NFC East. Philly (8-5) heads to face the Vikings (3-9-1) this Sunday.
12/5/13: The Eagles managed to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys for the lead in the NFC East by holding on to beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-21 last Sunday. Nick Foles continues to shine at QB in Chip Kelly's innovative offensive system and even tossed three touchdown passes. Kelly's later commented that Foles would be the Eagles' QB for the next 1,000 years. Philly now stands at 7-5, though Dallas does have a win in their first matchup. The two teams will play again this season, but not this week. Philadelphia hosts the 7-5 Detroit Lions on Sunday.
11/28/13: The Eagles have to feel pretty good about themselves these days. While they are only 6-5, they are at the top of the NFC East. QB Nick Foles has shown that he can play effectively in the NFL - even Michael Vick said how can he be taken out when he is playing so well. Philly's path to the playoffs is pretty clear. They need a couple more wins, especially a in a rematch with Dallas in a few weeks. The division may be won with a 9-7 record, and that would still earn a home playoff game as a division champion. The Eagles get a big test when they return when they host the Arizona Cardinals.
11/21/13: The Eagles prevailed over Washington in an important NFC East matchup, 24-16. This game was not as close as the score would indicated, as the Eagles took a 24-0 lead into the fourth quarter and Washington tacked on their 16 points in garbage time. The Eagles may be sold on Nick Foles as their QB now. While he had no touchdown passes, he did throw for just under 300 yards and rushed for one score. Running back Lesean McCoy added 77 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and that was plenty to keep Washington in the division cellar. The Eagles now lead the division with a 6-5 record and get their bye this week.
11/14/13: The Eagles moved into a tie for first place with the Dallas Cowboys at five wins apiece by defeating the Green Bay Packers 27-13 last Sunday. Green Bay is banged up and without QB Aaron Rodgers, and the Eagles took advantage. Nick Foles had another excellent game as the Eagles starting quarterback and may keep the job even when Michael Vick is healthy. Foles only had 228 yards passing, but three TD passes on the day. All three were long plays - one to DeSean Jackson for 55 yards and two to Riley Cooper at 45 and 32 yards, respectively. The Eagles are rolling now and have a great shot at winning the division. Philly hosts the 3-6 Washington on Sunday.
11/7/13: Anyone who saw Nick Foles in the Dallas game should be shaking their head right about now. As ineffective as he was in that game, he was equally dominant last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Foles threw for 406 yards and tied and NFL record with seven passing touchdowns (and that was just in three quarters), as the Eagles routed the Raiders 49-20. The game was never close as the Eagles struck early and often. They had not scored an offensive touchdown in the previous two games and simply took out their frustrations on Oakland. Philadelphia (4-5) goes to Green Bay (5-3) this Sunday.
10/31/13: The high flying and vaunted Philadelphia Eagles offense has been grounded over the past two weeks. After racking up over 425 yards in their first six games, they cannot move the ball to save their lives for the past two weeks. Philly was limited to 201 yards of total offense, and most of that was from third string QB Matt Barkley. They have only totaled 479 yards for the past two weeks. QB Michael Vick started but clearly was not healthy and was removed in the second quarter. The loss dropped the Eagles to 3-5 on the season. They will try to get back on the winning side this week when they travel across the county to face the Oakland Raiders in the Black Hole.
10/24/13: Chip Kelly's offense was supposed to be a high octane scoring machine, and has looked good at times so far this season. Not so last Sunday as the offense struggled all day against the Cowboys defense - the same defense that allowed 51 points and forced no punts against the Broncos two weeks ago. Nick Foles started the game but was replaced by Matt Barkley (Mike Vick is still injured). The QB did not matter, though as Philly struggled all day. The loss drops the Eagles to 3-4 on the season and trailing the Cowboys by a game in the NFC East. Eagles host the winless New York Giants on Sunday.
10/17/13: The Eagles kept pace with the Dallas Cowboys by winning on the road in Tampa. Granted Tampa is a mess right now with dumping their starting QB, now starting a rookie QB, the staph infection outbreak, and not winning a game this season. However, they were coming off of a bye week and getting healthy. It did not matter. Nick Foles started for the injured Michael Vick and showed he is quite capable of running the offense. He hit WR Desean Jackson for two touchdowns and Riley Cooper had over 100 yards. Philly goes home to host the Cowboys (both are 3-3) with the winner gaining the early control of the division.
10/10/13: The good news is that the Eagles got an important win over a division rival in beating the New York Giants 36-21 last Sunday. The bad news is that they may be without starting QB Michael Vick for a while. Vick left in the middle of the game with a hamstring injury. Nick Foles came in in relief and threw for two touchdowns to secure the Eagles' second win of the season. They are tied with Dallas at 2-3 for the NFC East lead, but Dallas may separate themselves from the rest of the division soon. Philly has a great chance to get to 500 this Sunday when they travel to Tampa to face the 0-5 Buccaneers and their dysfunction.
10/3/13: The good news for the Eagles is that the NFC East is wide open. They are one game behind the Cowboys for the lead in the division. The bad news is they have now lost three in a row - the most recent last Sunday in a 52-20 rout by the Denver Broncos. The Eagles defense allowed Peyton Manning to throw for 327 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Vick had almost 300 yards passing and rushing, but could not put the ball in the end zone all day. Philly has a chance to gain ground in the division this Sunday when they head up to New York to face the Giants (0-4).
9/26/13: The further we get from Philly's Week 1 decimation of Washington, the more it looks like Washington is not a very good team. The Eagles have dropped the last two games. In Week 3, Philadelphia hosted the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, and the Chiefs' defense simply dominated the Eagles. QB Michael Vick was sacked 6 times and the offense turned the ball over four times as the Eagles (1-2) fell to the Chiefs (3-0) 26-16. The Eagles face another quality AFC West team in Week 4. They travel to the Mile High City to take on the 3-0 Broncos on Sunday.
9/19/13: The Eagles, with their new fast-paced offense, were the talk of the league after Week 1 when they embarrassed Washington on the road. For all the good a fast-paced offense can provide, there are still ways to beat it. The Chargers took advantage of head coach Chip Kelly's time management error at the end of the game when he left a lot of time on the clock. The Chargers promptly milked the clock and scored to win 33-30. This is still a learning experience for Kelly and no doubt he learned a valuable lesson. The Eagles get a chance to move to 2-1 in Week 3 when they host Andy Ried and the Chiefs (2-0) on Thursday Night.
9/12/13: New head coach Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense took center stage on Monday, building up an impressive 28-7 lead early. The game was out of hand behind QB Michael Vick and running back Lesean McCoy. It even had Washington offensive coordinator completely lost in trying to figure out what to do to get back into the game. Washington scored some late points, but Philly won 33-27 and put the league on notice. The Eagles get their home opener this weekend when they host the San Diego Chargers, who lost in the late Monday Night Game to the Houston Texans.
9/4/13: The Eagles joined the ranks of teams cutting down their roster to get to the 53 man mark, and they left themselves some work to do. After the cuts, the Eagles were down to just three linebackers: Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, and Brandon Graham. That would be difficult to navigate in any situation, but especially since the Eagles will play a 3-4 defense this year. All it means, really, is that the Eagles are not done with their roster yet. At least one more player will be cut and the team will sign another linebacker (or more) after all the teams finish their roster moves.
8/29/13: New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly finally named Michael Vick the starting quarterback. It was really no surprise, as Vick's skill set are a better match for Kelly's fast-paced offense and has played very well in the preseason. Vick has now told the media that he will not listen to them and will play the way he is comfortable playing. That is scary news for the Eagles, because that style is very reckless and tends to get Vick hit, hurt, and without the ball. If that is the plan, then Nick Foles should be warming up right now, because it is only a matter of time before he will be needed.
8/22/13: Head coach Chip Kelly still has not publicly declared a starting QB for the 2013 season, but looking at the game tape from the Eagles preseason games shows there is no doubt. Michael Vick is doing a great job of running the offense, which is basically taylor-made for his skill set. Nick Foles has not been bad by any stretch, but Vick has just been better. Kelly's offense is quick strike with the idea of putting as many points on the board as possible. It is not meant for clock management, but rather to force the opposing offense into getting too aggressive to be effective. With the right personnel, this scheme can be effective, and Vick looks to be the right man to run it.
8/15/13: Still no word out of Eagles' camp on who will be the starting QB. The most recent roster has Michael Vick and Nick Foles listed as the co-starters. Most assume that Vick's talents are more suited towards head coach Chip Kelly's offense, but other reports say that Foles has looked better in camp. Kelly may be trying to pump both of them up through competition to see how they react to pressure. It is also possible that whoever is not the starter will get traded at the end of training camp, which would give the Eagles some new assets.
8/8/13: The Eagles as a team are in a tough position. They lost leading wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for the year and expected Riley Cooper to step up. Then Cooper made a tremendously racist remark while drunk - it was caught on camera - and the locker room does not appear to want him back. Cooper has left the team for counseling, but his actions are proving to be a distraction early on. There is a good chance that the Eagles will release him, and almost no chance that any other team would take him on. He has lost the respect of his fellow players and will only be a distraction in the future.
8/1/13: The Ravens are not the only team to lose a valuable piece of their receiving corps for the year. On Saturday, the Eagles leading receiver from last season, Jeremy Maclin, tore his ACL and will also miss the 2013 season. Just a week ago, Maclin was very excited about new head coach Chip Kelly's offense because he expected to play an even larger role in the passing game this season. Those plans will have to wait for 2014 now. The Eagles are going to have to do some searching for a strong complementary receiver to Desean Jackson, and that may hamper their new offense.
7/25/13: The Eagles needed to hire a bold leader when they fired Andy Reid, and it looks like they may have found their man in new head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly is not interested in a rebuilding project, even though the team finished with only four wins last season. He wants the team to be competitive and make the playoffs right away. To be fair, how could he go into Philly and tell the fans that he was writing off this coming season? The Eagles still have some talent on offense, and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin expects to see an increased role with a new offense.
7/18/13: The countdown to training camp has officially begun and the Eagles have yet to name a starting quarterback. New head coach Chip Kelly insists that he wants it to be an open competition between Mike Vick and Nick Foles. On paper, Vick is better suited to run a high-tempo, quick strike offense that Kelly has traditionally run. Vick also is getting restless about not being named the starter. There may be a real opportunity for Foles, or perhaps it is just lip service to motivate Vick and get Foles reps and attention so they can trade him later. Only Chip Kelly knows for sure right now.
7/11/13: QB Matt Barkley may have landed with the right team for him. The battle right now is between Michael Vick and Nick Foles for the starting job, and most people expect that to go to Vick. But if we fast forward a year, this may be Matt Barkley's job. The fourth round pick will get the luxury of learning this year, and will not be expected to carry the team when he clearly is not ready. People may remember that not too long ago it was common for young QBs to sit for a year or two or three before taking the reigns. Should Barkley get that opportunity to develop, then he may work out to be a great steal for the Eagles.
7/4/13: The Eagles already have Michael Vick on the roster, and as everyone knows, he was suspended and went to jail for running a dog fighting ring several years ago. So the team must have been nervous when running back Bryce Brown was associated with a kennel that breeds pit bulls for fighting. Brown is not under any investigation. It turns out that he sent his pit bull there for breeding, but nothing else. When the allegations came out last week, his dogs were returned to him. While Brown appears to have simply picked a bad kennel, he did defend the kennel owner.
6/27/13: It looks like new head coach Chip Kelly is going to test the chemistry of his team. Kelly has yet to name a starting QB, though many people assume that it will be Michael Vick instead of Nick Foles. Vick has gone public about his desire to know who is the starter, and some teammates have backed him up. Star running back Leshaun McCoy says he does not care who is at QB. He also said that both are good enough to be starters. What should be worrisome here is that there may be a Vick camp and a Foles camp brewing, and that can only bring tension to a locker room.
6/20/13: It is still hard to comprehend how USC QB Matt Barkley slipped to the fourth round. Had he entered the draft after his junior season, then he would have been a surefire first rounder. Maybe even in the top 10. But the Trojans struggled. He struggled and got hurt, and all of sudden the Eagles get him on day three for a bargain. Chances are that he will sit this year and Mike Vick or Nick Foles will run the offense. But he should be the starter in a year or two, and be able to provide the QB stability that Philly has lacked since Donovan McNabb.
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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