What you usually expect to come out of OTA’s is a measuring point for the conditioning of all your players, and also a starting point for the cohesion between your starting quarterback and his offensive unit. But for the Eagles this time around, your starting quarterback (Sam Bradford) won’t be taking many reps in early […]
The Memorial Day Weekend hiatus is behind us. The Philadelphia Eagles now prepare for 10 more OTA workout sessions. I am tossing out this short blurger just to turn the page. Then the scouring of the airwaves for any relevant information on the Birds begins. You may enjoy Dave Spadaro’s back-from vacay article in today’s […]
Happy Memorial Day to Eagles fans of all nations…The EYE blinks back a teardrop of respect for you and your relatives and friends who have served in the name of freedom. I don’t get much chance to follow the Eagles cheerleaders, but in fact they have been doing some great work entertaining U.S. and Allied […]
I get the sense that Chip Kelly feels pretty comfortable about his offensive line heading into the next stage of the 2015 preseason. Sure, the prospect of losing the somewhat disgruntled Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis (money matters) doesn’t sit well with many fans— but Kelly seems okay with that possibility. Kelly relies on […]
Chip Kelly said he wanted more competition at wide receiver in 2015— well, he got his wish. Check out the competition going into the next phase of OTA action: Name POS HT WT Age Year College Agholor, Nelson WR 6-1 198 21 R USC Austin, Miles WR 6-2 215 30 10 Monmouth Ajirotutu, Seyi WR […]
Any way you look at it, this is probably Brent Celek’s last season as an Eagle. I want to give props to the man before the vultures of the media and the fan base set in on him. This blurger took shape in my mind as I pondered the Tight End group for the Birds […]
Maybe this is the Eagles era we will remember on our deathbeds, and we will chant in unison, “Those Were The Days…” That would be nice— because it would mean all the sturm und drang stirred up by Chip Kelly over these past 3 years paid off—he has basically ripped apart the Reid/Banner “Gold Standard” […]
The passing of American blues artist B.B. King today at age 89 reminds me how similar music and sports are as professions, in the sense that the great talents rise and endure adversity and then rise some more. Trying to get better and religiously practicing their craft is how the good ones became great. They […]
Not much breaking news football-wise on the Philadelphia Eagles today— but it is good to see many of the players led by Connor Barwin assisting in the emergency relief efforts at the Amtrak derailment disaster scene just outside the city. Linebacker Jordan Hicks, the Eagles’ third-round pick out of Texas, agreed to terms with the […]
This is a cray-cray world for Eagles fans right now… We gamble on the health aspect of the ACL-injury recovery for QB Sam Bradford… We also hope for the best for his backup Mark Sanchez… We watch in awe as the Eagles draft a bunch of cornerback talent and sign a bevy of wide receiver […]
There will be no journalizin’ today. I’ll be taking the advice of one Donovan J. McNabb: But before I load up on ribs, I should note that the NFC East is very American. The Cowboys self-proclaimed themselves “America’s Team,” the Eagle is the national bird and appears on the presidential seal, and the Giants’ uniform [...]
• During the 2013 draft, there was a lot of talk about guards being drafted highly, and whether or not there was value there. A common thing for people to say about highly rated guards was “Well if he’s Larry Allen then hell yeah you’d take him that high.” Here’s a rare video of Allen chasing [...]
My buddy Ed Valentine over at Big Blue View brought up the debate of whether or not David Wilson should return kicks this season. That’s always a fascinating debate to me, and one that I’ve had quite a bit with DeSean Jackson and Dez Bryant as punt returners. One way to look at the debate [...]
Over the last 3 years, teams in the NFC East have averaged 7.75 wins. That’s not awful, but it’s obviously just below the league average of 8. The NFC East ranks 5th among the 8 NFL division in wins during that span. The NFC East also ranks 5th over the last 3 years in point [...]
This morning, Jamie Dukes went on NFL Network and spoke into a camera. Let’s put his words in print, just because: “When you get to take the reps first, when you’re the first guy to step under center every day at practice, that means you’re the starter. But for some reason, those folks in the [...]
Justin Tuck is in the final year of his contract, and he says he doesn’t want to think about a new deal. He shouldn’t, because his value has probably never been lower. Tuck is going to make $4.5 million this season with workout bonuses on top. He’ll cost $6.15 million against the cap. In reality, [...]
Decided to take a pre-crack at the Eagles’ 53-man roster before the camps actually kick off. I always find it amusing to take a guess before the pre-season and see …Continue Reading »
Now that the dust has settled on a rather explosive offseason, it’s time to wipe the soot off of Sam Bradford because he will be Chip Kelly’s guy after all. …Continue Reading »
Every season this is the time of year I pinpoint a handful of prospects to keep an eye on to see how they develop and possible scheme fits as well. …Continue Reading »
Right after the draft the Eagles and Chip Kelly worked fast to snatch up their undrafted free agent class this year and took some pretty intriguing players. I was surprised …Continue Reading »
The Eagles traded up five spots in Round 2 yesterday to select Utah DB Eric Rowe. At 6’1″ 205 lbs, Rowe is a good sized defensive back. He’s also extremely …Continue Reading »
The Marcus Mariota dream is dead. Yes, it was disappointing and we’ll never truly know what kind of offer the Eagles did or didn’t make to the Titans. Of course …Continue Reading »
Draft day is finally here! Tonight we will get the long awaited answer as to whether or not the Eagles will land Marcus Mariota. The scuttlebutt is really heating up …Continue Reading »
Every year during the draft season it seems there is a high draft pick and a mid/late rounder I end up coveting and hoping the Eagles draft. This year is …Continue Reading »
Chip Kelly and the Eagles need to do whatever it takes to land Marcus Mariota, period. Yes, this has been endlessly talked about so this is my final stance. Whatever …Continue Reading »
We are just five days away from finally getting the answer as to who will be the Eagles’ first round pick. The biggest question is, obviously, whether or not the …Continue Reading »
Categories:BREAKING NEWSEaglesNewsWide ReceiversTags: Chip KellyNelson AgholorPhiladelphia EaglesI remember being frustrated with watching the USC offense a year ago because it seemed like they threw the ball to Nelson Agholor every play. If he was in the slot they threw the ball to him. If he was at one of the outside wide receiver positions they threw him the ball. If he [...](Read more...)The post Nelson Agholor: Focused On Getting Better Each And Everyday appeared first on GCOBB.COM.
Categories:BREAKING NEWSEaglesNewsSecondaryTags: Philadelphia EaglesWalter ThurmondI have learned through a source close to the Eagles, that newly acquired defensive back Walter Thurmond has been lining up at safety. That’s nothing jaw dropping since it’s so early, but a lot of Eagles observers have projected Thurmond as the starting cornerback opposite Byron Maxwell is getting some work at the safety position.The [...](Read more...)The post Walter Thurmond Getting Some Work At Safety appeared first on GCOBB.COM.
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Categories:BREAKING NEWSEaglesGeneral NewsNewsTags: Andy ReidChip KellyDeSean JacksonJeremy MaclinLeSean McCoyPhiladelphia EaglesRiley CooperLeSean McCoy is still angry about being traded from the Eagles to the Buffalo Bills and every time he gets a chance to take a shot at Chip Kelly he can’t help but take it. I don’t think it’s legitimate for him to insinuate that Kelly is a racist, just because he released DeSean Jackson [...](Read more...)The post There’s No Merit To LeSean McCoy’s Comments, But….. appeared first on GCOBB.COM.
Categories:BREAKING NEWSEaglesLinebackersNewsTags: Chip KellyDeMeco RyansKiko AlonsoLeSean McCoyMychal KendricksThe Eagles have assembled an abundance of talent at the inside linebacker position, but they haven’t told us publicly how they plan on using it. I expect to see DeMeco Ryans and former Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Kiko Alonso as the starters with Mychal Kendricks and Alonso on the field on third downs and passing [...](Read more...)The post Crowded Situation At Inside Linebacker With Ryans, Alonso And Kendricks appeared first on GCOBB.COM.
Categories:BREAKING NEWSEaglesGeneral NewsNewsTags: Chip KellyDeSean JacksonLeSean McCoyPhiladelphia EaglesFormer Eagles running back LeSean McCoy took some shots at his former head coach Chip Kelly in an ESPN Magazine story. It seems that McCoy is saying that there’s a racial reason for Kelly to get rid of DeSean Jackson, himself and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Here’s the exact quote.“The relationship was never really great,” [...](Read more...)The post LeSean McCoy: Eagles Chip Kelly got rid of “all the good black players” appeared first on GCOBB.COM…
Categories:BREAKING NEWSEaglesNewsSecondaryTags: Earl WolffEd ReynoldsJaylen WatkinsMalcolm JenkinsWith second round draft pick, Eric Rowe playing cornerback, there’s going to be a tremendous competition between Earl Wolff, Ed Reynolds and Jaylen Watkins for the starting safety job beside Malcolm Jenkins.Wolff is the favorite right now, but he’s coming off knee surgery. He does have more experience at the pro level than the others. [...](Read more...)The post Wolff, Reynolds and Watkins Will Compete For Spot Along Side Jenkins appeared first on GCOBB.COM.
Categories:BREAKING NEWSEaglesNewsSecondaryTags: Eric RoweThe Eagles had the worst secondary in the National Football League a year ago and I don’t think it was just the players, I didn’t like the job defensive coordinator Billy Davis did of calling the coverages. He played so much man-to-man with ineffective safety Nate Allen sitting in the middle of the field, it [...](Read more...)The post Eagles Will Begin With Eric Rowe At The Cornerback Position appeared first on GCOBB.COM.
Categories:BREAKING NEWSEaglesNewsQuarterbacksTags: Mark SanchezIn an interview with Rob Ellis of Breakfast On Broad, Mark Sanchez let us know that he expects to get a shot at the starting quarterback position. In the interview with Ellis, Sanchez didn’t reveal why he expected to get a shot at the starting job or who told he would get a shot. You [...](Read more...)The post Mark Sanchez Expects To Get A Shot At Starting Job appeared first on GCOBB.COM.
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Last year, the Eagles led the NFL in rushing by a sizable margin, despite routinely facing extra defenders in the box who loaded up to stop LeSean McCoy and the deadly zone-read attack.This year could hardly be more different. On Sunday against the 49ers, the Eagles rushed the ball 12 times for an anemic 22 yards, the fourth-worst performance in franchise history since 1970. And this was against one of the least-stacked defensive fronts the Eagles have faced since Chip Kelly took over.See for yourself. Here's how the Saints lined up against the Eagles to start the playof…
The following is a guest post by @sunset_shazz.The Philadelphia Eagles currently have 8 former members of the Oregon Ducks on their roster at large: Brandon Bair, Taylor Hart, Josh Huff, Jeff Maehl and Casey Mathews on the 53-man, Wade Keliikipi and Will Murphy on the practice squad and Kenjon Barner on injured reserve. This concentration of Ducks on former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly’s NFL team has been a source of much hand-wringing. The accusations of Duck Bias from fans and the media have reached sufficient volume for General Manager Howie Roseman to publicly…
Who's in? Who's out? That's what our trusty beat reporters are predicting. Here's the grand master list of predictions before (as) the actual cuts come out. Click to embiggen:Where everybody agrees: QuarterbackOutside LinebackerCornerbackPunter and Long SnapperWhere everybody almost agrees:Tight End: Only Jimmy Kempski thinks Trey Burton is staying.Defensive Line: Martin Frank is the only reporter to knock Taylor Hart off the roster. Eliot Shor-Parks is the only one to put Damion Square on.Inside Linebacker: Most think the Eagles keep three. Geoff…
Everyone knows that NFL kickers are getting better. The numbers make this obvious. We saw an all-time high for field goal accuracy in 2013: over 86%. And that's despite many more long attempts. Field goal tries from over 50 yards have increased 57% in the last decade.When ranking kickers, we have to take into account the new landscape. For an example, just look close to home. After his first three seasons, Alex Henery is tied for fourth all time in overall field goal accuracy among players with at least 80 attempts. But if you check out the top 20 on that list, 17 of them played in the last tw…
There's no shortage of opinion when it comes to Riley Cooper, the Eagles' soon-to-be free agent wide receiver best known for his racial outburst at a Kenny Chesney concert last year. That off-the-field incident was itself sufficient reason for many fans to want to see Cooper gone. I'm not going to wade into that moral morass, but rather address the sizable room for debate about his on the field performance.Cooper had what was obviously a breakout season in 2013. After posting a total of just 46 receptions for 679 yards and 5 TDs in his first three years, he took over the starting lineup for an…
This time last year, fresh off a sickening 4-12 season and the long-anticipated firing of one of the best coaches in franchise history, we watched as the Eagles spun their wheels in a coaching search. Fresh off being rejected by some of their top candidates, the organization seemed to be turning toward Gus Bradley, although interviews with Bruce Arians, Brian Kelly, and rumblings about Ken Whisenhunt cast an ominous cloud over the proceedings. It wouldn't be until January 16th that Oregon's belle finally came back around and agreed to a surprise contract in Philadelphia.…
This ESPN Insider article from Football Outsiders' Scott Kacsmar has nice things to say about Nick Foles, especially noting that even by advanced metrics, his interception-defying skills have been legendary. Plus, add this to that bounce in your step ahead of Saturday's playoff game:Some simple math can quantify how balanced the Eagles [offense is]. I calculated averages for yards per pass (including sacks) and yards per run and compared them to the league averages, then added the two averages together.The 2013 Eagles are a balance-adjusted 2.20 yards per play above average, which ranks 18th o…
There has been a wealth of coaches tape coverage this season that I've been woefully negligent about linking to from this blog. Hopefully all of you have caught on without my help, but make sure to catch up on the work of our esteemed Philly analysts:Sheil Kapadia has two All-22 posts this week. The first is on the introduction of the sweep run, with narrated insights from the offensive line. The second looks back at Mychal Kendricks' performance against Jimmy Graham in 2012 and against other tight ends in general. That'll be a key matchup in Saturday's wild card game.Derek Sarley, meanwhile,…
The 2015 NFL Draft came and went without the Philadelphia Eagles landing Marcus Mariota, coach Chip Kelly’s former college quarterback and the subject of months-long speculation. But the Eagles did come away with a heap of physical prospects in Kelly’s first draft as the Eagles’ unofficial general manager. Reviewing the team’s 2015 selections with the help…
Having confidence in NFL draft predictions is like banking on the lottery. But in the spirit of welcoming the 2015 NFL Draft, Cody Benjamin and Demetri George took a shot at projecting all 32 of Thursday night’s first-round selections for EaglesNotebook.com: 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State University Plain and simple: The Bucs need…
It won’t be long before the Philadelphia Eagles either silence or confirm their speculated interest in University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota thanks to the April 30 kickoff of the 2015 NFL Draft. But with or without an interest in Mariota, a consensus top-two QB prospect whose ties to Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly have been the subject…
It’s been a whirlwind week in Philadelphia, where the addition of Tim Tebow has somehow been just a small part of the city’s headlines. Here are some random observations from both in and outside the Philadelphia Eagles organization: Tim Tebow: The media circus that accompanies the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is probably not as frenetic as…
First-round NFL draft picks can be the objects of much scrutiny. Debate over whether or not players were worth No. 1 status ensue as soon as a prospect is deemed a core piece of a team’s future by coming off the board on Day One of the NFL’s premier spring event. Over the last 10 years,…
New name. Same mission. Bleeds-Green.com has been rebranded as EaglesNotebook.com, effective April 17. The website has been an independent online source of Philadelphia Eagles coverage since its creation in January 2009. The unveiling of a new name and simplified design is just a first step in efforts to better display the site’s dedication to providing professional…
If recent history is any indication, the Philadelphia Eagles are better off when they aren’t labeled a “dream team.” But what better way to both reminisce on Eagles of the (relative) past and appreciate the Eagles of today than by giving Vince Young and the 2011 Birds a run for their money? If you were…
Les Bowen spoke with Bleeds-Green.com’s Cody Benjamin on Monday, addressing the headlining topics of the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2015 off-season, including the team’s latest additions, ongoing speculation of a move for Marcus Mariota and coach Chip Kelly’s aggressive personnel strategy. Bowen, who’s covered the Eagles for the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com since 2002, also updated his March…
EaglesNotebook.com presents “Free Agent Watch,” a spin-off of the 2015 offseason timeline and running list of Philadelphia Eagles news from this year’s free agency/trading period, updated with background information and live-reaction analysis. April 28: The Houston Texans signed Eagles free-agent running back Chris Polk. Less than a week after his one-year restricted-free-agent tender was rescinded by the Eagles, Polk…
The widespread gossip of the Philadelphia Eagles off-season is hardly a surprise. It is the off-season, after all. What could possibly top the daily discussions of the Eagles and their plans for the coming months? Perhaps the likelihood that those talks will only intensify as the off-season progresses. In an effort to digest and dissect some of…
Call Andre Williams a product of his environment. He's worldly beyond his 22 years, way beyond.
PHILADELPHIA — The following is a story that's written about every NFL team at least once in every offseason. The names of players are the only variables.
Bethlehem Catholic graduate and Denver Broncos rookie cornerback Tevrin Brandon is ready for any kind of contact he'll face in the NFL after what he survived on Sunday.
That Evan Mathis remained absent from the NovaCare Complex when the first phase of the Eagles' organized team activities began today should come as no surprise. He hasn't been around for any of the voluntary portions of the offseason as he and agent Drew Rosenhaus have not been able to negotiate...
PHILADELPHIA — DeMeco Ryans or Mychal Kendricks at inside linebacker? Eric Rowe or Nolan Carroll at cornerback? Randall Evans or Earl Wolff at safety? Matt Barkley or (gulp!) Tim Tebow at third-team quarterback?
Charged with holding a refurbished Philadelphia Eagles offense together this season will be the man in the middle of it all, center Jason Kelce. He'll be snapping to a different quarterback, blocking for different running backs and receivers, and adjusting to perhaps new linemates on both sides.
The Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday took the first step toward rebuilding their personnel staff following the dismissal of three employees last week. They hired Dwayne Joseph as director of pro personnel.
PHILADELPHIA — Long before the end of the three-day NFL Draft, it had become apparent what Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly most wanted to accomplish: assembling an overload of young players in the secondary.
Following form from his previous two seasons as Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly once again has organized joint training-camp practice sessions with an NFL rival.
PHILADELPHIA — Humbled first-round draft pick Nelson Agholor insists he's approaching this season like "a peasant," with no guarantee of making the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles announced they have agreed to terms on four-year contracts with defensive backs Eric Rowe (seond round), defensive back Randall Evans (sixth round) and defensive end Brian Mihalik (seventh round). Rowe (6-1, 205) appeared in 47 games (45 starts) during his four-year career at Utah and accumulated 261 tackles, three interceptions and 34 passes […]
The Eagles and Chip Kelly got themselves a new weapon for their offense, as they took USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor with the 20th pick of the first round. Here’s a scouting report on Agholor. Over the past few years the USC offense has been led by a productive receiver and Agholor is the latest […]
When the players in attendance at this week’s NFL Draft hear their name called, they’ll come up to the stage sporting a snazzy draft hat that they’ll be given for their new team. Here’s what the Philadelphia Eagles version of this year’s draft hat will look like. The hat has the Eagles logo on the […]
The Eagles have already shaken their roster up big time this offseason, and are going to be busy on NFL Draft weekend coming up in May, as it’s a time for the club to try to build on their 2014 season and start to get ready for 2015. The team will look to the draft […]
Many Eagles fans were irate when the team dealt running back LeSean McCoy. Today, the team found his replacement – a younger, better version of McCoy. The team has agreed to terms with running back DeMarco Murray on a five-year deal worth $42 million with $21 million guaranteed. Murray was the hardest working back in […]
As if things haven’t been interesting enough this offseason for the Eagles and the rest of the NFL, the birds could be landing the biggest free agent out there as they have a meeting set up with running back DeMarco Murray on Thursday. The move would not only add one of the biggest playmakers in […]
Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who was traded last week from the Eagles in exchange for inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, jokingly took credit for 49ers RB Frank Gore backing out on his deal with Chip Kelly and company and opting to sign with the Indianapolis Colts, instead, Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reports. McCoy told reporters […]
The Eagles have hired Boston College offensive coordinator Ryan Day to be their quarterbacks coach, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Day was also Boston College’s quarterbacks coach for the last two seasons. He previously coached B.C.’s wide receivers from 2007 to ’11. In between, he was Temple’s offensive coordinator for a season before […]
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 99 yards on Sunday to finish with 1,319 yards this season. It was the second-highest rushing total of his career, with both seasons coming under Chip Kelly. He was named to his third Pro Bowl in six seasons last week. But McCoy is due to be paid $9.75 […]
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Practice Report OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY) Wednesday LB Trent Cole (hand), QB Nick Foles (collarbone) FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE Wednesday LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), DE Brandon Bair (knee), TE Brent Celek (neck), DT Bennie Logan (pectoral), S Chris Maragos (hamstring), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), K Cody Parkey (right groin), RB Chris Polk […]