Another day with lots of little Eagles stories coming out. The first item for me is actually something Sheil Kapadia wrote about yesterday that I think is really insightful. We’ve spent weeks now trying to figure out how the Eagles will find roles for Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Connor Barwin, and the other DE/LB types on the roster. Sheil did his research and found out something obvious, but a point I’d completely ignored.
There will be a heavy rotation.
Under Jim Washburn the Eagles used a regular rotation. When he was fired late last year and Tommy Brasher took over, the Eagles got back to relying mostly on the starters. The backups were just mixed in here and there.
With Chip Kelly running an up-tempo, no-huddle attack on offense, the defense must be able to do their part. That means playing a lot of snaps. That means rotating players, especially up front. I remember reading about this when we were all getting to know Chip, but I’d forgotten about it as we started to focus on the coaching staff, draft prospects, and free agents.
Great job by Sheil to bring this back up and put the situation back into context. I know I was thinking about 3-4 defenses on other teams when trying to figure the Eagles out. Did the Steelers have reps for a bunch of pass rushers? No. Why would the Eagles need them? Now this makes sense. And maybe just maybe there will be snaps for all of the guys.
Make sure to read Sheil’s piece to get all the stats and details.
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It sounds like the Jeremy Maclin trade speculation is all bogus. Geoff Mosher did some digging and couldn’t find anything to it. I asked around and also coming up with nothing. There is no reason to deal Maclin per se. You would only move him if he wasn’t part of the long term plans and a team made the right offer. I think Chip Kelly will want the challenge of turning Maclin into a star player. Mac has that kind of potential.
Another nugget from Geoff Mosher…the Eagles aren’t looking for any more 1-year players. They would rather add players that can be here for a few years and help the team get back to being consistently good. This would rule out Eric Winston in theory, but both Les Bowen and Paul Domowitch have reported that a deal is still possible. Jeff McLane reported that Howie did have a chat with Drew Rosenhaus today. Drew is Winston’s agent. Of course, Drew represents 137 percent of the NFL so there is chance they were talking about any number of players.
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If you listen to Jeff Lurie and what he’s telling reporters out at the owners meetings, the Eagles are intent on keeping Nick Foles. I still won’t say this is set in stone, but the company message is pretty clear. Chip and Howie keep saying the same thing.
Andy Reid is out in Arizona for the meetings. No KC reporter made the trip, but I think there were 7 guys from Philly. Reid has got some serious adjusting to do to handle the KC scrutiny, huh? Anyway, Reid told Philly reporters that the Eagles weren’t interested in dealing Foles. From Les Bowen:
“Reid also was asked about quarterback Nick Foles. He reiterated what he’d said at the NFL Scouting Combine — that the Eagles made it clear Foles was not going to be available, and that the Chiefs set their sights on the more experienced Alex Smith right out of the gate, anyway.”
If the Eagles have interest in trading Foles, they’re doing a lousy job of shopping him. Really seems more and more that Nick is here to say.
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Chip Kelly will meet the media tomorrow at the Coaches Breakfast at the owners meetings. Today was AFC day. Tomorrow is the NFC day. I doubt we’ll learn anything great, but this was the only setting where Andy Reid every really opened up to the media so it will be interesting to see how Chip does.
Personally I’ll be disappointed if Chip doesn’t make a movie reference from Red Dawn, Blazing Saddles, or Dazed and Confused.
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I have once again exposed Jimmy Bama as a Cowboys traitor. He actually attacked an article that attacked the Boys. What a degenerate. I bet he watches the Bad News Bears and cheers for them to lose. I bet he cheers for the British when watching movies about the Revolutionary War. The man clearly can’t be trusted.
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Speaking of untrustworthy hacks, some guy wrote a column for PE.com that review the first week of FA.