There isn’t one overwhelming topic this morning so let’s talk about a few things.
Yesterday Jeff McLane wrote a piece asking who has final say – Kelly or Roseman. The Eagles really don’t have clear-cut situation. Both guys have a lot of power. As far as I can tell, Howie runs free agency and the draft. He brings the players in. Chip then will have final say on who makes the team.
This is the way it should be. The scouting staff should be tasked with finding outside talent for the team. The coaching staff should then figure out which guys are worth keeping. They coach the players on a daily basis and develop relationships. They know who has the right work habits and has the best shot to make it.
It is also crucial that the two staffs work together. The coaches must tell the scouts the type of players they are looking for. Coaches will also watch tape and share their thoughts. When it comes time to make cuts, Howie Roseman and the scouts will offer their two cents to the coaches. There are times when coaches will get too close to players and lose some perspective.
The key here is that Kelly and Roseman get along right now and share a vision for the Eagles. As long as that is happening, disagreements are likely to be at a minimum.
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FakeWIPCaller has a new column up. Brilliant as usual.
Yes, we all loved the moves the Sixers made on draft night. But how much more fun would it have been if we as fans had seen it coming in advance? Imagine if Hinkie had gone on the morning show a few days before and told Angelo that yes, we’re willing to trade Jrue Holliday and yes, we’re only going to do it if we can have Nerlens Noel and a future first-round pick.
Hinkie could have shown us, the greatest fans in the world, that he trusts us, and given us all kinds of excitement coming into the draft. It would’ve been Sixers fans’ little secret, and all the more exciting when it finally happens.
We need a real GM in this city, someone who’s willing to talk to the fans about his moves and trust us in advance with his draft and free agency strategy.
I know I could have kept those plans a secret. You?
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SalPal had gone a while without saying anything too dumb, but he took care of that yesterday. Tim McManus has the details of an interview that SalPal gave 97.5.
“Chip Kelly has to start getting this team solidified,” said Paolantonio during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. “You can’t say in July, in the National Football League to professional football players who have been out there for months, that the depth chart is written in sand. It’s just the wrong approach. It’s a college approach. That’s not the professional approach. It doesn’t work.
“The quarterback situation is the most unsettled in the league. It can’t happen like that. You don’t have 90 guys you can plug in and out. You don’t have guys that are interchangeable like that. There’s a big dropoff between starters and substitutes in the NFL. You don’t have the same dropoff in college. It’s ‘Welcome to the pros.’ I think he’s making a big mistake by stringing everybody along.”
Chip should already have figured out who needs to play where. Based on 2012 tape study. Or what he saw in the OTAs. Or what he thought after eating some magic pixie dust. Maybe Chip ought to have Marcus Vick just fill out a depth chart. Or my 5-year old nephew.
If this was August 24th and Chip was still going on about wanting to see more, SalPal might have an argument. This, however, is July. The players have not had one second of live action. No blocks. No tackles.
Either Sal is stirring the pot or he’s just dumb.
The Eagles went 4-12 last year. I’m really not concerned about players being comfortable with their situation. Go play. Go earn a spot. Simple as that. Why let coaches decide the depth chart when the players can do it themselves? We’ll start to get some answers soon enough. I just hope Sal can stand to wait that long.
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If you’ll look over on the right, I’ve made some changes. I took out the link for the H2H site. I changed the Blogging the Beast link to Jimmy’s page over at Philly.com. Down a few links is Bleeding Green Nation.
In the last couple of weeks I added and removed some sites. Check them all out and see what you think.
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Remember the Eagles Almanac (no, not the Alamo, the Eagles Almanac)? It is now available for download.
For $10 you can read a ton about the Eagles. Go here for the details.
Here is a clip from one of my 3 articles.
Good stuff, huh? I’m the king of cliffhangers.
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Sheil Kapadia, who contributed to the Eagles Almanac, wrote a good piece this morning on TE James Casey.
Last year, according to Pro Football Focus, Casey was used as a lead blocker in the run game 55 percent of the time he was on the field. That number figures to take a mighty dip now that he’s with the Eagles. While Casey is quick to point out that he’s a team player and will do whatever the coaches ask of him, the sense is he’s expecting more opportunities as a receiver.
Casey is going to be so interesting to watch. He can catch. He can make plays after the catch. He can run. Casey had 4 Red Zone TD catches last year. He is one of those guys who will do different things from week to week, and sometimes within a game. I don’t know if he’ll post huge numbers, but he can be an impact player strictly due to his versatility.
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Is this Paul Domowitch’s car? I’ll let you decide.
Les Bowen shared his thoughts.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) July 24, 2013
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