Let’s get straight to the actives/inactives.
RBs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are out. So is TE John Carlson and CBs Cook and Rhodes. This is a bad situation for the Vikings.
The Eagles have no serious news to report on this front. The inactives are:
QB Matt Barkley
OL Dennis Kelly
OL Matt Tobin
RB Matt Tucker
LB Najee Goode
DB Earl Wolff
CB Curtis Marsh
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ESPN had a report this morning that Chip Kelly is going to be one of the coaches that the Texas athletic director pursues as a replacement for Mack Brown, who stepped down last night.
Don’t worry too much about this. Kelly coached at New Hampshire and Oregon. UNH is a small school. Oregon is a football power, but in the grand scheme of things, also is somewhat of a small school environment. It’s over on the West coast, away from the media spotlight.
Oregon has one huge booster in Phil Knight. It isn’t a school with differing groups of boosters/former players/school administrators trying to seize control of the football program.
Chip Kelly never had to fear Earl Campbell coming out and calling for him to be fired at Oregon. The Ducks don’t have that kind of football history. They don’t have former players who can share powerful opinions and change public perception.
Texas is a football state. Heck, maybe THE football state. They live and die with the game, from high school on up. Oregon is nothing like that. Football wasn’t life or death the way it would be at Texas.
Kelly got on the nerves of some boosters at Oregon since he wasn’t very good at shaking hands and kissing butts as much as they would have preferred. Texas boosters have bigger checkbooks and bigger egos. Kelly could not get away with being standoff-ish with them. That wouldn’t go over well at all.
I don’t think Chip will take a serious look at Texas. Could he use that interest to get a raise from the Eagles? Sure, that is possible. But don’t worry too much about him heading back to college.
Besides…Chip is winning. Most guys leave the NFL because they lose.
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Cakert invented (the system) in 2007 to help her players read signs better, then watched it languish in softball and field hockey semi-obscurity until this summer, when, in a Hail Mary, she mailed it to Chip Kelly.
And in an upset, the new Eagles coach mailed her back a personal check for $25 (it’s $24.99 on the Web) and a thank-you note.
It’s been a big help!! Great idea!! Chip Kelly