Bacon, Eggs and Eagles – Chip Kelly Finalizing His Blueprint
After receiving full control of all personnel decisions earlier this offseason, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is finalizing his blueprint. Although the offseason was full of questionable moves that Kelly has made, there’s a method to his madness and it’s becoming a bit clearer with each day that passes. That being said, the biggest question facing the Eagles is at the quarterback position and what will happen with injury prone Sam Bradford following the upcoming season? All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Fan-Demonium: Chip The Builder – Tommy Lawlor of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"Every coach has a vision for his team. Some have very specific visions, while others are a bit more generic. Chip Kelly is one of those coaches with very specific ideas. He knows what he wants. He has been working on that vision for three years. Kelly now has three draft classes of his players. He has three years of free agency and other pro personnel moves. The Eagles aren’t his ideal team yet, but this group is the closest so far. Kelly has built this roster to try and match his vision.While Kelly is an offensive guru, let’s start with the defense since that is where the biggest transformation has taken place. Kelly inherited a team that ran the 4-3, with a focus on smaller, speedy players. The Eagles ran the Wide 9 the final two years of Andy Reid‘s tenure and that was about as far from what Kelly wants as you could get."
Sam Bradford is Eagles’ next big decision – Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com
"PHILADELPHIA – Chip Kelly took a hammer and chisel to the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster this offseason. So what comes next?ESPN’s Field Yates took a look at the next big roster decision facing all 32 NFL teams (Insider). For the Eagles, he picked a fairly expensive one: Sam Bradford. Arguably the single biggest move of Kelly’s remaking of the Eagles was his acquisition of Bradford from the St. Louis Rams."
5 Potential Trap Games on Philadelphia Eagles’ 2015 Schedule – Bryn Swartz of BleacherReport.com
"On paper, the Philadelphia Eagles appear to have a very favorable schedule. They don’t play any team coming off of a bye week, they travel the fewest amount of miles for any team in the National Football League, and they have the luxury of three straight home games in the month of December.That’s good for Chip Kelly and the Eagles, who missed the playoffs in 2014 despite winning 10 games. It was a late-season collapse by the Eagles, who dropped three in a row from Weeks 14 through Weeks 16, that did them in. Two of those games were against tough opponents in Seattle and Dallas, but it was the final game, against the 4-12 Washington Redskins, that really killed the season for the Eagles."
Carroll muscles way to top of Eagles CB depth chart – Nick Fierro of MCall.com
"More dues have been paid by Nolan Carroll than by any other cornerback on the Philadelphia Eagles roster. But that’s only part of the reason why he has emerged as the top contender to start opposite Byron Maxwell when the season begins.Another component is his complete understanding of the back end of their defense, which was developed while essentially playing a hybrid linebacker role in certain passing situations last year. That was his first season as an Eagle but fifth in the NFL."
N.J.’s Mike Trout weighs in on his beloved Eagles: ‘It’s going to be an interesting year to watch’ – Maria Guardado of NJ.com
"NEW YORK — Like most Eagles fans, superstar Mike Trout was intrigued by rumors that Chip Kelly would find a way to trade up in the 2015 NFL Draft to select his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in the first round.Despite being busy starring for the Los Angeles Angels, Trout followed the draft day buzz surrounding his favorite football team and even turned to ESPN’s Adam Schefter to try to get an inside scoop on the Eagles’ chances of landing Mariota."
I always think it’s hilarious to see Eagles’ players going back and forth with eachother on Twitter. Anyone that follows cornerback Brandon Boykin knows he is a big fan of NBA superstar LeBron James, and apparently he’s going to brag to fellow cornerback Byron Maxwell tomorrow morning about James’ performance in Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night.
Next: Eagles: Who Will Start Opposite Of Byron Maxwell?
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