After such a chaotic offseason full of risky moves, many are questioning whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles made the right choice by giving head coach Chip Kelly so much power. The third-year head coach was awarded the keys to the car despite winning a single playoff game in his first two seasons as an NFL head coach. But Kelly has a certain method that he likes to follow, yet did they make the right choice? All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Growing concerns over Kelly’s power and training regimen – Ed Kracz of TheIntell.com
Evan Mathis was good. Good enough that he was scheduled to make $5.5 million this season. He went to Pro Bowls in consecutive seasons and was durable, with 56 starts in four years in Philadelphia.
Mathis is also something else. He’s white. That didn’t stop Eagles coach Chip Kelly from sending his left guard to the unemployment line on Friday.
Thoughts, LeSean McCoy?
An insider’s invaluable insight into Chip Kelly – Mike Sielski of Philly.com
One of the first things that Bill McGovern learned from Chip Kelly was the proper way to go to bed. McGovern, the Eagles’ outside linebackers coach, grew up in Oradell, N.J., the son of a truck driver. His father left for work before the kids were awake and returned home after they were asleep, and he’d often wake McGovern up in the middle of the night – just like he did McGovern’s five brothers and two sisters – with a kiss on the forehead, the still-drowsy child not knowing whether Dad had just finished a road trip or was on his way out the door again.
“I thought,” McGovern was saying recently, “that’s the way you did it.”
The 4 Biggest Issues Facing Philadelphia Eagles with OTAs Wrapped – Andrew Kulp of BleacherReport.com
The Philadelphia Eagles have wrapped organized team activities, or OTAs, and are set to hold one final minicamp next week before training camp opens in July. But are they ready?
Obviously, it’s way too early to make evaluations, but if we’re being honest, there are a number of questions surrounding the Eagles as the 2015 season approaches. In fact, there may be more and bigger issues facing this football team than there were before OTAs ever got underway.
Answers won’t come until the Eagles hit the field in pads and at least get a few preseason games under their belts. These are the problems that are in need of solutions.
More on Mathis – Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com
In 2003 the Eagles had John Welbourn at LG and Jermane Mayberry at RG. That was a very good duo. Welbourn was a near-Pro Bowl type and Mayberry had been to one Pro Bowl. Both got hurt that year and the duo of Artis Hicks and Bobbie Williams ended up playing for them for part of the season. Hicks played well enough that the Eagles gave him an extension and intended to have him be a key backup. Williams got a big deal from the Bengals in free agency.
Just before the 2004 draft, Welbourn went on WIP and ripped the Eagles organization for not giving him a new deal. He had signed a contract extension 2 years before, but had outplayed that deal in his mind. He was being underpaid at that point, but had been overpaid at the beginning of the extension. The Eagles philosophy back then was to give out contract extensions quickly to avoid having to give huge deals to players once they were free agents and the market could set their value. Some players saw both sides of this. Welbourn didn’t. He wanted his money.
Andy Reid responded by trading Welbourn to the Chiefs. He got a 5th round pick in 2004 and a 4th rounder the next year.
Matt Barkley At QB: Remember Him? – Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Not long ago he was the quarterback in the center of the media frenzy. Now Matt Barkley walks off the field after an OTA session and stops for a single reporter to have a conversation.
“I’m just focused on my job and improving myself,” he says. “That’s all that matters.”
That’s the truth for the third-year quarterback who has been an afterthought for a Philadelphia media chasing the made-over quarterback position for the Eagles. There was the trade to acquire Sam Bradford, the re-signing of Mark Sanchez to a two-year contract and the addition of Tim Tebow to fan the flames of interest at the position.
If Eagles head coach Chip Kelly could print his own t-shirts, I’m pretty sure he would have created this one that tight end Zach Ertz is wearing in this recent photo. Quite an intriguing saying though, straight from Kelly’s mind.
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