Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is close friends with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, that’s been known for quite sometime. The Eagles have shared the practice field with the Patriots during the first two years of Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia but that won’t be the case in 2015 since they’ll play each-other during the regular season. That won’t stop Kelly from continuing to pick Belichick’s brain and use some of the methods and ideas he’s learned from his close friend. All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Chip Kelly using Belichick playbook on personnel – David Murphy of Philly.com
"MALCOLM JENKINS said something last week that offered an interesting prism through which to view the Eagles’ frenetic offseason.“Look at New England,” the safety said. “It’s always about the team first. They obviously have one of the best quarterbacks on their team, but when you look at their roster, they move people in and out, plug people in and out, because they have a way that they do things. The Patriot Way. That’s how they win. I think that’s what Chip is trying to do here.”"
Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray could be upgrades – Phil Sherdian of ESPN.com
"PHILADELPHIA — For two seasons, coach Chip Kelly made relatively minor changes to the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster he inherited from Andy Reid. Kelly focused on getting the most out of the players he had while getting a feel for the NFL game.That all ended after the 2014 season. Given full control of personnel decisions, Kelly slashed and burned the Eagles’ roster. When he was done, it appeared the 2015 Eagles will have 10 new starters — five on offense, five on defense."
News, Notes And Odds And Ends – Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"Still five weeks away from the start of Training Camp, with not a ton to do, so let’s talk Eagles — what else? — and clear up some thoughts about this 2015 team.Nobody spends much time talking about this defensive line, and that’s too bad. There isn’t much glory in the two-gap style the Eagles play, but the coaching staff certainly knows how good the defense is at the line of scrimmage.“I think it was probably one of our strongest, if not our strongest position, last year as you go through the entire season,” head coach Chip Kelly said on the final day of the June mini-camp. “We think we provided a little bit more depth for it, but all those guys in another year in the system, Fletch (DE Fletcher Cox) and Vinny (DE Vinny Curry) and Ced (DE Cedric Thornton) and those guys have been here for a couple years, but then you throw (DT) Beau Allen and (DE) Taylor Hart into the mix with those guys, and we think we’ll have a good rotation and we’re excited about where we are from a defensive line standpoint.”"
"It means a lot to be here at the Rookie Symposium. It’s one of the first post-Draft events where so many of the rookies are together. Being able to come out here with my teammates has been a great experience because this is one of the first times we’ve had a chance to bond with our rookie class. We’ve been able to really talk, not worry about game plans, but just talk about real-life stuff.The Eagles have done a great job providing us with rookie training, and the Symposium is another way to remind us of the lessons that we are learning at our clubs. At the same time, I’ve gotten some really great lessons from the speakers here. Listening to Chris Herren talk about substance abuse and how it changed his life, I think everybody took note of that. And then hearing from guys like Eddie George and Ricky Williams, players that we grew up watching, sit up there and talk as past NFL players…it shows that the lifespan of an NFL player does go by very quickly so you need to make the most of it."
Lesean McCoy ranks No. 29 on NFL Top 100 list – Brandon Lee Gowton of BleedingGreenNation.com
"NFL Network has been running their annual NFL Top 100 series as voted on by the players. It was revealed on Wednesday night that former Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made the list at No. 29 overall. McCoy ranked as the fifth best player in the league last year, so he suffered a significant drop.McCoy is obviously no longer with the Eagles after being traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Kiko Alonso, but it was his 2014 performance which earned him a spot on this list."
Here’s a picture of the entire Eagles 2015 NFL Draft class at the Rookie Symposium (P.S. – Brian Mihalik is really tiny):
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