There’s no denying that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has had a major impact on the landscape and thinking around the NFL since his arrival. Prior to this offseason, Kelly was working alongside general manager Howie Roseman but was awarded full control of all personnel decisions this offseason. With that power, Kelly has made some drastic and questionable decisions this offseason. Yet somehow the rest of the NFL is keeping a close eye on the Eagles head coach, whether it’s his offensive scheme or his cultural philosophies, it’s all being monitored. All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
No. 3: Chip Kelly Is Not Afraid to Fail – Emily Kaplan of MMQB.SI.com
"Since arriving in Philadelphia, Chip Kelly has toyed with convention, from calling plays with sideline flash cards to dictating the coconut content in post-practice smoothies. Those tweaks paled in comparison to what occurred over the last six months, as Kelly acquired personnel responsibilities and then treated the NFL offseason like a game of Risk.The coach staked his future on an injured quarterback in Sam Bradford, traded 2013 rushing champion LeSean McCoy and cut one of the league’s best guards, Evan Mathis. Fans in Philadelphia simmered, hypothesizing how (and when) Kelly’s gutsiness would implode. “The city is obsessed with Chip Kelly, because he drives us crazy,” says Howard Eskin, the longtime Philly sports talk radio host. “But Chip doesn’t care. The reason he’s influential is because he doesn’t get influenced by what people think.”"
Parkey Looks For More In Second Season – Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"It was a storybook first season: Traded late in preseason, Cody Parkey was brilliant as a rookie for the Eagles, all the way through his Pro Bowl experience. What does he do in 2015 for an encore?We all know the story and how Parkey emerged after the Eagles traded with Indianapolis just prior to the third preseason game last summer, how Parkey won the job and then went on to have the greatest rookie season, and, in some categories, most productive kicking season period, in Eagles history. It was absolute brilliance from Parkey, the boy-next-door-faced, earnest professional who keeps all of it, the whole story, very much in perspective. Being great in the NFL, Parkey is well aware, does not end after one season. The very best in the league do it on a consistent basis. They are great for years and years."
10 reasons the Giants will be a dumpster fire this season – Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com
"This week we’re taking a look at each of the Eagles’ divisional enemies, in detail. Yesterday, we blasted the Redskins. Today’s target will be the New York Giants. To note, we will not be talking about the positives of any of the Eagles’ NFC East rivals, because, well, that’s no fun. This will be 100 percent vitriolic. Also to note, this will be published in the Eagles Almanac, which you can pre-order here.1) Eli Manning was good last yearStatistically, 2013 was easily Eli Manning’s worst season. A year later, statistically, 2014 was arguably Eli Manning’s best season. So wait… Why is that a reason they’ll be a dumpster fire in 2015? Well, going into any new year with the Giants, their prospects of a successful season ride on the play of Eli Manning. Last year he was really good, and they still sucked."
Philadelphia Eagles’ No. 2 Cornerback Battle to Heat Up in Training Camp – Andrew Kulp of BleacherReport.com
"Two years of Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher patrolling the perimeters was enough for the Philadelphia Eagles. Williams and Fletcher were sent packing this offseason in favor of Byron Maxwell, who signed a massive free-agent contract to shore up the cornerback position.Of course, simple arithmetic shows the Eagles subtracted two and only added one in that equation. At this point in time, it’s still unclear who will start opposite Maxwell.It will have to be settled at training camp this summer."
Philadelphia Eagles rank as 7th most valuable NFL team – Brandon Lee Gowton of BleedingGreenNation.com
"The Philadelphia Eagles are once again featured in Forbes’ list of the top 50 most valuables sports teams in the world. According to Forbes, the Eagles are valued at $1.75 billion. Last year, the Eagles were valued at $1.314 billion. Keep in mind Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie bought the Eagles in 1994 for a mere cost of $185 million.But while the Eagles’ overall value has increased, their ranking has dropped. In 2014, the Eagles were the 17th most valuable sports team. Now the franchise ranks two spots lower at No. 19."
As if it wasn’t already obvious, Eagles starting center Jason Kelce is an absolute beast.
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