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  1. Great get. Thought he was the top HC candidate available, and obviously has AFC North familiarity. Loved Kaep. Talked more than once about wanting him in the draft and SF "stole him." Wouldn't be shocked to see that marriage. Good/Excellent offensive mind. Many players have had 'career years' under Jackson. Maximized AJ McCarron. Should be interesting. Work cut out for him in Cleveland but as good a hire as could be expected for any team needing a coach.
  2. Re: Chip the Coach - 26-21 record does not equal failure. He's a good X's and O's guy with some interesting and innovative concepts. Hopefully for him, and his next team, he learns from mistakes. Fully expect he will coach in the NFL in 2016, either in SF or elsewhere. Re: Chip the GM - From our friends over at Rams SB Nation site Turf Show Times: The Rams will have the 44th pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, thanks to the trade with the Eagles. Unless they can turn that into a rookie pro bowl pick, they have lost this trade. In my opinion, the Eagles won this trade outright. The Eagles got a starting corner and solid QB play. The Rams got a backup G/T and a backup QB. In my bold season predictions piece, I said Sam Bradford would outplay Nick Foles and it won't even be close. Unfortunately, Foles' performance made that look less like a bold prediction and more of a fact. Of course, that's just one writers opinion. But these numbers provide a much larger sample: 18% Rams (1128 votes) 82% Eagles (5092 votes)
  3. No one is blaming him for the loss but maybe I'm old school in the thought that yardage totals mean very little when you get blown out. Was he bad? No. Was he good? No. Playing well to me means giving yourself a chance to win the game. Converting 3rd downs. Making plays. I saw very little of that from Bradford Saturday night. Sure he had some drops but he also had some over throws. A good performance to me would be overcoming some of the negative plays.To me Bradford is a very average QB. I'm sure you could win with him but he's not going to win you many games. I think there's enough data on the guy to back that up. I think he did everything he could to give his team a chance to win. The shoddy defense and all the issues on offense he had nothing to do with were the primary reasons why the Eagles lost in my opinion. I've been very impressed by how Bradford has closed out this season so far. The Eagles are a gigantic mess but I think Bradford's play has been a real bright spot, especially given how I thought he was pretty poor in the first half of the season. He played well enough to win against Washington. Unfortunately, he was about the only one on the team who did. I agree. And this, IMO, has been the case much of the 2nd half of 2015. Some interesting things for a new staff and owner Jeff Lurie to consider: In the last 8 games he started and finished for Philly, the team went 6-2.In his last 7 games, he has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns while throwing only three interceptions. His passer rating during that stretch is a respectable 94.9. If that was his number for the season, he would rank 13th in the NFL, right behind Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.He has thrown to the drop squad all season. The Eagles have let more passes slip through their hands than any other team in the NFLHe's obviously a talented guy (#1 overall pick, Heisman, etc.) and has had bad luck with injuries. 2 ACL tears. That being said, it was encouraging to see him make it through a full season without any issues there, and I can tell you he's tough. That OLine did him no favors, he was sacked and hit lots, but stood tall in the pocket. IMO what a young QB needs is health, stability, and weapons. His health is it's own thing, but stability and weapons have been lacking as well. Bradford has had the same system/staff ONCE in his entire 6 year career, and this will be the case again in his 7th next year. That's ridiculous.His weapons in STL and PHI have been sub-par to say the least. Leading receivers in STL/PHI during his tenures: Danny Amendola, Brandon Lloyd, Brandon Gibson, Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Jordan Matthews. And the #2/#3 guys are wretched. To date, his legacy will be as a good, talented guy who had some bad luck with injuries, never got into a system for any length of time to develop comfort or rapport with his teammates, and never had very good weapons in any event. I honestly think I have seen enough to state that he could be pretty darn good, though. Gun to head, all else being equal, I'd take him today over 15-20 other starting NFL QBs going forward.
  4. 26-21. All this hate, you would think Chip at least had a sub-.500 record. Analogy: Cleveland is to Belichick what Philadelphia is to Kelly. He's going to go on to greatness somewhere. Statues will adorn "Chip Kelly Way" outside the stadium as commissioner Roger Goodell, III hands out the Kelly Trophy to the Super Bowl CXVI champion.
  5. "Kelly also reiterated that the Eagles wouldn't have traded for Sam Bradford if they only intended to keep him for one year. The quarterback said on Saturday that he'd like to return to Philadelphia next season, which Kelly said he already knew. “I know where Sam stood the whole season and we’re on the same page in terms of where we are, it’s just we don’t negotiate during the season with anybody," Kelly said. "So that wasn’t a ‘Hey, we don’t want Sam back.’ That’s just the way it is. Players shoudn’t be worried about a contract while the season is going on and that will be something that we will address after the season. That may be news to you guys, but it’s not news to us that Sam is happy here.” Asked about the Eagles' philosophy of not negotiating contracts during the season, the head coach said "that's the way it was explained to me." “That’s just the organization’s [philosophy], and I agree with it," Kelly said. "I don’t think any player should go be going out there on Sunday worrying about, ‘Do I have a contract? Do I not have a contract?’ That’s not what it’s about.” Read more at
  6. It's hilarious. Best Kempski has done in a while IMO. Completely trashes Stephen A. Smith's 'reporting' and hyperbole.
  7. Although Bradford threw 10 interceptions in his first seven games this season, he has five touchdown passes and just one pick in his last four contests. Over his last four starts, he has completed 80 of 123 passes (65.0%) for 898 yards and a 96.9 rating. The Eagles are also 5-1 in the last six games Bradford has started and finished. He's definitely getting more comfortable. I would speculate that if he's the guy in Philadelphia is 2016, having another year removed from the injuries and comfort in the system, he continues to take steps in the right direction. Echo the thoughts above that he's an A+ person and a very resilient guy.
  8. Bradford made the big plays when they counted most Mike Sielski, Inquirer ColumnistPosted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 3:01 AMThe standards for judging the quality of a quarterback's play are forever shifting and changing, forever ricocheting from statistics to Super Bowls to win-loss records to the intangible sense of whether you'd want him to have the ball when a game is on the line. So it shouldn't be surprising that Sam Bradford's brief tenure with the Eagles has been so difficult to evaluate. He has not put up the pinball-like numbers that one might have expected, before the season began, from a quarterback in Chip Kelly's system. He has not stayed healthy, missing two games with a concussion and a shoulder injury. He had been, through his first seven games, something he had not been throughout his career before joining the Eagles: turnover-prone. Yet for all the rightful complaints about Bradford then and the caution over the small sample size of his play since, here is what he's done over his last three games, all since the Eagles' bye week: 58 completions in 85 attempts for a 68.2 completion percentage, 651 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions. And here is what Bradford did Sunday in the Eagles' 35-28 victory over the Patriots, in a game in which the statistics (14-for-24, 120 yards) suggested that he was ordinary at best: four vital third-down completions, two for touchdowns and two for first downs. Without even one of those throws, the Eagles lose Sunday, and isn't that the best way to judge a quarterback, whether he makes the right play in a big moment? "That's kind of hard to say," Bradford said. "The great quarterbacks are the ones who do it on a consistent basis, regardless of whether it's a big play. They're all big plays. But to be able to execute in some of those critical situations, it's good to see." Amid the craziness of Sunday's game, the first of those completions was the one that's most easily forgotten: a 20-yarder to Jordan Matthews on third-and-10 in the second quarter. It extended the drive that culminated in the Eagles' first touchdown and Bradford's second key third-down throw: his five-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz. The third and fourth came in the fourth quarter, and they were Bradford's finest moments of the night: rolling right on third-and-2 and threading a perfect throw to Matthews for a 10-yard touchdown, hanging in the pocket on third-and-11 during the Eagles' next-to-last possession, when they needed a first down to keep Brady and the Patriots off the field, and finding Riley Cooper for 14 yards. "He came up clutch for us - really won us the game there," tackle Lane Johnson said. If Johnson's praise of Bradford seems excessive, take care to understand its context. When Bradford left that Nov. 15 game against the Dolphins because of that hellacious hit from linebacker Chris McCain, the Eagles led by three points. They eventually lost, 20-19, their last chance for salvaging a victory stolen from them by Mark Sanchez's indefensible decision to try to hit Miles Austin on a crossing route in the end zone. The pass was intercepted, and with Sanchez as their starter, the Eagles lost their next two games by a combined 59 points. Though there's no way to prove that Sanchez's interception brought on a collective psychological sag among his teammates, a here-we-go-again-with-this-guy kind of feeling, the theory isn't implausible. In fact, it was Kelly himself who, through his late-game play-calling Sunday, lent it credence. Look at that Eagles possession with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, with the Patriots down seven, with everyone in Philadelphia uneasy until Bradford hits Cooper. On first down, Kelly calls for Bradford to roll to his right and gives him a choice: throw the ball if someone is clearly open; otherwise, keep it. Bradford runs for no gain, forcing New England to use its second timeout. On second down, a handoff to Darren Sproles lost a yard, and the Patriots used their final timeout. Third-and-11, Brady standing on the opposite sideline, a big lead having shrunk to a one-score game - ask yourself if Kelly would have had Sanchez throw the ball in that situation. No way, no how. But he demanded Bradford's best in that moment, and he got it. "When you have a smart quarterback," Kelly said, "you trust him that he can do that." There will be questions galore in the weeks to come about Bradford's future with the Eagles. Will they try to re-sign him? Does he want to return? (He did not come to them of his own free will, after all. He was traded here.) What would a contract extension cost? What is he worth? Those answers will come in time, only after everyone sees what Sam Bradford does over these next four weeks, whether he continues to be the quarterback he was Sunday. "I felt like I made the plays when they had to be made," he said. For the Eagles' long-term future, that sounds like something they could live with, and might have to. For one game that no one expected them to win, it was everything. @MikeSielski Read more at
  9. 25-19 to date, with a legit chance to win 2 NFC East Division titles in 3 years. Better than a 'retread' hire IMO. Hard pressed to think of many college coaches whom have done better the first time around the block in the NFL.
  10. Peter King's take from MMQB I think there is nothing more startling this season—so far anyway—than the Eagles playing two sub-.500 teams in the span of five days and surrendering 45 points to each. And getting routed in each game. But I wouldn’t take the easy way out and infer what so many are: that Chip Kelly’s going to parachute into some great college job and abandon the Eagles five weeks from now. Now, it’s easy to be burned by predicting what wise coaches with options will do. Remember the Nick Saban saga nine years ago? In his second year as Dolphins savior, Saban said with three weeks left in the season: “I’m not going anywhere.” With a week left, Saban said: “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.” Three days after the season, standing on the Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Saban said: “What I realized in the last two years is that we love college coaching.” So do not ignore the Kelly-to-USC chatter, or the Kelly-to-anywhere chatter. Just as I didn’t think Saban was going anywhere (he told me so, twice, in the last month before he left), I don’t think Kelly is going anywhere either, because I don’t think he’s a quitter. When he was at Oregon, it wasn’t as if he was necessarily in the place where he could see himself coaching forever. When he got the Eagles’ job I thought part of it was for the challenge of competing on a level playing field, not one where the corporate and alumni world can make such a difference in winning and losing. One more observation: Had Saban signed Drew Brees in 2006 instead of listening to team medics who told him Brees’ shoulder surgery would make that season iffy for the quarterback, there’s a good chance the Dolphins would have at least one Super Bowl in the last decade and Saban would still be in Miami. And if Sam Bradford had worked out and played great—there is still time, but Bradford hasn’t played well enough to erase the doubts people had on him before the March trade to Philadelphia—these questions about Kelly’s future would be moot. Gut feeling: Unless Jeffrey Lurie gets Tennessee’s first-round pick for Kelly, and Kelly’s serious about re-starting his NFL life in Tennessee next year (with his former Oregon QB, Marcus Mariota), Kelly stays. With Lurie’s full support.
  11. Horrible to see Foles performance this season, as an admitted fan from his time in Philadelphia. Thought the kid had toughness and was a really good guy off the field. His last 5 games in Philadelphia (2014 weeks 4-8) it kinda looked like there were some real 'chinks in the armor.' 7 TDs/8 INTs, 77.8 Rating, only over 5.8 YPA once, but with the Eagles winning 3 of those 5, and 6 of 8 that season, I had to think the 'real' version of this kid was somewhere between the phenomenal 2013 and the yuck he exhibited in 2014. Read reports that he was a 'leader' and really took charge in camp, and when he was extended I figured he would be a 'good not great' NFL starter, and fit perfectly in a run heavy offense with a solid D. Very sad to see a guy I rooted for and thought well of take this much of a turn south. Never saw the bottom falling out this much, or this quickly.
  12. Spoke to media today, says plans on practicing today and playing Sunday. Looks like a day of rest yesterday, not uncommon for Tomlin to hold some of the vets out on a Wed.
  13. Deleted...duplicate info. Glad DEN didn't get a stud LT for what I consider cheap. 1/2 and a 4 back would be a steal.
  14. Yep. STL and PHI. Two of the worst WR corps. Bradford wasn't placed with great supporting casts, IMO, but what #1 pick is? He has to elevate the guys around him at some point, and he's had some time in the league to start (or have been doing) just that. STL has been lacking WR talent since Holt/Bruce and PHI decimated theirs over the last two years, and that does make it harder.
  15. Says who? Because they have trouble adding. Whether it's drop rate or total number, Eagles are 3rd. You're here every waking hour. You saw the link. Highest drop percentage since 2007Says some twitter warrior? No really I didn't see the link. Cause my link has what the NFL officially calls drops. Here's the link, from an article on Birds 24/7. They cite Pro Football Focus: that it matters in this eternal quarrel you all seem to be engaged in, but PFF and Eagles best reporter Tim McManus state 'highest drop rate by (wide) receivers'... not as a team. So the team rate is 3rd. The WR rate is historically bad. FWIW, IMO posting good info from Twitter is more useful than the bickering. Whether they have the most drops or the third most drops, all you have to do is watch the games to see how it's stalling drives, costing us touchdowns, or bouncing right into defenders' hands. It's infuriating to watch as a fan. We literally don't have a single reliable receiver.I'll agree, the pass catchers have been poor. As a team, they are third worst. Taking just the WRs, they are dead last and worst in several years. The WR corps in PHI stinks on ice. Jettisoned DJax, Maclin. Matthews, Huff, Agholor don't look to be worth the investment. Austin and Cooper shouldn't be on the field. These decisions over the last two years (two diff GM's) have collectively harmed this team as it comes to WR corps. The whole point isn't to argue ratings as IMO drops are crazy subjective, and lots are on the QB. It's one more piece of information to analyze, though, and a telling one. Bottom line: Sam's been inconsistent, made bad decisions, missed throws, and had far less help than the average team. I hope PHI goes a different direction as an Eagles fan, but that's not going to happen until 2016.