Recent News

Chip Kelly Responds to LeSean McCoy’s Comments

May 28th, 2015 at 5:27 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Chip Kelly held a press conference on Thursday before the Philadelphia Eagles' OTA practice. It was the first time Kelly spoke to members of the media since LeSean McCoy insinuated that Kelly was a racist because he "got rid of all the good black players" during an interview with ESPN the Magazine.

I have a great respect for LeSean; however, in this situation, I think he's wrong. We put a lot of time looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players and color has never been one of them.

Kelly was asked if he and McCoy had talked at all and Kelly said that he had called McCoy twice and McCoy did not except his call. He then called McCoy's agent and told his agent that he would "love to talk to him". McCoy has yet to call his former head coach back.

It is unclear when Kelly made those calls to McCoy. Kelly said something similar when he was trying to talk to McCoy right after he was traded to the Buffalo Bills.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Evan Mathis Has not Reported to OTA’s

May 27th, 2015 at 12:36 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

One position the Philadelphia Eagles did not address during the draft or free agency was the offensive line.

Maybe they should have.

11-year veteran Evan Mathis, who is considered to be one of the best guards in the league, did not reported to the Eagles organized team activities on Tuesday. It is likely Mathis will not show up in Philadelphia until the start of training camp in late July. He could also hold during that period, too.

Mathis was looking for a new deal from the Eagles a year ago, and the team told him he could seek a trade. Chip Kelly said in one of his press conferences earlier this offseason that Mathis and his agent have been given permission to seek a trade for two years now.

According to Kelly, the Eagles have not received an offer for the 33-year old guard.

This could turn into a big problem for the Eagles. They cannot trade Mathis at this point, unless they get an offensive lineman in return. The team released Todd Herremans at the start of the offseason and are going to replace him with someone who is already on the roster. Losing Mathis would be devastating for an offensive line that already has no real depth.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Will the Philadelphia Eagles Target Free Agent Safety D.J. Swearinger?

May 11th, 2015 at 1:48 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger has apparently been released by team, this according to his personal Instagram account.

One heck of an opportunity #texannation I appreciate everything and the opportunities and memories!! It's time for a new chapter and the defining moment of my career!! So long #HOUSTONTEXANS

The team has yet to make any statement about the move, but the Texans were reportedly trying to trade the safety earlier this offseason.

The Philadelphia Eagles still do not have a clear cut starter at the safety spot opposite Malcolm Jenkins.

During the draft, the Eagles selected Eric Rowe, who has the ability to play either safety, or cornerback. Over the weekend the Eagles held a rookie mini-camp and had Rowe working exclusively at cornerback. Rowe said during his introduction to the Philadelphia media that he would like to be put at one position and stay there during the season. So do not expect him to be moved to safety.

Swearinger, 5'11" 208 lbs, was drafted in the second round from South Carolina during the 2013 draft by the Houston Texans. During his two years in the NFL, Swearinger started 22 of 32 games at safety for the Texans. He recorded 106 tackles, 10 passes defended, three interceptions, one sack, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

The Philadelphia Eagles Anncounce the Signing of Four Rookies.

May 8th, 2015 at 12:30 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of four out of the six rookies they drafted last week. They have agreed to terms with Nelson Agholor, Eric Rowe, Randall Evans, and Brian Mihalik.

The Eagles signed first round pick Nelson Agholor to a four-year deal on Thursday. NFL.com's Chris Wesseling is reporting that the deal is for $9.377 million over the four years with a signing bonus of $5.1 million and $8.8 million guaranteed.

Agholor is expected to make an immediate impact on the offensive side of the ball. The six foot, 198 pound receiver could be the replacement for Jeremy Maclin on the outside, while Jordan Matthews remains in the slot. Chip Kelly has said he likes his rookies to focus on one thing during their first year, so if he is on the outside, expect him to stay there for season.

The Eagles have also announced the signing of second round pick Eric Rowe on Wednesday. The details of his contract have not been disclosed by the team, but the length of the contract is for four years.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

LeSean McCoy Tells ESPN That Chip Kelly ‘Got Rid of All the Good Black Players’

May 6th, 2015 at 12:46 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Former Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said he was done talking about Philadelphia and the Eagles, and the Eagles' thought they were done talking about him.

Guess not.

In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, which hits the stands on May 25th, McCoy was asked to compare his former coach Chip Kelly with his new head coach Rex Ryan.

The relationship was never really great. I feel like I always respect him as a coach. I think that's the way he runs his team. He wants full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That's the truth… It's hard to explain with him. But there's a reason why he got rid of all the black players – the good ones – like that.

While some of Kelly's moves are questionable, implying he is racist does not make any sense.

Kelly replaced McCoy with DeMarco Murray, who led the league in rushing a year ago. In case McCoy did not realize, Murray is an African American. The Eagles have added 11 African Americans to their roster this offseason. So the argument that Kelly is a racist is just absurd.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...