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You’ll Never Guess Which Team Signed Kurt Coleman

via LSUFreek

via LSUFreek

Three months after admitting that he’s better off staying out of the way on personnel decisions, and just a month after reaffirming his belief in 1960s old ball coach tactics, Andy Reid and his Chiefs have signed former Eagles (failed) draft picks Mike McGlynn and, now, Kurt Coleman.

From the National Football Post:

Veteran safety Kurt Coleman has joined the Kansas City Chiefs, according to his agent, Blake Baratz.

Coleman was cut by the Minnesota Vikings.

Coleman, 25, is a former Ohio State standout drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft.

Said Reid in June:

“About a year ago, I found out what I wasn’t good at because [I was] out the door,” said Reid, now the Kansas City Chiefs coach. “I went back, and I looked at it, and . . . I drifted away from the thing I love doing most, and that was coaching.”

“I took [myself] completely out, dealt more with personnel . . . stopped calling the plays, all those things,” Reid said.

And in the past week the Chiefs have signed McGlynn and Coleman. I’m telling you, the firefighter is next.

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Video: Swoop Drafts Bob Ley in the SportsCenter Fantasy League

Personally, I like the choice of local boy Kevin Negandhi by Victor Cruz, but Swoop’s going for the crafty veteran with the terrible hair. But I’ve got some questions. Was Czarniak a first rounder? Did SVP go number one? Olbermann is a big gun, but isn’t on the show yet, where do you pick him? Will it turn out better than my own Fantasy Football draft? The answer to that last one is yes, according to Yahoo’s “C” rating.


Every SI Writer Predicts Eagles Win Division, None Pick Them to Advance to Conference Championship

Man, the consensus for the Eagles’ season is to make playoffs, maybe win a game, and do no more. I’m slightly more bullish than that, but MMQB writers are not:

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They all picked some combination of Packers-Seahawks-Saints-49ers to make the NFC Championship game. I think the Eagles are better than both the Packers and Saints, and the Seahawks are poised for a post-Super Bowl letdown.

Other predictions are rolling in:

Based on statistical analysis, ESPN predicts the Eagles will go 10-6, with high win mark of 12 and a low of 9.

Jeff McLane and Zach Berman predict 10-6 and 9-7.

I hate all the game-by-game predictions arriving at a final record– there are too many variables. Best to just pick a wins total and go with it.


Your End of Week Roundup

Sixers Draft Pick You Forgot About Will Play in League You Didn’t Know About

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan McRae, one of the 400 players the 76ers drafted in the 2nd round this year, is going to be playing pro basketball in Australia. McRae was the 58th pick of the 2014 draft and traded to the 76ers from the Spurs, and will now suit up for Melbourne United in the NBL. McRae was named to the Second Team of the Summer League’s All-NBA squad when he averaged 21 points on 50% shooting in four appearances.

One report thinks the Sixers retain the right to call McRae back to the NBA until January, but if not, he’ll spend the year playing in the same league as Josh Childress. And that is what Josh Childress is up to.

This Evolution of Madden Video Reminds You How Many Hours and Hours You’ve Played These Games

The video above, via Barstool, shows the evolution of every few years of the Madden video game franchise over the past 26 years. It’s gotten me excited to play Madden 15, but I’d also be fine pulling out Maddens 02/03/04.

Soothsayer Larry Mendte Says the Eagles Won’t Win the Super Bowl

Call of the parade, Eagles fans, the harbinger of Eagles success has announced that they will not win a Super Bowl this year, so let’s just pack it up. That Nostradamus of professional football is Larry Mendte, and he just knows this year is not the year:

After false prophets who came to Philadelphia and fell short of leading us to the Promised Land, Eagles fans believe they have found their Messiah. And I am now put in the unenviable position of having to yell at the Chipnotized, “Snap out of it! It’s not going to happen this year!”

That hurts to admit. There are just way too many questions. I believe Nick Foles can and will be a star in this league. But, the defense is still suspect, as is the kicker. Depth is also a problem. What happens if offensive linemen Jason Peters or running back LeSean McCoy gets hurt? Injuries at key positions are inevitable. The Eagles don’t have the depth at most positions to compensate.

The great prognosticator of the Philadelphia fan has spoken, and his will shall be done.


And Thus Concludes the Career of Alex Henery

Jeff McLane:

Alex was going to be up, but it was a longer field goal,” Parkey said. “They saw me hit the first one, so they wanted to see if I could do it again.”

It was the strongest indication that Chip Kelly, when he trims his roster to 53 before Saturday’s deadline for the regular season, had already made a decision. Parkey, acquired last week in a trade with the Colts, made a compelling case.

“That’s what we brought him in [for], to give Alex some competition,” Kelly said. “We’ll go through everything, what the whole week was like with him, and make our decisions on anybody tomorrow.”

Parkey’s other long field goal was a 54-yarder in the second quarter. He was also good from 25 yards just before the half. To put Parkey’s long-distance kicks into perspective, Henery had hit only 2 of 5 field goals beyond 50 yards in his NFL career, his longest at 51 yards.

Yeah, he done.




My Dad’s Fantasy Football Draft List Was Just Spectacular

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As I’ve mentioned, I had my fantasy draft last night. My Dad and I are co-managing Footlong Foles. This is the first time we’ve shared a team, but we’ve been playing fantasy sports (mostly baseball), sporadically, since the early-90s. Back then, to prepare for the draft, we would sit around the kitchen table with newspapers and a copy of Who’s Who in Baseball (the book that forever confused me about the meaning of the word who) and compile our draft lists. The whole process was done with pen and paper, and sometimes a calculator to compute a stat my Dad called Power, which was simply the sum of a player’s home runs and RBIs. I think this is still how Ruben Amaro prepares for the Winter Meetings. Anyway, the rest of us have evolved with time and use websites, computer programs and apps to prepare for our drafts. But not my Dad. No, no. In advance of ours last night, for which I readied 20 minutes beforehand with Football Guys’ Dominator app (which is great), he forwarded me an email that had originally been auto-sent by a copier, because that’s the ultra modern contraption he used to scan his handwritten, handruled draft rankings – a homebrew cheat sheet based on magazine and website(!) data - and turn them into a versatile PDF.

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Incredibly, however, he FaceTimed me in for the draft so we could discuss and make our selections in real-time. Which was a great relief, because had that not worked, I’m pretty sure the backup plan was to telegram our picks in.


Video: Nick Foles Surprises Fantasy Drafts

God I love Nick Foles’ sponsors: Acme and Courtyard by Marriott. I swear Smuckers is next, and with a name like that, it has to be good!

Foles – loosely dressed as a waiter, but mostly as a hipster Nick Foles – surprised a bunch of fantasy leagues holding their drafts at the Courtyard Marriot by the airport, apparently the day after the Eagles’ first pre-season game. I’ll just go ahead and assume this was real and not staged (“Dude, Nick Foles sucked yesterday!”) because these guys melting when they realize Foles is their waiter is outstanding.

Nick and I are going to have a fantasy relationship this year. He just had to be on Footlong Foles, the early favorite to destroy the league:

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Picked up Jeremy Hill after the fact for added redundancy. Should just shut the league down now.


Chip Kelly Even Cuts Players in an Unconventional Way

There's probably a very practical reason why he's licking this mic

There’s probably a very practical reason why he’s licking this mic

If you’ve ever watched Hard Knocks, you know that the usual player-cutting procedure is with the Head Coach and GM, or the position coach, or the coordinator. Very rarely are all of those guys involved at the same time. But Chip Kelly is unconventional, and even when he tells you he doesn’t want you on his team any more, he’s doing it in a different way. According to PhillyMag, Kelly’s cuts include everyone. He said:

“Obviously every guy that’s here that’s part of the 90-man roster, their lifelong dream is to be an NFL football player. To be the one to have to tell them that it’s not gonna happen here is difficult, and it’s something that is inevitable. You have to go from 90 to 75 and from 75 to 53. It’s part of the job, but it’s not a fun part of the job. We make sure that every player meets with me, every player meets with his position coach, every player meets with the coordinator on their side of the ball. You try to be as human as you can with it, but it’s always a difficult time when someone’s goal is to play in this league.”

And linebacker Najee Goode, who was previously cut by the Buccaneers before making the Eagles roster last year, said not everyone does it that way:

“I talked to Coach Schiano, and that was pretty much it. Never got to talk to my linebacker coach, never really got a chance to talk to the GM. I was kind of left unclear. That’s why Coach Kelly has always talked to us, he always wants to get a better, clearer understanding of who we are as a person. He always preaches, ‘Even if you’re leaving this team… you want to leave here as a better man, as a better person, as a better player.’”

There’s a lot of talk when players are cut about “wanting them to still make a roster.” In most cases it’s probably filler, just something to say in that meeting before you ask them for their playbook. With the Eagles, players seem to believe it. Emmanuel Acho said, “they care a lot about just helping you make the NFL … they want you to make the league. Even if you can’t make this roster, they want to help you make another roster.” The Eagles have to trim the roster from its current size (75) down to the required 53 on Saturday, but Kelly insists on doing it the right way.

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