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Oh Hey, Your Clickbait DeMarco Murray Headline Will Need to Be Reworked

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Despite some alarmist headlines about DeMarco Murray sitting out on Sunday, it turns out that the Eagles’ new running back had just been flagged as having a low hydration level by the team’s sports science monitors (the ones written about here):

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I hate to say I told you so, so I won’t. But Jim did, in fact, tell you so, writing last night:

So what was it? We have no idea, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was, well, sports science.

Is it reasonable to believe they kept Murray out of full-team work on the first day of camp because of something they saw on those trackers? Absolutely. Is that what happened? No idea.

Seriously, just read CB. This was so obvious but not as juicy as the DEMARCO PERPLEXED HE SAT OUT takes. What’s the saying– can’t see the forest through the trees?

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Eagles Training Camp Hype Video

Not gonna lie– this got me fired up, even if they chose the most stereotypical South Philly house possible:

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Report: The Eagles Are Discussing a Short-Term Contract Extension for Sam Bradford

Your quarterback. Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Your quarterback. Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Werder, apparently taking a break from the Cowboys beat, reports that the Eagles and Sam Bradford are discussing a short-term extension:

The Philadelphia Eagles have interest in tying starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the franchise beyond the upcoming season, and have begun discussing a contract extension, according to sources.

It is not expected the negotiations would result in a long-term contract but more likely an agreement providing the team control of Bradford past the 2015 season, the final year of his current contract.

This is a bet hedge on both sides. If Bradford plays great, the Eagles lock him up (yes, I never thought I’d write the Eagles lock Sam Bradford up) for another season or two without breaking the bank. For Bradford, he’s guaranteed a little more money should his knee(s) implode and render him utterly useless as a football player.

But, I just hate the idea that my hometown – your hometown – Eagles are pursuing an even short-term extension with Bradford. Something just feels off about this. They’ve parted ways with some legitimate talent (perhaps for legitimate reasons), but want to make sure Bradford doesn’t grow too big to grasp? You know, I am 100% in Chip’s camp, but there seems to be a bit of Ruben Amaro’s Hey-I-Know-That-Guy philosophy at work here. The same way Rube seems to accumulate 2007 All-Stars is the same way Chip seemingly favors 2009-ish college stars and former Oregon players. That sort of thing is a bad fantasy strategy, and it’s an even worse real-world strategy. Nothing about this excites me.

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DeMarco Murray Was Perplexed about Being Held Back in Camp, but Was It for SPORTS SCIENCE?

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarco Murray was held out of full-team drills yesterday. Today, he participated fully in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. According to NJ.com, Murray isn’t hurt, he doesn’t know why he was held out, and he’s not gonna ask because “I just do what I’m told.” Chip probably loves this guy.

“Some guys get more reps one day,” Murray said, “and another day another guys gets more reps.”

He also swore he’s not injured.

So what was it? We have no idea, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was, well, sports science.

We know DeMarco Murray carried the ball a lot last year, and players who carried the ball as much as he did typically don’t replicate their success the next year. We also know Chip uses wearable-trackers for his players to keep an eye on their health. He told Grantland last year, using Brent Celek as an example:

“We may take [tight end] Brent Celek out of a team period on a Tuesday afternoon and just say, because of the scientific data we have on him, ‘We may need to give Brent a little bit of a rest.’ We monitor them very closely.”

Is it reasonable to believe they kept Murray out of full-team work on the first day of camp because of something they saw on those trackers? Absolutely. Is that what happened? No idea. But it’s a good sign that they’re already keeping an eye on Murray’s workload on day one. Not sure how much confidence that instills… but yeah.

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Chip Kelly’s Secret Marriage Wasn’t a Secret, It’s Just that No One Asked

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly is a private guy. We know that, and it’s also the focus of NFL.com reporter Albert Breer piece on Kelly that went up today (which is a must-read). But he’s not actively hiding himself from people, he just doesn’t like the media and putting his personal stuff out there. He told Breer that it’s not like he was hiding that he was once married, it was simply that no one ever asked about it:

“She’s awesome,” Kelly said of ex-wife Jennifer Jenkins. “She’s a good person. And I was married for a while. And I never tried to hide that — it was in the University of New Hampshire media guide, just like it always was. And I was never asked the question before. No one ever said that, so I don’t know why it’s a revelation. Not a revelation to me. Everybody in my life — my family, my parents, her family, my girlfriend now — they all know what my life is all about. I’m not a People Magazine or an US Magazine guy.”

Quick, everyone ask Chip any possible question you can think of. It’s the only way to get the truth.

Kyle: Imagine if his current girlfriend – this girlfriend? – found out that he was previously married by reading the Washington Post story.

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The Vikings Twitter Fights Perception With This Gem

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Not pictured: the switch AP used to beat the kid because he said “cheek kisses only DAMMIT!”

More perception fighting: the Eagles need to post a link to a Spuds story about Chip doing an urban mentorship program ASAP. It’s time to go on the offensive against these thinly-veiled accusations of racism. Someone get him Olivia Pope (she can leave Nnamdi at home, though).

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Brandon Boykin Clarifies (Or Backs Off) His Comments About Chip Kelly

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Brandon Boykin explained his comments about Chip Kelly at Steelers training camp today. From The Guardian:

“When you’re a player, you want to be able to relate to your coach off the field,” Boykin told reporters at the Steelers training camp. “There were times he just didn’t talk to people. You would walk down the hallway, he wouldn’t say anything to you. I’m not saying he’s a racist in any way.”

Boykin added that other players shared his sentiments about Kelly. “I felt a lot of guys in that locker room feel the same way,” he said. “Of course, when you’re in the organization, you’re not going to voice your opinion. For me, I’ve always been a guy of honesty. Not trying to put anybody out in any way, but if you’re honest with me, I’ll be honest with you, and I felt like that honesty wasn’t there all the time.”

So it’s either one of two things:

1) Boykin is retreating and doubling-down on semantics. I said “culture.” You know, like young guys. Football guys. Oh, oh, haha, you thought I meant black players? Haha. No. Just young guys. Yeah, totally that. Not black players at all. That would be CRAAAAAZY to say that. Lol. We good?

2) Boykin is an idiot and a baby and didn’t realize that his comments would throw off the race vibe when in reality he’s just overly sensitive and upset because Chip didn’t make small talk with him in the hallway.

FOOTBALL!

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UPDATE: Brandon Boykin Just Implied That Chip Kelly Is a Racist

Chip addressing the media today

Chip addressing the media today

For the second time in three seasons, Eagles training camp is kicking off with a race issue.

The recently-traded Brandon Boykin told Derrick Gunn in a text that, yep, Chip Kelly is basically a racist. Geoff Mosher writing about Gunn’s scorching inbox:

In a text message to Comcast SportsNet’s Derrick Gunn, Boykin said Kelly is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”

“He can’t relate and that makes him uncomfortable,” Boykin added in the text message. “He likes total control of everything, and he don’t like to be uncomfortable. Players excel when you let them naturally be who they are, and in my experience that hasn’t been important to him, but you guys have heard this before me.”

The “heard this before me” reference pertains to other Eagles who were sent packing, one way or another, during Kelly’s tenure as head coach. Kelly’s third training camp starts Sunday at the NovaCare Complex.

Gulp.

This is now becoming a theme. And whether these accusations from spurned players are real or imagined, the damage is done. Chip is cast as a racist. It’s that simple.

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There are so many layers to this that can’t be unpacked in a single blog post. So for now, that’s what was said. We’ll see how Chip responds… though if I’m an Eagles PR guy, I’m sending Chip out on a community project in the deep hood, stat.

UPDATE: At his press conference, Chip seemed genuinely surprised and disappointed at Boykin’s comment. Said he gave him a handshake and a hug when he left last night. Said Boykin had a great work ethic. Said he liked Boykin. He admitted that he’s disappointed by the comments made by Boykin and others. Here’s the audio:

UPDATE 2: Chip said Mychal Kendricks isn’t going anywhere. “You can write that down in ink, not pencil.” What about in editable online type?

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