Nice job by G Giovanni on YouTube. Little misty in here.17 Comments
Nice job by G Giovanni on YouTube. Little misty in here.17 Comments
Kristian Dyer of the Metro in New York is reporting that, should Marcus Mariota be available at the six spot, the Jets will trade the pick to the Eagles:
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a highly-placed league source termed a potential marriage between Mariota , the Heisman and Maxwell Award winner after a stunning 2014 season, and the Jets as “highly unlikely.” The source said that the Jets aren’t in the mood to pick Mariota with their sixth pick and that if the Oregon quarterback is available, the “Jets will be shipping that pick away.”
The source said with “100 percent certainty” that if Mariota is available at No. 6 it will be the Eagles, and not the Jets, who will be picking at that spot.
“The Eagles covet Marcus and rightly so. He’s a great fit for their offense,” the source said. “This could be a case where the Jets could cash in and would be willing to do so. Not quite Ricky Williams level but we’re talking multiple picks and perhaps a player.”
My God, this reads like erotic fan-fiction. Anyone else getting a little warm on this snowy day?28 Comments
Last year, Kelly dumped DeSean Jackson, arguably the NFL’s best deep threat receiver.
Now it’s Shady McCoy, who only rushed for more yards than anyone in the NFL over the past five years.
Moves like these come with Kelly, just like the revolutionary offense he introduced in 2013 when he made his NFL coaching debut.
He is not afraid, even in a place like Philly, where they once booed Santa Claus.
I like his style. Reminds me of Jimmy Johnson.
Yet I’m wondering: Has Chip Kelly lost his mind?
That is about as generic and lazy as sports writing comes… not counting my effort on this post, of course.
H/T to Eytan and Mr. Blitz16 Comments
When the well is dry we can always turn to former Eagles front officer Joe Banner to opine on whatever the hell Joe Banner feels like opining on. Today: the salary cap and geopolitics.
The notoriously stingy Banner tweeted, somewhat passive aggressively, that his Eagles would NEVER ask a player to take a pay cut the way the current Eagles have been (rumored to be) doing:
Well, unless you exclude Jon Runyan, who took a pay cut in 2005.
But enough about the Birds. Banner was more interested in that Netanyahu speech:
Love it. Joe’s basically now just an Internet commenter who transitions seamlessly from cap talk to the power vacuum creating by overzealous Neocons in the Middle East. I can only assume a Tweet about Kacie McDonnell’s jugs is forthcoming.27 Comments
We’re very much for a switch back to Kelly Green for the Eagles, but the “Midnight Green” is Christina Lurie’s baby and there are no signs it’s going away anytime soon. Still, Kelly Green jerseys excite us, and they excite you too, so here’s a concept sent to by Brian Martone Illustration & Design. In the caption for the image on Facebook, Martone explained the elements:
1. Kelly Green is back!
2. Taking great inspiration from the 1960 uniforms – the numbers will be 1 solid color, with the wing on the helmet being silver with a slight white outline. Classic and timeless.
3. Logotype is a hybrid of the current and 1980s version.
4. New diving eagle has speed and aggression. Key components of a Chip Kelly led team.
The Kelly Green used in the concept above, as you can see, is a little lighter than the Cunningham-era green, and closer to the 1960 throwbacks they wore a few seasons ago and the Pantone definition of “Kelly Green”:
The jerseys themselves look good. Updated, classic, not overly Nike-ified. But that logo is some straight-up Madden Create-a-Team stuff. Personally, I’d be totally on board with this rebrand — minus the logo — if they knocked that green a shade or two darker. I want a rich green, not that fake grass in your Easter basket green.
Kyle: F-ing love it. But yeah, go away, logo. Go away. I don’t like you. Still, the whole thing is all much better than that full-logoed Eagles helmet.
Fashion editor Dan: I like them, but helmets don’t match the numbers (stroke on helmet logo, no stroke on numbers).37 Comments
It can’t be official until next week, but it certainly looks like the Eagles are in the market for a new running back. And why not look in the same place you looked before. According to Pro Football Talk, just one year after making a move to get Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles are interested in picking up potentially-former Saint Mark Ingram in free agency.
Ingram, who PFT ranked as the third best likely free agent running back behind DeMarco Murray and C.J. Spiller (Eagles interested in them, too?), had a Pro Bowl (replacement) year last year with nine touchdowns and 964 rushing yards on 4.3 yards per attempt. McCoy averaged 4.2 yards per attempt but outran Ingram by 355 yards. Ingram’s downhill running style may be appealing to Chip Kelly, according to PFT, and the Eagles would now have much more cap room than the Saints do to offer him a deal. It’s all part of the plan, seemingly, to turn the Eagles into Chip Kelly Presents: Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles, assembled by Chip Kelly™.
For what it’s worth, Ingram is 17 months younger than McCoy.23 Comments
ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted late last night that a source close to McCoy (who sounds an awful lot Drew Rosenhaus) says Two Dimes is not at all happy about the trade and, yeah, probably wants an extension. Here are her Tweets, aggregated:
A source close to LeSean McCoy to me on how the #Eagles RB feels about news of an agreement to trade McCoy to Buffalo: “He’s a Pennsylvania kid. He’s never played football outside of Pennsylvania—high school, college, pro. So of course he’s not happy. Sounds like it’s pretty final to me unless LeSean is refusing to go to Buffalo.”
On whether the source believes McCoy will make a trade to Buffalo difficult, in light of McCoy’s initial reaction to the news:
“It’ll be interesting to see how this process plays itself out because he’s an interesting individual. In your mind, when you think of Buffalo you think of cold and losing games. It’s not like it’s the Philadelphia market where you’re always on t.v. and you’re playing for like the division title or that type of thing…It was unexpected. I’ll tell you that much.”
The source on how McCoy is feeling at the moment:
Honestly, he’s frustrated…It’s alright. It’s the league. I told him that. I guess he just never experienced that, but he was like ‘why me.'”
The source said he thinks McCoy is “not going to make it easy, that’s for sure.”
The source on whether the trade news was a surprise:
“Honestly we were under the impression the whole time, that eventually at some point, Chip [Kelly] was going to ask LeSean to restructure his contract–not a pay cut, but convert some of his signing bonus.”
The trade can’t become official until next Tuesday at 4 p.m. Expect a lot of posturing between now and then.18 Comments