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Don’t Be So Sure the Eagles will Pass All Night

Mark Saltveit - October 19, 2015

The New York Giants’ pass defense has been terrible all year (304 YPG), and starting CB Prince Amukamara is out injured for tonight’s game.

Meanwhile, they’ve given up the second fewest rushing yards in the NFL, 80.6 YPG, so many writers are predicting that the Eagles will pass all day and forget about the run, especially with their best RB Ryan Mathews a game-time decision.

I don’t think so. The Giants are vulnerable on the ground and I expect Chip Kelly to attack there. Those run defense statistics are misleading, because the Giants haven’t faced many good RBs. Shady was out for Buffalo, and the light had not yet come on for Devonta Freeman when the Giants faced him.

Freeman notched only 1.8 yards per carry in week one (against the Eagles) and 2.1 against NY in week two. Since then he has racked up 462 yards on 84 carries (5.5 YPC).

Last week, though, Carlos Hyde picked up 93 yards against the Giants (4.4 YPC). It was his highest total since week one, and the Giants were hard-pressed to beat the 49ers at home.

New York’s front line is not scary in JPP’s absence, with only 7.0 sacks on the year (tied for last in the NFL). They tend to fade in the second half even against non-tempo teams.

The Eagles’ offensive line finally pulled it together in week 5, after Chip switched to a pass-to-run strategy. If they play that well again this week, there should be a lot of meat on the bone for DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles to chew on.

Video: Chip Kelly Showed Up at Wing Bowl

Kyle Scott - February 1, 2013

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Just in case Chip Kelly was having any second thoughts about taking the job with the Eagles… well, it’s too late now.

In a smart PR move by Kelly and the Eagles, Kelly bought himself a bit of a pass – for now, at least – with the WIP Morning Show by showing up to Wing Bowl (as he hinted he would do) and spending a few minutes on-air with Angelo Cataldi, who tried to run Kelly’s predecessor out of town for the better part of a decade. 

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via (@Susiecelek)

Kelly spent only a few minutes with Angelo, and when given the opportunity to address the crowd, he went with: Yo, Philly!


Two videos after the jump– one of Cataldi interviewing Kelly and another of Kelly’s reaction while leaving (1:05 mark).

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A Petition for the Eagles to Bring Back Kelly Green Has Over 4,000 Signatures

Kyle Scott - January 31, 2013

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I’ve always thought that the online petition was sort of like the phony Craigslist posting in the interweb hierarchy– a low-hanging fruit story for bloggers and news outlets, and a legitimization of something that is either, in the grand scheme of things, frivolous or, well, illegitimate. But sometimes, they actually make sense. And what better way to get Jeffrey Lurie’s attention about switching back to Kelly Green uniforms than by starting a petition and then having local Philly outlets write about it? 

Twitterer and Zoo With Roy contributor Cranekicker has called attention to a petition for the Eagles to switch back to Kelly Green that has over 4,000 signatures already, mine included. It reads: We are not asking for throwback uniforms; a modern uniform design is appropriate, but Kelly Green should be the official color. It's more representative of our legacy, and the franchise is going through major changes that should be reflected by a change in our image as well.

The petition has already gotten some love from's blog with a similar banner and FOX 29 (and now the best sports blog ever), and I’m sure will pick up more steam today. 

The call for Kelly Green is nothing new. The Midnight Green color scheme, championed by Earth-sexer Christina Lurie, has run its course. Hell, I pleaded for the change over a year ago, and ever since the Luries announced their divorce, which reportedly left Christina with no management authority over the team, the calls – on Twitter, specifically – have gotten louder.  A hurdle, though: Making substantial changes to logos or uniforms in the NFL is two-year process, which means that unless the Eagles submitted the change in 2011, we likely won’t see new uniforms in 2013. It’s possible that they did, but our uniform geek Dan Fuller* tells me that those things usually leak out and, to date, there have been no leaks related to the Eagles. So, we would likely be looking at 2014 at the earliest. [There is nothing concrete in the rule book about this, so it’s entirely possible it’s more of a “guideline” than a hard and fast rule.] 

I’d like to see the Eagles get creative with Nike, who began making NFL uniforms last year. At a way-too-hyped event in New York, the company unveiled the future… and only the Seahawks made any radical changes to their design. The Eagles should follow suit. It doesn’t mean much that Chip Kelly came from Oregon, which literally had a new getup each game thanks to being Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s alma mater, but the direct connection from the coach, last name Kelly, to Knight doesn't hurt the potential for a radical shift to Kelly Green uniforms. 

But no need for throwbacks. Any change should be modern and take advantage of having the evil geniuses at Nike at the ready.

Sign the petition here.

*I asked Dan if he wanted to handle this post, but upon hearing about the petition, he locked himself in a dark room with a box of tissues and this SI For Kids cover. Weird.

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Joe Banner is So Entirely Full of Shit

Kyle Scott - January 21, 2013

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Joe Banner, who missed out on hiring Chip Kelly ostensibly because he works for the Browns, and who sword-fought with Jeffrey Lurie by way of Reuben Frank last week, told Peter King that the Browns didn't really want Kelly anyway:

"We removed ourselves from the process. We really liked Chip. He's intriguing, a very different thinker, and very smart. But you could see he was uncertain what he wanted to do. He may be in Philadelphia 10 years or longer and have a terrific career. But the fact he committed to Tampa Bay last year, backed out, then seemed all year to be leaning toward going to the NFL, then being so uncertain with us, we just felt it was too big a gamble. If there was no ambivalence, we may have offered him the job.'' 


OK, Joe. And Mitt Romney didn’t want to be President.

You removed yourself from the process like a nerdy kid in high school removed himself from a Seven Minutes in Heaven closest.

Chip Kelly Still Thinks He’s a College Coach, and That’s Kinda Cool

Kyle Scott - January 18, 2013

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Chip Kelly with Eagles University legend Vince Papale, who was also a Habitat For Humanity team leader (photo: Eagles)

College coaches do this.

Colleges coaches talk about respected veterans coming back to “speak to the young guys.” College coaches refer to the team as “the program.” College coaches hardly decline any media requests and show up to far-flung events, because any chance to get their face in front of a camera lens – which may have an athletic 6’4, 220 Ib. high school junior connected to the other end – must be taken. College coaches talk about scheduling the best opponents. College coaches show school spirit.

Chip Kelly has done all of those things since arriving in Philadlephia less than 48 hours ago.

He repeatedly referred to the Eagles as a “program” during his press conference yesterday.

This morning, he called into WIP, telling Angelo Cataldi that he was more excited to talk to him than anyone else in the city. Kelly says he listened to WIP while recruiting in the Philly area for New Hampshire. A Red Sox fan, Kelly, who must have referenced wings 600 times during his 15-minute interview with the Morning Show, talked about how his new National League team is the Phillies. He said that the Eagles will take on any challenge and play anybody (good, because that’s what the NFL schedule makers had in mind too). He also said that he will try to attend Wing Bowl and, perhaps, the Kappa Delta ice cream social in the quad. 

He’s program building, after all.

And like I said, program builders honor respected vets. So it should come as no surprise that Kelly showed up to an event honoring Brian Dawkins at Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philly last night.  

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Chip Kelly with four-year letter winner, All-American and Academic All-American Brian Dawkins

Kelly briefly took the podium, where he said this– the same speech that, while a student at Villanova, I heard Jay Wright give every time Kerry Kittles came anywhere near campus:

“Excited to have [Dawkins] a part of the program. Going to lean on him a lot to tell our young guys exactly how the game is supposed to be played, because that guy played the game the way it was supposed to be played.”


The freshman are totally going to be in awe of Dawkins. Other young guys, like LeSean McCoy, one of the best running backs on the planet, maybe less so.

You have to respect Kelly's effort. No doubt that the Eagles PR machine (more later today on the great job they’re doing– seriously), knowing how Andy Reid was hated by basically every local media outlet, is behind much of this. But that’s OK. And it’s OK that since arriving on Wednesday night, Kelly has crossed off most of the items on his List of Philly Things: Santa Claus. Wing Bowl. Phillies. Cataldi and Papale. Showing up at Chickie’s and Pete’s to honor Brian Dawkins and talking about how the Eagles are going to play “like that guy played.” Flyers-Penguins game.

So let Kelly champion “the program” all he wants. It’s refreshing. There will be plenty of time to ask him why, in the hell, he went for it on fourth and 12. For now, let’s just keep fingers-crossed that he shows up to our charity bachelor auction at the Fieldhouse.

Watch Kelly speak about Dawkins after the jump and listen to him on the WIP Morning Show here.

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Chip Kelly Studied His Philly Cheat Sheet and Jeffrey Lurie Doesn’t Know How to Pronounce “Oregon”

Kyle Scott - January 17, 2013

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Updated image from Joe in the comments

I’ve been watching a lot of The West Wing on Netflix lately. A good portion of the show focuses on communications director Toby Zeigler and deputy director Sam Seaborn, who are tasked with crafting the perfect message for President Jed Bartlet– the right words to say to a particular audience. They're speechwriters.

I don’t suspect that Chip Kelly had a Toby Zeigler and Sam Seaborn to help him prepare for his opening press conference. But, his hitting on myriad Philly-centric bullet points certainly made it seem that way.

Kelly told CSN’s Derrick Gunn that he spent nearly a decade recruiting in the area, from Cape May to central PA. So he knows the landscape, has listened to local talk radio, is familiar with what makes many Eagles fans tick. Since stepping off the plane last night, Kelly has been eager to show off his Philly knowledge (he stopped just short of asking for a glass of wooder at today's press conference), unfurling his list of Phillyisms, along with some other, somewhat brainy, quotes:

Santa Claus (last night): "[Being tracked like Santa Clause] was flattering until I remembered the Philly fans booed Santa Claus."



Wing Bowl: “I know the second most important bowl beside the Super Bowl, which is my goal, is the Wing Bowl. I am not going to participate, but I understand what this city is all about.”

Somewhere, Angelo Cataldi, who shared a mutual disdain with Andy Reid, is thrilled.


Vince Papale: “I’m going to look at everybody. If you can throw the ball and run, I’ll take you (reporter) out there. I don’t know if we have any Vince Papales out there, but I’ll tell you right now, we’re going to look at everything we can do to put the best product on the field, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Eagles fans from Torresdale to the Boulevard rejoice. He gets us! He really gets us!


This wonderful pun about avians: “Sometimes you have to leave the nest to better yourself. Or, leave one nest as a Duck and go to another nest as an Eagle.”

Fly, Kelly, fly.


Dick Vermeil? Spoke to him. Andy Reid? Him too: “Andy reached out to me and told me about his experience here, just told me what this organization is all about. When Andy texted me yesterday when I accepted the job, I told him I had really big shoes to fill. In typical Andy fashion, he told me to just be myself and I’ll be fine.”

Unless yourself is a wagon-circling nut who has a contempt for Eagles fans.


On going back to college: “I’m all in. I think it was Cortés who burned the boats. I burned the boats. I’m not going back. I’m in. I’m an NFL coach.”

That’s a Hernán Cortés reference. Cortés was a Spanish conquistador who captured Tenochtitlan in 1521.


Other notes:

– Kelly seemed to be buddy-buddy with noted Reid antagonizer Les Bowen, who flew to Arizona to cover Kelly at the Fiesta Bowl earlier this month.

– The Eagles interview with Kelly in Arizona the day after the Fiesta Bowl lasted nine hours.

– Kelly thanked the Eagles for there being no leaks so he could tell his players first about him taking the job. Kelly said that he cried more than his players did.

– Big Balls Chip kept referring to the Eagles as a “program,” a collegey term I can get used to.

– He said he never demanded power and just wants to coach football. He’s not a “salary cap guy.” Which is great, because Roseman is.

– The media seemed to like Kelly. Funny what happens when a guy answers their questions.


Sign Guy is Back Outside the NovaCare Complex, Apparently Still Doesn’t Have a Job

Kyle Scott - January 17, 2013

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Photo courtesy of 97.5 The Fanatic's Matt Lombardo

Well, at least he’s happy.

Presser starts at 1:30, and we’ll bring you the live stream so long as the interweb gnomes cooperate.

Chip Kelly Stepped Off a Private Jet and was Handed a Visor

Kyle Scott - January 16, 2013

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This may be one of my favorite photos ever. Just the boys – (from left to right) Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski – struttin’ the tarmac at Northeast Airport. Cessna Citation X twin-jet. Blue jeans. And an Eagles visor, given to Kelly upon his arrival by Roseman and Smolenski. Apparently, Kelly breaks out in hives if he goes more than few hours without wearing one.

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An Eagles PR person directed Kelly over toward awaiting fans and media (well played). Kelly said that he received a text aboard the plane that he was being tracked like Santa Claus (wonder who they could have been talking about). He added: “… which was flattering until I remembered the Philly fans booed Santa Claus.”

Ah yes, there it is. We’ll give him a mulligan– he’s new here.

Videos from CSN, ABC and NBC after the jump.

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