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Who Stays, Who Goes Post-Chip?

Mark Saltveit - January 5, 2016

Now that Chip Kelly is gone, you can expect some of his boys to be out, too. But only Ed Marynowitz (who replaced Howie Roseman as Chip’s guy in personnel) has been fired so far, and no one has quit.

All of the position coaches and coordinators face replacement by the new coach, of course, but at a minimum Duce Staley is likely to stay (if he isn’t hired as coach or coordinator himself). Jeffrey Lurie would be trolling Eagles fans if he kept Billy Davis, but with Shurmur slated to interview for the head coach job, it wouldn’t be a shock if he stayed on as offensive coordinator.

Special teams coordinator Dave Fipp and defensive backs coach Cory Undlin have done well with their units and aren’t especially tied to Kelly. On the other hand, Chip’s close associates Jerry Azzinaro (asst. HC & DL) and Ryan Day (QB coach) should be packing their bags already. Whether Chip gets a new job or not, they’re gone.

It will be interesting to see if the team keeps the sports science unit Chip built. The Eagles have done well in avoiding games lost to injury, but the sleep detectors and urine tests seemed to irritate players a lot. [Editor’s note: This will be interesting to see if the Eagles essentially dial back the clock and remove many of the advancements – smoothies, heart rate monitors, player tracking system, etc. – but I can’t imagine the more invasive stuff – sleep monitors and pee samples – stays.]

Among players, Jason Kelce was a vocal supporter of Chip’s system and had trouble getting push even in it this year. But he predates Kelly and the team has so many holes on the offensive line that they’d be foolish to replace him.

Ex-Oregon players Josh Huff, Kiko Alonso, Brandon Bair and Taylor Hart are obvious targets, and none have made themselves indispensable on the field. Kenjon Barner was a reasonable third running back this year, comparable to Bryce Brown with fewer fumbles. Shurmur actually played him more in Week 17 than Chip generally did, which is a good sign for him.

Safety Walter Thurmond was the most successful ex-Duck this year, but he’s a free agent. When interviewed, he was kind of meh about returning, indicating that, sure, he’d love to, but doesn’t think the team has enough money for him. Good safeties are in short supply, so expect him to follow the money elsewhere.

Eagles – Bucs: 6 Good Things That Turned Bad

Mark Saltveit - November 22, 2015

A lot went wrong in this game, obviously. All of the Eagles linebackers were terrible, which is why Tampa broke big runs in the first half. Kiko Alonso gave up a TD to an unknown TE (Cameron Brate) that he was covering just by not turning around. On a third and three from the eight yard line.

The Bucs kept making big plays with simple formations that Philadelphia couldn’t adjust to, empty sets and Stanford-style extended offensive lines. Vincent Jackson scored a TD on a play where he and a TE were the only likely receivers. The odds were about 97% that they were passing to Jackson, but the Eagles played off of him and it was an easy TD. There was no reason not to double team him. Hell, triple team him.

But the most frustrating part of the game for me was how even the good things that happened for Philly just set up worse things to follow.

1. Near miss turnovers.

The Eagles gamble on a lot of turnovers, and often do well by it. They lead the NFL in forced fumbles. But it can also bite them.

At the start of the second quarter, the Eagles forced two fumbles in a stretch of three plays, but couldn’t come up with the ball. At least that resulted in a punt.

Near the end of the first half, the Birds batted down (and nearly intercepted) two passes — after which Charles Sims made an amazing catch for a touchdown on the next play. Byron Maxwell tried for an interception at the one yard line instead of breaking up Sims’ catch, which he easily could have done with a hard hit. Touchdown, Tampa Bay with 1:05 left in first half.

2. Over-aggressive play.

The Eagles clearly gave up in the second half, or (at least for the defense) maybe were just too exhausted to play hard. But when they did throw themselves into the game , that often helped the Bucs too.

Zach Ertz knocked himself out of the game attempting to vault over a defender on a shot pass that wasn’t going anywhere. He flipped and landed painfully on his head and neck, suffering a concussion. With only four days until the next game on Thanksgiving, there’s no way he’ll clear the protocol in time to play against Detroit.

There were three neutral zone infractions by linemen trying to get a jump on the pass rush, and one by Brandon Graham in the first half extended the drive that later included Doug Martin’s 58 yard run, and the Bucs first touchdown.

3. Josh Huff trying to do it all.

Huff had a great 39-yard catch and run for the Bird’s first touchdown, and 40- and 30-yard kick returns. But he also ran out a couple of kickoffs he probably should have downed. That resulted in a Philadelphia drives that started at the 8, and a weird confused handoff attempt with Riley Cooper that only got to the 16. Last year, he got injured and missed the first part of the season attempting to make something happen on a similar deep kick in a preseason game.
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Eagles Disaster – Kiko Alonso is Hurt. Kendricks too.

Mark Saltveit - September 20, 2015

Kiko Alonso, the Eagles new middle linebacker who had the great interception in the end zone against Atlanta, left the game with a left knee injury late in the second quarter, and the team immediately announced that he would not return.

This is the same knee that he tore his ACL in last year. He also had some tendonitis in it during training camp.  This could be very bad, as DeMeco Ryans was looking bad on any play requiring mobility earlier in the game.

It didn’t look like this game could get worse, but it always can. Mychal Kendricks left the game with a hamstring injury and is questionable for return. Jason Peters was shaken up. And Dallas wasn’t immune — Tony Romo broke his collarbone and is out for at least 8 games.

Eagles – Falcons: 7 Tragedies

Mark Saltveit - September 14, 2015

That was a gut kick of a game, wasn’t it? Falcons coach Dan Quinn brought his defensive coaching skills more effectively than anyone could have imagined, and moved Julio Jones everywhere imaginable around the field. Worse yet, the Eagles showed enough power in the second half to get your hopes up, just to kick you in the afeormentioned gut again for a tough loss. Here are seven tragedies from tonight’s game. (I’m sure I forgot some other ones.)


1. Cody Parkey
It’s been there right in front of us all off-season. Parkey missing kicks, sitting out with a groin injury. The same groin injury that hobbled him last December, when he missed two field goals to cost the Eagles their second game against Washington, knocking them out of the playoffs.

Most people didn’t want to hear it about Parkey’s struggles. But even before he muffed an unremarkable 44-yard kick to blow the game, he was only able to get two touchbacks on five kickoffs. Atlanta’s Matt Bryant Bosher had a touchback on all seven of his.

And then disaster struck. Yes, Atlanta had good pressure on that final field goal attempt. But dealing with pressure is Parkey’s job, injured or not. Chip said after the game that he had a lot of confidence in Cody Parkey. That makes one of us. Continue Reading

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Kiko Alonso Goes Odell Beckham in the End Zone for the Interception

Jim Adair - September 14, 2015

Rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. astonished everyone with his one-handed reaching catch at the goal line against Dallas last year.

Kiko Alonso, in his first regular season game for the Eagles, showed that defensive players can do that stuff too. The Falcons had momentum, a three-point lead and the ball inside the 10 yard line. Schemed into covering Roddy White one-on-one in the middle of the end zone, Kiko high-pointed perfectly and grabbed it with his left hand, pulling it onto his chest to save at least 3 points.

If you wonder why Chip Kelly thought Mychal Kendricks has less than ideal height, this is exactly why. Kiko needed every inch of his 6’4″ frame and his 32 1/8″ arms to make the grab.

Welcome to the team, Kiko. I think we’re gonna like you here.

Jim Adair and Mark Saltveit contributed to this post

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Kiko Alonso Has A Concussion

Kyle Scott - August 6, 2015

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New Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso has a concussion and will have to undergo concussion testing protocol, according to reports. This, during non-contact drills.

It’s unclear exactly how Alonso got hurt, but presumably it wasn’t from a blocking sled. G-OFF Mosher has a theory:

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Just the other day we heard about Alonso’s intensity– he once told Josh Huff he was going to rip his head off in practice, and told Kenjon Barner he was going to hit him… this on a day when players weren’t wearing pads. His game plan appears to have backfired.

Kiko Alonso Once Told Josh Huff He Was Going to Rip His Head Off

Jim Adair - July 30, 2015

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Of all the new Eagles this year – Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, etc. – Kiko Alonso still seems to be a bit of a mystery. He missed time in college (and a full season in the pros) due to injury, but we still don’t seem to know all that much about who he is. Tim McManus wanted to help us with that. And we like this dude already.

A lot is said in Philly about how your appeal as a pro athlete has to do with attitude, effort, and all of those intangibles. Of course it helps if you’re awesome at football. But a great attitude will get you far in Philly, and Alonso’s got it. There’s a monster inside of Alonso that just makes him want to swallow offensive players, according to this tidbit from Josh Huff:

There are a host of Ducks that can attest to that. Josh Huff was a year behind Alonso. He remembers his first football encounter with the middle linebacker quite well.

“Freshman year of college,” Huff recalls. “He was just like, ‘Don’t come across the middle. I’m going to have your head.’ … I’m just glad he’s on our side of the ball this year when we play the Bills and not on the other side.”

It’s not just college Kiko, though. On the day McManus talked to players, Alonso told Kenjon Barner, “I hope you’re ready. I’m going to hit you today.”

The players weren’t wearing any pads.

Alonso will obviously have to perform on the field to really earn the love of the Eagles fanbase, but his attitude may get him there fairly quickly.

Kiko Alonso Passes Knee Injury onto Brother on the Reading Fightins

Jim Adair - May 7, 2015

Kiko y Carlos

Kiko y Carlos

When Kiko Alonso was first dealt from the Bills to the Eagles, the big question (other than “WHAT?”) was his injury history. In the last few years, Alonso has had two season-ending knee injuries, so the last thing Eagles fans want is for him to suffer a third. But maybe he’s in the clear, because it looks like he passed the injury onto his brother.

Carlos Alonso, brother of Kiko and infield prospect for the Phillies, is out for the year with a torn knee ligament. Carlos was taken out by a hard slide while trying to turn a double play for the Reading Fightins, and that was that. It’s a blow to Reading, where he was batting .262 with a .392 OBP this season, but hopefully that “everything happens in threes” thing puts Kiko in the clear.