Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jordan Hicks joins Merrill Reese on PFR

Mike Quick, Moi, Merrill ...
Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks joins Merrill Reese and yours truly from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday night at Chickie's and Pete's, Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia, on Pro Football Report. 

The show airs on WBCB 1490-AM and 610-AM radio.

Hicks should have a cursory idea of where he fits into the defense of Jim Schwartz, the new coordinator.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pederson, other coaching candidates emerge

Good seats available 10 minutes before kickoff.
Doug Pederson, who introduced Donovan McNabb to the NFL, is on the list of candidates the Eagles plan to interview for their head coaching job, per a source.

Pederson is offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Head coach Andy Reid, not Pederson, calls the Chiefs plays.

Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley was the first to interview for the head coaching opening in the wake of the firing of Chip Kelly.

Pederson, 47, quarterbacked the Eagles in 1999, the year they took McNabb off the board with the second overall pick.

McNabb took over the starting job before the end of the year and Pederson was released the following training camp.

The Eagles also plan to interview, per sources Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, Dirk Katter, offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

The Eagles spoke with Koetter about the head coaching job they gave to Kelly, who was fired Tuesday with two years left on a five-year $32.5 million contract.

The list of coaching candidates could grow Monday when other teams decide to go in another direction from their coaching staffs.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Eagles interview Duce Staley

The Eagles announced Saturday that they interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley for the head coaching position that opened when they fired Chip Kelly.
Duce Staley might be the guy who does this next year ...

At the least Staley would seem to satisfy owner Jeff Lurie's criteria of relating to today's players and understanding what it takes to be part of the organization's passion.

Staley played 10 seasons in the NFL, the first seven with the Eagles, who took the South Carolina running back off the board in the third round of the 1997 draft.

Lurie, at the news conference following the dismissal of Kelly, verbalized what he sought in his next head coach.

“You’ve got to open your heart to players and everybody you want to achieve peak performance,” Lurie said. “I would call it ... a style of leadership that values information, all the resources that are provided and at the same time values emotional intelligence.”

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Eagles Wednesday injury report

WR Seyi Ajirotutu (ankle)
DT Bennie Logan (calf)
CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder)
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie...Wednesday was a good day to discuss firing of Chip Kelly.

OL Dennis Kelly (ankle)
K Caleb Sturgis (hamstring)
DB Jaylen Watkins (shin)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Eagles playoff possibilities; don't lose to Washington

Basically the Eagles would win the NFC East, where they're tied with Washington and the Giants with a 6-7 record, by:

A) Winning their last three games.
B) Defeating Washington and the Giants.
Too busy to think of playoffs ...

The Eagles don't want to lose to Washington, as the Burgundy & Gold would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker and potentially the division tiebreaker.

The Eagles have a 44 percent probability of claiming the division pennant compared to 38 percent for Washington and 16 percent for the Giants, according to PlayoffStatus.com.

There are other subtleties depending on how Washington and the Giants fare in their remaining games.

The Eagles would be eliminated from the No. 3 seed in the playoffs if they lose to or tied by the Cardinals, or if the Vikings defeat or tie the Bears or the Packers beat or tie the Raiders.

EAGLES (6-7)
Cardinals (11-2)
Washington (6-7)
at Giants (6-7)

Bills (6-7)
at Eagles (6-7)
at Cowboys (4-9)

GIANTS (6-7)
Panthers (13-0)
at Vikings (8-5)
Eagles (6-7)

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Insider: Murray could be benched today

Running back controversy exploded here at Gillette Stadium last week.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport hasn't been on a roll lately with Eagles news.

But Rapoport said with authoristy this morning that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly plans to roll with Darren Sproles as his No. 1 running back and that DeMarco Murray likely will have a limited role or possibly be benched.

The Eagles are welcoming Ryan Mathews back to the running back rotation.

If Murray's role is reduced, it would suggest Kelly really isn't happy with the way the free agent acquisition fits in the offense and is anything but ecstatic that the back took his concerns to Eagles owner Jeff Lurie on the plane ride home from the Patriots game last week.

Rapoport said Murray discussed concerns about Kelly and running backs coach Duce Staley during the talk with Lurie.

Add the return of LeSean McCoy, who says he won't shake Kelly's hand, and the Eagles-Bills game today at Lincoln Financial Field could be one for the ages. 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Eagles Wednesday injury report

Did not practice
DT Bennie Logan (knee)

Chip Kelly ...

Limited practice
RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin)

Full practice
RB Kenjon Barner (ankle)
QB Sam  Bradford (shoulder)
TE Zach Ertz (hip)
OT Lane Johnson (shoulder)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)
DE Cedric Thornton (ankle)
S Walter Thurmond (elbow, shoulder)

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