Even if Chip Kelly never wins a game and the Philadelphia Eagles dump his visor and multipage practice plans into the Delaware River, he will have been good for the NFL. For in two months the Eagles' new coach has done something hundreds of his predecessors in professional football have failed to do.
New Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams has failed to endear himself to the club's fan base because he's been absent from multiple voluntary team activities that were held over the past few weeks.
The Eagles held meetings Thursday evening before Chip Kelly bid farewell to most of the team for six weeks. Thursday's mandatory minicamp session marked the final day of the offseason program, and the team will reconvene for training camp July 25.
ONE OBLIGATION as head coach at the University of Oregon used to be a big weekly midweek luncheon attended by some of the football program's most ardent alumni and supporters. It required a trip of about 1 1/2 hours each way, some handshakes, a little speech, a brief Q-and-A.
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson said on ESPN's "First Take" Friday that he still deserves another chance to play in the league. Johnson's interview was his first public appearance since he turned himself in to Florida police on May 20. A warrant had been issued for his arrest for violating probation, stemming from last year's domestic incident with now ex-wife Evelyn Lozada.
JaMarcus Russell dropped the weight. He landed an NFL tryout with the Chicago Bears. Reports said he performed well. Now he waits. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reported Friday that Russell drew "positive reviews" for his Friday workout with the Bears, according to a source at the session.