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Eagles News: Andy Reid supports Chip Kelly's promotion of Ed Marynowitz

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/19/2015.

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Day 1 notes from the NFL Combine, with stick figures - PhillyVoice
In the Eagles' first two drafts under Chip Kelly, they have drafted played who wowed them during the interview process. The most notable examples were Bennie Logan, Matt Barkley, and Jordan Matthews. This year's "wow interview" guy could be Duke OG Laken Tomlinson, who was impressive in his media appearance, and wants to be a neurosurgeon when he retires from football. Tomlinson also impressed at the Senior Bowl.

The Philosophy and Evolution of Eagles Run Game Part 4- Packaged Plays - ChipWagon
We'll finish by showing a series of plays we ran against the Redskins in 2013 that really highlights Chris Brown's idea that if the QB makes the right reads, the defense can never be right. Let's have a look at what happened to poor London Fletcher in 2013. On this play, the Eagles run outside zone action. At the mesh point, Vick is going to read middle linebacker, London Fletcher. If Fletcher responds outside zone action, it leaves a big window for Vick to throw the pop pass to Celek streaking down the seam. If Fletcher stays to cover, Vick will hand off and the Eagles will have a numbers advantage in the run because they have taken the middle linebacker out of the play.

The Film Room: Is Marcus Mariota Worth A Top 15 Pick? - Battle Red Blog
With just a couple days to go before the start of the first field drills in the 2015 NFL Combine, I thought I would break down one of the most highly anticipated athletes to come out of this year’s crop of Draft hopefuls – Marcus Mariota. A gifted physical specimen with an unreal combination of speed and agility for his position, most expect Mariota to put on a show at the annual Spandex Olympics this weekend and solidify himself as a top five pick. But does Mariota really deserve that distinction? I dove into the film and watched Mariota seemingly eradicate the ultra-talented Florida State defense to make that judgment for myself. The results may surprise you.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘Backs Are Where It’s At - Birds 24/7
This year, the Eagles currently have a notch over $16 million of cap money invested in LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, and have a decision to make when it comes to restricted free agent Chris Polk. Knowing that young, cheap running back talent is to be had in this draft, how do you proceed? It would be very bold to remove McCoy from the picture and rely on a rookie to step in and adequately fill his shoes. But it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if they target a potential successor in this draft.

Can Eagles trade up to pick Mariota? A check on the competition - Inquirer
If Chip Kelly does in fact covet Marcus Mariota - and there is enough evidence to suggest as much - then he will have to leapfrog a number of competitors for the Oregon quarterback in this year's draft. But are there really that many teams that could be contenders? If the Buccaneers select Mariota with the No. 1 overall pick then all bets, of course, are off. If Tampa Bay takes Jameis Winston instead and the Titans choose Mariota with the next selection, then that, too, would nip the Eagles' chances in the bud.

Andy Reid: Ed Marynowitz ‘great choice’ by Chip Kelly - CSN Philly
The Eagles aren’t talking about their new front office structure, but you’ll never guess who is.Big Red, of all people. Andy Reid, who developed a reputation for revealing very little during his 14-year stint as Eagles coach, had plenty to say Wednesday about the sweeping overhaul that took place upstairs at his old stomping grounds. The Chiefs third-year head coach showered praise on vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz, whom coach Chip Kelly recently promoted to the highest-level talent evaluator in the building under the head coach.

Mike Shanahan wasn’t happy when Washington traded for Donovan McNabb - The 700 Level
Most Philadelphia Eagles fans weren’t thrilled the day Donovan McNabb was traded to division rival Washington for second- and fourth-round picks. As it turns out, neither was Washington’s head coach at the time. Mike Shanahan revealed in a radio interview on Wednesday that he wanted no part of the deal that sent the greatest quarterback in Eagles franchise history to D.C. It had been pushed through by then-general manager Bruce Allen, and naturally, meddling team owner Dan Snyder.

Wednesday's Scouting Combine Blog -
La'El Collins is looking to become the first LSU offensive lineman to be selected in the first round since Alan Faneca in 1998. "It would mean a lot for me to be the first LSU offensive lineman taken in the first round (since 1998), it would be a dream come true," Collins said. The 6-4, 308-pound Collins said he models his game after Eagles' All-Pro tackle Jason Peters. Teams have discussed with Collins, a second-team All-America and LSU MVP in 2014, the possibility of playing inside in the NFL. Collins played left guard in 2012 and was the Tigers' left tackle last season. He returned to LSU for his senior season despite receiving a good grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Collins is willing to do whatever teams ask of him, but he prefers to play on the outside.

What teams are really looking for at the NFL Combine - SB Nation
Sure, 40 times are great, but that's not why NFL coaches and general managers are spending the week in Indianapolis with this year's draft prospects.

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