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Eagles News: Marcus Mariota doesn't doubt Chip Kelly would trade up to draft him

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/14/2015.

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Are the Eagles better equipped to run the ball more effectively in the playoffs? - PhillyVoice
The NFL will forever be a quarterback's league. That will never change for as long as the NFL exists. It's arguably the most important position in team sports, and if you don't have a good one, you don't have much of a chance to succeed. However, there's a new trend developing in the NFL -- Successful playoff teams are employing bigger running backs. The Eagles of course officially added a pair of 220-ish pound running backs yesterday in 217 pound bruiser DeMarco Murray and the 220 pound Ryan Mathews. Clearly, the running game is going to be featured heavily by the Eagles' offense in 2015.

Feeling Better - Iggles Blitz
Kelly talked a lot about Bradford. I thought he did a good job of explaining that any time you are making a move like this, it is for a reason. Good QBs just don’t come available. It happens due to an injury or there can be money involved. Peyton Manning left Indy when he was expensive and hurt. Drew Brees left San Diego when he was going to be expensive and he had a bum shoulder. You are almost always taking a chance when a talented QB comes available. There is going to be some kind of baggage.

Chip Kelly Update: Hang-gliding in a Hurricane - Fishduck
Chip Kelly began his first stint as an NFL general manager the same way he coaches — fast, decisive, and not giving a damn with what anybody thinks. In the first three days of the official NFL year, when free agency and trading first become possible again, he outmaneuvered the entire rest of the league put together by adding 7 players, letting 8 go, and re-signing two (including emerging stud OLB Brandon Graham, a surprise to stay). Everyone was left staring, confused and awed.

Five Thoughts On the DeMarco Murray Signing - Birds 24/7
I think the bottom line, and it might be an obvious one, is that Kelly prefers Murray to McCoy. When the Eagles first traded McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso, the thought here (and in other places) was that Kelly felt like he could do more with less at the running back spot. In other words, why invest serious dollars there if he could scheme production with inexpensive options? On Thursday, Kelly tried to sell the Murray and Mathews signings as a two-for-one deal. In other words, the Eagles were getting two running backs for the same price they would have spent on McCoy. But that's not really the case.

Marcus Mariota won't rule out Eagles trading up in 2015 NFL Draft to take him -
"I wouldn't doubt it," Mariota said, speaking at the 78th Annual Maxwell Awards Gala on Friday. "But Coach Kelly and the Eagles are going to what is best for their team, and we'll see what happens."

Chip Kelly: Trader of Stars, Killer of Dreams - The 700 Level
Earlier this week, we saw what can only be called the wholesale destruction of the Philadelphia Eagles. LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and Nick Foles- the nucleus of the two highest-scoring Eagles teams in history- were all unceremoniously dumped, in the tradition of Brian Dawkins and DeSean Jackson, and all the Eagles got in return were a collection of players (Sam Bradford, Kiko Alonso, Ryan Mathews) who were all injured last year. Oh, and Byron "Nnamdi Asomugha Jr." Maxwell. I don't like the play the race card, but I agree with Stephen A. Smith: Chip Kelly only got rid of all of those players because they're black.

Chip Kelly: Draft likely to produce Maclin’s replacement - CSN Philly
Over the past few weeks, Eagles coach Chip Kelly has traded for his starting quarterback, patched up his secondary with a major free-agent corner and replaced LeSean McCoy with two separate Pro Bowl running backs. One area he hasn’t fixed is wide receiver, which took a big hit when Pro Bowler Jeremy Maclin left to accept Andy Reid’s boatload of cash in Kansas City.

Why can't the Phillies do what Chip Kelly just did? - The Good Phight
What the Eagles are doing this off-season is eminently fascinating. Why can't the Phillies do the same?

The Big-Picture View Of 'New' Eagles -
February 19. That's when the blueprint started taking real-life shape. The Eagles released tight end James Casey on that day, and have totaled 13 transactions since that time ...

Eagles swing for the fences in signing DeMarco Murray away from Cowboys -
On paper, adding a RB of Murray's skill level—and proven production—into Kelly's offense has tantalizing possibilities. McCoy rushed for a combined 2,900 yards during his two season with Kelly, and Kelly still apparently determined he was not an ideal fit for the spread attack.

Eagles fan with custom DeMarco Murray jersey spotted at Sixers game - SB Nation
Think Eagles fans are excited about signing star running back DeMarco Murray away from Dallas Cowboys? Look no further than custom jersey appearance at a Sixers game just one day after the 2014 NFL leading rusher signed in Philly.

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