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New bosses in Cleveland, Philly are a lot like the old boss: Joe Banner - CBS Sports
The Eagles' new structure, in the aftermath of the Chip Kelly carnage, is a direct homage to Banner. Roseman is now Banner, with the owner's ear and final say. The team is still in the process is looking for the faux-GM to be the new Heckert. And Pederson, the Eagles can only hope, has absorbed much of what made Reid so successful there as a more likeable coach in contrast to the gruff, autocratic, brief regime of Kelly. Owner Jeffrey Lurie asserted that Kelly lacked "emotional intelligence," something you'd never hear lobbed at Reid.
10 players who impressed during Senior Bowl week, five who didn't - PhillyVoice
2) Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: Wentz came into Mobile with all kinds of hype, and he did not disappoint. Wentz showcased his strong arm all week, making deep sideline throws with ease, and displaying better accuracy than anticipated. This was my fifth week of Senior Bowl practices, and Wentz was the best quarterback I've seen down in Mobile. I'd be surprised if he makes it out of the top 10.
Finally…4-3 Confirmed - Iggles Blitz
Wilson sounds like a really good hire, based on his successful track record. The only real concern I’ve got is the fact he switched jobs so often. He won’t be making those kind of moves at the NFL level. He’s under contract and can’t leave for another NFL job unless it involves a promotion. He could go back to college, but that wouldn’t make sense unless someone paid him a boatload of money. And colleges rarely pay as well as the pros. Wilson will likely be here as long as he keeps producing good D-linemen.
Reich should complement Pederson - Inquirer
"Some of the things they did in the passing game down the field, I think can really benefit what we do with our talent and our personnel," Pederson said. "And then the things that we did in the run-pass part of our offense really can be a good blend and a good mix in keeping defenses off balance." Pederson will call the plays. Reid gave him the second half of the Chiefs games starting in Week 7 this season, but this will be his first full-time role. He always has Reich to lean on if there are tough stretches, but Pederson will rely more on him and quarterbacks coach John De Filippo - another former coordinator - in devising the offense and game-planning.
Johnson Looks To Emulate Another Ironman - PE.com
During his first three NFL seasons, Johnson never missed a game due to injury. In 2015 alone, the right tackle suffered knee, shoulder and ankle injuries but battled through to compete with his teammates each week. "I think one guy I’ve always heard stories about was (Jon) Runyan," the tackle explained. "Whenever he was here, just a guy that probably was the meanest guy around, tough and a guy that cracked his tailbone, yet got a shot for it every game. He kind of set the mentality of what it’s like to be here and I kind of looked up to him and try to emulate what he does as far as from a mentality standpoint." Now that Johnson’s future in Philadelphia is secure, he is focused on one thing, making sure the team rebounds and plays at the level it knows it can achieve. The Eagles have talent. They just need to put that product on the field, which they’ll aim to do in 2016.
Comparing the new contracts of Eagles' Zach Ertz and Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce - NJ.com
For the Eagles, the decision is an easy one -- they will have Ertz play out this season, and assuming nothing catastrophic happens, they will commit to him through 2018. Even if Ertz does have a terrible season next year, the Eagles already have $4 million in 2017 fully guaranteed to him, another reason they won't cut him. Since Ertz should play a large role in the Eagles' offense this year, and he has only missed one game in three seasons due to injury, they almost certainly will not cut him next offseason. So from a practical matter, Ertz actually has $19M in fully guaranteed money at signing.
Eagles prove their appreciation of leadership with Brent Celek extension - Morning Call
Standing in front of cameras and microphones at the front of the NovaCare Complex auditorium to discuss a relatively modest contract extension signed three days earlier, Brent Celek called Friday "the best day of my life," which is ridiculously hard and easy to understand at the same time. Hard because the veteran Philadelphia Eagles tight end has had a rich, nine-year playing career with dazzling on-field highlights that have generated immense fan popularity. Hard because he's also a successful businessman and husband. Hard because his previous contract, signed in the prime of his career, actually was worth a lot more. No way could an extra three years in which he's guaranteed only $6 million trump any of that.
Roundtable: Coaching Changes - Yahoo!
As for Pederson, I like the hire mostly because he brought in Jim Schwartz, who is one of the better defensive coordinators in the league. The Eagles have way more talent on defense than they showed last season, especially in the front seven, and Schwartz has shown he can take advantage of talent. If they bring back Vinny Curry, get healthy seasons from Kiko Alonso, Jordan Hicks and Mychal Kendricks, and find a little more talent in the secondary, this defense could be special, which would allow Pederson to use the blueprint his mentor Andy Reid applied so successfully in Kansas City. Those are a lot of ifs, but they are all very achievable goals. It could be a quick turnaround for the Eagles.
On Championship Sunday, It Was Manning’s Moment - The MMQB
Baalke and Niners CEO Jed York spent five-and-a-half hours with Kelly at Kelly’s home in New Hampshire, where he’s from. "I like the person, and I like the coach," Baalke said. "He’s passionate about learning more every day. He’s a strong leader, and I believe he’s an excellent communicator. I think Chip has an openness to collaborate. None of us has all the answers. Certainly I don’t. I think it’s going to work out." The key will be an open dialogue among the three men—Kelly, Gamble and Baalke—and the ability of Kelly to trust the personnel side of the building. It’s clear he didn’t trust Roseman, and that led to the downfall of the great idea of hiring Kelly in Philadelphia.
Braxton Miller and 5 others who boosted their draft stock at this year's Senior Bowl - SB Nation
The former Ohio State star has a bright future at wide receiver, and he's one of the five best players in today's Senior Bowl. Here's who helped themselves the most this week, and why to expect more of Carson Wentz.
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