Tonight will be the long-awaited first glimpse of Chip Kelly's offense for Eagles fans around the globe. Here's what they're saying this morning...
The message Kelly has delivered clearly is that he does not have an elite quarterback. Or at least that he doesn't yet know whether any of his quarterbacks can be elite in his offense. After three days of watching Brady work, it's a wonder Kelly didn't just lock himself in his office with a bottle of Irish whiskey until the 2014 draft.
Injuries to wide receivers have plagued the Eagles during training camp, but the team has a similar situation developing on the offensive line. As a result, Allen Barbre, a journeyman who was out of football last season, will start Friday's preseason opener at left tackle. Barbre's promotion came after Jason Peters, Dennis Kelly, and Ed Wang were sidelined throughout the week.
Jimmy note: Here's a film breakdown of Kelly.
A few days ago, we noted here that the Eagles will play top 5 tallest WR tandems in the NFL this season, which could mean trouble for the very talented, but height-challened Brandon Boykin. Derek used numbers and stuff, and his worry level on that issue was basically, "Meh."
Derek also thinks Chip Kelly has already made his decision on the starting QB, and his logic makes sense. The money quote:
I wonder how often Belichick will blitz Vick tomorrow night. Or how often Foles will run the read option.
This is an outstanding comedy piece, in which Goodell relocates every team around the globe.
New York Giants -> Madagascar. Research desk showed other markets would be a more natural fit, but this is Eli Manning's favorite movie.
Indianapolis Colts -> Belgium. The world's only other mayonnaise-based economy.
New England Patriots -> Romania. Special request by Bill Belichick, who wants to spend more time with his 800-year-old family avoiding the sunlight and feeding on townsfolk.
San Diego Chargers -> Easter Island, Chile. Chargers are in desperate need for help along the offensive line, so this move is made in the interest of parity.
Fear not. The Eagles aren't going anywhere.
RELOCATION NOT APPLICABLE
This office has compiled 1,733 doomsday scenarios which would require implementation of the above geographic redistribution. In all of them, the doomsday event was caused by the Philadelphia Eagles and/or their supporters.
Eli and Peyton in a rap video. Great stuff.
"What do you think Alexander Graham Bell would say if he saw you watching football on your phone?"
"Who cares? Dude's dead."
There’s a pretty simple reason the Eagles’ roster is at 87 going into the first preseason game, three below the NFL preseason roster limit.
There just isn’t anybody out there worth signing.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said if the Eagles find a player they believe can make the Eagles better or increase competition at a specific position, they won’t hesitate to bring him in.
But for now, despite three open roster spots following season-ending injuries to Jason Phillips, Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn -- all are on injured reserve with torn ACLs -- the Eagles are going with what they have.
I dedicated yesterday's "what they're saying" to one specific issue, so I did not link to good practice notes from Wednesday, which I'll do here:
Our first team drill, 7-on-7s on two fields. I’ll stick with the Eagles’ offense going up against New England’s D. Michael Vick starts out with the ones. Also worth noting: With LeSean McCoy(knee) not participating, it’s Chris Polk, not Bryce Brown, going with the first team. The No. 2 RB job appears to be open.
CB Curtis Marsh had a rough day. He was targeted again and again by Patriots QBs (mostly Brady, but Ryan Mallett too) and allowed catch after catch. Note that there's no real pressure in these drills and that Brady is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. Still, it was a discouraging performance from Marsh. It's not like he's a guy who's had a bad camp though. He's had some nice days. But he's certainly a guy who could use a good preseason.