It was a busy day yesterday at the NovaCare complex. The media had a rare opportunity to speak with scouts, the Eagles practiced, Chip Kelly and "the big three" Eagles QBs spoke. And oh yeah, Riley Cooper...
Riley Cooper related:
Let's do this in sort of a "timeline" approach. First, here's what started the firestorm:
Prior to joining Chesney, several Eagles teammates and Chip Kelly on stage for The Boys of Fall, Cooper was with friends and Jason Kelce in a semi-private area near the stage. In a video that we’ve obtained, we see Kelce and others attempting to calm an agitated Cooper down just before he points in the direction of the crowd (and camera) and says, as best as we can tell: “I will jump that fence and fight every (N-word) here, bro.”
Then, Marcus Vick (Michael's brother) took to Twitter:
Soon after Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized for using a racial slur that was caught on videotape at a concert, the brother of one of Cooper’s quarterbacks put a bounty on the receiver’s head.
Marcus Vick, who goes by @MVFive on Twitter, offered $1,000 to the first defender to lay Cooper out.
Here’s the tweet: “Hey I'm putting a bounty on Riley's head. 1k to the first Free Safety or Strong safety that light his [profanity] up! Wake him up please.....”
Jimmy note: Vick commented on his brother's tweets:
Michael Vick: "What my brother says isn't really relevant."
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 1, 2013
Then, Riley Cooper apologized in front of the media:
Apologies for the sound. Riley was speaking softly and this is the best my phone could do, so you'll need to turn up the volume as high as possible.
And finally, a number of Cooper's teammates including Fletcher Cox, Kurt Coleman, Michael Vick, DeMeco Ryans, and Jason Avant spoke with reporters:
“Riley came to us as a man and apologized for what he did,” Vick said. “As a team, we understood because we all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean or we don’t mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him. As a team, we forgave him. We understand the magnitude of the situation. We understand that a lot of people may be hurt and offended, but I know Riley Cooper. I know him as a man. I’ve been with him for the last three years and I know what type of person he is. And that’s what makes it easy, at the same time hard, to understand the situation, but easy to forgive him. I forgave him.”
Riley Cooper is understandably in hot water following his racial comments that were video taped at a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper has gone on to apologize and the Eagles and NFL have commented on the situation. Former and current Eagles are now making their opinions known after Cooper met with his teammate on Wednesday night.
Hmmm... I wonder if reporters will ask more questions about the Cooper situation today.
Non-Riley Cooper related:
Chip Kelly said that Peters said that he was OK and that he wasn't worried about the injury. Peters missed all of last season after rupturing his Achilles tendon, but hasn't been limited since the spring.
Les also touched on what he saw in practice yesterday.
Tommy takes an overview of the O.
BUY: Chris Polk. SELL: Felix Jones. Polk has had himself a good camp. Along with breaking off a few nice runs today he showed good hands when catching passes. Jones, on the other hand, had a couple drops.
11-on-11s. Brandon Boykin breaks up a pass for Russell Shepard. Pretty much everyone at this point has acknowledged that Boykin’s having a great camp. And I would agree.
The question he answered time and again Wednesday was simple: What exactly do you do?
“I’d say my core function is player evaluation,” Halaby said. “So that’s a mix of traditional, whether you’re watching tape, interviewing, that sort of thing, and analytics, the more data-driven end. A secondary function, working on roster management, resource allocation, general football operations issues, working with Howie on those. And then third I would say working with coaches week to week preparing for opponents or improving your processes in season or out of season.”
The buzz word in that description, of course, is analytics. It’s how Halaby got his foot in the door of an NFL organization as a sophomore in college. The Harvard grad – he majored in English and minored in economics – went online, dug up some e-mail addresses and started contacting NFL teams.