Sunday, December 21, 2014

Plumbing the Depths, Unofficially?

Chip Kelly hasn't released a depth chart; the one you can access on the Eagles' website is from the end of the 2012 season and features starters who are no longer on the team, such as defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

Plumbing the Depths, Unofficially?

Head coach Chip Kelly, right, talks with his players as the Eagles<br />held organized team activities at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia.<br />(Dave Mialetti/Staff Photographer)
Head coach Chip Kelly, right, talks with his players as the Eagles held organized team activities at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia. (Dave Mialetti/Staff Photographer)

Chip Kelly hasn't released a depth chart; the one you can access on the Eagles' website is from the end of the 2012 season and features starters who are no longer on the team, such as defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

An inquisitive fan with a smartphone has added a little intrigue, though. "ADDiBona" -- Anthony DiBona, an Eagles fan from Brooklyn -- posted a lengthy recap on the Bleedinggreennation website of last weekend's Eagles Academy for Men. Buried in there, among his photos of the logo on the carpets and such, were photos of what were labeled unofficial depth charts, and they included current names.

An Eagles spokesman said Wednesday that the Eagles do not have a depth chart, that the photos are from something handed out at the weekend event, created by the marketing department, not the coaching staff. The purpose of the handout is unclear.

A lot seems off-kilter about the charts.  It's unllikely, for example, that Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman will be the starting safeties when the season starts. Bigger issue: the defense is set up as a 4-3, in which Brandon Graham and Trent Cole are starting defensive ends, not 3-4 outside linebackers, as they have been in the two practice sessions reporters have been allowed to observe. Offseason free agent acquisition Connor Barwin is not listed as a starter, but Jamar Chaney is, at strongside linebacker.

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Nick Foles is the quarterback, and first-round rookie Lane Johnson is the starting right tackle, though Johnson acknowledged this week he is not working with the first unit in practice.

So, again, much more of a novelty than a revelation, but something to ponder as we await more clues.

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