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Bleeding Green Nation Mar 27, 2015

Eagles News: Chip Kelly's $64,000 question

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/27/2015. Let's get to the links... Eagles' OL cohesion at risk if they lose both starting OGs in one offseason - PhillyVoiceAs a result, the Eagles went from gaining 160.4 rushing yards per game on 5.1 yards per carry in 2013 to 124.5 yards per game on 4.2 yards per carry in 2014. Chip and the Truth - Iggles BlitzKelly had a love-hate relationship with LeSean McCoy for 2 years. Like all of us, Kelly loves the dynamic runs. McCoy makes guys miss better than any RB in a long time. The problem is that McCoy struggled to embrace the 4-yard run. He was...
Bleeding Green Nation Mar 26, 2015

NFL Trade Rumors: Eagles also targeted Robert Woods in LeSean McCoy-Kiko Alonso swap with Bills

The Eagles shocked the NFL earlier in March when the team traded LeSean McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso. Believe it or not, the deal was almost potentially more shocking. According to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio via 97.5 The Fanatic, there was a chance the Eagles would have made the trade without getting Alonso back in return. "The Eagles [asked Buffalo] for either Kiko Alonso or wide receiver Robert Woods, or both. So [Ed] Marynowitz hangs up the phone after asking for that. [Bills GM Doug] Whaley hangs up the phone and goes back to Rex Ryan and says, 'It's Alonso or Woods...for McCoy. And...
philly.com Mar 24, 2015

Eagles, Bills pull fast one in McCoy deal

Buffalo coach Rex Ryan said the deal he made with Eagles Chip Kelly to acquire LeSean McCoy only took 30 minutes.
philly.com Mar 24, 2015

Rex Ryan: Bills were 'stunned' when Eagles dangled McCoy

PHOENIX - Rex Ryan said the Bills were stunned when the Eagles called in early March and offered running back LeSean McCoy in a trade.
Bleeding Green Nation Mar 24, 2015

LeSean McCoy wasn't Chip Kelly's type of running back, says Jeffrey Lurie

During his Tuesday press conference, Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie explained why he gave full control over player personnel to Chip Kelly. Lurie indicated that Kelly "adapted to what he had" on the roster in the first two years on the job, but now it's about the coach picking his players that fit his scheme. One of the specific examples mentioned by Lurie involved former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. "LeSean McCoy is a great running back - all time franchise leader," Lurie said, via NJ.com."Great guy in every way. (But to) maximize his power spread offense, (Kelly has) always...
Express-Times Mar 24, 2015

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie says LeSean McCoy wasn't Chip Kelly's kind of running back

That assessment of why the team traded McCoy goes directly against what Kelly said days after the trade was announced, when he said that he has worked with all different style of running backs.

Rex Ryan: LeSean McCoy trade happened fast

Chip Kelly does everything fast. Talks fast, walks fast, plays fast. So, it should come as no surprise that now that he is making all of the Eagles' personnel decisions, he also trades fast.
Express-Times Mar 24, 2015
Rex Ryan says trade with Eagles for LeSean McCoy took only 30 minutes

Rex Ryan says trade with Eagles for LeSean McCoy took only 30 minutes

Ryan said he couldn't believe McCoy was available
Bleeding Green Nation Mar 23, 2015

NFL Fantasy Football: DeMarco Murray ranks above LeSean McCoy

Which Eagles players will you be drafting? Evan Silva of Rotoworld recently put together his post-free agency/pre-draft projections for the top 150 players in Fantasy Football for the 2015 season. Here we take a look at which Eagles players made the list. No. 6 - RB DeMarco Murray "In an attempt to "protect" a talent-deficient defense and quarterback with recurring back problems, the 2014 Cowboys made a commitment to run-heavy football. The plan worked in both real life and fantasy, as Dallas went 12-4 and Murray led all running backs in fantasy points. There are red flags for 2015,...
Bleeding Green Nation Mar 22, 2015

LeSean McCoy says Eagles made a "panic move" by signing DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews

Count LeSean McCoy as one of those in the crowd of people who don't seem to be confused by Chip Kelly's offseason plan. The former Eagles running back recently appeared in an interview on The Rich Eisen Show. McCoy touched on several topics, but his take on the Eagles' running back situation was most interesting. "I saw that they originally were trying to get Frank Gore, and he backed out. So then when they got DeMarco and they got Ryan Mathews, I thought it was like a panic move. "With that media in Philadelphia, they can get tough on you. So I guess that was just the way to make it...
Bleeding Green Nation Mar 20, 2015

Mel Kiper 2009 NFL re-draft shows Eagles made good decisions

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently released a re-draft of the 2009 NFL Draft class. What if teams could go back and change their picks from six years ago? The Eagles walked away with two talented offensive players in the first two rounds that year: Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Neither are still with the team but both of them are featured in this re-draft. Kiper has McCoy going No. 3 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs. "I'm breaking my rules on positional value in having McCoy so high, but whom would you put ahead of him here? He leads the draft class in rushing yards with 6,792, and...
Field Gulls Mar 15, 2015

Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday

Read! Two-round mock draft: Free agency edition | Seahawks Draft Blog[caption width=504 align=alignnone] Future Cleveland Browns quarterback? [/caption] #1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State) If you Joe Banner assesses Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles roster overhaul | The MMQB with Peter KingIf there’s one thing we’ve learned about Chip Kelly since he came to the NFL two years ago, it’s that he likes to keep everyone guessing. He’s certainly done that over the past week, with a roster upheaval that has included two player-for-player trades (LeSean McCoy for...
Boston Herald Mar 15, 2015
Toughest new rival is Darrelle Revis

Toughest new rival is Darrelle Revis

Since free agency opened, the Jets, Dolphins and Bills have taken turns making headlines.Now here’s a question: Which of the superstars brought in by the Patriots’ AFC East rivals will cause them the most trouble in 2015?Will it be shutdown corner Darrelle Revis with the Jets?Hulking defensive lineman Nda-mukong Suh with the Dolphins?Or all-purpose running back LeSean McCoy with the Bills?
Express-Times Mar 13, 2015

Eagles replace LeSean McCoy with 4 players ... in terms of salary cap space

Murray, Matthews, Thurmond and Alonso all count as much as McCoy would have.
Bleeding Green Nation Mar 13, 2015

Chip Kelly wanted DeMarco Murray's physical running style on the Eagles

Pound the rock. When Chip Kelly met with the media this week to explain why the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy, he cited financial factors as being the main motivation behind the move. "Really the biggest factor with LeSean, it was LeSean and the money," Kelly said. McCoy was scheduled to a carry a cap hit of nearly $12 million in 2015 so it wasn't as if Kelly was lying. But he may not have been telling the whole truth, either. Shortly after McCoy was traded last week, Peter King tweeted out this interesting nugget: "Hearing Chip felt McCoy was too east-west of a runner for his taste." It's...

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