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Cary Williams critical of Chip Kelly’s practice routine after 3-0 start

Cary-Williams-EaglesMost people would look at the Philadelphia Eagles, see that they are off to a 3-0 start and tell Chip Kelly to keep doing whatever it is he has been doing this season. Cary Williams isn’t most people, which is why the Eagles corner found a way to complain after his team beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Williams, who may have been salty after DeSean Jackson torched him for an 81-yard touchdown and then taunted the home crowd, told reporters that he wasn’t completely healthy during the week and that Kelly’s rigorous practice schedule caught up to him on Sunday.

“I’m going to be honest with you: It didn’t matter if we had a short week or a long week, it’s been the same,” Williams said, per NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo. “Something needs to change for us to be more productive. It’s tough enough to go out there and play hard for 60 minutes, let alone having to fight through the week. When you don’t have legs, period, it shows up in the game. Period. Throughout the game. Period.”

When asked to be more specific, Williams basically complained that Kelly is making the team practice too much.

“I’m saying [practicing every day] impacted a lot of people,” he added. “A lot of people, but I’m just the only one man enough to get up here and say anything about it, talk to ya’ll as a man and discuss an issue that, obviously, in my opinion, is an issue in our starts [to games].

“But again, I’m just employee 26, and whatever they deem necessary to get us ready for Sunday is whatever it is. If we have to find energy from outside sources to start games quick, then we’ve got to do it. But right now, the way we’re doing it, it’s not conducive to success.”

Again, the Eagles are 3-0. In the National Football League, that is the definition of success. Kelly addressed Williams’ remarks during a chat with Angelo Cataldi on the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday.

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Eagles’ play chart shown on camera by ESPN

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Chip Kelly has one of the greatest offensive minds in the NFL. His high-speed, no-huddle offense featuring fast playcalling and visual cue cards keeps defenses tired and guessing. Thanks to ESPN, Kelly might have to put in a little extra work this week leading up to his team’s Week 3 game against the Washington Redskins.

ESPN showed the Philadelphia Eagles’ play chart on live television during the Monday Night Football broadcast. The entertaining names Philly has for plays seem to correspond with the cards they hold up from the sidelines. While we all enjoy laughing at plays like “Rock 12 Blow,” you have to wonder if ESPN gave any secretive info away.

In any event, I’m sure it won’t be a problem. Kelly never seems to run out of ideas on offense. He’ll probably have an entire new list of plays against Washington.

H/T Crossing Broad

Eagles want to add Kelly green alternate uniform

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The Philadelphia Eagles are talking about adding their old Kelly green uniforms as an alternate jersey.

Eagles president Don Smolenski was on WIP Wednesday and talked about adding the Kelly green uniform.

“We have talked about it and there are some rules with the NFL that provides some restrictions that we’re trying to work through, but that’s going to take some time,” Smolenski told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show during an interview Wednesday. “It’s there, and it’s something that we do talk about, but until some things change at the NFL level it’s going to provide restrictions for us. It is being talked about it, yes.”

Kelly green was part of the Eagles’ color scheme from 1943-1999 according to NJ.com. The team last wore the Kelly green unis in the 2010 season opener.

Many fans prefer the traditional Kelly green unis and have even started petitions to have the team wear them more regularly. A poll on CBS Philly even indicated 85 percent of fans preferred a switch back to the Kelly green unis. I know I’m in the minority, but I actually like their current midnight green unis. Why go back to a color that makes them resemble the Jets when they can stick with these ones? A throwback option isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t do it permanently.

Eagles have $18,000 rookie dinner at Del Frisco’s

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NFL rookie hazing is risky business these days in the wake of the Jonathan Martin scandal, but there is no way it is ever going to stop completely. Rookie dinners are still part of the initiation process into the league. Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson reminded us of that on Friday night when he shared a photo of a $17,747.68 dinner bill from Del Frisco’s.

Johnson captioned the photo “rookie dinner,” though it’s unclear if the rookies actually had to pick up the tab. Most of the money was spent on over $10,000 worth of wine and more than $6,000 in Remy Martin Louis XIII. The veterans, who are obviously high-class citizens (or so they think), also ordered $187 worth of Voss water.

Earlier this week, Dez Bryant spoke about the infamous $55,000 dinner tab he had to pick up as a rookie, though Jerry Jones once implied he didn’t actually have to pay it. Bryant said it angered him at the time but has led to him being able to “call the shots” with his teammates. Hopefully the Eagles’ rookies earn the same privilege someday.

H/T Darren Rovell

Richard Sherman implies Eagles cut DeSean Jackson and kept Riley Cooper because of race

DeSean JacksonOne of the arguments many people have made against the Philadelphia Eagles cutting DeSean Jackson is the team’s decision to keep Riley Cooper. After the season, the Eagles signed Cooper to a five-year, $25 million contract. Apparently his racist outburst from last summer is a thing of the past.

Jackson, on the other hand, was released shortly after a report surfaced indicating he has connections to members of a gang in Los Angeles. In a column he wrote for Monday Morning Quarterback on Wednesday, Richard Sherman defended Jackson for not alienating the people he grew up around who supported him when his father passed away in 2009. He also implied that race played a role in the Eagles’ decision to cut Jackson.

This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field.

Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.

Sherman makes some very valid points, especially regarding Irsay. The amount of cash the Colts owner had in his possession could easily be viewed as gang-related or drug dealing activity if he was somebody else.

As for Cooper, you can understand why it looks bad that the Eagles chose to send a white player to counseling after his racist tirade. The only thing I would say about that is that situations like the Aaron Hernandez murder trial have made teams increasingly paranoid when they hear the word “gang.” If a white player reportedly had ties to a gang, you would probably see the team react the same way.

I believe the risk of gang involvement currently has NFL teams on high alert, whether the claims are founded or not. That said, Sherman presented a very well-thought argument that certainly makes you think.

Report: Mark Sanchez expected to sign with Eagles

mark-sanchezMark Sanchez and Michael Vick could be switching teams. The New York Jets released Sanchez last friday and quickly signed Vick. On Monday, reports surfaced that the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to bring on the Sanchize.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported that although Sanchez failed his physical when his contract with the Jets was terminated, his injury status is not expected to stand in the way of the Eagles signing him. He is said to be throwing at 80 percent strength, and the Eagles’ medical staff intends to evaluate Sanchez on their own before making anything official.

While Mortensen seems confident that Sanchez is going to wind up in Philly, Manish Mehta is less certain. He was told that Sanchez’s free agent process is “ongoing” and that the Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans have all shown legitimate interest in Sanchez.

As we told you earlier, Jeff Fisher has already been open about discussing the Rams’ interest in Sanchez.

While some might be surprised that Sanchez is drawing so much interest in free agency, you have to remember he is looking for work as a backup. Experience is hard to come by in the NFL, and Sanchez has appeared in 62 games during his five-year NFL career. He should come relatively cheap and provide decent depth for a team in need.

Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles betting line moved 9 points in one day

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Can you remember the last time you saw a betting line for an NFL game change by nine points in one day? I don’t, but that’s what happened with the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles line on Monday.

The Cowboys opened on Sunday night as -2.5 point favorites at home against Philly. It’s a huge game between the teams as the winner takes the NFC East, and the initial line had the Cowboys favored at home.

By the time most other sportsbooks set their lines for the game on Monday around noon, the Eagles were favored by 2.5 or 3 points (full line movement here). Hours after the news that Tony Romo would be out the rest of the season with a herniated disc broke, the betting line was readjusted with the Eagles listed as 7-point favorites.

To recap:

– Cowboys favored by 2.5 points Sunday night
– Eagles favored by 2.5-3 points Monday afternoon
– Eagles changed to 7 point favorites Monday evening after Romo news

That’s some major line movement, and it leaves some questions. Here’s my biggest question: did the line move from Dallas by 2.5 to Philly by 2.5 (a 5-point swing is huge) because the wiseguys thought Philly was the better team, or because they knew about Romo’s status? How deep in the know are they? I wouldn’t doubt it if they had the news before the rest of us.

All I know is that if you got the Eagles +2.5, you’re looking pretty good right now. We’ll see how the $10-million backup Kyle Orton does in place of Romo.

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