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Some Eagles players reportedly want Riley Cooper off team for racist remark

Riley-Cooper-EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper is not in a good place, and he deserves everything that is coming his way. As most of you have probably heard, Cooper was caught on camera making a racially insensitive remark, and the video has gone viral.

The 25-year-old has issued an apology and already been fined by the Eagles, but that may not be good enough for some of his teammates.

According to Mike Freeman of CBS Sports, an anonymous Eagles player said that both black and white members of the team are outraged over Cooper’s remark and that some players want him off the team. Cooper may even face a suspension from the NFL in addition to the fine, but the real question will be how the incident affects the Eagles’ locker room.

Cooper may eventually claim he was drinking and that he didn’t mean what he said, but most people aren’t going to buy it. The average person doesn’t just come out with a comment like that even if they are intoxicated, and there might be nothing Cooper can do to convince some of his teammates he is not a racist.

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From a football standpoint, this is a horrible situation for Philadelphia. They can’t risk keeping Cooper around if it’s going to poison the locker room, but they were also expected to rely on him heavily in the passing game with Jeremy Maclin out for the season with a torn ACL.

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The best thing for all parties to do at this point is wait for the dust to settle. But even when it does, there is no guarantee Cooper will ever be liked by his teammates again.

Michael Vick doesn’t like sharing first-team reps with Nick Foles

Michael-Vick-NFL-top-100-list-jokeChip Kelly has made it clear that he will be holding an open competition for the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback position all summer, and that may be starting to weigh on Michael Vick. According to Rob Edwards of the South Jersey Times, Vick took the majority of the first-team snaps on Thursday at the last day of mini-camp. But he wants to earn all of them.

“It’s tough (not taking all first-team snaps),” Vick said. “I have continued to be a professional and put feelings and emotions to the side. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t (tough). I have to deal with it and keep dealing with it until I see otherwise.

“(Coach Kelly and I) haven’t talked about it yet. Coach knows exactly what he’s doing and we don’t question him, we just listen.”

Foles is probably already a better passer than Vick at this stage in his career. He has reportedly been impressive with some throws during practice while Vick has struggled a bit, but common sense would tell you Vick is a better fit for Kelly’s offense.

If Kelly intends to incorporate anything similar to what he was running at Oregon, he needs a mobile quarterback. The advantage there obviously goes to Vick, though Chip would be dumb to not make him earn it. Foles also has an advantage in age, which Vick knows.

“I feel good with where I’m at,” he said. “I have to continue to progress and keep drinking my youth juice.”

My guess is Vick wins the starting job unless he completely bombs at training camp. Despite what this former Eagles quarterback thinks, Kelly is probably going to run a spread offense that will benefit from having a quarterback who can run. That’s not to say Vick won’t make him change his mind by Week 6.

Ron Jaworski doubts Chip Kelly’s offense will work for the Eagles

Chip Kelly EaglesChip Kelly ran one of the most deadly offenses in college football during his six seasons as offensive coordinator and head coach at Oregon. Now, all eyes will be on him at the start of the NFL’s regular season to see if that same style of offense can work at the professional level.

Former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski does not see that happening.

“It’s going to be interesting to see if this style of offense projects to the NFL,” Jaws told Harry Mayes and Nick Kayal on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this week, via PhillyMag.com. “I’m going to say no. I just don’t see NFL passing concepts in this offense. It’s a movement offense by the quarterback, off the run-action, off the read-action. A lot of short, quick passes, dart routes, bubble screens. Very few plays down the field with NFL passing concepts.”

A lot of people feel that Kelly’s offense could make some noise at the NFL level, especially since he has arguably the most athletic quarterback in the league at his disposal in Michael Vick. Vick is certainly excited about the possibilities under Kelly, as evidenced by the claim he made earlier this offseason. But Jaws, not so much.

“The NFL is a different league with fast players that have all week to prepare for you,” Jaworski said. “At the collegiate level, you have 20 hours to prepare for that Oregon offense. Take out three hours of game time. You’ve got 17 hours in the course of a week to practice and prepare for that style of offense. It kills you in college. But in the NFL, these guys work 17 hours a day. A day, not a week – 17 hours a day getting ready, so there’s no secrets.”

Jaws certainly makes some valid points, and I think there are more people who would agree with him than disagree. For all we know, Kelly could be planning to break out a much different offense from the one he ran with the Ducks. Whatever the case, the two-time PAC-10 Coach of the Year has plenty of critics to silence.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Chip Kelly makes big changes to Philadelphia Eagles’ food and nutrition

Chip Kelly EaglesChip Kelly is a unique coach who has many special methods that has led to his success at the collegiate level. We knew he liked to run a highly fast-paced spread offense but, until now, we didn’t know too much about his other secrets the helped make his Oregon Ducks so successful. Now we’re learning that Kelly emphasizes healthy foods and great nutrition for his players.

ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards reported from Philadelphia Eagles camp on Monday and shared some of the changes Kelly has made to the food at the team’s practice facility.

Edwards says everything in the cafeteria has been remade since Kelly took over. She says there is nothing but healthy food choices for the players because Kelly believes that elite athletes need optimal nutrition.

According to Edwards, there are four main food stations in the cafeteria with signs over each station explaining what the foods are and what they’re good for. For instance, one section is lean protein for “muscle growth and repair.” Another section contains the “healthy fats” for immune support and anti-inflammatory reasons.

Now here’s the part that will make Andy Reid cry: Edwards says Kelly got rid of things like “Taco Tuesdays” and “Fast Food Fridays,” much to the dismay of the players.

Junk food items like pizza, chicken wings, fried food, and even red meat is off the menu because Kelly wants nothing but organic, hormone and antibiotic free lean meats.

If you’ve been following things at Eagles camp since Kelly took over, none of this should surprise you. You may recall last month we learned that Kelly had personalized smoothies made for players to drink after practice.

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Michael Vick excited about Chip Kelly; thinks he can rush for 1,000 yards

Michael Vick recently restructured his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles to make it more cap-friendly, and early indications are that he will have yet another chance to resurrect his career now that Chip Kelly is running the show. As we know, Kelly’s spread offense at Oregon relied on having a mobile quarterback. If he is looking to recreate that approach at the NFL level, Vick could be a valuable asset in Philly.

How valuable? In an appearance on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on Tuesday, Vick said he will be looking to regain his status as one of the “elite” quarterbacks in the league when the 2013 season begins. And he’s setting his sights high.

“In 2006, I ran for 1,000 yards — and it wasn’t hard,” Vick said, via Pro Football Talk. “I feel like I still can do that … Once you start trying not to get hurt, that’s when you get hurt. I think I have to go out, play lights-out football, and not worry about getting hurt.”

Health will obviously be the biggest concern, as usual. Kelly insists that Vick and second-year quarterback Nick Foles will have an open competition for the starting job during training camp, but Vick is owed a base salary of $7 million in 2013 with his new deal. That’s the type of money a starter earns — not a backup. Assuming he does win the job, Vick feels as though he and Kelly will be effective together.

“I could tell that he was innovative, and that’s what it’s all about in this league,” Vick said of Kelly. “You have to be able to change up from week to week and I think Chip will be able to do that. I think I can handle that.”

The question is can his body handle it. That 2006 season with the Atlanta Falcons that Vick referenced is the only time in his career he has played in all 16 games. However, you could argue that Kelly’s run-and-gun offense will help protect Vick from taking some of the hits he took last year while standing in the pocket. Spread offenses can mask poor offensive line play and leave quarterbacks less susceptible to big hits. The prospect of Kelly and Vick paired together is exciting, even if history isn’t on Vick’s side.

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Eagles C Jason Kelce: We thought Michael Vick was done until Chip Kelly hiring

With Chip Kelly having agreed to become the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, one of the questions on everyone’s mind is what his hiring will mean for the future of Michael Vick. Before Kelly’s arrival, it was widely assumed that Vick had played his last game in Philadelphia. The Eagles can release Vick prior to Feb. 6 without having to pay him any money, but has he become a valuable piece of Kelly’s future plan?

According to Eagles center Jason Kelce, most people on the team thought Vick would be gone before Kelly was hired. Now, they aren’t so sure.

“That is the first thing that popped into my mind because I think, obviously, the outlook after the season was everybody thought Mike would kind of be out of here,” Kelce told Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio. “But yeah, you look at Oregon’s offense and obviously Mike kind of fits that mold a little bit. Now, whether we run the exact same offense that they run at Oregon, that’s still up for debate. I mean, he said already, I guess, that the offense that he runs will be dictated based upon the personnel that he has. So I guess we’ll find that out in a few more months.”

Kelly’s offense at Oregon was fast. Say what you will about Vick and his inability to stay healthy or throw the ball with accuracy on a consistent basis, but he certainly has the gift of speed. If Kelly can somehow incorporate Vick into his spread offense without making him susceptible to the types of hits that shortened his season last year, he could make Philly’s offense a dangerous new weapon. As we know, all of that will be much easier said than done.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview
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Chip Kelly reportedly headed to Eagles

On third thought, Chip Kelly will reportedly become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles after all. In another surprising turn of events from what has been an offseason filled with a whirlwind of changing information, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Wednesday that Kelly and the Eagles have reached an agreement. Oregon University confirmed the news on Twitter.

A little over a week ago, several reports surfaced that indicated Kelly had decided to stay at Oregon after interviewing with the Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. That news came just days after NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Kelly was “very close” to a deal with the Browns.

Even before the Eagles officially fired Andy Reid, Philadelphia was fully expected to heavily pursue Kelly to become its next head coach. They were clearly persistent, and it’s possible that Chip changed his mind about coaching in the NFL over the past several days or the Eagles’ brass presented him with a better offer. As Around the League pointed out, a tweet sent out by Nico Fallah, an Oregon recruit who has since committed to USC, indicated that Kelly was still actively recruiting earlier this week.

I’ll be anxious to see how Kelly reacts to life in the NFL. Chip is 46-7 in his four years as the head coach at Oregon, and he has turned the program into a national powerhouse with a spread offense that is built around speed. As we know, players on the defensive side of the ball are much faster in the NFL than they are at the college level. They’re also a lot smarter. If Kelly tries to bring Oregon’s offense to the NFL, I’m not convinced he’ll have much success with it.