Philadelphia Eagles players yelled ‘Papa John’s!’ at Peyton Manning after audible

Peyton-Manning-Papa-JohnsThe Philadelphia Eagles became the Denver Broncos’ latest victims on Sunday afternoon by way of a 52-20 blowout. While trailing just 21-13 at the start of the third quarter, the Eagles seemed like they were still having some fun as Peyton Manning called out plays and audibles.

It’s common for NFL linebackers to yell back at quarterbacks when the signal-callers point to a linebacker or call out coverages. But yelling “Papa John’s” in response is a bit more rare. According to Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, some of his teammates did just that.

“Well I know — I think I might have heard Papa John’s once, but I don’t know who said it, I mean that’s kind of funny,” Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin told 94WIP’s Michael Barkann and Ike Reese on Monday, via CBS Philly. “When any quarterback goes and talks at the line or any center, they start yelling ‘Mike’s 59′ or ’98′s the 4th down’ where they try to figure out the protection, we, on defense, we start, like I’ll say—if they start yelling ’98′s down, meaning I’m the fourth rusher, I’ll start yelling ’59′s down’ because it just confuses them.”

Deadspin has a video of one such play where you can clearly hear someone yelling “Papa Johns!” As most of you know, Manning bought more than 20 Papa John’s restaurants in the Denver area when he signed with the Broncos and has become a spokesman for the company. If that was the Eagles’ way of heckling him, it worked. They made him mad and he threw for three touchdown passes in the third quarter and put them away.

Eagles reportedly nearly traded for Colin Kaepernick, wanted to draft Russell Wilson

Eagles snowThe Philadelphia Eagles seem to be well situated with Michael Vick running Chip Kelly’s offense, but a report says they had their eye on a few other emerging quarterbacks prior to last season.

According to Pro Football Talk, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles were in talks with the San Francisco 49ers prior to the 2012 draft about acquiring Colin Kaepernick for a second-round pick. Obviously that trade never happened, because the Niners held onto Kaepernick and he became the team’s starter midway through the season. But why didn’t the trade happen? Schefter reported that Philly backed out of the trade because they believed they could draft Russell Wilson. They supposedly geared their entire draft around the current Seattle Seahawks QB.

Allow me to call B.S. on this report. I’m not saying that Schefter’s information is inaccurate, but it sounds like his info is coming from an Eagles exec who’s trying to make himself look smart.

If the Eagles really wanted Wilson so badly, why didn’t they draft him last year? Wilson wasn’t the first overall pick. He wasn’t a top-five pick. He went in the third round, No. 75 overall. The Eagles had plenty of opportunities to select him. They could have taken him at No. 12 where they selected Fletcher Cox; at No. 46 where they took Mychal Kendricks; or at No. 59, where they picked Vinny Curry. Obviously they didn’t covet Wilson that badly, otherwise they would have taken him.

Seriously, these kinds of reports piss me off so much. What’s the point of it? To tell us that the Eagles have an eye for talent but messed up both times? If they thought Kaepernick and Wilson were that good, they wouldn’t have thought twice about trading a second-round pick for Kaepernick, or using the No. 12 overall pick on Wilson.

Stop trying to cover your butts, Eagles execs, if that’s what the point of your report was. This report also does tell us something else we already knew — Philly wasn’t thrilled about moving forward with Vick as their starting QB, likely because of his injury history.

Chip Kelly thought Eagles offense was too slow … and was totally serious

Chip Kelly impressed football fans everywhere by leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a road win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night in his NFL coaching debut. Fans saw the Eagles do exactly what they were used to seeing out of Kelly’s Oregon Ducks: a fast-paced spread offense that runs a lot of plays in a short period of time.

Chip Kelly EaglesThe Eagles actually ran 53 plays in the first half of the game, compared to only 21 for Washington. They had 21 first downs and only allowed 23 seconds between plays, compared to 28 for Washington. Although anyone watching would have been struck by the tempo of the game, Kelly told the media Tuesday that the offense’s pace was too slow.

“Yeah, I felt like it was slow to be honest with you. I’m not joking,” Kelly said. “We need to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn’t get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process in between plays. And that’s something we need to work on.”

Too slow huh? I’d hate to see what this guy’s like waiting for food in a drive-through line. I heard Chip Kelly once left midway through a Usain Bolt race because it was taking too long.

Too slow? Sheesh. If that was slow, I can’t wait to see what the offense looks like when they’re running it properly.

Philadelphia Eagles accuse Washington Redskins of faking injuries (Video)

Redskins-injury-fakingAlas, it begins. The Philadelphia Eagles are going to run an incredibly fast-paced offense under Chip Kelly this season. If all goes to plan, they’ll be wearing out defenses the way they did against the Washington Redskins on Monday night. And if Kelly’s up-tempo attack finds success, be prepared to hear about how opponents are faking injuries all season long.

On Monday night with Philadelphia leading 12-7 and driving in the first quarter, Redskins offensive lineman Kedric Golston went down with what was later described as cramping. As Golston was on the turf holding his leg, you could hear several Eagles yelling, “He’s faking!”

Former Redskins running back Rock Cartwright agreed.

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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