Paris Jackson may be the daughter of one of the most famous musicians to have ever lived, but she is clearly looking to make a name for herself. Not only has Jackson starred in her first movie, but now the Eagles’ cheerleading squad is looking to recruit her.
“We think Paris will make a great Eagle cheerleader,” Barbara Zaun, head of the Eagles’ cheerleading squad. “She is already very comfortable in the limelight, so we think she would definitely stand out and impress the judges. We hope that she will try out for the team and be an Eagles cheerleader!"
Jackson may be a hot commodity for the NFL cheerleading squad, but the 14-year-old will have to wait a few years, as it required that she be 18 and have a high school diploma.
"We thought that she had a lot of poise, confidence, and enthusiasm in her cheer performance," Zaun said. "Paris has that 'wow factor' that makes a great cheerleader."
Nothing like the NFL offseason to stir up a bunch of rumors. We’ve said this before, but just to reiterate, we believe every report that comes out this time of year. You just have to.
There is a ton of speculation about what the New York Jets plan to do with Darrelle Revis. He’s all world, but he’s very pricey, wants more money and is coming off of a torn ACL. The Jets seem to have very little interest in keeping him, so there are a lot of rumors about where he could end up.
Add the Philadelphia Eagles to the list of teams being discussed as potential landing spots for the stud cornerback.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that there is a rumor brewing in league circles that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is already crunching the numbers and working on an offer for the services of Revis. And it would make sense considering how thin the Eagles are at cornerback. Nnamdi Asomugha is probably getting cut and they’ll let Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie walk in free agnecy.
Revis is only 27-years old, so it’s not like he’d be a finishing piece to this team. He could certainly grow with this team as they get back to (hopefully for them) prosperity.
But, as with all of these rumors…we’ll see.
Following the release of former prized free agent Cullen Jenkins and aging tackle Mike Patterson the Philadelphia Eagles are currently set to hit free agency with over $33M in cap space. That’s before they either release or restructure the contract of free agent bust Nnamdi Asomugha. Don’t think their roster trimming is done just yet though. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Don’t be surprised if even more members of the supposed “dream team” are on their way out. Below I will list some of the likely candidates.
Nnamdi Asomugha: Leading the charge in absurd contracts handed out nearly two offseasons ago, I’d say it’s best the Eagles just cut their losses and ties with Asomugha. A release would result in the Eagles saving $11.3M against the cap. It’s not that he isn’t a bad corner, he’s just not nearly as good as he convinced the world he was going into free agency. It also seems like he is in every highlight package showing their porous secondary getting burnt.
Nate Allen: Speaking of that porous secondary... To say Nate Allen is a draft bust is somewhat of an understatement. He is horrible in coverage, he is horrible in run support and what I guess I’m trying to get at is that he’s just plain horrible. Can’t think of anything he does well. Releasing Allen would only clear up $600,000 in cap space, but it also opens up a roster spot.
Danny Watkins: It’s a little early to label this Canadian a bust, but his career is about one season away from hitting that point. Expectations were high when the Eagles drafted him out of the first round, but he’s just another in a series of underperforming offensive linemen on this team. It’s not all that likely they will either release or restructure his contract, but it’s entirely possible. He hasn’t even made it as a full time starter yet.
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Well, it looks like new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly got around to watching some film. And one would think that the film wasn’t of the first few games of 2011, when Cullen Jenkins actually made plays. He probably watched a lot of tape and saw that Jenkins’ name rarely even got mentioned during a broadcast.
I’m assuming these things because the Eagles have confirmed that they’ve released the 32-year old DT/DE.
There was a thought that he would stay with the team as they plan use a defensive scheme that goes back and forth from 3-4 to 4-3. Jenkins can play tackle in the 4-3 and has been an end in the 3-4 in the past.
The Eagles obviously don’t care about that and were more concerned with getting younger on defense and saving the $1 million roster bonus he was due in March.
When the Philadelphia Eagles decided not to cut Michael Vick last week, they left the door open for Vick to return next year and possibly be the starting quarterback. Now that Vick has restructured his contract to stay in Philadelphia, it’s obvious that the Eagles and new head coach Chip Kelly are serious about making Vick the starter for the 2013 season. It may be a surprising move to some, but it’s the right move for the Eagles right now, as Vick is likely their best option at quarterback next season.
In a lot of ways Vick fits the mold of what Kelly’s offense, or at least the offense he ran while at Oregon, requires in a quarterback, which is the ability to run. For much of Vick’s tenure in Atlanta he was the poster boy for running quarterbacks in the NFL, and since coming to Philadelphia he hasn’t been all that shy about exercising his legs. While he may not be the runner he was in his younger days, Vick remains one of the more mobile quarterbacks in the NFL. If the playbook Kelly brings to Philadelphia in any way mirrors what he ran at Oregon, he’s going to need a quarterback with mobility, so it would make sense for the Eagles to keep Vick around.
One could argue that decision-making is more important in Kelly’s offense than a mobile quarterback, but that’s not necessarily true. Without the ability to run from the quarterback position, decision-making becomes a moot point in Kelly’s offense because the decision of a quarterback to keep the ball would almost never be made, meaning that Kelly’s offense would require no better decision-making skills out of the quarterback position than any other offense in the NFL. Vick has never been accused of being the smartest quarterback in the league, but he has plenty of experience making the kinds of decisions NFL quarterbacks have to make play after play, so he’s capable of handling the decision-making duties in Kelly’s offense as well as any other quarterback the Eagles could bring in to replace him.
Finally, if the Eagles decide to bring in other quarterbacks to compete with Vick, what are their options? Alex Smith has enough mobility to fit Kelly’s offense, but he’ll be a wanted commodity and could be difficult to obtain, as well as afford, especially with Vick also on the roster. Tim Tebow also has the running ability and would be a lot easier to acquire than Smith, but his throwing ability is limited; plus the Eagles would have to deal with the media circus that follows him around. Former Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas would obviously be a great fit, but he may be better as a backup quarterback, who could also help out the starter because of his familiarity with Kelly’s offense. The draft doesn’t offer any better choices. The best available quarterback with enough mobility for Kelly’s offense is E.J. Manuel of Florida State, but he may not be ready to start in the NFL right away. Matt Scott of Arizona and Collin Klein of Kansas State are quarterbacks that could be taken in the later rounds that possess the required mobility, but they may not even be ready to handle the duties of a backup quarterback, much less challenge Vick for the starting spot. So even if they wanted to, could the Eagles even do better than Vick at quarterback next year?
Whether it’s because of his running ability, his experience in the league, or the fact that they probably won’t be able to find anyone better, Vick may actually be the best option the Eagles have at quarterback in 2013. Philadelphia has made the wise choice of restructuring his contract, so that they can bring him back to potentially return as the Eagle’s starting quarterback, as they transition into the offensive scheme Kelly is bringing with him from Oregon to the NFL. Time will only tell if the Eagles made the right choice to retain Vick, but at this point, he’s the best option they have.
Philadelphia Eagles fans are salivating for news on who will be filling out Chip Kelly’s coaching staff. We already know that Pat Shurmur will be running his offense, and now we’re getting reports of who could be heading up the defensive side of the ball.
WIP’s Howard Eskin is told by two NFL sources that the Eagles have lined up San Francisco 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell for the job of defensive coordinator.
“2 NFL sources and another report have #49ers DB Ch Ed Donatell likely 2 B #Eagles DC for C. Kelly. Kelly knew Donatell as DC at U of Wash,” Eskin says on Twitter, in a tweet that probably took 30-35 minutes to compose and squash into 140 characters. He could have been scooped by the time he got that to fit.
Donatell’s name has come up in the last week or so as a potential fit for the spot, but who knows if this is accurate. Eskin also told us that the Eagles were likely to start Foles against the New Orleans Saints, even though he didn’t play for a couple more weeks (and that was due to a Vick injury).
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This could be a bit odd if we are to believe the reports that Kelly would like to install a 3-4 defense. Donatell runs a 4-3. So who the hell knows, we don’t know what to believe. How about we wait until the Eagles make an official announcement and then we’ll all find out together?
The coaching carousel has come to a stop, at least for the 2013 offseason. All eight teams that fired their head coach following the season have found a new one. So, let’s put together a power rankings of how each squad did.
1. Kansas City – The Chiefs wasted no time in going out and getting the biggest fish in the pond, Andy Reid. It’s tough to see what the appeal was for Reid to go to Kansas City, a team coming off a two-win season that has no reliable -- or even passable -- quarterback in place, but somehow the Chiefs convinced him to come. Reid gives the Chiefs instant credibility and changes the dynamic of the AFC West.
If the Chiefs can get the quarterback position figured out, an area where Reid has had plenty of success in the past, they could show significant improvement next season, which is why the Chiefs landing Reid was the biggest coup of the offseason.
2. Philadelphia – It took a while to unfold, but the Eagles were finally able to convince Chip Kelly to leave Oregon and come to the NFL. Kelly is a tireless worker and one of the most innovative offensive minds in the sport, so he’s a perfect fit for the NFL. He’ll have to find a quarterback to run his system, and he’ll have to tweak his system a bit to adapt to the NFL, but Kelly immediately becomes one of the smartest head coaches in the league, and the Eagles should feel optimistic about their future with him as their coach.
3. Arizona – The Cardinals may have missed on the big names like Reid, but they did manage to hire Bruce Arians, who had one of the most impressive coaching performances of the 2012 season as interim coach of the Colts. Not only did Arians step into an impossible situation with Chuck Pagano forced to take a leave of absence to receive cancer treatment, but he also led the Colts to a 9-3 record while serving as the interim coach. If that wasn’t enough, Arians also has nine years of experience being an NFL offensive coordinator, making him a qualified candidate and a great pick to be Arizona’s head coach.
4. San Diego – The Chargers waited too long to fire Norv Turner and then waited out the end of Denver’s season, but they were rewarded in the end with the hiring of Mike McCoy. Not only did they steal the offensive coordinator of one of their biggest rivals, but they also hired one of the top offensive coordinators in the game and arguably the best candidate to make the transition from coordinator to head coach. McCoy should help breathe new life into San Diego’s offense, and possibly help revive the floundering career of quarterback Phillip Rivers, which is exactly what they need if they expect to compete with the Broncos in the AFC West.
5. Buffalo – Doug Marrone isn’t the big name that Bills fans were hoping for, but with a handful of teams with a head-coaching vacancy wanting to talk to the former Syracuse head coach, Marrone was a wanted commodity, and the fact that he chose the Bills does mean something. He comes with a high praise and a glowing recommendation from both New Orleans coach Sean Payton and New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis, both of whom worked with Marrone when he was the offensive coordinator of the Saints from 2006 to 2008. Marrone is young, a straight shooter, and has a keen offensive mind. He’s a better candidate than most Bills fans realize, and he should give the franchise a much-needed culture change.
6. Chicago – Marc Trestman is arguably the second most qualified coach on this list (behind Reid), but he drops down significantly because he hasn’t coached in the NFL in almost a decade, and a lot has changed since he’s been away. Trestman has spent the last five years as a head coach in the CFL, so being a head coach won’t be an issue, but readjusting to the NFL could be. That being said, Trestman has a long history of working with quarterbacks, and with the Bears having a talented, yet underachieving, quarterback in place in Jay Cutler, Trestman could end up being a good pick to help both Cutler and the Bears get to the next level.
7. Jacksonville – The Jaguars took a risk when they hired a new coach for the second consecutive season, and they’re taking another risk by hiring a coach as young and inexperienced as Gus Bradley. He is a young and highly regarded defensive coach, but he has spent just seven seasons as an assistant in the NFL. Bradley has done a great job turning Seattle’s defense around, and he may be a rising star in the coaching ranks, but whether he’s ready to be an NFL head coach is a different issue, which gives him a lot to prove.
8. Cleveland – This was the job no one really seemed to want, and in the end the Browns settled for Rob Chudzinski. In the four years that Chudzinski has spent as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, he’s had good success, both with the Browns and in the past two seasons with the Panthers. He’s a young guy and a bright offensive coach, but will he be ready to take on the duties of an NFL head coach, specifically the steep challenges that he’ll face in Cleveland? Chudzinski may be destined to be an NFL head coach, but at this point in his career and at this location, he may be in over his head.
Not sure what else to say about this one, but wow. After telling the Philadelphia Eagles several weeks ago that he was going to return to the University of Oregon, Chip Kelly has decided to take the head coaching position and jump to the NFL.
ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen had it first.
“Chip Kelly is the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources. No announcement yet,” Mort tweeted.
This is absolutely shocking, coming a day after it was all but certain that the Eagles would reign in Gus Bradley. Whether you are excited about this hiring or not (I’m not), it makes you wonder what changed.
Did the Eagles call Kelly with a better offer after not being thrilled with Bradley or any of the other candidates? Did Kelly possibly get new information about sanctions coming to the Oregon program?
Regardless, doesn’t this have to make you wonder about the character of Chip Kelly? One potential Oregon recruit tweeted that Kelly was at his house two days ago. How you can you trust a guy like this? Or maybe that’s just what we’ve come to expect from NCAA coaches anymore. People like Kelly, Bobby Petrino, Nick Saban and a host of others just can’t be trusted at their word.
Moving forward as a pragmatic matter, one wonders what Kelly will do in the NFL. Will he try to force his unique read-option into an offense that wouldn’t have the proper QB if Nick Foles is the guy? Will he take his creative mind and work with what he has, building around that?
And that brings us to another concern: Michael Vick. Vick still has enough athleticism to run Kelly’s offense, or at the very least he’s your best option considering the current market options through free agency and the draft. But…you’d be bringing Michael Vick back. That turns our stomachs.
Contrary to what so many players like to think, Vick is a lousy leader. His decision making is awful and he’s a turnover machine. Also, he’s due $15.5 million next season and it’s believed that he won’t restructure his deal. Awesome.
So yeah, we’ll wait to see how this plays out, but right now we smell Steve Spurrier.