Vick unloaded against those critics this week in a Philadelphia radio interview calling those critics “ignorant” along with a few other choice words.
“I’m really tempted right now to just say ‘no comment’ to that because, like I said a second ago, you don’t last 12 years in the NFL not being able to read the defense,” Vick said on 97.5 The Fanatic this week. “Those people who are talking and saying that are just ignorant, and they know nothing about football. Unless they turn on the film and watch my game and see what goes on, then they’ll replace those comments with the right comments.”
Vick also knows he could be right on the bench if he does not curb his turnover issues. Vick has fumbled 32 times in his last 35 games, losing 12 of those. He threw 10 interceptions last season and was sacked 28 times.
“Chip (Kelly) told me how to run with the football the other day,” Vick said. “He taught me how to run with the football and how to carry the football, and I think it’s something that you just have to work on.”
Neither player is making a full-time transition. Instead, both are attempting to add versatility, a Kelly staple, in order to increase their chances of making the roster.
Harbor, who has just 47 receptions in three seasons, appears to be on the fringe after the team signed free-agent tight end James Casey and drafted Stanford’s Zach Ertz in the second round.
Avant, on the other hand, has been a veteran fixture in the slot for Philadelphia over the past several seasons. He was the team’s fourth-leading receiver last year with 648 yards on a career-high 53 receptions.
Running back LeSean McCoy is hoping to bounce back in Chip Kelly’s new offense after a sub-par 2012. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
LeSean McCoy is being sued by a woman who claims the Eagles running back and his body guard humiliated and assaulted her on a party bus, according to TMZ.
The plaintiff, who filed the suit under the name “Mary Roe,” alleges on Dec. 18, 2012, she was among 16 women invited by McCoy’s publicist to a party at a New York City nightclub, with transportation from Philadelphia on a party bus.
The lawsuit alleges McCoy, his bodyguard Big John and other men in the bus began to spray some of the women with water.
Roe claims she protested the water spraying, after which McCoy ordered Big John to “get her.” She claims McCoy and/or Big John hit her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground. That’s where the men allegedly restrained her and poured a beverage over her hair, body and clothes.
She claims her protests led McCoy and Big John to forcibly eject her from the party bus on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. When other women complained, she was allowed back on the bus until she could be left at the nearest rest stop.
The plaintiff is seeking damages of more than $50,000 for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and negligence.
“The allegations against LeSean McCoy are completely, unequivocally false,” a rep for LeSean McCoy said in a statement. “There are no criminal charges pending and no probable cause was ever found. This is sadly an attempt to extract money and LeSean will vigorously defend any attempt to collect money through a personal injury claim.”
Former Cowboys running back Felix Jones has agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, reports Albert Breer. Jones also visited with the New England Patriots last week after his meetings with the Eagles.
Jones, 26, was selected in the first round of the 2008 draft (22nd overall) by the Cowboys. He’s spent the entirety of his five-year career with Dallas and showed a lot of potential early on but was hampered by injuries. Last season, Jones played in all 16 games, starting in seven. He averaged 25.1 rushing yards per game and 16.6 receiving yards per game.
Jones will join a crowded Eagles backfield that includes LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk and undrafted free agent Miguel Maysonet.
Eagles make one-year deal with Felix Jones official, announce that he'll practice at OTAs today.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 14, 2013
Chip Kelly is putting his stamp on the Eagles offense. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Eagles seem to be liking the way new head coach Chip Kelly is putting his stamp on how the offense is going to be run this season.
According to tight end Brent Celek, what Kelly is doing is going to change the NFL. The Eagles certainly need a jumpstart in their offense as they were ranked 29th in the league last sesson, averaging 17.5 points per contest. Celek, in his sixth season, was second on the team in receptions with 57 for 684 yards and one touchdown.
“From a communications standpoint, it’s going to change the league,” Celek said, via Philadelphia Magazine. “I’m not going to tell you guys how, but it will. Just the way that they can communicate plays in and get us the stuff, it’s pretty cool. It’s something that I never even thought was possible in the NFL. Seeing the stuff he’s doing, he has a reason why he does everything that he does, and a reason why each play is called what it is. And it all makes sense.”
The New England Patriots ran a one-word no-huddle last season with success, as they lead the league in scoring average.
The Super Bowl could be making its way to Philadelphia if the Eagles owner has his way. (Julia Robertson, AP)
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he would like to see the Super Bowl make an appearance in the City of Brotherly Love, only if next year’s game in East Rutherford, N.J., goes off without a hitch.
Lurie made the comments at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix.
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled for February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium and will be the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a traditionally cold-weather winter city.
“Growing up in Boston, I went to more great games in snow conditions,” Lurie said to Philly.com. “Some of the most memorable games I’ve ever been to were very difficult and wonderful conditions. I would have no fear of it snowing — as long as there’s no public safety issue that day, I think it would be great if it’s snowing a bit.”
Asked then if he would want a roman-numeraled game for Philly, Lurie said, ”I will. Yes, I will. If it’s a success. New York will help us.”
Super Bowl XLIX will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Ariz. in 2015.
Michael Vick appeared at a charity event in Atlanta in his first public appearance since postponing his book tour following death threats. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
In his first public appearance since cancelling stops on his book tour due to death threats, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick appeared at a charity event for juvenile offenders in Atlanta and responded forcefully to the backlash against him.
“Why would you continue to bash somebody who’s trying to help make the world a better place?” he said of animal rights activists during a phone conversation with USA Today‘s Robert Klemko.
Vick signed autographs at a church in suburban Atlanta just four days after cancelling several appearances to promote his autobiography, “Finally Free.” He said that the attention the controversy drew to the book actually boosted sales and that he intends to complete an amended tour with added security measures.
“A lot of people are sick and tired of hearing about my past, because there are so many other problems that are going on in this world that need to have attention drawn to them,” Vick told USA TODAY Sports. “People are dying every day, children are being killed, going to jail. Not to say I overlook what I’ve done, but I try to do outreach as a positive.
“That’s my responsibility. That’s what I’m going to continue to do. That’s what’s important. Those people are not important.”
Despite coming off a disastrous 2012 season, Vick also said that he is preparing for 2013 with the mindset that “I’m the starter.”
The Eagles opted to restructure his contract rather than release him, agreeing to a deal in February that reduced his 2013 salary from $16 million to $7 million plus incentives.
Vince Young is in “preliminary” discussions with the Radiers. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young, who last played in the league in 2011 as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, is in “preliminary” talks with the Oakland Raiders about making a return to the field.
NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk.com cited a report Wednesday from Ian Rapaport of NFL Network that Young spoke with the Raiders about visiting them for a workout.
The Raiders currently have Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor as the quarterbacks on the roster, so it’s possible the latter could be replaced by Young but not much is known at this time as to the depth of the discussions between Young and the Raiders, beyond the fact that they simply spoke about possibly hosting the two-time Pro Bowler for a workout.
Young has not been in an NFL game since playing for the Eagles in the 2011 season. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills in May 2012 but was cut three months later.
Nnamdi Asomugha was released by the Eagles on Tuesday. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, according to the team’s official Twitter feed.
The news was officially announced Tuesday afternoon. It comes as a reversal to reports the team gave earlier in March that Asomugha, who is set to make $15 million next season, would not be released by the team.
He signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011 and reports after this season began to surface that he would be released unless he was willing to restructure his contract. At the time of his signing, Asomugha had been to the Pro Bowl three straight years as a member of the Oakland Raiders.
Asomugha and the Eagles spent recent days seeing if a restructured deal made sense for each side. But after discussions that started at the combine in Indianapolis and ended Tuesday, neither could bridge their differences.
In his two seasons with Philadelphia, the team went 8-8 and 4-12, respectively, and Andy Reid, then the head coach of the team, was let go after last season wrapped up.
Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman spoke highly of Asomugha at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, saying the cornerback has been a “true pro on and off the field” and added that the entire Eagles organization wishes him the best as he enters free agency:
“[Nnamdi Asomugha] has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community. We wish [Asomugha] all the best as he continues his NFL career.”
#Eagles part ways with CB Nnamdi Asomugha and look ahead to NFL Free Agency at 4 p.m.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 12, 2013
#Eagles GM Howie Roseman: [Nnamdi Asomugha] has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 12, 2013
#Eagles GM Howie Roseman: We wish [Asomugha] all the best as he continues his NFL career.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 12, 2013
Michael Vick’s appearances at several book-signings has been canceled due to credible threats of violence. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s appearance at several book-signing events over the next week have been canceled because of threats of violence received by the organizers.
Philly Mag’s Tim McManus reported (via Pro Football Talk) that the publisher of Vick’s autobiography shut down planned appearances in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania because of the threats. Vick had been set to sign copies of his book, “Michael Vick: Finally Free,” at three Barnes and Noble stores.
According to the report, the threats stem from reaction to Vick’s involvement in a dog-fighting ring, which have intensified since Vick acknowledged last fall he was once again a dog owner.
“While we stand by Michael Vick’s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances,” Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, told McManus. “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”
Vick family spokesman Chris Shigas told NBC Philadelphia that the decision to cancel was the decision of both Vick’s advisers and Worthy Publishing. He cited several “credible threats of violence,” including some that had been publicly posted on Vick’s Facebook fan page.
“This was a joint decision between Michael Vick’s advisers and the publisher,” Shigas said. “They were canceled because of a recent uptick in credible threats of violence against Michael Vick, his family, the bookstores and the book store employees.”
The move keeps Jenkins in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles released Jenkins last month after deciding not to pay him a $5 million roster bonus for the 2013 season. Jenkins had also reportedly met with the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. Jenkins had also discussed the possibility of returning to play with the Green Bay Packers, where he spent the first seven years of his career.
Jenkins had four sacks and 22 total tackles with the Eagles last season. He has played in all 16 games in three of the past four seasons.
NYG have signed DT Cullen Jenkins to a three-year deal for $8 million, $3 million guaranteed. Nice pickup.
There had been reports in recent weeks that Asomugha would be released unless he restructured his contract.
Asomugha was the top free agent on the market when Philadelphia signed him to a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011. He was coming off three straight Pro Bowls with the Raiders and was considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
But he never lived up to his contract with Philadelphia. The team also struggled — going 8-8 and 4-12 the past two seasons — and coach Andy Reid was fired.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will battle with two other players to win the starting position next season. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to have a spirited battle to see who wins the quarterback battle during training camp.
If it was left up to running back LeSean McCoy, picking the starting quarterback is an easy choice.
“I think Michael Vick is the starting quarterback,” McCoy said in an interview with NJ.com. “People forget — this is Michael Vick. He’s got a lot to prove this year, but he’s ready to roll. He knows people are questioning if he can get it done, and he’s gonna prove this year he can.”
The Eagles re-signed Vick to a one-year contract for around $10 million this offseason. In 2012, Vick struggled, passing for 2,362 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games last season.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has not said whether Vick or Nick Foles, who went 1-5 as the starter last season, will work with the first-team offense when training camp opens.
Jenkins was signed to a five-year, $30 million contract in 2011 and was due a $1 million roster bonus due in March.
Jenkins started every game the past two years for the Eagles and had 9.5 sacks during his time in Philadelphia. Jenkins, 32, was due to make $5.5 million in 2013 and his release saves the Eagles $5.6 million in cap space.
“I had a chance to speak with Cullen today and let him know of our decision,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “It’s one of the most difficult parts of the job. He has been a very productive player in this league for a long time but we felt it in our team’s best interests that we go in a different direction. By releasing him at this point, it gives he and his agent more time to sign on with another team. We wish Cullen and his family all the best as he continues his NFL career.”
It’s day one of the NFL franchise tag window, and already two teams have made it clear they won’t use the tag.
The Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew has already stated twice in the offseason that the Lions won’t use the tag. The Lions used the non-exclusive version of the franchise tag last year on Cliff Avril, keeping him off the free agent market. If the Lions were to tag him again, the team would have to pay him $12.7 million, 120% of his 2011 pay.
The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be using their tag either, per Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was the only candidate that merited consideration for the tag.
Today is first day NFL teams can assign franchise tag to retain free agents for 1 year. Eagles won't be using, I'm told. DRC only candidate.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) February 18, 2013
Foles passed for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns and threw five interceptions in seven games during his rookie season for then-Eagles coach Andy Reid, who has since been fired and hired by the Chiefs. He does not possess the running abilities of Vick and Dixon in a new Eagles offense that could mimic Kelly’s dual-threat duties at Oregon.
The Eagles reportedly have not informed the Chiefs that Foles is available after Kelly said he would compete with Vick for the starting quarterback job.
Reid and his new offensive coordinator Doug Pedersen inherit a disheveled Chiefs quarterback corps that includes Matt Cassel, who may be cut after being benched midway through 2012, Brady Quinn, Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney.
The Eagles have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with quarterback Dennis Dixon, reports Albert Breer. Dixon, 28, played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon and was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2008 draft.
Dixon played in four games with the Steelers from 2008 to 2010. He tore his meniscus at the beginning of the 2010 season and was placed on Injured Reserve. The Ravens signed Dixon to their practice squad in 2012 but he did not appear in a regular season game.
Dixon also spent time playing pro baseball for minor league affiliates of the Braves in 2007.
Eagles announce they've come to terms w/QB Dennis Dixon on a 2-year deal. Played for Kelly at Oregon in 2007, Chip's first year as OC there.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 14, 2013
The deal includes $3 million in incentives, according to the report. Some of the incentives featured are $500,000 in roster bonuses, $1.5 million if he plays in 90 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, and the big one: $1 million if the Eagles win the Super Bowl.
Vick was injured and inconsistent last season before being replaced by rookie Nick Foles midway through the season. On Monday, new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly promised an open competition between Vick and Foles for the starting quarterback job.
“There’s an open competition,” Kelly he told reporters in a press conference. “Michael knows that. Nick knows that. Nick knew every step of the way what we’re doing. … Who the starting quarterback is to start the season off is going to be won on the practice field.”
Jay Glazer reports that the Eagles have worked out a restructured contract with QB Michael Vick.
After a miserable 4-12 season, it seemed likely that the Eagles would part ways with the starting QB. Vick came into the 2012 season week one as a starter, despite a strong preseason presence from rookie Nick Foles.
Back in August of 2011, Vick and the Eagles signed a six-year, $100 million contract worth nearly $40 million in guaranteed money. Following Vick’s poor 2012 performance, it was unclear what the team would do with the pricey QB. But Vick has wanted to play under newly hired head coach Chip Kelly since December, and indicated that he would be willing to take a pay cut to stay.
Vick received a three-year deal, but the last two years will be voided on March 15.
BREAKING: The Eagles are NOT parting ways with QB Michael Vick as they worked out a restructured contract w him— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) February 11, 2013
Michael Vick received a restructured 3-year deal, but it is essentially a 1-year deal. Last two years will be voided on March 15.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) February 11, 2013
Chip Kelly continues to put together his Eagles coaching staff. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Chip Kelly’s move from Oregon to the NFL may force the defending national champions to start a job hunt. Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland has been offered — and is expected to accept — the same job with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Tidesports.com.
Stoutland’s two years as Alabama’s OL coach have resulted in back-to-back national titles. He came to Alabama from Miami in 2010, and enjoyed a $395,000 salary last season.
The loss of Stoutland could be crucial considering that the Crimson Tide is losing three offensive line starters in tackle D.J. Fluker, center Barrett Jones and guard Chance Warmack, as well as, blocking tight end Michael Williams.
The Eagles reportedly won’t make a decision on whether to keep or release Michael Vick anytime soon. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly won’t be making a decision on their long-term plans regarding quarterback Michael Vick.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Monday that the Eagles will not decide whether to keep or release Vick by Feb. 6. That date is important because if Vick is on the roster on Feb. 6, he is guaranteed $3 million of next season’s $16.5 million salary. But La Canfora reported that the Eagles are not worried about the pseudo-deadline.
From La Canfora’s report:
New coach Chip Kelly is evaluating the situation and how Vick fits in his spread offense. The Eagles are determining how much they might be willing to pay Vick, if they do ask him to take a pay cut. Vick will not absorb any significant salary cut to remain with the Eagles, sources said, but there could be some wiggle room to work something out.
Vick is due another $15.5 million in 2014. He was supplanted by Nick Foles as the Eagles’ starter during the team’s disastrous 4-12 season. But some think he might be a better fit for Kelly’s spread-type offense than Foles.
Chip Kelly is now one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL (Rich Schultz, Getty Images)
Newly-hired Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is now among the highest paid coaches in the NFL – despite having zero NFL experience. This, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that claims Kelly’s contract with the Eagles amounts to $32.5 million over five years, or $6.5 million annually.
The Eagles job will be Kelly’s first in the NFL, after serving as the head coach at the University of Oregon for the past three seasons. Widely considered to be an offensive innovator, Kelly previously worked as Oregon’s offensive coordinator after stops at the University of New Hampshire, Johns Hopkins, and Columbia University.
Kelly was believed to be staying with Oregon after interviewing for multiple NFL positions earlier in the offseason. Kelly had interviewed with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and the Eagles. Last offseason, Kelly nearly became the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, backing out at the last minute to stay with the Ducks.
Steve Spurrier, another former college offensive guru, struggled during his tenure with the Washington Redskins. But New England’s success makes some believe Kelly has a better chance of lasting in the NFL.
Kelly will need to decide what to do at the quarterback position. Michael Vick struggled this season, completing only 58 percent of his passes and throwing 10 interceptions. He also fumbled 11 times in 10 games. The Eagles could release him this offseason with a relatively small penalty.
Rookie Nick Foles started six games, throwing six touchdowns to five interceptions and showing some promise. It’s unclear whether he would fit well in Kelly’s offense. The Eagles, who pick fourth in the 2013 NFL Draft, could also try to grab someone like West Virginia’s Geno Smith.
For Oregon, one of college football’s most successful programs in recent years, the loss of Kelly three weeks before Signing Day could be a big hit. USA TODAYreported earlier this month that offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich would be in line to replace Kelly if he left. Kelly was 46-7 in his four seasons with Oregon.
Check out the below video from 2010 for an inside look at Chip Kelly’s coaching philosophy.
Jacksonville, which recently hired Dave Caldwell as its new general manager, is still early in its coaching search. The Florida Times-Union reported that Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed with Caldwell on Tuesday. Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker are also among the reported candidates.
Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman have also been linked to the position.
Bradley has spent four years with the Seahawks. Seattle led the NFL in scoring defense this season, allowing only 15.3 points per game.
The Eagles interviewed former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick last week. Also on their list are Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, and former NFL coach and current ESPN commentator Jon Gruden, La Canfora reported.
Eagles interviewed former Cards HC Ken Whisenhunt today. Whisenhunt also had a recent strong interview with the Chargers
Whisenhunt was a finalist for the Cleveland Browns opening, and he also is a candidate for the head coaching job with the San Diego Chargers. Whisenhunt had a 45-51 record in six seasons as Arizona’s head coach, narrowly losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 Super Bowl. But his team did not have a winning record during his final three seasons in Arizona, and the Cardinals lost 11 of their final 12 games this season.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer later reported that the Eagles will interview Bradley for a second time on Tuesday.
Brian Billick interviewed to become the Eagles’ head coach this past Monday. (Elsa, Getty images)
Football commentator Brian Billick interviewed for the Eagles head coaching job on Monday, according to a series of tweets from Comcast Sports Net Philly’s Reuben Frank.
According to Frank, Billick interviewed for the job this past Monday and is considered to be among the leading candidates to replace Andy Reid in the city of brotherly love. Billick has not coached in the NFL since 2007, when he was fired as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Billick won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000. He currently works as a color commentator for FOX Sports’ NFL coverage, alongside play-by-play man Tom Brennaman.
League source: Eagles interviewed Brian Billick on Monday.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 13, 2013
The interview already happened. Was this past Monday in Baltimore. I'm told he's considered among the leading candidates.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 13, 2013
Kelly began talking with the Eagles about replacing Andy Reid shortly after his Fighting Irish lost the BCS National Championship Game to Alabama on Monday. He earned coach of the year honors for the second time after leading Notre Dame to a 12-0 record.
In 22 years as a college head coach, Kelly has compiled a 199-67-2 record with Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. His resume includes two Division II national championships and two Big East titles.
BREAKING: Brian Kelly is staying at Notre Dame, official source confirms.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) January 12, 2013
Nine out of the ten new hires have some previous affiliation or employment with the Eagles, most as recently as the 2012 season. Britt Reid (Quality Control) is newly hired head coach Andy Reid’s son. The only non-Eagles affiliated hire is Eric Bieniemy, who most recently spent two years as the offensive coordinator/running backs coach at the University of Colorado.
Head coach Andy Reid naturally had good things to say about the new staff, considering how closely he has worked with most of them.
“I’m pleased we were able to get all of these coaches on board. I have relationships with each of them, and I know their past experiences, work ethics and coaching styles. These are high-character coaches, and each one brings something different to the table for us.”
The Philadelphia Eagles are seriously interested in Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly for their head coach vacancy, according to sources in a Philly.com report. The Eagles have reached out to Kelly, two NFL sources told Philly.com.
ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported via Twitter that the Eagles talked to Kelly after the BCS Championship game Monday night.
Kelly led Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season and No. 1 ranking before losing to Alabama, 42-14, in the BCS title game.
“For me to say I’ll never coach in the NFL — I have no idea,” Kelly said on Friday. “I’m not trying to be evasive. It’s the truth of the matter. It’s all about timing.”
The Eagles’ list of head coach candidates has been heavy with college coaches, including Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, who both elected to remain at their schools. The Eagles reportedly scheduled an interview with Syracuse coach Doug Marrone before he left to become the Buffalo Bills’ head coach. The Eagles have also interviewed recently fired Bears head Lovie Smith and linked to unnamed NFL coordinators.
From @mortreport and me: Eagles met with Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly, who is now out of country. Sides expect to revisit talks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2013
ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski told a Philadelphia radio station on Monday that former NFL coach and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden would be interested in the Eagles’ vacant head coaching job.
Both the Cardinals and Eagles will interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for their head coach openings. (Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles will interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden this week for each of their respective head coaching vacancies, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday. Jay Gruden, the younger brother of former NFL head coach and current ESPN commentator Jon Gruden, has worked as the Bengals offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.
After last season, Gruden declined interview overtures from the St. Louis Rams before signing a three-year, $3.6 million extension to remain with the Bengals. But this year, La Canfora reported that Gruden could be a candidate for the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have not yet decided whether they will keep coach Mike Mularkey.
Gruden worked as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under his brother from 2002-08. After that, he moved on to the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League before reentering the NFL with the Bengals in 2011.
As the Bengals offensive coordinator, Gruden has helped lead the team to two consecutive playoff appearances with young quarterback Andy Dalton. Cincinnati ranked 12th overall in points per game this season. However, Bengals finished just 22nd in total yards.
Both the Eagles and Cardinals are also reportedly interested in Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for their respective openings. The Cardinals are also considering defensive coordinator Ray Horton for their job. Other reported names in the Eagles’ search include Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
The Eagles fired head coach Andy Reid on Black Monday after a 4-12 season and are now pursuing options to fill the vacancy. The team has been granted permission to interview Seattle DC Gus Bradley and Colts OC Bruce Arians.
Arians spent much of the season as interim head coach while coach Chuck Pagano underwent chemotherapy treatment, so it makes sense for teams to consider Arians a viable candidate for the head coaching job. The interview is expected to take place next week, regardless of the outcome of the Ravens-Colts game on Sunday.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley also has an interview lined up with the Eagles, regardless of whether or the Seahawks win against the Redskins. There are reports that the Eagles’ top candidate is Oregon’s Chip Kelly.
#Eagles have been granted permission to interview Seattle DC Gus Bradley and Colts OC Bruce Arians for the head coaching vacancy.
The Arizona Cardinals are “very close” to a deal with ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid to make him the team’s next head coach, Tim Ring of KTVK-TV in Arizona is reporting.
Both Reid and Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt were fired on Monday. Reid went 129-88-1 in 14 seasons in Philadelphia, leading the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl, while Whisenhunt compiled a 45-51 record in six seasons and also led the Cardinals to a Super Bowl loss.
Both teams lost 11 of their last 12 games this season, with the Eagles finishing at 4-12 and the Cardinals at 5-11.
The move would reunite Reid with quarterback Kevin Kolb, who he drafted in the second round in 2007 before trading him in 2011. Kolb has struggled in his two seasons in Arizona, playing just 15 games due to benchings and injuries.
According to Kenny Roda of ESPN 850 in Cleveland, Reid could also reunite with Tom Heckert, who served several roles in the Eagles front office from 2001-09 before becoming the Browns’ general manager in 2010. Heckert was also fired on Monday.
The Cardinals are reportedly interviewing defensive coordinator Ray Horton for the position today, according to ProFootballTalk:
The Cardinals are believed to be interviewing their own defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, today. Horton is a minority, so that interview would satisfy the requirements of the Rooney Rule and leave the Cardinals free to make their hire. If they’re only interviewing Horton for that reason, then the Cardinals are violating the spirit of the Rooney Rule, but they wouldn’t be violating the letter of the rule and would therefore be in the clear with the league office.
A league source told ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter that the Reid-to-the-Cardinals move has a 95 percent chance of happening:
One league source said he was "95 percent" certain former Eagles HC Andy Reid will wind up coaching the Cardinals.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 01, 2013
Michael Vick ripped into teammates after Andy Reid’s firing as head coach. (Elsa/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had a few choice words for his teammates following the firing of head coach Andy Reid. Vick, who missed a number of games this season because of a concussion and rib injuries, lambasted the players for their lack of effort and said that it’s frustrating to play with a bunch of guys who don’t try to improve themselves week after week.
The comments come at a particularly raw time for the Eagles; Reid was let go on New Years Eve after 14 years with the team, the longest tenured coach in the league at the time, and the Eagles as a team are coming off yet another disappointing season in which a three game losing streak brought an end to their 4-12 season.
“It’s all about focus, dedication and commitment. Until you get guys who are willing to better themselves week in and week out and want to win, you’re not going to win. And I haven’t played with guys like that. It’s unfortunate for Coach things turned out the way they are. It could have been a lot better. This locker room could have dictated that.”
When asked by a reporter if the lack of effort “pisses [him] off,” Vick said it does and that he expects the same 110 percent effort from his teammates.
“Yes it does. I give 110 percent effort. My body is scarred up all year. I’m hurt, I’m bruised, get up after every hit and still try and fight and push. I do that for my coaches. I do that for my teammates. And I would expect the same thing in return.”
He didn’t name names and didn’t quite throw everybody under the bus, adding that there are some guys in the locker room who give it their all, but for a team to be successful, he said there needs to be that commitment from everybody and he didn’t get the sense that each and every one of his teammates were dedicated this past season:
“[T]here are guys in here that gave it their all. But you need consistent effort from every guy in this locker room.”
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the team is initially looking to interview five candidates to replace Andy Reid, according to Howard Eskin of Fox 29 TV in Philadelphia. The list includes two college coaches and three NFL offensive coordinators: Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.