So Long, Stanley Havili, the Last Eagles Fullback for Awhile

So Long, Stanley Havili, the Last Eagles Fullback for Awhile

Fun fact: there is no fullback in Chip Kellys offense, atleast not in the traditional sense anyway. For that reason, the Eagles shippedStanley Havili to the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday in exchange for defensiveend Clifton Geathers.

It seems Havili could be the last fulltime fullbackemployed by the Eagles for at least the next few years, placing a hiatus on Philadelphiaslong-standing tradition of glorifying the position. Players such as LeonardWeaver and Jon Ritchie became fan favorites during brief stints here, whileguys like Kevin Turner and Cecil Martin were always appreciated for doing thedirty work. And who can forget Keith Byars, the greatest Eagles fullback of alltime.

Havili had some moments in his first season on the job in2012, with LeSean McCoy even advocating his lead blocker for the Pro Bowl. Buteven under Andy Reid the fullback was only on the field for roughly 20 of thesnaps last season via Pro Football Focus, and that figure would continue totumble in the new regime.

If Kelly wants to go with a heavy backfield, the head coachwill look to recently-signed James Casey. Casey primarily played fullback forthe Houston Texans the past two seasons, although the Eagles list him as atight end, and he might be expected to fill more of an H-back role.

Meanwhile, in return the Eagles get a big defensive end with3-4 experience. A sixth-round pick out of South Carolina by Cleveland in 2010,Geathers is 6-7 and 325 lbs. and already with his fifth NFL team. Hes onlysuited up for 13 games, and the Colts were the first team to give him anymeaningful playing time last season, so who knows what the Birds have.

Theres a decent chance this Geathers doesnt make the finalroster, but its clear neither would Havili. Overall, its a trade that couldvery well hold no ramifications for the Eagles outside of it denoting a clearchange in philosophy. The way the league is changing with some of these new rulesthough, you have to at least consider the possibility Stanley Havili might bethe final fulltime fullback in Philadelphia history.

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It's official: Eagles reach terms with WRs coach Mike Groh

It's official: Eagles reach terms with WRs coach Mike Groh

The Eagles' only vacant coaching position has been filled.

On Monday afternoon the team announced that it had reached terms with Mike Groh to be the new receivers coach.

“We are excited to add Mike Groh to our coaching staff," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said in a release from the team. "Mike brings with him a vast array of experience coaching wide receivers in the NFL and college. Over his career, he has demonstrated a great ability as a teacher and as a motivator and we look forward to him getting started in Philadelphia.” 

Earlier this month, after the receivers had a disappointing season, the team fired first-year receivers coach Greg Lewis and have been searching for his replacement. In addition to interviewing Groh, the team also interviewed Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

While Lewis was an NFL position coach for the first time in 2016, Groh has a little more experience at the NFL level. Groh, 45, spent 2016 with the Rams as their receivers coach and passing game coordinator after three years with the Chicago Bears as their receivers coach.

Lewis was the only position coached fired after Pederson's first NFL season. The team finished 7-9 after a 3-0 start.

Groh was seemingly available because of the head coaching change in Los Angeles.

Before he made it to the NFL as a receivers coach with the Bears, Groh had a long coaching career at the college level. He rose to the level of offensive coordinator at Virginia under his father Al, who was the Cavaliers' long-time head coach.

Mike Groh's first coaching job came with the Jets in 2000, when his father had a one-year stint as their head coach.

Mike Groh was once a quarterback at Virginia before his father ever coached there.

While the Eagles' receivers wildly underperformed in 2016, Groh has coached two of the top free agents at the position: Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt.

The Eagles' coaching staff will be in Mobile, Alabama this week to get a closer look at some top draft prospects, among them will be several talented receivers.

A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

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A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is now up for sale for a whopping $3.1 million, according to Realtor.com.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Hinkie Apostles to purchase the mansion and make their very own Process Graceland. Surely, there has to be a Kickstarter for this already up and running, no?

Here's how the home is Bryn Mawr mansion is described in the listing:

Located on a private cul-de-sac overlooking 25 acres of the Harriton Farm Preservation and built in the 19th century, the home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three levels of living space.

A stone wall serves as the home’s axis and accommodates three floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. According to the listing agent, the restoration of the property—which included top-of-the-line masonry, stone work, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades—won the Lower Merion Preservation Award in 2005 .

And you absolutely know Hinkie is going to make out on the deal. He purchased the home in 2014 for a reported $2.66 million and is looking to make a cool half mil off the sale.

When last we heard from the Process Darklord, he was setting up shop among the tech titans out in California. No need for that Bryn Mawr crib any longer.